Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
November 1, 2010
Photos By: Bill Erdman

The combination is topped off with an Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake manifold, an NOS Big Shot nitrous oxide plate, and a Demon 850-cfm carburetor. Kenny estimates horsepower to be around 950 with the full 250-shot of nitrous flowing past the valves. He topped off the side oiler with a custom air cleaner that he designed based off the Unique Performance piece. Glebar Precision Grinding Solutions (Franklin Lakes, New Jersey) milled the air cleaner from billet aluminum.

With the paint, wiring, chassis, and engine complete, it was time for final assembly. Kenny tells us that Mikey at Auto Parts Source in Oakland, New Jersey, was a great help, as he was in the store almost weekly buying this bolt, that fastener, and whatever else he needed to screw everything together.

"We were shooting to make the Mustang 45th anniversary event in Birmingham, Alabama," says Kenny. "It was mid February and the event was in April-we burned the candle at both ends. The glass, trim, interior, engine, electrical, fuel system, and exhaust was all done about a day or two before the event. The first time it was driven was when we pulled it out of the trailer and drove it down the road to the show."

After a feverish three-year build, Kenny has finally replaced his original GT500, no doubt with something a bit better. While many of the mods mimic Unique Performance's Super Snake Mustangs, some of the mods are even more impressive. Kenny is quick to point out that the build would not have happened without the help of his friends, and the support of his wife Kim and daughters Heather and Nicole. We think what makes Kenny's Mustang better than unique is that he built it in his own garage.

The Details
Kenny Hiemstra's '67 Mustang Fastback

Engine

  • Dove Manufacturing 427, bored and stroked to 454 ci, built by Proformance Unlimited, Freehold, NJ
  • 4.250-inch bore
  • 3.980-inch stroke
  • Eagle forged-steel H-beam connecting rods
  • SRP forged aluminum pistons with file-fit rings
  • Edelbrock Performer RPM FE heads, ported and polished 2.19-inch intake, 1.73-inch exhaust valves
  • Comp Cams Magnum mechanical roller camshaft 33-782-9
  • Dove roller rockers
  • Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake manifold
  • Demon 850-cfm carburetor
  • MSD Pro Billet distributor and coil
  • Rick's Hot Rod Shop 22-gallon fuel tank, Aeromotive fuel pump

Transmission

  • Tremec TKO-600 five-speed
  • McLeod Twin-Disc clutch
  • Aluminum driveshaft

Rearend

  • Fab9 rear housing, nodular iron center
  • Lenco differential
  • 3.73 gears
  • 35-spline axle shafts

Exhaust

  • JBA headers
  • 2 1/2-inch custom side-exit system from Heartthrob Exhaust, HPC-coated

Suspension

  • Front: Total Control Products coilover suspension
  • Rear: Total Control Products pushrod suspension with torque arm

Brakes

  • Front: Wilwood 12-inch drilled and slotted rotor, four-piston caliper
  • Rear: Wilwood 12-inch drilled and slotted rotor, four-piston caliper

Wheels

  • Front: Team 3 AC III, 17x8
  • Rear: Team 3 AC III, 17x10

Tires

  • Front: BF Goodrich G-Force TA KD, P245/40R17
  • Rear: BF Goodrich G-Force TA KD, P315/35R17

Interior

  • Custom cluster with aftermarket gauges, Procar bucket seats, Simpson racing harnesses, six-point rollbar, radio delete panel for Painless switches, Halon fire system, deluxe door panels

Exterior

  • Unique Performance fenders and hood, Tony Branda Shelby fender extensions, trunk lid and headlight buckets, hand-formed metal side skirts, Shelby Cobra gas cap, Jaguar Black with Pepper Gray Super Snake striping