Eric English
December 23, 2010

Neil made sure the suspension and brakes were well matched for what we're told is a healthy 397hp output. The big players are from Total Control, Global West, QA1, and Baer-to name but a few. Ford Racing "Bullitt" wheels mount P245/45ZR17 Goodyears, and in case the power is laid down hard and early, CalTracs traction bars maximize the bite of the modest sized rubber.

The Halberts love driving and showing off their version of Mustang nirvana, and have apparently struck a chord amongst those who've had the time to go over the car closely. "Everyone comments about how clean the car is," says Neil, which is exactly the attribute that drew us to feature the car herein. That, and the great Tropical Turquoise over white-there's no question that Neil and Betty made the right choice there.

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The Details
Neil and Betty Halbert's '65 Mustang fastback


  • 5.0L (now 331 cubic inches)
  • 4.030 bore
  • 3.25-inch stroke Scat cast crank
  • Scat connecting rods
  • SRP forged pistons
  • JE rings
  • FRPP X303 hydraulic roller camshaft, 224 degrees duration at 0.050, 0.542-inch lift
  • Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum heads
  • Comp Cams Pro Magnum rocker arms
  • Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum intake
  • Holley 650-cfm Double Pumper carb and HP 125 electric fuel pump
  • MSD Billet distributor and 6AL ignition box
  • Canton oil pan


  • Ford Racing T-5Z five-speed manual King Cobra clutch


  • Ford 9-inch housing 3.50 gears
  • Detroit Truetrac limited-slip differential 28-spline axles


  • JBA shorty headers
  • JBA H-pipe
  • Magnaflow mufflers and tailpipes


  • Front: Total Control rack-and-pinion steering, Global West upper and lower control arms, Global West strut rods, shortened big-block springs, QA1 shocks, 11/16-inch swaybar
  • Rear: Stock replacement leaf springs, QA1 shocks, 3/4-inch swaybar, CalTrac traction bars, Total Control engine compartment bracing, Total Control subframe connectors

Brakes ul>

  • Front: Baer 13-inch disc, two-piston caliper
  • Rear: Baer 12-inch disc, single-piston caliper
  • Wheels

    • Front: Ford Racing Bullitt, 17x8, 6.295-inch backspace ('05 and up Mustang)
    • Rear: Ford Racing Bullitt, 17x8, 6.295-inch backspace ('05 and up Mustang)


    • Front: Goodyear Eagle ZR, P245/45ZR17
    • Rear: Goodyear Eagle ZR, P245/45ZR17


    • TMI Pony upholstery and Sport Foam seat, upholstery by Moe's Auto Service, TMI door panels and headliner, custom gauge cluster by Langley's Creationz Speed and Sound, Auto Meter Street Rod Designer Black gauges, Grant Elite GT steering wheel, Flaming River tilt steering column


    • Original color Tropical Turquoise, BASF basecoat/clearcoat paint sprayed by Norm Green, body prep by Troy Campbell

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