Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
October 8, 2010
Photos By: Pete Epple, Marc Christ

"The car has truly exceeded my expectations for ride quality and power," says Tim. "We put a bunch of miles on it on the Hot Rod Power Tour and it performed flawlessly. My 5-year-old can already recognize the sound of the turbo spooling and says, 'Here we go' every time I start to get into it."

Tim also started autocrossing the Mustang this past summer, and quickly realized the need for antisway bars. Of course, he solved that problem by fabricating a NASCAR-inspired pair of bars that have made the Mustang a much more stable Pony. He's also considering swapping out the carb for a throttle body-style fuel injection system.

As much fun as Tim and Adrianne have had in the Mustang, with boys Andrew and Louis in the backseat, the Grillot family recently purchased a '59 Ford wagon as its summer trip vehicle since it offers a bit more space for a family of four. Tim tells us that they intend to take that on the Power Tour next year. We can only imagine what would happen if the metalsmith got his hands on that. Tim is probably imagining, too.

The Details
Tim Grillot's '65 Mustang Fastback

Engine

  • 281ci (4.6L) DOHC V-8 Built By MV Performance (Statham, GA)
  • 3.55-inch bore
  • 3.54 stroke
  • Factory Cobra forged steel crankshaft
  • Forged steel Manley connecting rods
  • Forged aluminum CP pistons
  • Factory Four-Valve cylinder heads
  • Factory '01 Cobra camshafts
  • Sullivan Performance Products intake manifold
  • CSU 750-cfm blow-through carburetor
  • Precision Turbo & Engine PT70 turbocharger (15 psi of boost)
  • Custom air-to-air intercooler
  • MSD Mod 6, factory coil-on-plug
  • Turbosmart eBoost electronic boost controller

Transmission

  • Tremec TKO five-speed manual
  • Spec Stage 2+ clutch
  • Aluminum driveshaft

Rearend

  • Ford 9-inch, Detroit Truetrac
  • 31-spline Strange Engineering axles
  • 3.50 gears

Exhaust

  • Owner-fabricated turbo headers, 3-inch custom downpipe with DynoMax muffler

Suspension

  • Front: Heidts modified Mustang II, KYB shocks, rack-and-pinion power steering
  • Rear: Heidts four-link with Panhard bar, adjustable coilover shocks
  • Owner-fabricated NASCAR-style antisway bars front and rear

Brakes

  • Front: Late-model Cobra 13-inch rotor, two-piston aluminum caliper
  • Rear: Late-model Cobra 11.65-inch rotor, single-piston calipers
  • Wilwood master cylinder
  • Hurst Line Lock

Wheels

  • Front: American Racing Shelby Cobra, 17x7
  • Rear: American Racing Shelby Cobra, 17x10 1/2

Tires

  • Front: Sumitomo HTR Z III, P225/45R17
  • Rear: Sumitomo HTR Z III, P275/40R17

Interior

  • Recovered factory seats, driver seat lowered 1 inch. Fabricated dash bezel with Auto Meter instruments, Flaming River tilt column, Lecarra steering wheel

Exterior

  • Factory sheetmetal, hand-fabricated steel teardrop hood dome, PPG Performance Red ('93 Cobra), painted by Mike Kight of MK Autocraft (Moline, IL)