Ford Mustang Exterior Modifcations - Mustang Restomod Guide: Exterior
What's On The Outside Says A Lot About What's On The Inside
Curses, Spoiled Again
A number of factory Mustangs utilized spoilers, starting with the rear ducktail on '67 Shelbys. With the introduction of the Boss 302 in mid-'69, front and rear spoilers became all the rage for Mustang musclecars. Factory front spoilers and rear pedestal wings are readily available from Mustang vendors, while aftermarket versions are offered for '65-'68 Mustangs.
Sequential taillights were originally used on '67 Shelbys, but the blink, blink, blink idea can now be utilized in all vintage Mustangs, thanks to LED technology and the creative minds at Mustang Project. With these kits, adding sequential operation is as simple as replacing the taillight bulbs and flasher unit. Even better, the LEDs are much brighter than bulbs, providing a measure of safety. Kits are available for the '65-'66, '67-'68, '69-'70, and '71-'73 models. Conversions to Shelby-style taillights are also available.
From Mild to Wild
Mustang restomod builders are a varied group-some like 'em hot, while others prefer a stealthy look. Either way is fine with us.
Mark Binding went to extraordinary lengths to keep his '65 convertible looking factory original. Underneath the stock appearance is a restomod demeanor. The engine is painted black and has the detailing marks of a '65 289; in reality, it's a Ford Racing M-6007-XB3 long-block with aluminum heads and high-lift B303 camshaft. The drivetrain is completely restomod with a Ford Racing World Class five-speed, cable shifted, backed by an 8-inch rearend with Precision Gears' 3:80 cogs and an Auburn limited-slip differential.
On the other hand, there's nothing stock-appearing about the creations from the Ring brothers, who have become well-known for their customized vintage Mustangs. The '65 Mustang fastback shown here was Mike and Jim Rings' second creation, after their original GT-R restomod Mustang convertible was voted one of the Top Five Street Machines of '03 by the Good Guys organization. As Jim says, "Modified can't be bolted on. Modified is what comes out of your mind."
R is for Race
To funnel more cooling air through the radiator for racing, Shelby created what has become known as the R-model lower valance, a modification that continues to serve its original purpose while providing a more muscular appearance. Today, fiberglass versions are available from Tony Branda Performance for use with or without the front bumper.
Wheels Make The Machine
As we showed with George Huisman's '69 Mach 1, wheels can transform a Mustang from the restored and stock look to modern restomod. The current trend leans toward "larger is better," with 17-inch and taller wheels commonly installed. Vintage styles, such as American Racing's Torq-Thrust and the Halibrand style made popular by the Eleanor Mustang, are among the most popular. With restomod, you can do anything, which makes any aftermarket wheel fair game.