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Readers Show Off Their Modern Tributes To Vintage Mustang Musclecars
The '74-'78 Mustang II was a good car at the right time, but it wasn't embraced by the vintage-Mustang enthusiasts of the day. As for '79-and-later Fox-body Mustangs, it took nearly 10 years and an easily modified 5.0L H.O. engine to endear it to fans. The '94 model, with its more familiar grille and sidescoops, was a step in the right direction. With the '05-'07 Mustang, Ford knocked one out of the park. Attend nearly any Mustang show today and you'll see almost as many new models as '65-'73s.
Without a doubt, the retro styling of the '05-'07 models has stirred the emotions of vintage Mustang owners and non-Mustang enthusiasts alike. With styling so reminiscent of '67-'70 models, many owners use the new cars as a canvas to pay tribute to the muscle Mustangs of that era. Utilizing Boss and Shelby stripes, vintage emblems, spoilers, and Shaker scoops, modern Mustang owners are creating their own versions of yesterday's classics. Let's take a look at a few in this special section featuring readers' '05-'07 Mustangs.
Denver's Michael Bateman says he couldn't resist turning his '06 Mustang GT into a modern-day version of the '67 Shelby GT350. "I wanted to modify the car in such a way that it appears factory stock, yet still captures the overall flavor of the classic Shelby," Michael says. "That meant all the components had to look as though they came as a package, which is no easy task when you're mixing and matching parts from a dozen different vendors." Those components include a Classic Design Concepts front spoiler and upper-window scoops, Cervini lower scoops, a Gene Evans Ford rear spoiler, and Tony Branda Performance GT350 emblems and hoodpins.
Michael didn't stop with the looks. He also added a C&L cold-air intake, Ford Racing headers, Roush underdrive pulleys, an SLP exhaust, and an SCT recalibration to up the horsepower to 365 at the flywheel.
Old School Cool
Brenton Johnson from Hollister, California, has always loved the old-school style of vintage Mustangs but never had the time or money to restore one. When the '05 Mustang debuted, he sold his '66 convertible to place an order for an '05 GT coupe. Before it arrived, Brenton began ordering modifications. "I wanted to pay tribute to the old-school muscle Mustangs," he says.
His exterior mods include a hoodscoop, custom Boss-style stripes, lowering springs, front and rear spoilers, side louvers, and black Bullitt wheels with chrome spinners. He finished it off with an SLP Loudmouth exhaust "so the sound matches the looks."
Unlike most, Pennsylvania's Tony Ginder began with a V-6 Mustang, a yellow coupe with an automatic transmission and Pony Package. Baltimore Street Rods applied the '69 Boss-like striping and hood blackout to give the car a more sinister look, but don't think this V-6 is a pushover on the street. Tony also added a ProCharger Stage II supercharger, a dual exhaust with a crossover pipe, a DiabloSport MAF extender, and an Auburn limited-slip differential with 3.31 gears. Those mods, along with a few suspension bits such as springs and lower control arms, has propelled this Mustang to a best of 12.83 at 106 mph in the quarter-mile. Tony probably surprised a few real GTs.
SOHC It To Me
Other than the aftermarket wheels and certain tiny emblems on the front fenders, you'd never know that Jim Weigle's '05 Mustang is anything other than a standard GT. Those vintage emblems say "SOHC," which is a dead giveaway that the factory 4.6L has been replaced by a real 427 SOHC from the '60s. Jim, from West Virginia, purchased the Mustang new specifically for swapping in the cammer, which tucks in neatly between the strut towers and looks like a factory install. Jim even had the original window sticker modified to include the 427 SOHC as a $60,000 option. We have a feeling that the 17/25 fuel-mileage numbers no longer apply.
Hertz Before Hertz
Before Shelby and Hertz teamed up again to create the '06 GT-H, Ryland Matthews built his own. "I have a thing for the '66 Hertz Shelby," says Ryland, who hails from New Bern, North Carolina. Starting with an '06 Premium GT, Ryland took cues from the '67 Shelby by adding a Street Scene grille with center-mount foglights, a ducktail rear spoiler from Classic Design Concepts, and '67 Shelby badging. Completing the Hertz look on the black GT are the gold stripes, as applied by Baltimore Street Rods. Ryland has also upped the performance with a number of upgrades, including a JLT cold-air intake with an SCT 2 tune, SLP long-tube headers with crossover pipes, Flowmaster mufflers, Steeda underdrive pulleys and springs, Ford Racing 4.10 gears, BMR suspension components, and deep-dish Verde wheels with Nitto 555 tires.
Remember how Ford built some regular 428 Mustangs with Shaker hoodscoops? That's the look Steve and Karran Galpin were going for when they added tasteful modifications to their Torch Red '05 GT convertible. First, they added a Classic Design Concepts lightbar and chin spoiler. Then they went all out with the CDC Shaker hoodscoop. The rear spoiler and lower body trim is painted black, while the rear is covered with a honeycomb taillight panel from Silver Horse Racing. "The total package looks stock," Steve says, "but the car gets plenty of attention at shows and on the go."
The lettering on the front fenders of Chris Horning's '05 Mustang is subtle, similar to the lettering on a Boss 429, but there's nothing subtle about the car. "I took the idea of a Boss 302 and reinvented it for the new Mustang V-6," Chris says. "The Boss 302 was a great handling car with a small-displacement engine. With that in mind, I created a Boss 244." According to him, it's the quickest "all-motor, bolt-on V-6 street car on the Web with a 14.03/95.14 clocking in the quarter-mile."
