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'66 Fastback

Well, I have a new project...sort of.

My good buddy Joe started on his project and recently moved out of state. He asked me to help get the car going, I accepted and so he left it with me.

The Project is a 1966 Mustang Fastback that has been in his wife's family for years. In fact, I believe she drove it in high school...correct me if I'm wrong Joe.

Anyway, it was originally a 289 C4 car, but after pulling the motor to rebuild it, it turned out to have a 302. Since it wasn't numbers matching, it was easy for me to talk Joe into doing something a little more interesting than a 289 rebuild. That's when he aquired Omar's (buffhomer) 331 shortblock with AFR165 heads.

The long block was then finished out with:

Edelbrock Performer RPM intake
Comp Cams Mutha Thumpr hydraulic roller cam
-I can't wait to hear this thing idle!!
Comp cams springs, pushrods, 1.6 roller rockers, timing chain set, etc.
Milodon oil pan
Edelbrock RPM mechanical fuel pump

The C4 recieved a perfromance build by Precision in Santa Fe, keeping an automatic valve body. They also supplied a new 3,000 stall converter.

Before Joe moved, we dropped the engine & trans in on new Urethane engine & trans mounts.

So, here are some pics on Moving Day: Loaded up and ready to move behind my Dad's old Cummins, and the other nestled into my little garage.

   

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There are a lot of parts that still need to be rounded up, including finishing up the fuel system, the cooling system, the exhaust system, etc.

Joe did buy a bunch of suspension stuff a while back, so that is where I'm starting, until the other parts come.

Most of the parts are Grab-A Trak and kind of brings it up to a Shelby GT-350 type setup.

Front suspension:

620 lb 1" lowering coil springs w/ urethane insulator pads
poly spring perches - NOT USED
Opentracker Racing Products Roller Spring Perches
Upper Control Arms
Lower Control Arms
poly Strut Rod Bushings -front
rubber Strut Rod Bushings - rear
inner & outer Tie Rod Ends
KYB Gas-A-Just shocks - NOT USED
Bilstein Sport valved Shocks
1" Sway Bar w/ urethane end links


Rear Suspension:

4-leaf standard eye leaf springs
U-bolts
stock style Shackles w/rubber bushings
KYB Gas-A-Just shocks - Not Used
Bilstein Sport valved Shocks
3/4" rear Sway Bar w/ urethane end links

Not yet acquired but planned for are:

Subframe connectors
Shelby style Under-ride Traction Bars
and I will be relocating the upper control arm via a Shelby style 1" drop

Inventory pic:

 

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Looks like you have a good start on that thing. Should be nice!
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So I plan to have the rear suspension done this weekend.

Then I'm going to build a spring compressor that bolts in place of the shock (from the strut tower to the spring perch), and get started on the front.

I intend to take lots of pics for those interested, but I guess I'm really using this forum as a way to keep Joe up to date on progress.


We'll see what the budget allows for, but project plans include:

front Disc Brake conversion
15" Torque Thrust wheels
8" diff rebuild, posi, and gear change
aluminum Radiator
2-1/2" exhaust w/ MAC mufflers turned down at the axle
-Joe likes loud & obnoxious!!

Still undecided on carb, header and cooling fan selections. I'm favoring a Holley vacuum secondary in the 650cfm range, Doug's Tri-Y headers, and an electric fan.

My job is to get it up and running strong and reliable, then Joe will take it to his new home and clean up the body and interior.

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Originally Posted by 65STANGChase View Post
Looks like you have a good start on that thing. Should be nice!
Thanks.

If there's any details you're interested in regarding this project, or any suggestion you might have, please feel free to post.
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A couple of engine bay pics:

   
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I have a Terminator drivetrain that needs to call that engine bay home.
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Originally Posted by Stretch View Post
I have a Terminator drivetrain that needs to call that engine bay home.
While I think that would be kick ass, it's not what the owner has in mind. The only real upgrade from old school is the roller valvetrain.

It's no terminator, but this motor should make an easy 400+ ponies at the crank. It should still be a lot of fun on the street as the car will only weigh in at approximately 2800 lbs. Any way you look at it, it's a big upgrade from a factory 289.
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Lol I was just throwing it out there.

I love me some fastback and looking forward to more progress.
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Lol I was just throwing it out there.

I love me some fastback and looking forward to more progress.
That would be an awesome build though. Blown 4-valve 281, 6-speed and IRS in a little fastback FTW!!

It'd take a lot of work to shoehorn all of that in though...front suspension & engine bay, transmission tunnel, etc. I remember a project like that a while back where they transfered over the interior and everything.
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Looks like fun, I will be starting a project like this on a '65 coupe so post lots of pics.
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Originally Posted by 87stang View Post
Thanks.

If there's any details you're interested in regarding this project, or any suggestion you might have, please feel free to post.
Looks like you have a GREAT start Brakes and tranny seem to be my worst enemy right now so that's good you got that sorted out. Depending on how much power you gunna throw at it you may need to stiffen up the body. A real easy way I'm thinking of doing is throwing a 6 point cage in. I'd love to chat back and forth about this project for sure
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