Joe Greeves
March 29, 2012

That same careful attention to detail occurs in the trunk, symmetrically arranged with the amp in the middle and flanked by a pair of Optima Yellow Top batteries. The Optimas are actual left and right batteries in custom billet holders from Williamson Machine. The trunk-mounted location frees up room in the engine compartment and adds a little extra weight to the rear.

As you can guess, the rejuvenated car is great fun to drive but the personalizing process may never end. Originally, the car had an automatic but Robin realized that she prefers to shift gears for herself. After about three months, the automatic was removed and a T-5 five-speed from a '93 Mustang replaced it, accented with a Hurst pistol grip shifter. Somewhere down the road, plans call for adding a Vintage Air A/C unit and swapping the 289 for a 331 stroker. Robin loves her 25th Anniversary present and she and Chris are regulars at Friday night cruise-ins. We also have the feeling that Robin thinks Chris and the car are keepers! Great cars are not created in a vacuum. Special thanks goes to Jack Nichols (interior), Lance Andrews, (engine), David Gill (a little of everything), and especially daughter Katelyn and wife Robin (for their continuing help and support).

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The Details

Robin Benz' '65 Mustang Fastback

Engine

  • 289 V-8 bored 0.030-inch over
  • Edelbrock heads
  • Comp Cams camshaft
  • Edelbrock Performer intake
  • Pro Systems 700-cfm Double Pumper carburetor
  • MSD ignition

Transmission

  • '93 Mustang T-5 five-speed manual
  • Zoom clutch and flywheel
  • Rearend
  • '77 Lincoln Versailles 9-inch with 3.50 gears
  • 31-spline Moser axles

Exhaust

  • 1-3/4-inch Hooker headers, 3-inch collectors
  • H-pipe
  • DynoMax Turbo mufflers

Suspension

  • Front: Stock with Monroe coilovers
  • Rear: Stock leaf springs with Monroe coilovers

Brakes

  • Front: Stock disc
  • Rear: Stock Lincoln Versailles disc

Wheels

  • Front: American Racing Torque Thrust, 15x7, 3.75 backspacing
  • Rear: American Racing Torque Thrust, 17x8, 4.75 backspacing

Tires

  • Front: Falken Ziex ZE-912, P205/60ZR15
  • Rear: Falken FK452, P275/40ZR17

Interior

  • CJ Pony Parts seats, door panels, and carpet; Pioneer stereo; Auto Meter gauges
  • Exterior
  • Ford D6 Screaming Yellow paint accented with black stripes, fiberglass hood, Shelby R-series bumper, custom grille insert