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…
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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.
Excited to get out and cruise, drive, or race your Ford Mustang in spirited fashion? OK, so maybe some of you get to enjoy your Mustang, daily, but there are some fans across the planet that are often hindered by salt, sand, and snow. Be it for safety, drive-ability, or preservation reasons, some of us just don’t drive or race our Mustangs year ’round. So what could we do to help blow off some steam and get the need for speed sated?
You take your real world hobby and find an outlet for it elsewhere. In this case, video games and the wonderful ole Internet provide for a fantastic medium to get the thirst for racing thrills quenched. One of our long-time StangNet staffers (Joe Pisciotta / VibrantRedGT) has got a few things to show you about iRacing–his (and many others’) personal racing outlet for rain or shine, sleet or snow.
Keep reading to check out Joe’s awesome experience and a few of his racing videos afterward. This is some seriously cool stuff, everyone–enjoy!
Once again, the Ford Mustang is going to make its way across the United States of America. This tidbit, however, doesn’t involve a coast-to-coast cruise and several stops at McDonald’s. For the second official time, the Mustang is to be honored on the United States of America Post Office Stamp of mailing. One of the featured stamps will exhibit a 1967 Shelby GT500, amongst many others else-wise: 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1969 Charger Daytona, 1970 Chevelle SS, and 1970 Hemi Cuda.
These “muscle car” stamps will be rolled out as Forever stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 20 (four of each design) and can be picked up any local USPS site, at usps.com/stamps, or by calling 800-STAMP-24.
Source: Mustang Monthly
The ROUSH Performance #61 Ford Mustang is once again atop the podium, and this time, it’s at Daytona to get the Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season going to full speed. Jack Roush Jr and Billy Johnson took #61 to their second consecutive win at Daytona, ahead of some serious European contenders (Aston Martins, Porsches, etc).
That’s funny…we here at StangNet HQ were reflecting about how the Top Gear trio of hosts were just bagging on the GT500 (and many other American cars) in this past week’s episode. Funny how a simple American pony car has two wins under its belt in two years, over a myriad of European makes. Interesting food for thought, huh?
Anyway, enjoy the racing action breakdown in the Press Release which follows, everyone!