The Manufacturers
August 22, 2007
Photos By: Wayne Cook

One of the most interesting developments in our classic Ford hobby is the emergence of replica making, or cloning. When it's time to make a historical copy of your favorite classic Ford, there are more resources than ever to help.

There are several famous Mustangs that are great subjects for replication, with classic Shelbys perhaps the most popular choice. Your cloning project may be relatively simple, like making a GT replica out of your A-code Mustang. Others may be more complicated, such as a Shelby GT500 or a copy of the "Eleanor" Mustang from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds. For our discussion, we'll look at what is required to get the ball rolling on a Shelby Mustang clone and then we'll look at the body for an Eleanor replica, too.

On any of these cars, which powertrain to use is up to the builder. Whatever was furnished originally is the benchmark, and each builder may or may not vary from that. What we're interested in here is what's needed to transform the car's outward appearance. While we don't have the space to explore every cloning possibility, we will glance at one or two interesting choices for replicating something a little different.

For the true enthusiast, any famous Mustang is fair game, beginning with the '64 Mustang Indy Pace Car. There are also interesting subjects to copy with your Mustang coupe, like the GT, the California Special, or the Trans-Am racer. Many other classic Ford cars besides the Mustang make great replicas or clones. Let's look at some of the more popular cloning projects and what is required to produce great results.

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