Jim Smart
February 19, 2007
We like David's crisp, simple approach to the office-Mustang standard interior basics with Scat Procar bucket seats, restraint harnesses, a rollcage for safety, Auto Meter instrumentation, and more.

The Details
'65 Mustang Fastback
Owner: David Mathews, North Huntingdon, PA

Engine
393ci Windsor small-block V-8
'69 351W C9OE block
4.040-inch bore, 3.850-inch stroke
4340 steel crankshaft
Forged H-beam connecting rods
Forged flat-top pistons
AFR 185 aluminum heads
Edelbrock Performer Air-Gap intake

Aftermarket electrical systems, like this one from Painless, allow freedom to accessorize and route wiring any way you desire.

Transmission
Tremec 3550 five-speed
Centerforce Dual-Friction clutch

Rearend
Versailles 9-inch
Traction-Lok
3.50 gears

Exhaust
Custom dual exhaust system with side exits

David's wiring is completely hidden in the engine compartment; something you cannot do easily with a factory electrical system. The fuse box and circuit breakers are easy to do-just pop open the glovebox.

Suspension
Front: Global West 620 coils, Edelbrock EIS shocks
Rear: five-leaf springs, Edelbrock EIS shocks

Brakes
Front: Wilwood disc
Rear: Lincoln Versailles disc

Wheels
Front: Radir 15x7-inch
Rear: Radir 15x7-inch

Tires
Front: BFGoodrich Radial T/A, P205/60R15
Rear: BFGoodrich Radial T/A, P225/60R15

Radir 15x7-inch wheels and BFGoodrich radial T/As make the ride. We like the retro chiseled spokes that remind us of Fenton mags from long ago. Tire size isn't what you'd expect in an age of 16- and 17-inch tire/wheel sizing. David understands ride quality and handling. With this approach, he gets both.

Interior
Standard black vinyl
Scat Procar bucket seats
Auto Meter Phantom instruments
Shelby rear seat delete insert
Radio delete plate
Custom restraint harnesses
Custom rollcage
Painless wiring system

Exterior
Shelby valance, scoops, hood, and quarter-windows, in-grille driving lamps, Medium Melina Blue PPG basecoat/clearcoat