Dale Amy
October 4, 2010

Outside, despite its formal roofline, all the correct body components are in place to replicate the look of a '68 GT350/GT500-the nose, foglights, hood, side scoops, tail-end treatment-including that distinctive '68-only Shelby yellow hue. Kudos for that outstanding body and paint work go to John Kicks and Dave Moniz. Peter skipped the vinyl roof of the Green Hornet, and in place of that car's "EXP 500" lettering, the Yellow Jacket's side stripes accurately indicate its "S/C EFI" status. The theme continues in the cockpit with Shelby-style wood grain appliqués, rollbar with shoulder harnesses, and center console. The Yellow Jacket's buckets are from Procar but are embroidered with "Carroll Shelby" stitching; the wood-rim wheel is a period-looking LeCarra, while the gauges, including the pair in the console, inject a modern touch as they're from Auto Meter's Carbon Fiber series.

By his distinctive signature on the dash, you can see that Mr. Shelby himself approves of Peter's 5-year-long efforts to create a modern interpretation of the Texan's one-off formal-roof classic of the '60s. Like any project of this scale, he certainly didn't do it all by himself, and Peter extends his thanks to Chris Brown, Barry Bergmann, and Danny Cina for all their help in the hive of activity leading up to this thing's first flight. Like the Green Hornet to which it pays obvious tribute, the Yellow Jacket creates quite a buzz wherever it lands, with crowds inevitably making a bee-line for it. That's it; we've run out of infantile insectile puns ('bout time!-Ed.)

The Details
Peter Faull's '68 Mustang GT "Green Hornet" tribute

Engine

  • 428-based 465-inch stroker FE by Survival Motorsports
  • 4.160-inch bore
  • 4.250-inch stroke
  • Scat nodular iron crank (internally balanced)
  • 6.700-inch Scat H-beam rods
  • Custom Diamond pistons
  • 9.5:1 compression
  • Custom ground Comp Cams solid roller cam
  • Edelbrock Performer RPM heads, ported
  • Aluminum 427 dual-plane intake, bunged for port fuel injection
  • 65-lb/hr injectors
  • FAST throttle body and engine management system

Transmission

  • Tremec T-56 six-speed manual
  • Hurst shifter
  • Centerforce dual-friction clutch

Rearend

  • Strange Engineering 9-inch (Total Control Products)
  • 3.50 gears
  • Strange 31-spline axles

Exhaust

  • FPA long-tube headers, 1 7/8-inch primaries
  • SpinTech mufflers
  • 2 1/2-inch exhaust

Suspension

  • Front: Total Control Products coilover system
  • Rear: Total Control Products coilover, torque arm system, Panhard bar

Brakes

  • Front: Baer Brake Systems, 13-inch cross-drilled and slotted rotor, Shelby logo two-piston caliper
  • Rear: Baer Brake Systems, 13-inch cross-drilled and slotted rotor, single-piston caliper

Wheels

  • Front: Vintage Wheel Works Shelby 10-spoke, 17x8, 4 1/2-inch offset
  • Rear: Vintage Wheel Works Shelby 10-spoke, 17x9.5, 6-inch offset

Tires

  • Front: BFGoodrich g-Force KD, P245/40R17
  • Rear: BFGoodrich g-Force KD, P275/40R17

Interior

  • Shelby-style rollbar with shoulder belts, Shelby-style console by Mustang Pony Cars Inc., Procar buckets, Auto Meter Carbon Fiber gauges, stock AM/FM radio, LeCarra three-spoke wheel with wood rim

Exterior

  • Shelby fiberglass nose, hood, side scoops, trunk lid, Shelby-specific yellow paint, body and paint by John Kicks and Dave Moniz