Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
August 25, 2015
Photos By: Schwartz Performance

In 2014 Raybestos, a name synonymous with brake components and braking performance, teamed up with Schwartz Performance to build a custom classic Camaro using one of Schwartz’ G-Machine chassis utilizing Raybestos braking products. That car was built as part of a sweepstakes program and ended up in someone’s garage after hitting SEMA and touring the U.S. That someone no doubt has a huge smile on their face today! For 2015 Raybestos trusted the crew at Schwartz Performance to build a second classic muscle car and this time a 1969 Mustang SportsRoof was chosen for the build. We’re all ears now here at Mustang-360!

“Raybestos and Mustang are the perfect match of history, leadership, and innovation. Working with the first class team at Schwartz Performance, I don’t think there could be any better car for us to restore than this true American classic,” said Bruce Tartaglione, senior vice president of global sales and marketing for Brake Parts Inc. “There has been a lot of speculation about which car we would choose, so we are very pleased to make this announcement.”

The Raybestos Mustang build started with this San Jose-built small-block 1969 SportsRoof that had certainly seen better days.

The Raybestos Mustang is currently being built at the Schwartz Performance facility and the Schwartz crew shared some of its build photos with us. The Mustang will feature Schwartz’ G-machine full custom-fabricated chassis of course with A-arm IFS and a trick 9-inch-based IRS out back. The SportsRoof will be powered with a Ford Racing Coyote 5.0L DOHC modular crate engine, coupled to a Tremec T-56 Magnum gearbox from Silver Sport Transmissions. Additional support for the project is coming from Vintage Air, TMI Products, Dakota Digital, BFGoodrich, Forgeline, and more. A rendering of the Mustang project hasn’t been released yet (more than likely it will be released at the annual SEMA show in November 2015), but we’ll certainly share it with our audience as soon as it is made available to us. Once the build is finished in early 2016 the Mustang will make the rounds of several major summer car shows and then most likely will find its way to SEMA 2016.

Once the SportsRoof had been stripped down for evaluation, Schwartz Performance performs their standard cut to the front suspension just behind the shock towers. This removes the complete front structure in one operation and prepares the rest of the unibody to work with the G-Machine chassis.
With the unibody positioned over the chassis, the Schwartz Performance mounting brackets can be fitted and welded into place. You can see one of these brackets directly below the steering column opening in the heavily smoothed firewall.

As part of the Raybestos 1969 Mustang SportsRoof build, Schwartz Performance will install an off-the-shelf performance disc brake upgrade package, using Raybestos components and Element3 brake pads with Enhanced Hybrid Technology (EHT). Raybestos Element3 brake pads feature the best attributes of both ceramic and semi-metallic friction materials in a single hybrid compound and are engineered to ensure optimal performance, improve pad wear and durability, and deliver unsurpassed stopping power and vehicle control, even under the most aggressive braking conditions.

To keep up with the progress of the Raybestos 1969 Mustang SportsRoof build, including photos of the restoration and the addition of build partners and their performance components, you can follow Raybestos on its Facebook and Twitter social media pages. You can also visit raybestosgarage.com to learn more about how to enter and win this unique Mustang build later in 2016.

The G-Machine chassis bolts into the leaf spring pocket/torque box at the rear of the unibody, with additional mounting points at the rear through the trunk floor/frame rail. Easily spotted here is the IRS system and the widened rear wheel tubs.
Here’s the reason the rear tubs were given several inches of additional width; some serious BFGoodrich rubber is planned out back for this custom Mustang build.