Eric English
May 6, 2011

The interior is the final element to fawn over, but it certainly doesn’t play second fiddle to anything else. Consider it a tasteful blend of letting the original lines dictate direction, while still leaving no stone unturned. From the array of Classic Instruments gauges, to the custom con-sole, to the leather-wrapped door panels, kick panels, and Corbeau seats, the cockpit is a class act. Tunes flow from a fully modern sound system built of Kenwood and Phoenix Gold components, likely as important a 21st century update as any you’ll encounter in a truly driven street machine.

We caught up with Harold last summer at a West Coast Goodguys event, where he was enjoying the fruits of his labor, discussing the car, the build, his shop, and everything in between. It’s clear this Mustang is in good hands even in the owner’s absence, as the role of caretaker is handled with an expected heavy dose of responsibility. And that may well be where the rub to this story comes in, since there’s something critically missing from an automotive experience that doesn’t quite allow for exploring full potential. It’s why a car guy such as Harold isn’t fully satisfied to just care for someone else’s ride, nice as it may be, but has to own his own stuff as well. Sure, Harold has put the hammer down on this hot fastback, but he hasn’t hammered the car to see what it’s really capable of. There is a difference of course, and it’s the latter right that’s reserved for the guy holding the pink slip. As they say, ownership has its privileges.

The Details

’66 Mustang 2+2
Built by California Rod and Custom, Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Engine

  • 331 cubic inches
  • ’70s vintage 302 block
  • 4.030-inch bore
  • 3.25-inch stroke
  • Probe forged pistons
  • Probe I-beam rods
  • Probe crankshaft
  • Edelbrock Performer RPM heads
  • Comp Cams roller rockers
  • Comp Cams Magnum 270HR hydraulic roller, 0.533-inch lift, 215 degrees at 0.050
  • Moon Cross Ram intake
  • TWM throttle bodies
  • Accel 30-lb/hr injectors
  • MSD distributor
  • Micro-Tech ECM

Exhaust

  • JBA full length 158-inch headers
  • JBA 2-inch exhaust kit, metallic ceramic coated

Transmission

  • TKO five-speed from Keisler
  • Spec clutch, pressure plate, and billet steel flywheel

Rearend

  • 9-inch housing
  • 3.89 gears
  • Moser 31-spline axles
  • Eaton Truetrac differential

Suspension

  • Front: Total Control Products tubular control arms, coilovers, and rack-and-pinion steering
  • Rear: RideTech four-link with Varishock coilovers
  • Chassis Total Control Products subframe connectors and shock tower bracing

Brakes

  • Front: Baer Disc, 13-inch rotors, two-piston calipers
  • Rear: Baer Disc, 12-inch rotors, single-piston calipers

Wheels

  • Front: Intro, 18x7-inch
  • Rear: Intro, 20x8.5-inch

Tires

  • Front: Hankook Ventus, P215/35ZR18
  • Rear: Hankook Ventus, P245/35ZR20

Interior

  • Custom by California Rod and Custom, Langley, British Columbia; leather-covered Corbeau seats, custom door panels, and console; Flaming River steering wheel; Classic Instruments All American series gauges; Kenwood head unit with Phoenix Gold amps; 12-inch subs (2); 6-inch mids (4); and tweeters (4)

Exterior

  • Silver Mica PPG two-stage paint by California Rod and Custom