Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
November 22, 2010
Photos By: Jerry Heasley

Countless designs were made for blower brackets, intercooler mounting, and more with the help of Mark Fischer, an engineer at his dad's company. It just wasn't going to happen. Finally, Andy told Justin that he was going to build the mechanical end of the project so that it would actually work, and then Justin would figure out how to cover it all in custom fiberglass. Andy's work took the better part of a year to get everything together, including the engine, blower, intercooler, fuel system, and dual fan setup, but it was time to hand the rest of the project over to Justin.

Starting with a fiberglass nose, Justin cut and broke the glass to fit as needed, and then began the tedious process of hand forming the nose to fit the hardware Andy had installed. All told, some 240 hours were spent in creating the one-off fascia for the project. Justin also designed and built the teardrop hood for the fastback as well. Finally, Justin covered all of his hard work with a fresh coat of Nightmist Blue. Once the paint had dried, Andy snuck two 10-pound nitrous bottles into the trunk for extra measure.

With the project on the road (this is about the time we first saw the car), Andy took his dad for a ride. Hitting 80 mph while nearly sideways on the first ride, Andy's dad looked over at him and said, "We need to fix that." If it's one thing Rick told us, it's that he wants his sons to be safe, and that was his highest priority throughout the custom build. To that end, the Mustang received a four-link rearend setup and huge Wilwood six-piston binders to slow the car down properly. On the next outing, his dad asked how well the brakes worked and Andy just had to show him. Rick's forehead met the dash and the ensuing knot on his forehead stuck with him for the better part of the week.

Like most projects, there was a show deadline involved. SAAC 33 was just one week away, and Andy hoped to exact some revenge on said Ford GT. Andy spent some time on the track breaking in his newly built fastback, quite literally. Before the two days of track time were up, Andy had gone through two radiators, two blower belts, a distributor cap, an ignition coil, 42 spark plugs, and way too many curse words.

While the Ford GT was safe from reprisal that year, Andy did enter the car show and won the "Meanest Looking Mustang" award. Eventually, Andy got all the bugs worked out with the help of his dad and brother, and he enjoys every minute of track time he can get. He also enjoys the occasional car show with his fiancé, who is just as fond of the Mustang as Andy is, and has no qualms about getting a little grease under her fingernails while helping Andy out with maintenance.

With the project complete, Rick tells us that he's extremely proud of his two sons, and enjoys watching crowds at car shows listen to the blown big-block roll into the show field, waiting for the hood to be lifted to see what's making such a beautiful sound. He also gets a little bit of a chuckle when people realize Andy and Justin did the work themselves, and seeing them answer all of the spectator's questions. It's just another example of living the rock star life-the four-wheeled kind that is.

The Details
Andy Liwush's '67 Mustang Fastback

Engine

  • 428CJ FE block, 0.030-inch overbore
  • 4.160-inch bore
  • 3.980-inch stroke
  • Eagle steel H-beam rods
  • Venolia forged pistons
  • Speed Pro rings
  • 8.5:1 compression ratio
  • Stock nodular iron crankshaft
  • Engle roller camshaft
  • Edelbrock Performer RPM FE cylinder heads
  • Harland Sharp roller rockers
  • Edelbrock Victor FE EFI intake manifold
  • Electromotive EFI system
  • 91-lb/hr injectors
  • 2,100-cfm Holley throttle body
  • ProCharger F1R supercharger
  • 781 hp
  • 813 lb-ft torque
  • Built by Matt Shaff, Pro-Formance Specialties

Transmission

  • Tremec TKO-600 five-speed manual
  • Hurst shifter

Rearend

  • Ford 9-inch housing
  • 3.50 Richmond gears
  • 31-spline axles

Exhaust

  • Hooker long-tube headers, 1 3/4-inch primaries, 3-inch collectors
  • 3-inch dual exhaust
  • 3-inch Borla mufflers

Suspension

  • Front: Stock-style upper and lower control arms, TCP 1 1/8-inch antisway bar
  • Rear: TCP G-Bar with canted four-link, VariShock coilovers, TCP subframe connector system

Brakes

  • Front: Wilwood 13-inch disc, drilled and slotted, six-piston caliper
  • Rear: Wilwood 13-inch disc, drilled and slotted, four-piston caliper

Wheels

  • Front: Foose chrome-plated Nitrous, 17x8
  • Rear: Foose chrome-plated Nitrous, 17x10

Tires

  • Front: BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW, P245/45R17
  • Rear: BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW, P275/40R17

Interior

  • Stock black vinyl standard interior, Grant classic walnut steering wheel, Flaming River steering column, Auto Meter Pro-Comp Ultra-Lite gauges, Sun Super Tach II tachometer, JVC stereo, Kenwood 6x9 speakers in trap door, 3-inch lap belts, owner-built gauge pod and switch panel

Exterior

  • DuPont Nightmist Blue basecoat/clearcoat; hand fabricated front fascia and hood, all by Justin Raymer, Ontario, New York; shaved emblems; GT pop-open gas cap