Jerry Heasley
July 1, 2010

This kind of horsepower dictated a major suspension upgrade. Number one, Jeff wanted more space under the hood, so the antiquated shock towers had to go. The Martz road racing suspension did the trick up front. Chopping off the shock towers and going to coilovers gave much needed room under the hood for the 427. On the rear, Jeff chose Total Control's four-link. He says, "And that's been nice because we run three different sets of tires. When we throw the tall drag radials on there, it's nice to be able to move the wheels back and forth in the wheelwell." The PS Engineering polished aluminum GT-40 wheels with spinners measuring 17x9 up front and 17x11 in the back. They mount 245/45s on the front and 315/35s on the rear.

For stopping, Jeff chose Wilwood's SRP directional vane rotors, measuring 12 inches up front and 10.75 inches in the rear. An adjustable proportioning valve limits pressure to the rear and supplies full pressure to the front. The rotors also come with a black e-coating. Once the rotors embed into the pads, the black e-coating goes away, but stays in the vanes to help prevent the rotor from rusting. The vanes on the inside of the rotors evacuate hot air.

Inside, Jeff completely cut out the vintage interior and started over. A quick peek reveals a '70s Pontiac Trans Am-look with an engine-turned aluminum dash. "We installed a hand-fabricated chrome-moly 10-point rollcage with the halo loop and removable door bars. And we hand-fabricated a fiberglass dash, center console, and a rear dress-up piece that covers up the rear. So we were able to remove a lot of weight by doing that. That is all handmade, one-off stuff. The headliner is made from ultra suede material. The seats are one-piece Sparco Fighters covered with leather and ultra suede to keep from sweating so much. The front driver seat is adjustable forward and back. People do love it," Jeff said of the finished product.

This love is evidenced by the numbers of people who follow him home and ask to take pictures. Girls like the car, too, which, Jeff says, "is great for us older guys." There is the "occasional idiot" on the street who wants to race. Jeff didn't say whether he obliges them or not. Besides the fair weather street use, since the car has been completed it has been seen by countless thousands of people at the SEMA and PRI trade shows, competed in last year's Optima Battery's Ultimate Street Car contest, and more. Jeff is even willing to build another if so inclined and has started Wraith Motorsports for those who want to drop the coin on their own killer street Mustang. Check out www.wraithmotorsports.com for more on that deal.

The Details
Jeff and Harry Hinkle's '68 Mustang fastback

Engine
482ci Keith Craft 427 FE
Scat knife-edge billet crankshaft
Oliver billet rods
JE blower pistons
File fit rings
8.5:1 compression ratio
Stage 3 Keith Craft Edelbrock cylinder heads, Comp Cams springs, titanium retainers
Ferrea 2.25-inch intake/1.75-inch exhaust valves Comp Cams hydraulic cam, 0.630 lift, 252/262-degrees duration at 0.050, 114-degree lobe separation
T&D rocker arms
Crane lifters
Hogan sheetmetal intake manifold
FAST 92mm throttle body
Custom dual stage Aeromotive twin A1000 fuel pumps Braided fuel lines
150-lb/hr injectors
ProCharger F1-R supercharger at 12 psi of boost
Air-to-air intercooler
Output (max. boost) 1,300 hp at 22 psi
Tuned by Rob Camp of C&S performance in Plano, Texas; Cal Hartline, Hartline performance of Florida; and Moe's Speed Shop of Dallas, Georgia

Transmission
Tremec TKO-600 five-speed
SPEC Kevlar single plate
Custom steel driveshaft

Rearend
9-inch housing
39-spline Detroit locker or 31-spline Detroit TruTrac
3.23 or 3.70 gears
Currie forged axles

Exhaust
JBA headers
Flowmaster Super40 mufflers
Side exhaust with custom-made tips

Suspension
Front:
Martz road racing suspension, coilover shocks
Rear: Total Control Products four-link, coilover shocks, subframe connectors

Brakes
Front:
Wilwood disc, 12-inch drilled and slotted rotor, four-piston caliper
Rear: Wilwood disc, 10.75-inch drilled and slotted rotor, four-piston caliper

Wheels
Front:
PS Engineering polished GT-40, 17x9
Rear: PS Engineering polished GT-40, 17x11

Tires
Front:
Toyo Proxes, P245/45R17
Rear: Toyo Proxes TQ Drag Radial, P315/35R17

Interior
Custom leather- and suede-covered Sparco Fighter seats, Grant steering wheel with quick release, Auto Meter gauges, custom suede headliner, full custom fiberglass interior with Halon fire suppression, hand brake in center console, gauge cluster setup to resemble '65 for ease of use, and machine turned aluminum background

Exterior
Silver with black stripes by C&S Performance, Plano, Texas; custom fiberglass hood and trunk lid; custom aluminum air dam; modified Eleanor body kit; completely redesigned front fascia with Dzus fasteners for easy removal