"We took the car to Fast Eddie's Speed shop to repair minor rust damage," Renee told us. "The staff there also built a custom center console and underdash panels to house the extra power ports, filled in the cowl panel and front license plate area, smoothed and tucked the bumpers, and modified the hood braces to clear the Three-Valve's engine cover.
"The grandkids and I Dynamat'ed the whole interior," Clint said. "The whole inside and trunk were silver at one point," Renee recalled.
With the body mods and other metal work completed, Renee and Clint turned to Pete Santini of Santini Paint and Body in Westminster, California. If the name sounds familiar, it may be because of Santini's work with Chip Foose and the Overhaulin' television show. Renee and Clint knew of Santini as he had given the Mustang its previous white paint job, as well laying a few coats on Clint's own project car.
White was not going to cut it this time around, and befitting a Mustang of this caliber, Renee and Clint went with the Corvette's Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat from the '08 model.
"We saw an '08 Corvette at a car show—the sun was shining on it and we both loved it," Renee said. Though it is from the GM family, there's no denying how stunning it looks on the Mustang's metal, and the fact that it is a factory color makes it easily repairable in the event of a parking lot mishap or a rock chip from the daily commute.
The next stop for the Mustang was 714 Motorsports in Westminster for an interior makeover.
"Pete had recommended Alan and Chris at 714 Motorsports," said Renee, "and after meeting with them, Alan looked really familiar. We eventually found out that Alan had done the first upholstery job on the car. They did the current interior in a camel color to my design and modified the rear seat to give it a bucket seat look."
After many trips to Paul and the guys at Mustangs and Fast Fords in Orange County for parts and invaluable help, the car was finally finished. With electrical power ports for GPS and an iPod, as well as a modern powertrain and HVAC system, this Mustang is ready to be a daily driven classic again.
"I am now enjoying my car. It is so much fun to drive," Renee said. "The five-speed really increases the driving fun—this is exactly what I wanted. A reliable, comfortable, and classy car."
Renee Breads' '64½ Mustang Coupe
Ford 4.6L Three-Valve Modular V-8 from an '08 Shelby GT
Stock Ford internals
Tremec 3650 five-speed manual
Stock Ford clutch
Ford 8-inch rearend
Stock 28-spline axles
Stock Ford exhaust manifolds
2½-inch custom exhaust
Front: Rod & Custom Motorsports IFS and power rack-and-pinion steering
Rear: Stock leaf springs and shocks
Front: Wilwood disc, 11-inch rotors, four-piston calipers
Rear: Wilwood disc, 11-inch rotors, four-piston calipers
Front: Budnik Ice, 16x7, polished finish
Rear: Budnik Ice, 16x7, polished finish
Front: Yokohama YK580, P205/55R16
Rear: Yokohama YK580, P225/60R16
Custom tan leather upholstery by 714 Motorsports (Westminster, CA), Budnik Ice steering wheel, Auto Meter Pro Comp Ultra Lite instruments, Cerullo bucket seats, modified rear bench seat, custom console, Custom Auto Sound head unit, upholstered and carpeted trunk
'08 GM Crystal Red basecoat/clearcoat by Pete Santini (Westminster, CA), filled-in cowl vent, custom front grille, smoothed front valance, narrowed and smoothed rear bumper, all metal work by Fast Eddie's Race Car Fabrication (Orange, CA)