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1966 Ford Mustang Fastback - Never Straying Far
Greg Hoffman's Mustang Enthusiasm Comes Full Circle with this '66 Fastback
The aforementioned EFI 5.0L engine was also modified prior to being dropped between the fenders. Greg picked up the tubular GT-40 intake manifold brand new when you could still buy them over the counter. He painstakingly hand-polished the manifold, as well as a number of other engine bay items.
"I wanted to run the tall valve covers from Ford Racing, which led to a 1-inch phenolic intake spacer, which led to the cowl hood," Greg noted. Regarding the fiberglass hood from K.A.R., Greg told us the quality and fitment was great out of the box. It certainly helps to solidify the Restomod nature of the Mustang from an appearance standpoint.
All of Greg's Mustangs over the years have all been V-8-powered, and all have been equipped with manual transmissions. This Mustang was no different, having a four-speed transmission from the factory. However, Greg looked to his experience with late-model Mustangs and installed a rebuilt T-5 five-speed gearbox.
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Greg's Mustang was on the road for the summer of 2010, and together with his wife, Cindy, who Greg told us is a car nut herself, have driven the Pony to a number of shows since its completion. In addition to the show circuit, the Mustang has also seen the dragstrip.
"My dad kept bugging me about going to the track so we lined up, him with his '57 Ford two-door Ranch Wagon, and me with the Mustang." Part way into the run, Greg noticed that the car was making some ugly noises out back.
"I could hear the spider gears chewing themselves up, but I wasn't going to let him win or I'd never hear the end of it." Greg crossed the line, ahead of his dad, running a 14.00 at 105 mph. the Ranch Wagon came through at a leisurely 15-second pace according to Greg. Having torn up the spider gears, Greg had to put the Mustang on a rollback to get it home from Norwalk Raceway Park. It's the only time the Mustang has not gone somewhere under its own power, Greg informed us.
Believe it or not, Greg's Mustang might be one of the few projects that one could call finished, as he doesn't have any further mods planned for it. Currently he's working on a '54 F-100 street rod, another Ford model he's always wanted. It's a bit far from his Mustang roots, but he said he's going the modified route with it, just like he did with his Mustang.
Greg Hoffman's 1966 Ford Mustang fastback
- '95 Ford 302HO
- Stock 302 block, crankshaft, pistons, and connecting rods
- Stock cast iron cylinder heads, 1.78-inch intake/1.50-inch exhaust valves
- Ford Racing Performance Parts E303 hydraulic roller camshaft
- Ford Racing Performance Parts GT-40 tubular intake manifold, polished
- Holley 70mm throttle body
- Pro-M 75mm mass airflow sensor
- Stock 19-lb/hr fuel injectors
- Ford Racing Performance Parts stand-alone wiring harness and ECM
- MSD billet distributor and Blaster coil
- T-5 five-speed manual
- Ford Motorsport HD clutch assembly
- Stock T-5 shifter
- Ford 8-inch rearend
- Detroit Locker differential
- 28-spline axles
- 4.10 gears
- JBA shorty-style tubular headers
- 2½-inch exhaust tubing
- Flowmaster Super 44 mufflers
- Front: Mustangs Plus Grab-A-Trac 620-pound coil springs, 1-inch antisway bar, KYB shocks, Flaming River rack-and-pinion conversion
- Rear: Grab-A-Trac mid-eye leaf springs, KYB shocks
- Front: Stainless Steel Brakes Corp disc, 10.5-inch slotted rotors, hand-polished four-piston calipers
- Rear: Stainless Steel Brakes Corp disc, 10.5-inch slotted rotors, hand-polished single-piston calipers
- Stainless steel brake lines throughout
- Front: Foose Legend, 17x7
- Rear: Foose Legend, 17x8
- Front: Nitto NT555, P235/45ZR17
- Rear: Nitto NT555, P245/45ZR17
TMI Sport Seat upgrade with Pony-spec seat covers and door panels, custom-fabricated center console painted body color, power door locks and trunk release, three-point safety belts, Billet Specialties window cranks, door handles, AC vents and locks, Lokar billet pedal pads and accelerator pedal, Auto Meter Carbon Fiber instruments, Sony CD/MP3 player, Boyd billet steering wheel, Old Air Products HVAC system
Entire chassis sprayed with PPG basecoat/clearcoat in Ford Legend Lime, K.A.R. Fiberglass hood, Shelby-style quarter-windows, shaved trunk lid key hole, '94-'98 Mustang door handles, filled cowl panel vents, paint and bodywork done by Greg and Gary Hoffman