Roger C. Johnson
April 11, 2011

Any car that can move down the road with this much authority needs a braking system with equal tenacity. That’s why Tony added Wilwood slotted disc brakes to the rear with enhanced Kelsey Hayes calipers up front. All four of these four-piston units operate with an electro-hydraulic power booster that can generate 2,500 psi of hydraulic pressure at all times.

This mighty Mustang leaves its stylish hoof prints with the help of 16-inch-diameter American Racing Wheels inside Toyo R888 competition road race tires up front, and RA1 Toyos out back. They’re all DOT rated. As a result, the only glue coming out of this horsepower factory sticks this Pony to the ground with a vengeance.

Tony is not some kid who might be willing to give up certain amenities in exchange for not-so-cheap thrills. So, his personal comfort was part of the design strategy that went into the finished version of this Mustang. A serpentine drive belt operates a 134a-based Vintage Air A/C system and March power steering pump. Custom power windows and door locks help give the interior a more modern flavor as does the Custom Autosound package that is iPod driven, and includes a CD changer and satellite radio.

The interior also sports a comprehensive set of Auto Meter gauges, including a large-face 200-mph speedometer and 10,000-rpm tach, and a signed Nardi wooden steering wheel. All interior components were replaced with new parts except for the original dashpad, and Recaro seats hold driver and passenger firmly in place for the excitement about to take place.

On the outside, all of the chrome has been replaced or replated. The body never knew the meaning of the word rust, so the fresh paint has the easiest job in town and matches the original color (Silver Frost) precisely. While he was at it, Tony replaced all of the rubber moldings with new items.

Despite this car’s early, unaltered life cycle, Tony never had aspirations of doing a classic restoration on this Mustang. Sure, it was a matching numbers car and an auction house probably would have loved having it on its block in original form. But that’s just not Tony. This is a guy who loves to fix or improve all things mechanicaleven if they’re not broken. And if anyone at all on Earth knows exactly how he feels, it’s you.

It was a good to great car when we started, said Tony. And now it’s as good as any I can think of.

The Details
Tony Samples’ ’67 Mustang GTA, S-code


  • 484ci FE-based V-8 built by Don Dixon
  • 427 Genesis side-oiler block
  • Eagle crank with H-beam rods
  • Aluminum Edelbrock heads ported by Jentzen Porting Services
  • 10.5:1 compression ratio
  • Crane solid roller cam and roller rockers
  • Edelbrock intake
  • Holley 870-cfm carburetor
  • MSD billet distributor


  • PATC-built AOD four-speed automatic
  • Non-lockup converter with 1,800-rpm-stall speed


  • Chassisworks 9-inch housing
  • 4.10 gears
  • Detroit Locker differential


  • Custom-made Tri-Y headers
  • Spintech mufflers
  • 3-inch exhaust exiting in front of rear wheels


  • Front: Global West upper and lower tubular control arms with conventional coil springs and adjustable gas shocks. Welded-in frame connectors, cross-braced frontend and seam-welded shock towers, heavy-duty sway bar
  • Rear: Total Control Products four-link suspension with adjustable coilovers


  • Front: Kelsey Hayes disc, vented rotors, four-piston calipers
  • Rear: Wilwood disc, slotted/vented rotors, four-piston calipers


  • Front: American Racing Torq Thrust D, 16x8
  • Rear: American Racing Torq Thrust D, 16x9


  • Front: Toyo Proxes R888, P225/50ZR16
  • Rear: Toyo Proxes RA1, P255/50ZR16


  • Restored to stock condition except for Recaro driver and passenger seats, plus custom dash with Auto Meter gauges including 200-mph speedometer and 10,000-rpm tachometer, Nardi steering wheel


  • All chrome replaced or replated, all weather stripping replaced with new, Silver Frost repaint with original-style vinyl top