Once the car was rolling smoothly and with plenty of power on tap, Chuck turned his attention to the interior. Terry Brother's Custom Upholstery in Atlantic Beach, Florida, recovered the factory seats using TMI's upholstery kit. Subtle additions inside include a Grant Signature Series steering wheel, Hump Hugger center console, and a Classic Autosound AM/FM stereo with CD input. A pair of 5x7 speakers up front, and 6.5-inch versions in the rear, fill the car with sound. The mirror and sunvisor trim inside was powdercoated black, continuing the exterior theme.
During a family trip to Fritch, Texas, Chuck was able to find many needed parts at the Cherry Avenue Auto Salvage Yard in Amarillo, Texas, and he completed his list with the help of his good friend and sponsor, Freddie at Mustang Masters in Jacksonville, Florida. "Freddy has everything you need for a classic Mustang," Chuck told us, "and I refer to the place as Heaven on Earth!" The final step was paint, accomplished by the talented team at Ace Collision Experts in Jacksonville, spraying a basecoat/clearcoat, (you guessed it!) black. The perfect accent was an original '67-'68 black Florida license plate that he was able to use to register the car.
Looking back, Chuck says that to enjoy a hobby like this, you have to have a supportive spouse. "I give all the credit to my wife and best friend, Suzanne. She has supported me through all the good days and bad days of building Mustangs. She would know right away when something didn't fit or wouldn't work because of my attitude. Her solutions were always 'Don't cut corners. Get what you need, otherwise, you're just going to have to redo it.' That always made things better."
Chuck's latest modified Mustang has been a resounding success, winning three First Place trophies in its first four shows with no let up in sight. More importantly, it has underscored the value of the great friendships made during the build process. As for this latest modified Mustang being Chuck's last, well, his friends are betting against it and we have a few reservations, too.
Chuck Barriner's '67 Ford Mustang Coupe
- 351ci Cleveland
- 4.030-inch bore
- 3.50-inch stroke
- Steel crankshaft, polished
- Stock Ford 2V iron cylinder heads, refurbished
- Stock replacement hydraulic flat tappet camshaft
- Edelbrock Performer intake
- Holley 600-cfm carburetor
- Procomp ignition
- Aluminum radiator
- C6 Automatic
- TransGo shift kit
- TCI 2,000-rpm stall converter
- Ford 9-inch
- 28-spline axles
- Traction-Lok differential
- 2 1/4-inch with Flowmaster mufflers and chrome trumpet tips
- Front: Factory V-8 springs with KYB Gas Shocks
- Rear: Factory V-8 springs with KYB Gas Shocks
- Front: Factory V-8 11-inch discs, four-piston calipers
- Rear: 10x2.5-inch drums
- Front: Incubus Shylock triple-chrome-plated, 18x8.5
- Rear: Incubus Shylock triple-chrome-plated, 18x8.5
- Front: Nexen 3000 P235/40ZR18
- Rear: Nexen 3000 P245/40ZR18
- TMI upholstery kit, Hump Hugger console, powdercoated mirror and sun visor hardware, vinyl-covered package tray, Classic Autosound AM/FM stereo, Grant steering wheel
- Shelby-style accents, rocker panel stripes, 351 and 5.8 emblems, Corbin gas cap, finned taillight panel, front valance, black chrome mirrors and door handles