Eric English
August 2, 2012

Eighteen-year-old daughter Shelby (we're told she's not named after another famous Shelby) surely has the genetic disposition of her father, for rather than go with a traditional Mustang hue, she picked out the '08 Jeep Rescue Green which Brian laid down using PPG Deltron 2000. It's a bold choice to be sure, and one that father and daughter say gets rave reviews--primarily from women. The G.T.140T callout in the stripe is a play on the 2.3's cubic displacement, but Brian laughs when recounting the multiple admirers who have related how they remember seeing a car "just like this" in years past. Sure you did!

Clearly the least risky portion of this '66 is the interior, as Brian and Shelby both felt the bones of the factory black Pony interior were worth keeping. The seats use TMI's sport seat foam and upholstery, which Brian raves as a huge improvement over original. Other well-chosen upgrades include the '65-Shelby-style gauge pod filled with Auto Meter instruments, a Flaming River tilt steering column, and a Custom Autosound trunk-mount stereo, which powers a quartet of Infinity speakers. The deluxe wood steering wheel is standard Pony interior issue, while the underdash A/C assembly is period correct--and mated to the '80s-era compressor under the hood. Sharp eyes will note the apropos four-wheel-disc logo on the brake pedal, which Brian sourced from a Lincoln Versailles.

With Shelby now at 19 years of age, we asked Brian when the big gift would actually be given. He said he'll sign over the one of a kind coupe once Shelby gets her college degree, so he's got at least a couple more years at the reigns of this unusual Horse. With all his talent though, we suspect Shelby will still be leaning on good ol' dad even when her name is on the pink slip. In the meantime, you might say the incentive for finishing school is a bit greater than normal. Hey, Shelby, hang in there and keep your eye on the prize!

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The Details

Brian and Shelby Fitting's '66 Mustang coupe

Engine

  • '86 2.3-liter iron block, 142 cubic inches
  • 3.80-inch bore
  • 3.13-inch stroke
  • Stock SVO crankshaft and connecting rods
  • CP pistons
  • Ported factory cylinder head, oversized 1.89-/ 1.59-inch valves
  • Boport 1.0 camshaft
  • Ford OEM rockers
  • SVO throttle body
  • SVO aluminum intake, ported
  • Ford distributor
  • F.A.S.T. EFI, tuned by Brian Macy
  • MSD 6AL ignition
  • Garrett T3/T4 turbocharger, Spearco intercooler, Garrett wastegate, two-stage BoostValve boost controller

Exhaust

  • ATR header
  • Owner-fabricated 3-inch downpipe and 2½-inch dual exhausts
  • Dynomax mufflers

Fuel System

  • '69 20-gallon tank
  • Walbro 255lph in-tank electric pump, -8/-6 lines
  • Delphi 85-lb/hr injectors

Transmission

  • '90 A4LD four-speed automatic by Central Transmission

Rearend

  • Lincoln 9-inch rearend, narrowed by Bill Scribner
  • Nodular case
  • Four-pinion Traction-Lok differential
  • 3.50 gears

Suspension

  • Front: Heidts Mustang II IFS with rack-and-pinion
  • Rear: Heidts four-link with coilovers and Panhard bar

Brakes

  • Front: Heidts 11-inch disc
  • Rear: FRPP 11.8-inch disc
  • '96 Mustang hydroboost and master cylinder

Wheels

  • Front: '06 V-6 Mustang, 16x7-inch alloy
  • Rear: '06 V-6 Mustang, 16x7-inch alloy

Tires

  • Front: Kumho Ecsta SPT, P225/55ZR16
  • Rear: Kumho Ecsta SPT, P225/55ZR16

Interior

  • Original Pony interior upgraded with TMI sport seat foam, upholstery, and headrests; A-pillar and Shelby dash pods with Auto Meter Carbon Fiber series gauges; Flaming River tilt steering column; Custom Autosound CD player; Infinity speakers

Exterior

  • '08 Jeep Rescue Green, aftermarket Shelby-style front lower valance, custom rocker striping