In 1968, Rhode Island's Tasca Ford was instrumental in the creation of the 428 Cobra Jet. More recently, Tasca Ford was instrumental in the creation of Rebecca Parkos' '05 Mustang GT, which was converted into a Tasca Cobra Jet at the Tasca Performance Center. Basically, Tasca took Rebecca's Mustang and built it to her specs, which included a Saleen supercharger, a Magnaflow crossover pipe, Steeda headers, Richmond 4.10 gears, and 20-inch Thruxton wheels with BFGoodrich G-Force tires. Rebecca looked to Cervini's for most of the exterior, including the ram-air hood, upper air extractors, and sidescoops. Steeda was called on for a rear wing, a front splitter, sway bars, and brakes. "I'm an eighth-grade teacher," Rebecca says, "and my students say my Mustang sounds like a jet engine when it pulls into the parking lot."
Paul Kiley from Newton, Massachusetts, chose a '67 Shelby theme for his '05 Premium V-6 convertible. Externally, the car is equipped with Street Scene's center-mount foglight grille; Classic Design Concepts' chin spoiler, lightbar, and hoodscoop with integrated turn signals; and a Silver Horse rear panel. Performance mods include an Explorer Express X-Charger supercharger, a custom dual exhaust, BMR suspension upgrades, Detroit Truetrac differential with 3.73 gears, and a GT brake upgrade with ceramic pads.
Super Snake II
Bruce Jones isn't just a reader, he's also the publisher for all four Mustang magazines at Primedia, including Mustang Monthly. When he purchased an '06 GT last year, it wasn't long before Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine commandeered the car for their Building the Perfect Beast DVD project. Now looking more like a '67 Shelby than an '07 Shelby, Bruce's GT was transformed by Fang Performance with a '67 Shelby-style hood, center-mounted foglights, a rear ducktail spoiler, and Le Mans-type stripes-except instead of the usual twin stripes, Fang Performance copied the thin-wide-thin theme from the '67 Shelby GT500 Super Snake prototype. The car then headed to JDM Engineering in New Jersey, where it received a Vortech supercharger and MaxFlow cooler, C&L cold-air kit, BBK throttle body, DiabloSport tune, and Stainless Works exhaust for 460 rwhp. Steeda springs and Tokico struts/shocks, along with 20-inch Cragar SS wheels and Nitto rubber, finished off the wild project.
Sometimes simple works as well as wild. James Lyles from Jacksonville, Florida, paid tribute the '67 GTA Mustang by adding '67 GTA emblems to the side stripes and a simulated rear gas cap on his '05 GT. James completed the white coupe with a Roush hoodscoop, blue Le Mans stripes, and 3D Carbon rear quarter-louvers. It's an automatic, of course.
Boss By Design
Brad Kidd, from Kidd's Auto Design and Restoration in Appomattox, Virginia, sent us this photo of a customer's '06 Mustang GT that was converted into a Boss look-alike. "We restore classic cars as well as design kits for the new Mustangs," Brad says. "For this one, we designed a Boss look with stripes, functional Shaker scoop, black-out hood stripe and taillight panel, and a '70 gas cap." Brad and company also added quarter-window scoops, rear-window louvers, and a stainless steel grille.
"There are rumors about Ford coming out with an '08 or '09 Boss 302," says Cam Gillespie. "I couldn't wait." Cam traded his '01 Bullitt GT for a Screaming Yellow '05 Mustang GT, then started gathering parts to turn it into his own version of a modern Boss 302, including a front chin spoiler and rear-window louvers from MRT. The Boss-like stripes were custom-made by a local vinyl company. Cam also added chrome tailpipes, wheel spinners, headlight covers from Vantage Car Sales, a Midwest engine-plenum cover, and sequential taillights from Classic Design Concepts. "If Ford wants to use my car as a prototype for the new Boss 302, they're more than welcome."
Tim Carr promised his wife, Linda, that he would buy her a convertible sports car for her 50th birthday. As a Mustang nut and owner of a '67 Mustang GTA fastback, Tim opted for an '05 Roush. He made it even more distinctive-and more like his GTA-by adding a Shaker hoodscoop, custom hood stripes, Ford Racing FR500 wheels, and a honeycomb rear taillight panel. "Our wild 'Stangs show well together," Tim says. "I hope this investment ensures me another 27 years of marriage."
Poor Man's Shelby
"I've always loved the look of a Shelby GT350. I can't afford one of the new Shelbys, so I modified my '06 GT to look like one," says Dale Krysinski of Zelienople, Pennsylvania. He ordered a Performance White GT so he could add the traditional over-the-top Le Mans and rocker-panel Shelby-blue stripes from Ford Racing, acquired from CJ Pony Parts. Dale says the GT's performance was great right from the factory, but he enhanced it with a K&N air filter and Ford Racing mufflers. "With my poor man's Shelby, I've achieved the exact look I wanted."
Dave and Terry DePeau followed the Shelby theme with their '05 Mustang GT by adding white Le Mans-style stripes over the top of the Torch Red coupe. The appearance is subtle compared to the less-obvious performance mods, which include a C&L cold-air intake with SCT calibration, Ford Racing headers and X-shape crossover with a Borla Cat-Back exhaust, and 3.73 gears, all installed at CJ Pony Parts in the DePeaus' hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Equipped from the factory with an automatic transmission, Dave has run a best of 13.68/102.52 in the quarter-mile. Other appearance mods include "Mustang" fader side stripes, spinner hubcaps, a California Special intake cover, Ford Racing chrome valve covers, and MGW billet accessories.