Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
October 17, 2012

The Details

Gary Bowers' '65 Mustang fastback


  • 436ci small-block
  • Dart iron block
  • 4.166-inch bore
  • 4.00-inch stroke
  • Eagle forged steel crankshaft
  • Eagle H-beam 6.250-inch rods
  • Diamond dished forged pistons
  • Edelbrock Victor 15-degree aluminum heads, CNC ported, milled 0.030-inch
  • 2.15-inch intake, 1.60-inch exhaust valves
  • Crane solid roler camshaft, duration 262/270 at 0.050-inch lift, 0.653-inch lift intake, 0.636-inch lift exhaust, 110-degree lobe separation
  • Dry sump oiling system
  • C&R oil cooler with front mount filter
  • BeCool radiator
  • SPAL electric cooling fans
  • 740 hp, 750 lb-ft torque


  • Bowler T-56 six-speed manual
  • Quicktime bellhousing
  • Hurst shifter


  • John's Industries 9-inch
  • Detroit Truetrac
  • 4.11 gears
  • 31-spline axles


  • Fabricated headers and exhaust
  • Flowmaster 44-Series mufflers
  • 3-inch exhaust tubing
  • All components Jet-Hot coated


  • Front: Art Morrison full frame, tubular control arms, Afco coilover shocks, ididit rack-and-pinion
  • Rear: Art Morrison full frame, Watt's link, Afco coilover shocks


  • Front: Baer Brakes, 15-inch cross-drilled and slotted rotors, six-piston calipers
  • Rear: Baer Brakes, 15-inch cross-drilled and slotted rotors, six-piston calipers


  • Front: Custom Forgeline/Ringbrothers RB3C center lock design, 18x11
  • Rear: Custom Forgeline/Ringbrothers RB3C center lock design, 19x13.5


  • Front: Michelin Pilot, P315/30ZR18
  • Rear: Michelin Pilot, P345/30ZR19


  • Complete custom interior in black leather with orange stitching, and stainless steel mesh, and carbon-fiber accents by Ringbrothers and Upholstery Unlimited (Clinton, IA); Classic Instruments custom built and screen printed gauges; Sony head unit with Kicker components; custom molded dash and floor inserts; RJS harnesses, full 'cage hidden behind trim panels


  • Custom paint color Tire Fire Orange sprayed in BASF Glasurit waterborne paint by Ringbrothers, graphics by Sycolorgy, body widened 4 inches (2 inches each side to preserve roof and grille dimensions), all exterior panels custom made to achieve widening, carbon-fiber roof panel, custom carbon fiber hood with scoop, billet hood hinges, billet cowl vents, custom billet quarter window inserts (driver side with fuel fill), billet taillight bezels, full underbody belly pans, custom front and rear aluminum valances, billet hoodpins, electrical cut-off switch in taillight panel (where fuel fill used to be), billet door handles, exposed oil cooler with external oil filter access