Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
August 18, 2016
Photos By: Owner

Jacob Tracy, 31, from Greeley, Colorado is the June 2016 winner in Mustang Monthly’s Generation-M contest, sponsored by Tony D. Branda Shelby & Mustang Parts. The family has been proud Ford owners for several generations, owning everything from vintage Mustangs and F-series pickups to more modern Fords like Fox-era Mustangs, Explorers, and a ’14 Mustang GT, and Jacob’s current daily is a ’88 Ranger. His 1965 Mustang hardtop has been a labor of love for over 15 years now. Currently the Mustang is in the middle of a drivetrain swap and Jacob himself is in the middle of moving (including his Mustang) so it’ll be a while before he gets to spin some wrenches on it again, but when he’s ready, he’ll have $200 to spend courtesy of the folks at Branda.

Jacob’s 1965 hardtop is currently a roller with the 1995 Mustang GT engine and transmission down on the mounts. The EFI wiring is all stock, but Jacob is considering using a conversion kit from Painless that utilizes the 1994-1995 5.0L Mustang EFI hardware.

“My Dad bought it in 1998 for $200. He gave it to me on the condition that I did the work and bought the parts. I was 13 then,” Jacob explained to us about how he acquired the Mustang. While originally a 289 2V V-8 hardtop, the engine was long gone by the time Jacob’s dad found it. A 200ci inline-six went in to get the Mustang on the road initially. Jacob painted the car himself “with advice from my Dad and uncle,” he says. He was 26 at the time.

Jacob’s daily driver was a 1995 Mustang GT, which sadly was totaled in an accident. However, Jacob decided to make wine from these sour grapes by pulling the driveline and other bits to install in his 1965 hardtop. He’s hoping to use the EFI, even though the 1994-1995 5.0L EFI setup is a bit of a struggle (we generally recommend either converting to the 1989-1993 5.0L mass-air flow setup or converting to aftermarket EFI). Jacob’s initial thought though is to probably switch to a carburetor for the time being. “I’ve bit off more than I can chew, and my sister wants it out of the garage! But Plan B, just get the parts to get it running, even if it isn't ‘right’ is in effect,” Jacob tells us. He’s currently aiming to finish the project within the next year. Well, whatever Plan B may have in store for Jacob, we hope this $200 gift certificate will help!

As you can see, it’s a bit crowded in his sister’s garage. Hopefully Jacob’s move will include a new workspace to give him the room he needs to get his hardtop done and on the road for him to enjoy!

Submit your Generation-M video to us and you may just win your own $200 gift certificate, just like Jacob 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!

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