Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
August 26, 2016
Photos By: Owner

Colten Jenkins, 14, from Frostburg, Maryland is our July 2016 winner in Mustang Monthly’s Generation-M contest, sponsored by Tony D. Branda Shelby & Mustang Parts. Colten owns a 1965 Mustang hardtop that his parents purchased for him as a gift for getting good grades in school. Another enthusiast who comes from a long line of Ford owners—his grandfather has a 1969 Mach 1 and Colten’s father has a 1966 fastback—he has always been a Mustang fan, enjoying rides in his father’s fastback when he was younger. The fastback, which Colten’s father restored himself, now has a stable mate with Colten’s 1965 hardtop in the garage.

Purchased in June of 2015, Colten has been working on the hardtop as his time and finances allow. An original 289 V-8 and C4 automatic combination, Colten has helped rebuild the engine already plus drop it back in the hardtop and get it running again. The hardtop has been stripped of old paint and is currently in primer to protect the body until they find someone to help with the bodywork the hardtop needs. “My plan for the car is to have it done by the time I am a senior in high school, which gives me four years. I will be using the gift certificate to buy weather stripping. Thank you so much for picking me to win July`s contest,” Colten told us.

Submit your Generation-M video to us and you may just win your own $200 gift certificate, just like Colten did. Keep it simple and just tell us about yourself and your project and give us a “walk around” of your Mustang. A video from your cell phone is just fine for this, no need to spend hours editing a video submission here! Upload it to our Facebook page and mention “Generation-M Contest” in your post so we can easily spot it. We pick a new winner each month! Good luck!

The original 289 was rebuilt and Colten lent a hand in putting it together and detailing it with his father.
The fresh 289 was installed in the hardtop, which also has seen the engine bay painted and detailed as well.
Colten’s 1965 Mustang hardtop when they first brought it home.