Jerry Heasley
July 25, 2011

The 351 Windsor might be old-school, circa 1970, but provides an estimated 350-400 very reliable horsepower. The coupe runs 180 to 190 degrees on a hot day thanks to the Griffin radiator, electric fan, and fan shroud.

You can't miss the wheels against the jet-black paint, and Gabriel picked out a nice set. The front 18x8s with low-profile tires have no fit issues with the stock wheelwells, and neither do the 18x8s in the rear.

He completed the car in his home garage. In the process, Gabriel got an education in the car arts, which he still deems as "three times as difficult" compared to the work he does everyday--renovating and building houses.

Of course, he wouldn't give up part-time hobby work on his dream Mustang in place of more mundane work on a house. After 12 years, the '65 has become a family member as well as a car show winner.

The Details

Gabriel Ducote's '65 Ford Mustang two-door hardtop


  • 351 Windsor, Assembled by JKK Machine Shop, Alexandria, LA
  • 4.040-inch bore
  • 3.50-inch stroke
  • '70 Ford D0OE cast-iron cylinder heads, Manley SS 1.94-intake/1.60-exhaust valves, Crane triple valvesprings
  • Comp Cams steel roller tip 1.7:1 rocker arms, Comp Cams pushrods
  • Ford steel rods with ARP bolts
  • Keith Black hypereutectic pistons
  • 10.5:1 compression ratio
  • Stock steel crankshaft
  • Crane KYD flat-tappet camshaft, 272/284 duration and 0.484/0.512 lift
  • Professional Products Hurricane polished aluminum intake manifold
  • Edelbrock 750-cfm four-barrel carburetor with manual secondaries
  • K&N air filter
  • Pertronix Flame Thrower distributor, coil, and MSD 8mm wires


  • Ford C4 automatic built by Weavers in Madison, VA
  • 11-inch TCI Saturday Night Special
  • 2,200-rpm stall speed torque converter


  • Ford 9-inch with 3.54 gears
  • Traction-Lok differential
  • 31-spline Moser axles


  • Hedman shorty headers, 15-/8-inch primary tubes, 3-inch collectors
  • Flowmaster 40 Series mufflers


  • Front: Stock upper and lower A-arms modified with 620-lb/in coil springs for a 1-inch drop, KYB shocks, 1 -inch antisway bar
  • Rear: Five-leaf mid-eye springs, Shelby under-ride traction bars


  • Front: Stainless Steel Brakes Corp Disc, four-piston calipers, 11-inch discs
  • Rear: Stock drums


  • Front: Boyd Coddington Smoothie II polished aluminum, 18x8, 4.75-inch offset
  • Rear: Boyd Coddington Smoothie II polished aluminum, 18x8, 4.75-inch offset


  • Front: Nitto NT555, P225/40/ZR18
  • Rear: Nitto NT555, P245/40/ZR18


  • FloFit bucket seats with silver/black Pony vinyl upholstery; stock rear seat in matching silver/black; LeCarra three-spoke steering wheel; collapsible, tilt steering column; Alpine radio with 1,000-watt amp; two 10-inch Alpine subs; two Alpine 6x9 and two Kicker 6-1/2 speakers; two Alpine tweeters; original textured finish on lower door panels sanded and painted silver; Haneline gauges in bezel; OEM carpet from TMI; original short console


  • All stock emblems removed, 351 front fender badges from CJ Pony Parts, Mustangs Plus '67 Shelby fiberglass hood with functional scoop, Mustangs Plus Shelby '65-style front valance with '69-style spoiler, PPG paint in Raven Black with Silver LeMans-style Shelby stripes, Paint by Levi Gibson of Albemarle, VA

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