Between 2-seaters, 4-doors, and wagons galore, let’s just say one thing now–and RIGHT now…let’s be glad the Ford Mustang is where it is, because it is what it wasn’t! There are and were lots of ideas about what the Mustang should have looked liked and what many THINK it should look like tomorrow, but it is always a bit entertaining to step back and looks inside the annals of history and contemplate what could have made it to Production. And maybe have failed.
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The man behind the definitive literature of all things Ford Mustang (and especially the BOSS timeline), Donald Farr (Mustang Monthly editor), has been in the Ford limelight a lot recently, and he’s now featured in this CarsInContextTV video, putting in his two cents on the “state of the Mustang”, so to speak. The video might seem a little long at first, but if you can stick it out, it’s definitely worth it. It’s just cool to see spots like this where authors can finally come off the pages and put an audible voice to their opinions.
So, if you’re super bored at work or have a few minutes before shunting off to bed, give the video a view for some good, informal Mustang chatter.
Ever wondered just how the Ford Mustang came to be? Maybe a few of you know the whole story, but hey, there’s always something to be said about repeating things for emphasis, right? Also, there’s usually something new people are able to pick up on while getting a little history lesson…something obscure not heard of before.
Chew on these tidbits, then… Did you know the early Ford Mustang was inspired by (*gasp*) the Chevrolet Corvair? How about the Ford Thunderbird design nearly bleeding over to make the Mustang a two-seater? What about Studebaker styling cues that almost (thank goodness) made it to the first generation Mustang? We’ve all joked about this one at one point or another–could you imagine the Mustang having been offered with 4 doors? Yikes, right?!
Hit the link below to check out the rest of the slides from Road & Track…there’s some good stuff in there!
Source: Road & Track
Given the fact that “Gone in 60 Seconds” wasn’t exactly the most thrilling of story lines, we all know quite well the flick made up for most of its lacking allure with plenty of automobile eye candy. Domestics, exotics, customs, chops, and more all adorned the silver screen for audiences to take in, but no car seemed to capture everyone’s attention like “Eleanor”, a highly-modified 1967 Shelby GT500. And if you do not know of the care we speak, well then, you need to turn in your Mustang keys right now…
Every Ford Mustang and domestic muscle car fan knows what it is like to step back and bask in the scenery which reminds each one of us of yester-year. Classic cars, regardless of their age, year, make, model, and popularity always seem to somehow bring up memories via the very sight of them or more significantly, the sound & smell of them. So if anyone is wondering what it is to look upon such exhibits of true muscle and feel the incredulous nostalgia, regardless of personal age, there’s a way to get it anytime you want…not just at the local swap meet or car show.
Motorbooks will be releasing a compendium of classic car awesomeness in less than 10 days. The title? “The Art of the Muscle Car”. And it’s chocked-full of images and back stories galore on the best of what America has had to offer since the glory says of the muscle car’s birth in the latter 1960s.
Curious to know more? Read the rest of this for the book’s description, and make sure to pick up a copy for yourself or another car junkie in your social circles!
Trust us, we were just about as floored to get the call from outer Burbank this morning, too. Anyone who has any remote clue about cars at all knows Jay Leno is a HU-UGE car nut & Ford Mustang fan, and he possesses a crazy amount of antiques, classics, concepts, projects, and relics in his insanely-awesome garage of automobilia. So why did his people get online and scour for our contact information to show interest in BTC? Probably because the buzz it has spawned since it was built, and that Built to Cruise was the first sanctioned Coyote 5.0 swap into a Fox body Mustang laid out in full spread with documentation & photos along the way, and was done with detailed perfection…not some Frankenstein hack job a shade tree mechanic might come up with.
As for the price Leno is offering, we cannot say just yet, as his agent couple only promise us a few minutes with him on the conference call, and we mostly spent the time “kicking tires” and shooting the breeze. He’s a pretty stand-up guy and totally down-to-earth. He has an idea of what we expect to get out of the project and let’s be honest here–it’s not like Jay’s hurting for cash, heh!
Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you posted on what comes next. We are supposed to hear back by the close of business or at the latest, tomorrow morning…
Being as today is the first day of Spring, we figured we would kick off the season with a round of cleaning both at home and in the shop. We’re already making steps to getting things torn down and sorted out for Project 86 (pictured). Now THAT is clean, right? This project and our latest Survivor find, an 1986 Ford Mustang GT, are going to keep us plenty busy over the next several months…and we’re completely fine with that!
Project 86 is going to take some painstaking effort and time to get to full-state, but it’s got nothing on the amount of blood, sweat, and tears we poured into Built to Cruise, that’s for sure! This time around, we’re going to be “chill” about this Mustang project, and keep it calm…hopefully. With the help of Late Model Restoration and TMI Products, Project 86 should turn out well enough to turn heads in a classy manner on the stead of a flashy “look at me” attitude.
So let’s hear it–what do you guys & gals have in store for Spring cleaning projects or updates?
The way we have continued to land upon projects over the past 15 years here at StangNet HQ still continues to surprise us as Ford Mustang fans. Just a couple of weeks ago, a tragedy in the family resulted in not just sad times, but also a reflection upon what was left behind. We were able to get our paws on a near-mint 1986 Mustang GT…the last year of the 4-eyes, as you well know. This quasi “barn find” was a complete surprise and we have got to say, we could not be more excited about this one.
The paint is original. The interior is original. Engine? Yeah, you guessed it; original. What’s more, the interior isn’t just original, it’s practically showroom new. Astounding, we thought. How many miles, you ask? 38,000. And no, it’s not the second time around the 5-digit odometer, either. This ’86 GT has been parked since 1994, so some minor maintenance and TLC are to be applied at the shop to get it up to complete pristine condition.
So what wild, outlandish plans do we have for this project car? We don’t. The car will get some paint touches, detailed,new shocks and struts, and the mandatory R134 conversion. I’m sure we’ll be out and about in this Survivor soon enough, but in the meantime, check out some of the pictures we snapped in the gallery below.
What do you get when you cross a classic Ford Mustang with a modern day Ford GT40? As you have likely surmised from the title, the answer is a Mustang Mach 40…the project’s title from Eckert’s Rod & Custom, in Oregon. Their latest bit was aimed at taking a 1969 Mach 1 Mustang and slice ‘n dice it to have a mid-engine featured pony car, sourcing the power plant from a 2006 Ford GT. Sounds plenty silly at first, but then you quickly eat your crow after seeing just how awesome the car really is.
After all, what’s not to like about a classic Mach 1 Mustang blended with a 5.4-liter supercharged V8, with “dialable” horsepower from 600 to 850–that’s crazy talk, right? Maybe…maybe not. Check out the couple of shots we thought were hot, then hop over to Eckert’s to check out the whole fold on this project car.
Source: Eckert’s Rod and Custom
What better way to get things rolling for the season in your Ford Mustang is there than to gather with other fellow Stangers? Hmmm, guess we can’t really think of one right now, either. Brothers Performance is going to have a show & sales event on April 13, 2013 at their eastern United States location in Deland, Florida to kick it all into gear. There will be a DJ, food, prizes, raffles, a free dyno, a sound-off competition, and editors from several notable Mustang magazines on-site. So, if you’re in the area on this weekend, be sure to check out the show…we are sure it’s going to be a hit, just like every one of them in the past!
Check out the events calendar over at Brothers Performance for more details.