Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
April 30, 2012
Photos By: Cesar Andre

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The Details

Mario De Leon's '65 Mustang Fastback

Engine

  • '92 5.0L (349ci) Built by Ford Performance Solutions (Anaheim, CA)
  • 4.040-inch bore
  • 3.400-inch stroke
  • Forged steel crankshaft and I-beam connecting rods
  • Mahle forged aluminum pistons
  • Procomp Avenger 205cc aluminum cylinder heads built and ported by Dr. J's Performance (Anaheim, CA), 2.05-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves
  • Custom hydraulic roller camshaft, 244/244-degree duration, 0.599/0.599-inch lift, 114 LSA
  • Edelbrock Victor Jr. aluminum intake manifold, port-matched
  • Professional Products Powerjection III fuel injection system
  • Master Power 70mm turbocharger set for 16 psi of boost
  • 125hp nitrous oxide injection system
  • 9.2:1 Compression ratio

Transmission

  • '85 T-5 five-speed manual built by OC Gear (Orange, CA)
  • McLeod street/strip clutch
  • Stock 28oz 289 steel flywheel
  • B&M Ripper shifter
  • Aluminum driveshaft
  • Shelby driveshaft loop

Rearend

  • Ford 8-inch housing
  • Currie TSD differential, 28-spline axle shafts and 3.80 gears

Exhaust

  • Custom turbo headers and single 3-1/2-inch exhaust with MagnaFlow muffler built by CPR Street Performance (San Diego, CA)

Suspension

  • Front: Boxed stock upper and lower control arms, Edelbrock IAS shocks, 620 lb/in coil springs cut down, manual steering
  • Rear: Maier lowered leaf springs, Shelby 3/4-inch antisway bar, Ridetech Shockwaves

Brakes

  • Front: Stock disc, four-piston calipers
  • Rear: Stock drum

Wheels

  • Front: American Racing Equipment Torq Thrust II, 17x7-inch
  • Rear: American Racing Equipment Torq Thrust II, 17x8-inch

Tires

  • Front: Bridgestone Potenza RE92, P215/50R17
  • Rear: Mickey Thompson ET Street, 26x11.50-17LT

Interior

  • Custom black and orange tweed upholstery, Shelby four-point rollbar, RJS five-point harness, custom center console, Shelby gauge pod, Auto Meter gauges, 1,400-watt stereo system with 14 speakers, Eclipse DVD touchscreen, installed by X-File Audio (Los Angeles, CA), aluminum pedal covers, Momo steering wheel

Exterior

  • House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl basecoat/clearcoat with white stripes and ghost flames, shaved door handles, filled in cowl, molded rear valance, Shelby R model-type front valance, Maier 3-inch cowl induction-style fiberglass hood