1967 Flashback Mustang Classic Design Concept - Time Warped
Classic Design's Stunning Merger Of '60s Style And 21st-Century Technology
From the February, 2009 issue of Modified Mustangs & Fords
By Dale Amy
Photography by Dale Amy
Classic Design Concepts' '67 Flashback MustangMeet the Flashback, Classic Design Concepts' best-of-both-worlds fusion of iconic ponycar design with thoroughly modern comforts and the latest in muscle mechanicals. Think '67 fastback with all the power and efficiency that four intervening decades of progress have wrought, mixed with eye-opening braking, agility, interior ergonomics, and astonishing build quality. Oh, and we think it looks pretty good, too. Perhaps best of all is the fact that CDC will build you your very own Flashback, and after we get done telling you about not just the nuts and bolts of this amazing project, but also the amount of creative, real-world practicality that went into its design and development, you'll be selling off some of those boring investments and standing in line with the rest of us.
It all began with a Dynacorn unibody shell and the innovative mind of CDC boss George Huisman. It was actually one of two Dynacorn-based projects that his company built for the 2007 SEMA show in Las Vegas (the other was a near-stock-appearing representation of a '67 GT, powered by one of Ford Racing's Boss 347 crate engines spinning through a Tremec TKO-500 five-speed). The Flashback, however, is the one on which Huisman let his considerable imagination run wild-and which won SEMA's "Best of Show: Outstanding Achievement in Design" award.
One of the burning questions as the Flashback project got underway was whether a four-valve modular could be made to live-and run-within the underhood confines of the '67 engine bay (and not just any old four-valve modular). When Ford Racing Performance Parts made the decision to offer the Shelby GT500's blown and intercooled DOHC 5.4L as a crate engine (in this case, boosted even more with FRPP's supercharger upgrade kit, for a rated 605 hp), the die was cast-the Flashback had to have one. And so it does, but the challenges of fitting this huge-headed behemoth between the shock towers and making its all-seeing, all-knowing engine-control processor talk nicely with the rest of the car's wiring harnesses and gauge cluster were considerable, as you might imagine. But, man, they did it, and you can see from our engine shot that the installation is ultra-sanitary. What you can't see is that, behind the blown modular is a Viper-spec T56 six-speed from D&D Performance (production variants will instead use the GT500's factory Tremec TR-6060 six-speed).
Compared to the modular drivetrain, fitting the Flashback's three-link rear and coilover front suspension was child's play-especially since the complete Phase 4 package from RRS of Australia was engineered to bolt right up to an early Mustang. The Phase 4 rear suspension employs a lengthy torque arm and Watt's link for precise control of the Currie 9-inch axle (with 3.70 ring and pinion and TrueTrac diff) that is end-capped with hulking 13.2-inch discs. These wear six-piston calipers, as do the massive front 14-inch rotors; all are from RRS. The brake/clutch pedal assembly is another RRS piece, complete with mechanical linkages, hydraulic clutch cylinder, integrated brake master cylinder, and vacuum booster.
How well does this sophisticated chassis work? Well, you can forget the handling characteristics of any classic Mustang you may have experienced-this 21st-century hardware creates a platform that will chase down and steal the lunch of practically anything else it might possibly encounter on the street or road course. Some of this prowess is owed to the RRS power rack-and-pinion steering, and of course the massive and sticky 18-inch rolling stock doesn't hurt, either.
But at the same time, you can also forget any thoughts about the Flashback being a high-strung race car. Its street manners are impeccable, and the interior is a finely crafted exercise in upscale materials and amenities, enhanced by creative thinking and careful fabrication. Sliding behind the leather-wrapped tilt wheel, the very first question that comes to mind is, "Why do I have so much leg- and headroom?" The answer is that CDC re-engineered the floorpan to provide for an amazing 6.5 inches more fore/aft seat travel, and 2 inches more headroom than an original '67 Mustang. I'm a couple of inches over 6 feet and couldn't begin to slide my seat all the way rearward-and still operate the pedals, anyway. I also had an inordinate amount of room between my noggin and the custom-crafted headliner. Those in the NFL and NBA will surely rejoice. The buckets themselves-power on the driver side-are based on SN-95 Mustang GT units, re-skinned in contrasting-stitched leather with Comfortweave-style inserts. The fold-down rear seat is upholstered to match, as are the door panels with their integral power lock switches (the power window switches are on the custom console just forward of its stitched-leather armrest). The street credentials are confirmed by the presence of a Vintage Air electronic HVAC system, along with a Rockford Fosgate-amplified JVC sound system with a quartet of speakers and 12-inch subwoofer. The cabin, we should point out, is thoroughly cocooned in Dynamat sound- and heat-attenuating material.
