August 22, 2012

"I originally owned a Toyota Supra MA61 Group A race car," starts 59-year-old Sydney, Australia, resident Lance Weiss; but let's not hold that against him. "It was sitting in my garage awaiting restoration, but I discussed it with my wife and decided it was time to buy the Mustang I had always wanted."

Lance placed an advertisement for the Supra online that very evening and within an hour, the car was sold. This paved the way for Lance to fulfill a lifelong dream of restoring and owning a classic Pony.

"Within a month I'd found a suitable '67 coupe, located in Queensland [Australia]. I had a work colleague go take a look at it for me and his report of 'rough, but honest' was enough for me," says Lance, a Strategic Relations Officer for paint manufacturer Akzo Nobel.

After some confusing haggling with the owner in which he kept balking at accepting the asking price for the car, Lance finally saddled the Mustang for just $9,000.

"I conned my brother into driving up to Queensland with me," Lance says, still grinning at the memory. "He thought we were only going as far as Coffs Harbour (six hours north of Sydney), but around four hours into the trip I confessed that we were headed for the Gold Coast which was still another seven hours away!"

By the time Lance got the Mustang onto his car-trailer, he'd learned that the car had a few undisclosed extras, like a blown engine and a soccer-ball-sized rust hole in the fuel tank.

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"The day after I got it home, I threw some new plugs in it, rigged up a jerrycan of fuel, put in a new battery, and closed up the distributor's points from 0.040-inch to about 0.020-inch," Lance says. "Third or fourth turn of the key and the little 289 was humming. I couldn't help but call the dude and let him listen to the car purring as I suggested he get himself a new mechanic!"

Lance didn't waste any time getting into the rebuild of his new Mustang. Intending from the outset to create a restomod coupe, he went about collecting a mountain of parts. At the same time, the car was stripped down and bolted to a rotisserie in Lance's shed to properly assess the vehicle's condition.

"One of the hardest parts of the build was getting the bodywork right," explains Lance. "My painter is the most anal guy I have ever met, besides myself. Meeting his exacting standards with a 43-year-old car without using a skerrick (that's Aussie for a trace amount) of filler was a tough job." However, that's exactly what Lance and his chosen workshops did; repairing decades of use and abuse, and bringing the paint and body to a point far beyond anything the car ever rolled off the production line with in 1967. In fact, the incredible Falcon Bionic paint is "off the gun"--only requiring a hand polish instead of the usual machine cut and buff. "The word 'genius' comes to mind when I think of Peter's ability with the spray gun," Lance says.

As sweet as the paint is, that only scratches the surface of this awesome 'Stang. There isn't a single fragment left of the original car, save for some of the exterior panels. Both the inside and underside of the shell have been scraped clean and hit with paint as well--the underside and engine bay are drenched in another Ford hue called Ego.

Bolted to the undercarriage is a complement of Total Control Products' suspension parts including a chrome-moly double A-arm frontend and an adjustable four-link rear--all using Bilstein adjustable coilovers. Finishing off the suspension is a 26mm Whiteline front sway bar, TCP steering rack, and a hard-core KP Racing power steering pump. When coupled with the 13-inch/four-piston Wilwood braking setup at all four corners, you've got a thoroughly modern-handling Pony that will out-drive just about everything else on the road. Not that it'd do you much good without the proper motivation.

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