As you might imagine, the interior is equally stunning in its customization and execution of design. Eric Thorsen Custom Upholstery in Agora Hills, California, handled most of the work, including covering a pair of Corbeau GTII seats in the rich leather upholstery.
The factory radio, ashtray, and heater control were removed to make way for a new switch panel and cell phone storage area with 12V power port. The dashpad was then modified to accept the custom Redline Gauge Works instrumentation. Pure Vision also went ahead and changed the inner door handles and mechanisms to midyear Corvette, pull-style pieces, and the custom door panels, which resemble the early Pony-style interior, wear door pull straps that were fabricated from aluminum and then wrapped in leather. While the window cranks may look like the originals, the arms and base are machined from aluminum by White Rhino.
Aside from the glaringly in your face, yet removable, down bar, you can't really see all of the integrated rollcage structure, and that's part of the design. Behind the rollbar, the Pure Vision team widened the interior side panels to accommodate the larger wheeltubs (which house a 345mm tire!), and a Shelby-style rear seat delete was fabricated around and proudly displays the Maier cantilever rear suspension.
With such an extraordinary amount of detail built into the body and interior of this Sportsroof Mustang, the average ho-hum crate engine just wouldn't suffice. To that end, Steve called up Jon Kaase Racing Engines for one of its Boss 9 powerplants. Configurable in a number of different ways, the Boss 9 utilizes a number of Kaase's own Boss components such as the cylinder heads and intake manifold. This particular Boss 9 measures in at 520ci, and is based off of a Kaase aluminum block, heads, and intake manifold. The relatively mild cam profile was chosen to make it extremely streetable, while offering up around 800 hp at the crank.
With most Boss 429 and Boss 9 engines, the spark plug wires sprout from the valve covers and merge at the distributor, but that wasn't clean enough for Steve. To solve that issue, a crank trigger ignition was wired into the Electromotive fuel injection system—that got rid of the distributor. A set of modified 426 Hemi spark plug wire ends were then utilized—they make an immediate 90-degree bend and then are routed below the valve cover and back through the firewall where they meet up with the Electromotive coil packs. The result is a clean look that allows one to focus on the massive valve covers and the immediately recognizable air cleaner, which is ducted into the cowl area for a fresh air source.
To get the engine into the chassis where Steve wanted it, the firewall was moved back 3 1⁄3 inches from stock. This improved weight balance and handling. Utilizing Burns stainless steel tubing, Resurrections By Mike fabricated the headers, which are then routed into 4½-inch oval tubes that have been welded into the rocker panels—the exhaust exit comes out the rocker right behind the door.
We've only covered maybe 75 percent of the car's intricate details at this point, and since we'd like to keep the pictures nice and big for our readers, we recommend that you check out www.anvilmustang.com for more pictures and even video of the car going together.
As we previously mentioned, the Mustang was a big hit at the 2010 SEMA show in Las Vegas, and Matt and Steve made the right call on the '69-'70 body style, as there were a number of those Mustangs customized for the 2010 show. Matt's Mustang was also in the Top 5 for Street Machine of the Year at the 2010 GoodGuys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.
For Anvil Auto, it's the perfect rolling advertisement for its Ford-related carbon-fiber and fiberglass components. One of the goals of this build was to provide a number of Mustang parts for the Anvil catalog. With Matt and Steve roughing in the designs and shapes, and the Pure Vision staff fine-tuning each piece, there are now a significant number of components available to the Mustang enthusiast. Currently, Anvil offers the hood, front spoiler, rear spoiler, factory hoodscoop and passenger-side dashcove panel (not on the Anvil Mustang), front fenders, instrument panel, rear bumper, decklid, and quarter extensions are all available in fiberglass, paint grade fiberglass/carbon, and then full-on dry carbon fiber. Matt tells us that the '65-'68 Mustang parts should be available mid-2012. Then you can build your own carbon-fiber colt.