Jim Smart
September 1, 2005

Twilight Turquoise was a decidedly rare color for 1965. Having traveled to hundreds of Mustang shows in over 20 years, we can tell you this color doesn't show up very often. It's a striking hue, and we're thankful Bob and Brenda Radder didn't change it to red or some other bright "ticket me" color. Yet, they decided to skip the chalk marks, factory valve covers, and Styled Steel wheels to build a restomod.

We're seeing a lot more modified Mustangs these days, just like during the '60s and '70s. Factory original, concours-restored Mustangs are still popular, but because more and more people want to drive their classic Mustangs, owners are making changes so they can do it safely and comfortably.

When Bob and Brenda were penciling out their Mustang plan, they wanted something that was a lot more fun to drive than a showroom stocker. They opted for a powerful Ford Racing 302 crate engine (M-6007-B50) sporting a roller hydraulic camshaft, Edelbrock Victor Jr. induction, a Holley 700-cfm double-pumper, an MSD ignition, 111/42-inch headers, a Milodon road-race oil pan, and a Griffin radiator. Giving them the best of both worlds is a Tremec World Class T5 five-speed transmission splined into a 3.89:1 Ford 9-inch axle. These gears, coupled with overdrive, enable the Radders to cruise with relative efficiency, yet light the candle whenever they want. Drop it out of Overdrive into Fourth or Third for a rocket-ship blast.

Because safety is also important, the Radders opted for Baer disc brakes at all four corners. A Total Control suspension system, coupled with five-leaf rear springs, 16-inch American Racing Torq-Thrust IIs, and BFGoodrich Comp T/As help keep the Radders out of trouble.

Inside, they stuck with the Mustang's simple factory theme of the period: black vinyl bucket seats, Falcon instrumentation, and a bolt-on Auto Meter tachometer. This keeps with the Mustang's sporty, no-nonsense message of the '60s.

We like the Shelby fiberglass hood, mouthy grille, and wonderful simplicity of this San Diego, California-based Mustang ride. It says "Mustang" at a glance, but it's a whole lot more.