Hot rodding is all about taking an otherwise unremarkable car and making it truly yours. That can be either a good or a bad thing, as these three vintage ponies demonstrate.
First up is this rather, um, interesting 64-66 Mustang coupe that my buddy Chris spotted as he was leaving our local Pep Boys. The owner of this particular ‘Stang appears to have grafted the rear bumper and valence from an SN95 ( 1994-2004 ) Mustang onto his vintage pony, along with removing the factory gas filler and installing a recessed license plate holder in the taillight panel. He also appears to have removed the chrome rear window trim and recessed the rear glass, although he strangely left the vinyl top trim on the rear quarters in place. Oversized donkish aftermarket rims complete the look. I don’t wanna be rude to the guy, so I’ll sum up my opinion of this thing in two words: NO THANKS!
Another interesting variation on the early Mustang theme is this wagonized 64-66, done up in Shelby livery. I spotted this at the Edelbrock car show this past weekend. Whether this is a nicely done restomod, or some rare factory prototype, I have no idea.
The workmanship and attention to detail on this thing is first rate, but still…
The final mutant pony on display is this chopped and shaved ’67-’68 Mustang coupe, also at the Edelbrock show. The paint and metalwork of this car are flawless, but its still not my personal cup of tea. The whacked-down roof with its fake vinyl textured paint, and oversized rims, I could do without. But the car is super-clean though.
Motivation for this crew-cut steed comes from an old-school small block Ford that’s apparently been fitted with EFI ( note the fuel rails ) breathing through an air cleaner styled after a shaker scoop. While I don’t care for the body mods that much, I bet this horse must really giddy up when the owner spurs the go-pedal.
The final modified Stang in this stable is a restomodded but somewhat more conventional 65-66 fastback. The front-end treatment and side exhausts remind me of the mythical Shelby that Nicolas Cage drove in the remake of Gone In 60 Seconds. I’m not sure what the owner was trying to do regarding the fake velocity stacks mounted on the valve covers, but to each his own I guess.
A better view of the engine. It’s kinda weird-looking, but very clean. He should have remembered to remove the part # ID sticker from the upper radiator hose though.
Not a Mustang, but this was rather interesting. Among gearheads, Factory Five Racing is well-known for its Cobra replicas. In their display area was this neat cutaway Cobra showing just how the car is assembled. Note the tiny, modern gel-type battery, explosion-proof transmission bellhousing, and provisions for a passenger rollbar.
A better view.
I couldn’t conclude this post without a parting shot of this Cobra Daytona Coupe replica, also from Factory Five. This one is featured in full race trim, including the front air dam, rear wing, fender vents, and deleted rear quarter trim. There’s a very good reason the gentleman on the right is covering his ears. With a heavily modified Coyote engine breathing through barely muffled quad exhausts, this thing is LOUD. Factory Five’s owner and CEO was on hand giving the demonstration, and I think this is his personal car.