Rene Granados lives in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, and is heavily involved in both classic and late-model Mustangs. He's part of the Club Potro Salvaje De Xalapa, a Mustang club in Mexico that enjoys ample track day events as well as static car shows. Rene sent us two Mustang stories for "Readers' Roundup” and we're sharing his Eleanor build with our readers this month. Rene's other fastback, nicknamed Armageddon, will make an appearance in a future column.
Rene was tooling around Mexico in a '96 Mustang Cobra, but he missed his red '65 Mustang hardtop that he had previously. He heard about a '68 fastback for sale in Poza Rica and went to take a look at it. To Rene's surprise, the owner had second thoughts about selling (the owner was considering building an Eleanor replica as well). Though the fastback was in poor shape, Rene talked the owner into trading his '96 Cobra for the fastback, to which the owner agreed.
Rene explained to us that the Eleanor build was something his family wanted to do as well, and planned to build it together as they were able to afford the parts for it. The body and paint closely followed movie car specs with PPG's Pepper Gray Metallic. For suspension, Rene went to Total Control Products (just like the movie cars) for full suspension upgrades front and rear using TCP's coilover shocks, tubular arms, and subframe connectors. For power, Rene wanted a minimum of 500 hp and he found it easily in a custom-built 408ci Windsor stroker, backed by a Tremec TKO-500 five-speed transmission and a Strange 9-inch. Hauling the E-car down for the corners are Wilwood disc brakes at all four corners with Foose Ascot hoops wrapped in Nitto rubber. Inside, the fastback wows with more Eleanor-themed parts plus a JME brushed aluminum gauge cluster, Sparco race seats, and custom consoles.
Rene and his family showed the completed Eleanor for the first time in 2008 at the Banamex Center convention space in Mexico City.
"This unveiling was by Mr. Peter McGillivray, Vice President of SEMA, and the Treasury Secretary of Mexico,” Rene explained to us in one of his emails. Peter McGillivray offered Rene's family and car club to be guests at the 2008 SEMA show and unveil the car there. Unfortunately, Rene could not make the SEMA show that year.
Rene's Eleanor, like his Armageddon Mustang, is used as a daily driver in Mexico and they are not just track toys or driven on certain days. "My friends say that the cars shouldn't be driven; only shown. But they have to be used and enjoyed with the family. I have had the pleasure of visiting many places in Mexico in both cars. It would be a punishment not to use them and enjoy them,” Rene states.
351W stroked to 408ci
Forged pistons and rods
AFR 205cc aluminum heads, ported
Demon 750-cfm carburetor
Edelbrock Air Gap aluminum intake
Moroso 7-quart oil pan
Edelbrock water pump
Aluminum radiator with dual fans
Aeromotive A1000 fuel pump and regulator
MSD 6BTM ignition control, coil, and distributor
All new wiring with trunk-mounted Optima Red Top battery
Xenon headlights and foglights
Hooker long-tube headers
Borla mufflers with X-pipe and 2½-inch dual exhaust
Tremec TKO-500 five-speed
Strange 9-inch with 3.70 gears
TCP coilover shocks front and rear
TCP subframe connectors
Wilwood disc brakes
Late-model Mustang hydroboost
Auto Meter gauges
Shelby-type wood steering wheel
Dynamat sound deadening
Kenwood double-DIN head unit
6-inch speakers, 10-inch subwoofers
Alpine four-channel amplifier
Eleanor body kit
Pepper Grey Metallic with black metallic stripes
Foose Ascot wheels, 17x8 front, 17x10 rear
Nitto NT555 tires P235/40R17 front, P295/30R17 drag radials rear
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