Modified Mustangs & FordsFeatured Vehicles
1966 Ford Mustang Fastback - Never Straying Far
Greg Hoffman's Mustang Enthusiasm Comes Full Circle with this '66 Fastback
"My dad has always had street rods since I was a kid, so I've always liked old cars," said Cambridge, Ohio's Greg Hoffman. "I always restored cars and bought this one to do just that." Upon further investigation, Greg told us that he had purchased a '66 Mustang coupe many years ago after graduating high school, but eventually sold it to put a down payment on a home. Greg still lives in that house today, and over the years, he's always been behind the wheel of a Mustang. However, most of those were Fox-body– or SN-95–based. Eventually, Greg came across a great deal on the '66 Mustang you see here, and completing its restoration would bring him back to his roots.
"I purchased the car from a Mustang shop with a plan of doing a concours type of restoration," Greg commented. "The car was in decent driver shape, so I drove it for the first summer. It had a great VIN; it was a 289/four-barrel/four-speed car, Candy Apple Red with black interior." Greg began collecting date-coded parts for the Mustang's restoration that would eventually take place, but it would be a call regarding an engine that would change his mind.
"A buddy I worked with was at Ricart Ford buying stuff for his car all of the time," Greg recalled. "He called and told me they were unloading a bunch of parts. Among them was a new '94-'95 Mustang motor that was cheap. I drove up after work and purchased it. That's when the project changed to a Restomod."
Up to this point, Greg had started repairing the small amounts of rust by replacing entire panels. He wanted the car to look like it did when it came off the assembly line, as he was going the restoration route at the time. The bodywork was completed and the car was in primer when he came upon the engine deal, but the project was sidelined shortly thereafter.
With the Mustang tore apart and wanting to get a car on the road rather quickly, Greg tinkered with a Buick Gran Sport that he had picked up. And once he was through with that, his twin daughters, Tiffany and Megan, became active in sports. That, combined with summers spent boating, put the Mustang on the back burner for several years. In fact, it wasn't until the twins went off to college in 2008 that Greg finally got back up to full speed on the Mustang that Fall.
The bodywork and primer on the Mustang held up great over the years, and Greg told us it only required blocking and spraying on the paint to complete the exterior. While Greg did consider painting the Mustang red, his father told him to paint it a color that sparkled. Having seen the Legend Lime hue on the '05 Mustangs, Greg opted for the vintage-inspired, late-model color for his classic colt.
"My dad sprayed the body, since he has more experience than I do at that. I sprayed everything else, including base/clearing the entire chassis. It's as clean underneath as it is on top," said Greg. Greg's father, Gary, is a street rod enthusiast and so are his friends. Their influence on Greg is evident, most notably in the engine compartment, but also on the flanks where '94-'98 Mustang door handles were grafted to the car.
Glenn Hatcher ran the stainless brake lines, and machined a number of brackets that were needed to complete the build as well. Any time Greg wanted to place something out of sight, or simply reroute it, he usually relied on Glen to machine something to accomplish that.
The interior was given a refresh, with Bob Evans Upholstery in Lancaster, Ohio, re-skinning the seats with a TMI upholstery kit. Though the upholstery looks stock, custom touches abound inside, including a unique center console, Auto Meter instruments, a tilt column, and billet pedal covers to name a few.