Wayne Cook
October 1, 2007
Photos By: Paul Rosner
Brett has the stance of the car just right. There's not much to indicate that this is a 10-second terror. The rear tires tuck up neatly into the wheelhouse, and the traction bars are barely visible. There's nothing sticking out of the hood either, so this looks just like a typical restomod.

Brett Evans hails from Glen Carbon, Illinois, and is the owner of this serious '65 Mustang 2+2. It's all business when he describes the various attributes of his car, and it doesn't take long to figure out that performance is the name of the game for him.

Getting started wasn't easy for Brett as it's difficult to find classic Mustangs in decent condition in the Midwest. Years of winter weather take their toll, and after four decades the raw materials for classic-Mustang projects are in short supply. Originally, Brett turned his vehicle search to California, but when the hunt ended, the car he purchased was from Washington state.

Once he got the fastback home, he had a lot to do since the car was far from perfect. Work began with a complete body repair job that included replacement of the floorpans. Brett wishes he had repaired the original doors instead of using reproduction doorskins, which took hours to fit correctly. Creative Customs of St. Louis, Missouri, completed the great-looking silver paint job. The blue stripes complement it and add some Shelby flavor. It was a long, hard pull to transform the car into the solid platform he needed for his project.

Brett wanted a Mustang that would look like a normal street car but run extremely hard. How fast was he thinking? Ten is a nice, round number, and the goal was quarter-mile times in the 10-second range. That's a tall order in anybody's book, so Brett chose from the best the aftermarket had to offer as he loaded the car with premium speed equipment, including a Dart block, Trick Flow cylinder heads, and a Precision 76mm turbocharger.

It's one thing to talk about those speeds but quite another to achieve them, and this car delivers with a best elapsed time so far of 10.06 at 132 mph. The car is close to a 9-second quarter-mile with less than a tenth of a second needed. The 60-foot times are good with a best of 1.55 seconds. The car has also run a 6.22 in the eighth-mile. Because it's turbocharged, there's not a lot of fuss while sitting at the traffic light. The low-compression engine idles like a Crown Vic, and if you were to choose this car for a little trophy dash, you might not realize what you got yourself into. You could end up getting your doors blown off.

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What's A Turbocharger?
A turbocharger has the same function as a supercharger, which is to force-feed the engine with extra air. The more air (and fuel to go along with it) you can pack into each cylinder, the more horsepower is produced. A supercharger is a mechanically driven blower, usually driven by a belt. The power needed to run the supercharger is subtracted from the engine's overall power output.

A turbocharger is an exhaust-driven blower, in the simplest terms. The power to spin the turbo is taken from the exiting engine exhaust, hence there's little power penalty or mechanical tax on the engine for using a turbocharger. Both turbochargers and superchargers require careful installation and tuning to work successfully.

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The Details
'65 Mustang Fastback

Owner: Brett Evans
Glen Carbon, IL

Engine

  • 427ci stroker
  • Dart block
  • Scat 4340 crankshaft
  • Scat 4340 6.200-inch connecting rods
  • JE Pistons
  • 8.0:1 compression
  • Trick Flow High Port cylinder heads
  • Ford Racing E303 camshaft, 0.498 lift, 220 degrees duration
  • Super Victor intake manifold
  • 900-cfm Holley carburetor
  • Precision 76mm turbocharger set to 15 psi boost
  • Installation by C&S Specialties of St. Louis
  • MSD 6AL ignition

    Transmission

  • C4 three-speed automatic
  • Built by Transmission Specialties
  • 3,500-stall speed ATI torque converter

    Rearend

  • Competition Engineering sheetmetal, 9-inch
  • Traction-Lok
  • 3.27 gears
  • 35 spline axles

    One of the few visual tip-offs to this car's potential is the air-intake port just behind the honeycomb grille. It directs a cold-air charge directly down the throat of the 76mm turbocharger.

    Exhaust

  • 1-5/8-inch primary custom headers
  • 2-1/2-inch crossover pipe
  • 3-1/2-inch exhaust tubing
  • 3-1/2-inch DynoMax Bullet mufflers

    Suspension
    Front: Stock springs, QA1 shocks, sway bar removed
    Rear: Stock leaf springs, QA1 shocks, Cal Trac traction bars

    Brakes
    Front: Aerospace drag brake kit, 10 1/4-inch-diameter rotors
    Rear: Wilwood, 10 1/2-inch discs

    Wheels
    Front: Bogart Racing D-10, 15x5
    Rear: Bogart Racing D-10, 15x10

    Tires
    Front: BFGoodrich G-Force Sport, P225/50R15
    Rear: Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial, P275/60R15

    Interior
    Summit Racing seats, Auto Meter gauges, RPC steering wheel, Hurst Quarter Stick shifter, Simpson five-point harnesses, rollcage by McCoy Race Cars of St. Louis, Alpine stereo, JL Audio amplifiers, Rockford Fosgate speakers, dual Optima batteries mounted in trunk, Summit Racing 20-gallon fuel cell

    Exterior
    Silver paint job by Creative Customs of St. Louis, blue Shelby-style Le Mans stripes, 4-inch cowl hood, racing-style side mirrors

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