January 8, 2014

Need for Speed Mustang

Over the past 50 years, Mustangs have starred in numerous movies, from 1968’s Bullitt to 2000’s Gone in 60 Seconds. We’ll add another movie title to that list in 2014 when a special Mustang appears in DreamWorks Studios’ feature film, Need for Speed, scheduled for release on March 14.

DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider and Ford VP Jim Farley announced the film’s exclusive partnership, which will include significant integration of Ford products, including a starring role for a one-of-a-kind Mustang. The Ford-designed and created Mustang will be featured prominently throughout the film and become part of the movie’s mythology. The Need for Speed Mustang features a custom-designed wide body, unique 22-inch alloy wheels, and larger air intakes to feed the supercharged V8 engine under its twin-nostril hood.

The movie is based on Electronic Arts’ popular video game series of the same name, one of the most successful racing video game franchises in the world. The film stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Dominic Cooper (Captain America), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), and Michael Keaton (Batman), and is directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor). The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey, one that begins as a mission for revenge but proves to be a journey of redemption.

“Need for Speed is rooted in Americana,” said Snider. “When we were casting our hero car, Mustang was the obvious choice. With its 50-year history in film, the iconic Mustang is the perfect co-star for Aaron Paul.”

Ford also provided another Mustang to serve as a specially designed camera car, which allows filmmakers to capture racing action.

Speedometer Art

Shane Thompson loves the classic looks from 1950s and 1960s automobiles, so he's figured out a way to bring the look to your office or home by rescuing old speedometers from junkyards and turning them into original art. His latest is the 1965 Mustang speedometer, a weathered and faded original that is mounted in an upholstered framework and fitted with backlighting for a natural glow. The gauge needles are each set to look as though you're driving down the road at night.

Warning: These unique pieces aren't cheap at $850. For more information, contact Shane Thompson at 317/840-0941.

Help Restore Historic Shelbys

The first two Shelby Mustangs, SFM5R002 and SFM5S003, are currently being restored in preparation for next year's Mustang 50th anniversary activities. Because restoring these historic cars to the highest standard of authenticity is a difficult endeavor, the owners are looking for help in obtaining parts needed to finish the restorations as accurately as possible.

SFM5R002 was the first competition "R-model." After extensive testing, it won the first race it entered at Green Valley Raceway in the hands of Ken Miles. The car continued its momentum into the 1965 racing season, driven by Jerry Titus, Ed Leslie, and Chuck Cantwell and providing the basis for the G.T. 350 winning the West Coast division of B Production and eventually the national title. Now owned by John Atzbach, SFM5R002 is being restored by John Brown at Thoroughbred Restorations to how it appeared at its racing debut on February 14, 1965, at Green Valley Raceway. You can learn more about the car and its restoration at www.5r002.com.

SFM5S003 was the first G.T. 350 built because the street version required less development and construction time. It was photographed by Peter Brock for the first G.T. 350 ads, as well as other photos used in various car magazines throughout 1965. Currently owned by Mark Hovander, SFM5S003 is being restored to how it looked in the factory ads.

(5R001 became the third G.T. 350 and the second R-Model completed, replacing 5R002 as the factory team car).

In 2014, the two G.T. 350s will tour the U.S. together in celebration of the Mustang's 50th anniversary, including appearances at the Amelia Island Concours, 50th Mustang Birthday Celebration (location to be determined), and Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals.

If you have any of the NOS parts listed below or know someone who might, contact John Brown (5R002) at 405/752-2040 or Mark Hovander (5R003) at 425/218-2769, hov@blarg.net.

