January 6, 2014

Mustang Evolution

There are not many people who are looking to take the Mustang II platform to a new level, but when you imagine one looking like this, you can understand why Brett Behrens of Beaverton, Oregon, is forging ahead with his Mustang Evolution build.

Designed and illustrated by Ben Hermance (hermancedesign.com) and being built by A-Team Racing (Bend, Oregon), this 1978 Ford Mustang II is undergoing major cosmetic and chassis surgery. From a full tube chassis to custom body mods, the exterior of this pony will reflect the boldness of the Triton V-10 powerplant, which is backed by a Corvette Z06 six-speed transaxle. The Z06 will also be donating its suspension and brakes, while a set of Grip Equipped Laguna custom wheels by Forgeline will eventually make their way onto the Mustang. Look for a full feature here in Modified Mustangs & Fords magazine once this beast is completed.

Book Review: The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide: 1965-1970

If you want to know what really separates Shelby Mustangs from their production-line relatives, The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide: 1965-1970 from CarTech books is an excellent book that will provide you with a plethora of answers.

Coming from Shelby American Auto Club (SAAC) historian and registrar Greg Kolasa, The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide: 1965-1970 details the specifics on the performance and appearance alterations, with both descriptive text and superb photographs.

You'll find details on both the performance and styling characteristics of each year of the 1965-1970 Shelby Mustangs, and the book aims to clear up many myths and misconceptions surrounding these legendary pony cars. In addition to his firsthand knowledge, Kolasa relies heavily on factory documentation and interviews with Shelby American designers, engineers, stylists, fabricators, and race drivers to get the true, as-it-happened story.

We found the book to be very thorough in both the information within the text, as well as with the photography detailing each Shelby model. To get your hands on a copy, visit www.cartechbooks.com.

Crane Cams Cam Lobe Profile Catalog

More than 800 new profiles have been added to this latest edition of the Crane Cams Cam Lobe Profile Catalog, with applications for virtually every venue of motorsports.

There's a new tutorial section explaining the effects of tappet diameter, lobe size, and follower wheel diameter, and primary lobe types are segmented into hydraulic flat tappet, hydraulic rollers, mechanical flat tappet, and mechanical rollers. Each of these basic groups are then separated into unique lobe design families, with design characteristics ranging from long term conservative usage, to aggressive maximum power output.

You can order a catalog from any of Crane's distributors or dealers, and you can also find the information online at www.cranecams.com and simply use the “Catalog” drop-down menu for convenient referencing. There's a downloadable version on the site as well.