June 2, 2011

The Details

Scott and Laura Taylor’s ’68 Mustang Fastback


  • Shelby 427 FE aluminum block
  • 4.280-inch bore
  • 4.250-inch stroke
  • 490 ci, 12.4:1 compression ratio, built by Tom Lucas at FE Specialties (Sacramento, CA)
  • Ross Pistons, Scat Billet Crankshaft, and H-beam connecting rods
  • Edelbrock aluminum heads
  • FE Specialties Stage III port job, four-angle valve job
  • Ferrea 2.25-inch intake valves, 1.75-inch exhaust valves
  • Crower valvesprings, locks, and retainers
  • Sig Erson rocker arm assemblies, Smith Brothers push rods
  • Crower custom roller camshaft, Milodon gear drive
  • Aviaid 8-quart dry-sump oiling system with Gilmer beltdrive
  • Tunnel Wedge 2x4 intake manifold, plumbed with an NOS Pro Shot fogger nitrous system by Mike Thermos of Nitrous Supply
  • Two Road Demon Junior 725-cfm carburetors
  • Billet Specialties True Trac drive system
  • 705 hp at 6,300 rpm, 639 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm using Sunoco 110-octane fuel


  • Tremec TKO-600 five-speed manual
  • McCloud aluminum flywheel and clutch assembly
  • Tilton hydraulic throw out bearing
  • Lakewood bell housing


  • Ford 9-inch housing
  • Strange Engineering 3:73 gears
  • Ford Traction-Lok third member with 35-spline induction hardened axles


  • Performance Welding Racing Headers 2-inch stainless steel headers, merge collectors
  • Stainless Works smooth tube mufflers
  • 3-inch stainless side-exit exhaust
  • V-band connections
  • All components titanium-coated by Perfect-It Powder Coating and Sandblasting


  • Front: Art Morrison Max G frame, mandrel-bent 2x4 steel with passages for the side exhaust and driveshaft for lower center of gravity and ride height, tubular upper and lower control arms, RideTech Ride Pro system, Thomas compressor with a 3-gallon tank, four-way solenoids, AGR power assisted modified Mustang II rack-and-pinion system
  • Rear: Art Morrison tubular upper and lower control arms and Panhard bar, RideTech Ride Pro system


  • Front: Wilwood disc, SL6 six-piston calipers, 13-inch vented rotors
  • Rear: Wilwood disc, SL6 six-piston calipers, 13-inch vented rotors
  • Wilwood aluminum triple master cylinder pedal assembly with balance bar to accurately set brake pedal bias


  • Front: American Racing’s Shelby Cobra 427 polished, 17x8 inch, 4.75-inch backspacing
  • Rear: American Racing’s Shelby Cobra 427 polished, 17x9.5 inch, 5.75-inch backspacing


  • Front: BFGoodrich g-Force KDWS T/A P245/45ZR17
  • Rear: BFGoodrich g-Force KDWS T/A P285/40ZR17


  • All interior and trunk panels custom fabricated and covered with black leather, Classic Instruments Carroll Shelby 200-mph edition gauges, Electric Life window switches and door locks, RideTech airbag control module, nitrous arming switch, Moto Lita woodgrain steering wheel, Flaming River polished stainless steel tilt column, Shelby signature series leather seats, Eclipse CD3200 head unit, Boston Acoustics GT24 900-watt and GT40 490-watt amplifiers, Boston Acoustics G310-44 subwoofers, SL95 coaxials, and Pro60 component speakers, Vintage Air HVAC


  • Extensively modified body, Eleanor-style fender flares, upper and lower sidescoops, trunk lid, and front fascia, Advanced Composite Engineering carbon-fiber hood with side-opening mechanism, PPG Black basecoat with Candy Apple Red over silver metal flake, Super Snake and GT side stripes