Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
March 25, 2011
Photos By: Bill Erdman

For suspension, Wendy wanted to keep to bolt-on upgrades, but that doesn't mean she had to skimp on the suspension components either. Total Control Products got the nod for adjustable control arms and rack-and-pinion steering aided by KYB shocks up front; while out back, four-leaf springs, and KYB shocks keep the ride level. Two concessions to the bolt-on route were Shelby override traction bars and through-the-floor subframe connectors. Traditional 15-inch Shelby 10-spokes wrapped in Firestone rubber support the Shelby theme at all four corners.

Wendy started to think the project was never going to be finished (remember, we said it was a six-year ordeal) and actually purchased a 5.0L Fox Mustang as a driver/weekend toy. But fear not, the fastback finally made its way to completion, and Wendy kept the Fox Mustang as well, growing their Mustang stable to four. Besides the concours '67 Mustang GT, the Fox Mustang, and the '65 fastback you see here, they also own an '07 Mustang GT/California Special. Though each Mustang is owned by the Browns for a certain reason, you can rest assured that Wendy's '65 Shelby clone is meant to be driven, and driven it gets. Just ask Wendy; you can see her most any weekend at eastern New York cruise nights.

The Details
Wendy Bradshaw-Brown's '65 Mustang fastback

Engine
351 Windsor block (painted body color)
408ci Scat stroker assembly
4.030-inch bore
4.00-inch stroke
6.200-inch connecting rods
Edelbrock performer aluminum cylinder heads
Chet Herbert roller cam
Chet Herbert roller rockers
Edelbrock aluminum intake
Holley 850-cfm four-barrel carburetor
Pertronix billet distributor
MSD 6AL ignition
Griffin aluminum radiator
Milodon oil pan (painted body color)
Built by Shadowland Performance, Brandon, VT

Transmission
Tremec TKO five-speed
Centerforce clutch
Lakewood bellhousing
Hurst shifter
Aluminum driveshaft

Rearend
Currie 9-inch housing
Polished aluminum center section
Traction-Lok differential
3.55 gears
31-spline axles

Exhaust
Hedman full-length headers (HPC coated)
Flowmaster mufflers
Aluminized 21/2-inch dual exhaust

Suspension
Front: Total Control Products tubular upper control arms, KYB shocks, Total Control Products rack-and-pinion steering, antisway bar, Shelby export brace
Rear: Four-leaf springs, KYB shocks, recessed (through floor) subframe connectors, Shelby override traction bars, antisway bar

Brakes
Front: Disc, two-piston calipers
Rear: 10-inch drums

Wheels
Front: Shelby 10-spoke, 15x7
Rear: Shelby 10-spoke, 15x7

Tires
Front: Firestone Firehawk SZ50EP, P225/60R15
Rear: Firestone Firehawk SZ50EP, P225/60R15

Interior
Custom interior with gray and blue tweed by Rattlesnake Ridge Upholstery, '93 Mustang GT seats, Dakota Digital gauges, reproduction Cobra steering wheel, upholstered Shelby rollbar, Shelby-style rear seat delete with spare tire mount, custom spare tire cover, cut pile carpeting, trunk fully upholstered, Kenwood audio, air conditioning

Exterior
PPG Intense Blue Metallic basecoat/clearcoat, silver Le Mans stripes, N.O.S. Ford sheetmetal, fiberglass Shelby hood, fiberglass Shelby sidescoops, Shelby quarter-windows, paint and body by Eddie's Restorations