Outside, the look is not unlike a '67 fastback that has spent plenty of time in the gym getting all pumped and buff. Yet the Flashback also has a much less boy-racer appearance than many of the recent Dynacorn-based projects we've seen. The tasteful combination of Pearl Blue paint and Vintage Gold stripes and accents is more understated than in-your-face. Same with the CDC-designed front and rear fascias, grille, hood and functional sidescoops. Production Flashbacks, by the way, will get a hood redesigned for a lower profile while still retaining the functional heat extraction vents.
Of course, you can have yours in any color you'd like. And you can save quite a few of those boring investments by opting for a Ford Racing Boss 347 stroker crate engine and Tremec five-speed combination, instead of the notably pricier GT500 mill with its six-speed. In case you need any convincing, let's just say that about the only thing better than looking at the Flashback is driving it. Now, go talk to your broker!
Classic Design Concepts'
'67 Flashback Mustang
- Ford Racing Performance Parts supercharged 5.4L '07 SVT Mustang GT500 engine
- 3.552-inch bore
- 4.165-inch stroke
- Aluminum Heads-four valves per cylinder
- 8:4:1 compression ratio
- Water-to-air intercooler
- 605 hp @ 6,000 rpm (with FRPP Superpack Supercharger Upgrade Kit)
- 590 lb-ft torque @ 4,500 rpm (with FRPP Superpack Supercharger Upgrade Kit)
- Cold Air Inlet-CDC-modified design
- Fuel supplied by a Ford Shelby GT 500 "in-tank" fuel pump packaged in a CDC-modified '70 Boss 302 22-gallon fuel tank
- '03 Ford Production Mustang Mach 1 radiator-CDC-modified SPAL USA dual 11" electric cooling fans Ford production "drive-by-wire" accelerator pedal
- D&D Performance Tremec T56 six-speed manual
- Ford Racing Performance Parts dual-disc, Cerametallic-coated Cobra clutch
- RRS hydraulic clutch system with Ford production hydraulic release bearing
- Drive Train Specialists custom driveshaft
- Currie 9-inch
- 3.70 gears
- four-pinion Traction-Lok
- 31-spline axles
- Rear-Gears modified housing to accept RRS Three-Link Suspension Package
- FRPP stainless steel headers-CDC modified
- 2 1/2-inch stainless steel tubing and mufflers
- CDC-designed 2 7/8-inch rear exit
- Chromed stainless steel dual exhaust tips
- Front: RRS Phase 4 independent front billet aluminum adjustable coilover strut/steering knuckle system, chrome silicone steel springs, 1 1/8-inch sway bar
- Rear: RRS Three-Link adjustable rear suspension system, chrome silicone steel springs, Watt's Link Stability System
- RRS power assist rack-and-pinion steering, Flaming River tilting steering column with CDC-modified, leather-wrapped '67 Mustang deluxe steering wheel
- Front: RRS 14-inch Moly-Carbide slotted/vented rotors, six-piston King calipers
- Rear: RRS 13.2-inch Moly-Carbide slotted/vented rotors, six-piston King calipers, drum in disc parking brake system
- Front: Forgeline ZX3P three-piece forged wheels-bright polished rim with Vintage Gold center, 18 by 8
- Rear: Forgeline ZX3P three-piece forged wheels-bright polished rim with Vintage Gold center, 18 by 9.5
- Front: Dunlop Direzza DZ 101, P245/40ZR18
- Rear: Dunlop Direzza DZ 101, P275/35ZR18
- CDC-designed front power bucket seats, leather-covered folding rear seat system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped trim panels, leather-wrapped center floor console, foam shaping and black leather trimming by Alea Leather, CDC-dedicated vehicle build number nameplate on center console, ACC black-cut pile, full carpeting in passenger compartment and trunk, aluminum pedal covers with matching fixed dead pedal, Classic Instruments cluster with CDC-designed Flashback graphics, SPAL USA power door locks, power window, and remote keyless entry systems, Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum electronic HVAC system, JVC/Bongiovi radio head with Rockford Fosgate audio amplification system with four speakers and one 12-inch woofer
- CDC-designed front fascia with functional brake duct air inlets, stainless steel wire mesh upper grille, rear fascia with integral bumper, reversed louvered hood, sail panel closeouts, functional lower sidescoops and decklid wicker bill, CDC-designed taillamps with integral backup lamps, Sherwin Williams Planet Color basecoat/clearcoat Pearl Blue (PCM-12) with Vintage Gold (PCA-4) LeMans stripes applied by PSI Automotive Support Groups, Cibie front driving lamps, AutoNik headlamps with integral LED turn signals, chrome plating, stainless steel and aluminum polishing by A-W Custom Chrome, Scott Drake smoke-tinted door, vent, and rear backlite glass, CDC engine identification fender badges, unique FlashBack decklid badging, CDC-reinforced Dynacorn Classic Bodies reproduction '67 Mustang bodyshell/chassis, RRS Front Shock Tower Reinforcement System and RRS Shock Tower Notching Kit