Jim Smart
August 1, 2008

Nearly two years ago, Ron Bramlett of Mustangs Plus got the crazy-but-incredible idea of bringing a smashed-up and rusted Mustang back to life. In his private salvage yard was a Vintage Burgundy '65 Mustang six-cylinder fastback, a parts car that had been picked apart. It was a goner and seemingly beyond salvage with a smashed front end, a bent framerail, and rusted-out floors and quarter-panels.

Terry Simpson at The Restomod Shop surveyed Ron's fastback and concluded it could be saved. All Terry needed was time, a committed team of talented professionals, and Dynacorn sheetmetal components from Mustangs Plus. In two months, The Restomod Shop had a completed body ready for final prep and paint.

In our last Project Reclaim update, we installed a 22-gallon fuel tank and Tank Armor protection, along with brake and fuel lines ("How to Install a Fuel Tank," June '08, p. 60). This month, we're installing a Total Control Products coilover front suspension, available from Mustangs Plus. We're also installing a TCP power rack-and-pinion steering system.

Never has there been a better time to build a restomod Mustang because the aftermarket industry gives us so much to work with. Mustangs Plus has been committed to hot ponycar performance for 27 years with no end in sight. Mustangs Plus and The Restomod Shop continue to make Mustang dreams come true for a lot of people.

Bill Of Materials
ManufacturerPart NumberDescription
TCPUCA-08Coilover upper control arm with dropped pivot shaft
TCPCOLVF-08Front coilover conversion
TCPLCA-04Lower control arms
TCPSTRD-05Adjustable strut rods
TCPTIER-08Bumpsteer kit
TCPTIER-01Tie-rod adapter set
TCPRCKP-02Power rack-and-pinion
TCPEE-03Rack-and-pinion mount spacers
MP10201Grab-A-Trak 1 1/8-inch sway bar

VINTAGE MUSTANG ALIGNMENT SPECIFICATIONS*
Street Performance
  Manual Steering Power Steering
Caster 2½ to 3 degrees positive 3½ to 4 degrees positive
Camber 0 to ½ degree negative 0 to ½ degree negative
Toe 1⁄16- to 1⁄8-inch toe-in 1⁄16- to 1⁄8-inch toe-in
Road Course
  Manual Steering Power Steering
Caster 2½ to 3 degrees positive 3½ to 4 degrees positive
Camber 1½ to 2 degrees negative 1½ to 2 degrees negative
Toe 1⁄16-inch toe-out to 1⁄16-inch toe-in 1⁄16-inch toe-out to 1⁄16-inch toe-in
Drag Racing
  Manual Steering Power Steering
Caster 4 to 6 degrees positive 4 to 6 degrees positive
Camber 0 degrees 0 degrees
Toe 1⁄16- to 1⁄8-inch toe-in 1/16- to 1⁄8-inch toe-in
Courtesy Chris Alston's Chassisworks

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