Parts Needed for 5R002 (NOS)

  • Headlight wiring harness (molded rubber plug to voltage regulator)
  • Rear taillight wiring harness for fastback (no provision for backup lights)
  • Engine gauge feed wiring harness
  • Voltage regulator
  • Starter solenoid
  • Rear rubber brake line
  • Oil cooler adapter
  • Hi-Po water pump, aluminum
  • Fan belts (2), Dayco
  • Front emergency brake cable
  • Alternator wiring harness
  • Heater delete block-off plate for dash
  • Disc brake pedal pad, 1964 ½
  • Clutch pedal pad, 1964 ½
  • Rear side fiberglass panels
  • Rear corner fiberglass panels
  • Rear upper fiberglass panel (under rear window)
  • Fuel gauge sender (dated 10/64)
  • Door latches
  • Trunk seal
  • Kick panels
  • Goodyear Red Dot racing tires, 15-inch
  • Competition "impact" seat belts

Parts Needed for 5R003 (NOS or very nice)

  • Side window glass for fastback, dated before 11/64
  • Heater hoses, Hi-Po 289
  • Early carpet (good used, 1964 to early 1965)
  • Hi-Po 289 fan belt
  • Chrome Hi-Po radiator cap (Pat. # 2,582,209, chrome rivet in center)
  • Autolite battery, 1964 ½ -'65 Group 22, non-reverse post
  • Upper radiator hose, alligator texture
  • Upper radiator hose clamps dated before 11/64
  • Tri-Y headers
  • Negative ground battery cable, C4 part number.
  • Ground strap from firewall to passenger side head
  • Body rubber grommets, round/oval shape
  • Alternator pulley for Hi-Po 289
  • Tung Sol headlights with white FoMoCo script
  • Dipstick and tube for August 1964 289 engine
  • Chrome louvers/vent sliders for interior rear air extractor
  • 289 spark plug wires with "Radio Resistance" and FoMoCo boots
  • Rear backing plates, numbered 49294, 49295
  • Hood hinges dated 9 or early 10
  • Stainless steel pieces for exterior door opening.
  • 1965-style kick panels, black
  • Plastic on/off button in door jamb for courtesy lights
  • Trunk weatherstripping seal
  • Black windlace molding
  • Crossmember below oil pan
  • Rear taillight wiring harness.
  • Ashtray and mounting bracket
  • Ground wires to connect courtesy lights on the side, rear fiberglass panels to the body of the car.
  • Front bumper extensions, 45 degree bracket, and mounting bolts with factory crimp

News Desk

“Stormin” Norman Gray, one of the pioneers in the Pro 5.0 Mustang drag racing movement in the early 1990s, passed away on June 2. Gray’s Roush-prepared Mustang convertible was a staple at many of the early Pro 5.0 events, including the Super Ford magazine 5.0 Shootouts and Fun Ford Weekends.

We’re hearing that Shelby American may be consolidating its headquarters at a new location on the Las Vegas strip by the end of the year.

If you’re concerned about the effects of ethanol-spiked fuel in your vintage Mustang, Carb Defender from Driven is specifically formulated to protect against the potential of corrosion and induction deposits. It also cleans and protects surfaces of the fuel system. Check it out at www.drivenracingoil.com.

Auction America’s Auburn auction on August 29-31 will be televised and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. A number of Mustangs are scheduled to cross the block. Visit www.auctionsamerica.com for more information. More details are starting to leak out about possible special editions following the Mustang’s make-over for 2015. The latest rumors predict a factory-built Shelby GT 350 for 2016 followed by a new Mach 1 in 2017. Reportedly, the post-title GT 350 from Shelby American will be discontinued at the end of this year.

The Shelby American Collection is selling raffle tickets for a high-odds chance to win a ’14 Shelby GT 500 to support museum operations. The drawing will take place at the annual Shelby American Collection Fundraising Party in Boulder, Colorado, on September 14. Tickets are $50 and only 4,000 will be sold. Participants may purchase as many tickets as they want and do not need to be present to win. Purchase raffle tickets at www.shelbymustangraffle.com.

Need for Speed (see “Need for Speed Mustang” on page 14) isn’t the only upcoming movie starring a Mustang. The Getaway, scheduled for Labor Day release, prominently features a Shelby GT 500 Super Snake with human stars Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez.