Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
August 6, 2007

The Details
'65 Mustang convertible
Owners: Gary and Kay Bennett, Lilburn, GA

Ford 392 Windsor
Ford Racing Performance Parts Sportsman block
Steel crankshaft
4.030 bore, 3.85 stroke
Hypereutectic pistons
9.7:1 compression ratio
FRPP GT40Z aluminum cylinder heads 1.94/1.64 valves
Hydraulic roller camshaft 0.566 intake, 0.576 exhaust
Roller rocker arms 1.6:1 ratio
Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake
Holley 750 carburetor
K&N air filter
MSD 6AL ignition
430 hp at 5,500 rpm
450 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm
Quarter-mile performance: 12.96 at 109 mph on street tires

Having an Optima battery installed in the trunk is definitely the way to go. Any weight taken off the front and added to the back helps contribute toward a more neutral balance. The new battery location over the rear wheels aids in traction by putting the weight where it's needed. With a 392 Windsor in this car, traction is certainly an issue.

Tremec TKO five-speed manual
Centerforce Dual Friction clutch
Cable clutch system
Lakewood bellhousing
Custom aluminum driveshaft

Detroit True Track differential
3.89 gears
28-spline axles

FRPP stainless steel shorty headers, 1-5/8-inch primary tube 2-1/2-inch dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers

Front: Rod & Custom Motorsports Mustang II, 2-inch dropped spindles, 1-1/8-inch antisway bar, rack-and-pinion steering
Rear: Reverse eye leaf springs, Shelby under-ride traction bars, subframe connectors, 7/8-inch antisway bar

Front: Disc, 11-inch
Rear: Disc, 11-inch

Front: '01 Bullitt wheels, 17x8
Rear: '01 Bullitt wheels, 17x8

Front: Goodyear Eagle, P245/45ZR17
Rear: Goodyear Eagle, P245/45ZR17

Gary had this French seam stitched into the deluxe door panels to add a bit of a custom touch to the otherwise stock ones. It's subtle, but it gets noticed.

Blue/white deluxe interior
Grant steering wheel
Auto Meter Carbon-Fiber Ultra Lite gauges
Custom Autosound stereo with kick panel speakers

GT Rear valance
Shelby front valance
Shelby GT350 hood
Complete repaint by owner as a Shelby GT350 convertible
'64 Guardsman Blue/white Shelby stripes
Built Dearborn Assembly Plant, February 6, 1965