1965 Ford Mustang

1965 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is an American car manufactured by Ford. It was originally based on the platform of the second generation North American Ford Falcon, a compact car. The original 1962 Ford Mustang I two-seater concept car had evolved into the 1963 Mustang II four-seater concept car which Ford used to pretest how the public would take interest in the first production Mustang. The 1963 Mustang II concept car was designed with a variation of the production model’s front and rear ends with a rood that was 2.7 inches shorter. Introduced early on April 17, 1964 ( 16 days after the Plymouth Barracuda), and thus dubbed as a )1964 1/2” by Mustang fans, the 1965 Mustang was the automaker’s most successful launch since the Model A. The Mustang has undergone several transformations to its current sixth generation.

In late 1964, Ford contracted Holman & Moody to prepare ten 427-powered Mustangs to contest the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) A/Factory Experimental class in the 1965 drag racing season. Five of these special Mustangs made their competition debut at the 1965 NHRA Winter nationals, where they qualified in the Factory Stock Eliminator class. The car driven by Bill Lawton was the class.

Early Mustangs also proved successful in road racing. The GT 350 R, the race version of the Shelby GT 350, won five of the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) six divisions in 1965. Drivers were Jerry Titus, Bob Johnson and Mark Donohue, and Titus was the (SCCA) B-Production national championship. GT 350s won the B-Production title again in 1966 and 1967. They also won the 1966 manufacturers’ championship in the inaugural SCCA Trans-Am series, and repeated the win the following year.

Before

We will be swapping out the engine and doing a new paint job on it.

During…

We have gotten the fenders, hood and grille removed.

Taking the Mustang to get media blasted.

The hood and fenders have returned from media blast.

We got the body back from media blast this morning.

The Mustang has been epoxy sealed in the booth.

We have the car up on the rotisserie to do some body work.

Working on getting the rear wheel wells removed install new mini tubs.

The new Coyote Power Mustang 5.0L 6 Speed Engine has arrived to the shop.

Removing a section of the toe panel so that we can completely cut out the frame rail.

We are cutting out the shock towers to replace to handle the modern shocks.

The new frame rail has been welded into place.

The inner rocker panels are completely rusted. In order to provide structural support to the vehicle we cut out the remaining rust to replace with brand new rocker panels.

We have completely removed the inner rocker panels.

Installing the inner rocker panels.

We are mocking up the new mini tubs in the rear wheel well.

Body work getting done on the hood, driver and passenger doors.

The mini tubs have been completely installed and sealed.

The mini tubs, front inner fenders and undercarriage have been sprayed with rhino liner.

The new disc brake conversion along with springs and axel to accommodate new Coyote Power Mustang 5.0L 6 Speed Engine.

Working on installing the new wiring harness throughout the body of the car.

Installing the Coyote Power Mustang 5.0L 6 Speed Engine for mock up.

We have the transmission installed.

We have begun cutting out the patterns and putting stitching in.

Working on the new center console adding cup holders and foam to the lid of the storage compartment.

Mocking up the rear seat delete in the car to make sure everything functions the way it is supposed to.

The speaker box has been framed out.

The rear seat delete has been completely covered in leather with the speakers installed.

Making templates for LED lighting in trunk &the x-lume pony emblem

The rear trunk panel testing out the lights.

Installing the seat heaters in the seat cushions.

The rims and tires have been installed and the vehicle is back on the ground.

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