Art and Debra Andrew's '67 Mustang Eleanor Replica
It's been awhile since Nicholas Cage starred in the movie Gone in 60 Seconds and nobody was surprised when he wasn't nominated for an award by the Motion Picture Academy. The truth is that the real star of the movie was the "Eleanor" Mustang he drove in the film, and it is this car that has endured in the minds of movie goers and Mustang lovers everywhere. Although we've seen many Eleanor replicas in our day here at Modified Mustangs & Fords, we're always struck with how good the Eleanor cars look and how well these modifications have withstood the test of time. While they may not be loved by some of the diehard Mustang fans, we can't fault the design for bringing many people into our hobby and many new parts to vendor's shelves.
The Eleanor Mustang has joined...
The Eleanor Mustang has joined other classic variations of the car as a timeless classic. Like a Shelby or Boss 429, the car is recognizable at a distance because of its distinctive attire. The front valance is '65 R-model flavored while the driving lights say Shelby. The small-diameter projector high beams are a completely custom touch, as are the side exhaust and wheels.
When we saw this great-looking example belonging to Art and Debra Andrew of Huntington Beach, California, we knew that this exotic incarnation of the classic Mustang fastback was worth another look. All of the features used in the Eleanor modifications still appeal to us. From the metallic steel grey color to the contoured side exhaust, all of the styling cues still seem spot on. The Eleanor cars borrow styling tips from several sources. Much of the great look is owed to Carroll Shelby himself and his original '67 Shelby design elements. The on-center driving lights and sail panel inlet scoops, as well as the trunk lid and quarter extensions, are all borrowed from the Shelby design school, while the Thunderbird taillamps were another styling trick used on the original Shelby G.T. 350 and 500 models. The rest of the famous design came courtesy of the one and only Chip Foose through the hands of the original movie car builders at Cinema Vehicle Services.
Art began his project with a nice example of the breed. The '67 fastback was a GT version and had the 390 FE engine as original equipment. He disassembled the car and spent more than three years on the complete refurbishment and Eleanor upgrades.
As you can see from this shot...
As you can see from this shot Art has the suspension height and rake dialed in exactly. The smoothed out body seams, wheel flares, and contoured side-exhaust outlets give the car a look that flows smoothly from front to rear. The Shelby styling cues combined with the refined modifications elsewhere give the Eleanor Mustang a classic look that's sure to withstand the test of time.
He began the project by shaving the shock towers and adding a Rod & Custom Motorsports Mustang II frontend kit. This kit is a terrific upgrade because in addition to creating more room underhood, it addresses three other important frontend areas. The kit adds modern disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and completely updated suspension equipment and geometry. Before installation of the new Ford Racing Performance Parts (FRPP) 392W crate engine, the car was completely rewired.
Next, Art had Pete Santini Auto Body of Westminster, California, complete all the required body modifications and apply the pristine paintjob. All bolt-on body components were smoothed into the main body for a seamless and smooth look. Altogether the effect is awesome and one of the nicest Eleanor projects we've seen lately. Art now enjoys taking his car around to various car shows and exhibitions throughout the Southern California area. He says that he and his wife, Debra, have had a great time at the shows and highlights include a First Place award at the famous Rick and Ronnie's car show in Torrance, California, and an appearance in the Shelby Corral at the Palos Verdes annual show. Although they have never run this car down the dragstrip the owners report that the car is both fast and reliable. With Art and Debra's car as an example, it's plain to see that the Eleanor belongs in that special category of timeless Mustang incarnations.
We'd have to say that the...
We'd have to say that the LeCarra steering wheel looks great in any classic Ford car and this car is no exception. The basically stock interior doesn't need much embellishment as it is the original GT Deluxe version, including the very stylish upper and lower consoles. Instrumentation has been thoroughly upgraded with Auto Meter instruments all fitted into the stock locations.
The 392W crate engine looks...
The 392W crate engine looks right at home in the enlarged engine bay. The original 390 in the car is larger than the current Windsor so it wasn't necessary to shave the shock towers to gain installation room. The Rod & Custom Motorsports frontend was used because it addresses so many issues at once, including steering and brakes, as well as suspension.
This close-up shows nothing...
This close-up shows nothing but curves. The side-exit exhaust is not a side pipe arrangement but rather flows through conventional-type mufflers to exit in front of the rear wheel. The Phil Schmitt Engineering wheels were an excellent choice and are reminiscent of the classic Halibrand type wheels found in the 1960's. Goodyear tires complete the all-American look.
Art and Debra Andrew's '67 Mustang Eleanor replica
430hp at 5,500 rpm
450 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm
Forged steel rods
Forged aluminum pistons
9.71:1 compression ratio
Hydraulic roller camshaft, 0.563 intake lift 0.584 exhaust
Duration at 0.050: 232 degrees intake and 240 degrees exhaust
FRPP GT-40 aluminum cylinder heads, 1.94-inch intake, 1.54-inch exhaust
Victor Jr. single-plane aluminum intake manifold
Holley 870 cfm four-barrel carburetor
Nitrous Oxide Systems 175hp nitrous kit
March serpentine drive front dress
BeCool aluminum radiator
Dual electric fans
Dual oil filters with remote cooler
C6 three-speed automatic
B&M torque converter
Currie Enterprises 9-inch
Hooker Super Competition headers
SpinTec 3-inch mufflers
Front: Rod & Custom Motorsports Mustang II, Tubular control arms, coilover shocks
Rear: Mid-eye leaf springs, coilover shocks, Total Control subframe connectors
Front: Rod & Custom Motorsports disc, 11-inch rotor, single-piston caliper
Rear: Wilwood disc, 10-inch rotor, single-piston caliper
Front: PS Engineering GT-40, 17x8
Rear: PS Engineering GT-40, 17x8
Front: Goodyear Eagle F1, P245/40R17
Rear: Goodyear Eagle F1, P245/40R17
OE Black GT deluxe interior, upper and lower consoles, Auto Meter gauges, LeCarra steering wheel, Fox Mustang front seats
Eleanor body kit (hood, trunk lid, rocker panels, wheel flares, nose piece, sail panel, and sidescoops), Valspar Custom Blend Pepper Grey paint with jade green basecoat