Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
September 1, 2004
Remember this pretty little thing from the May issue of Mustang Monthly? Its days of hanging around the shop on an engine stand are over as we slide our warmed-up 289 between the fenders of our hardtop.

Our destination on the long, hard road to completion is upon us. We've come so far since 1999 when we started with a $300 rusty shell to the nearly completed car on these pages. If it weren't for the continued support of our advertisers and readers, our '66 could have become just another unfinished magazine project car. But we prevailed and the little hardtop is done. Some of you saw the almost finished Project '66 at the Silver Springs Mustang Roundup in January. Others saw the completed car at the Mustang 40th Anniversary Celebration in Nashville. And, of course, the finished car was featured in "How I Restored My Mustang" in the June issue. For this article, we're backtracking a bit to show the process of installing the Mustang's drivetrain.

With our 289 dyno-tested and detailed, and our Dynamic Racing C4 sitting patiently in the shop along with our Motive Industries dealer-installed-style dual exhaust system, we only needed to pick up the phone to acquire a few more items to propel our hardtop under its own power. We had ordered much of what we needed for installation, such as motor mounts, starter, and so on from National Parts Depot last year, but we still needed a driveshaft, fluids, and a few other items. We obtained our engine, transmission, and power-steering fluids locally, but when it came to the driveshaft we called Mustangs Plus. We've used its aluminum driveshafts in several projects for their brute strength and perfect balance, so we wanted to use one here as well.

After getting the drivetrain bolted in and everything topped off or bled properly, the '66 made its maiden voyage to the alignment shop (see sidebar), then back to Mustang Monthly's shop for further tweaking. All that's left is to install some of our exterior trim (rocker moldings, pin lettering, and so on), refinish the console, and install the rest of the Classic Auto Air concours A/C system. Keep your eyes peeled for these last few stories.