Regular visitors to Mustang-360.com and readers of Mustang Monthly magazine have no doubt heard of Revology Cars and its turnkey replica Mustang business. Just about a year has gone by since Revology Cars debuted its engineering model at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours. Over the past year many production challenges and product adjustments have been tackled and some of the first production cars sold to customers are starting to come down the assembly line at Revology Cars. We recently paid Revology Cars a visit to see the inner workings of how a fully licensed turnkey replica 1965/1966 Mustang is built, and what changes have been made to the production model. Come take the tour with us in the following photos.
Each Revology Cars replica Mustang starts with a Dynacorn body shell. As a licensed Ford part it allows Revology to maintain its replica as a licensed Ford product as well.
At station one the Dynacorn bodies begin their lengthy modification process outlined by Revology Cars’ process operations. Each body is modified for suspension mounting, reinforcement of the unibody, wiring channels, and mounting fixtures for ECM, power distribution boxes, fuse panels, and more are added. Unnecessary OE holes are welded up and new mounting holes are drilled or punched as needed.
The early developmental convertible used a strut-type front suspension, but the production vehicle package is now a dual A-arm setup. Rack-and-pinion steering is still standard.
While we can’t share every engineering secret Revology Cars makes to its replica Mustang, we did like this simple modification to fit a larger rear tire. In a nutshell, a vertical cut is made at the lip of the frame rail and in the inner wheel house, and the section of inner wheel house is moved inward and welded into place with a small patch added.
After all modifications are complete in station one the chassis is sent out for paint. Revology does not currently paint in-house and contracts with a local paint operation. Having in-house paint and body is an expensive operation and one that can create a real mess for such a clean environment that Revology has created for building their replicas. Once back from paint the beautifully finished replicas head to wiring. Here one of the first licensed Shelby G.T. 350 replicas is being wired.
Believe it or not, the base engine for the Revology Cars replica Mustang is a GM LS3 V-8, commonly called the “E-Rod” package. The engine package is federally 50-state emissions certified, making it easier to build for certain markets. The Ford 5.0L “Coyote” is an option (except for the G.T. 350, where it is standard). Here, a convertible replica Mustang is being fitted with the correct wiring for the GM engine package. Notice the large core support opening with reinforcement and bolt-in removable top support brace.
After wiring the Revology Cars replica moves to the next station, which is suspension and brakes. This customer car is being fitted with a torque arm/Panhard bar setup and a full complement of Wilwood disc brakes at all four corners. The front brake package is just over 12-inches in diameter and fits within the replica aluminum Styled Steel wheel package.
Due to engine and transmission fitment and exhaust/suspension placement, Revology Cars has opted to use an electric parking brake solution, just like many OE applications are doing now, including Ford. The unit mounts in the trunk, keeping parking brake cable length to a minimum (and it is hidden by a false floor secured by machine screws into the thread inserts seen here in the trunk floor sheetmetal). A small switch under the dash activates it, keeping the interior clean and devoid of a parking brake handle or pedal.
As mentioned previously, the GM LS3 V-8 is now the standard engine package for the Revology Cars replica Mustang, but if your local emissions laws allow it, and you really want a Ford in your Ford, the 5.0L “Coyote” V-8 is available. Seen here is a customer’s optional engine with optional six-speed manual transmission with hydraulic clutch control for a replica Shelby G.T. 350 build. The second 5.0L engine next to it is awaiting fitment of Revology Cars’ A/C and power steering components.
This Revology Cars replica Mustang, with optional 5.0L “Coyote” engine package, is just about finished and ready for delivery to its customer. This replica was being used for some exhaust system prototyping and some final fit checks and will be heading off to its new owner shortly. Sadly, it isn’t us!