Roll Your Own
Nobody had exactly the right exterior pieces available in a single kit, so it took two months of mixing, matching and testing to get it right. In the end, Will brought in pieces from several suppliers to look after the exterior. Of course, the shaker hood kit from Classic Design Concepts was an absolutely mandatory addition. CDC was also tasked to provide their aggressive chin spoiler, one which is certainly the closest available to that included on the original Machs. The car's rear ducktail spoiler, quarter window louvers and hood struts are also CDC products.
A 3d Carbon lower rear valance panel adds distinctive lines to the rear bumper fascia, while the Xenon rocker panels and side scoops integrate the look of the car's flanks. As characteristic as the shaker scoop is, rear window louvers are also a mandatory component of any Mach I conversion. MRT-Direct filled the bill here, providing their powder coated, all-aluminum rear window louver that hinges at the top to allow for easy cleaning of the rear glass.
Given Will's past experience in the automotive finishing business, you can expect that painting of the components is going to be top drawer, and you'll not be disappointed. All paint work is done in-house by Russell Williams and is available whether you're buying a complete conversion or some exterior parts for your own project.
Pass The NOS, Please
You'll see in the photos that these cars also sport original Mach I side stripes, exactly the same as in the late '60s. These are NOS pieces, or 'New Old Stock' - authentic Ford-produced parts that someone has kept and made available, typically for restoration purposes, but available to anyone if you know where to look. Original rear end graphics are also available, and try as he might, Will was unable to adapt them to the contours of the new Mustang body. As a result, he had to duplicate the look - something he's done admirably - by having custom vinyl cut for the cars.
A final step in the development of the car was to find the 'right' wheels for it. That task proved to be more challenging than anyone expected. As Will told us, "I must have tried about 20 different sets, but when we fitted these it was all over." The wheels that completed the car, and Will's quest for a perfect retro look, are 18 x 9.5-inch 'smokey' chrome wheels fitted with Nitto 275/40-18 tires all-around.
Having put the black car together first, it became a demonstrator for Tulsa Car FX's Mustang conversions. Many people that have seen the car mistake it for a factory release, but Will and his people are always careful to correct that mistake. Regardless, the look and quality of the car continues to drive demand for Will to build more. Of course, he's quite happy to accommodate his customers and each has the opportunity to make the car uniquely theirs. Will and his staff continue to monitor developments from existing and new parts suppliers.
For example, there are a number of differences between the two cars shown in this feature. Doubtless, the more eagle-eyed of you will note that the yellow 2006 car sports a Street Scene Equipment front grille that moves the fog lights to the center, as in some historic Shelby models. Under the hood, this car also picks up a little more oomph, courtesy of an intercooled Novi 2000 supercharger, with supporting air intake and oversized MAF. When strapped on the dyno, this eye-popping beauty laid down a more-than-skin-deep 540 RWHP. This is not the car that Will lets first time visitors take our for a spin, but clearly, it serves to indicate the range of implementations that can come through his organization.