- Autometer Products - American Muscle series gauges
- Axalta Coating Systems - 2015 Ford Competition Orange
- Be Cool Inc. - Aluminum radiator
- Classic Performance Products | CPP - coilover front suspension, power-steering setup, big disc brakes, and a 9-inch rearend with 3.70:1 gears
- Derale Performance - Cooling fan
- E3 Spark Plugs - Ignition and sparkplugs
- Edelbrock Performance - Performer intake
- Electric-Life - Power windows
- Energy Suspension - Polyurethane mounts
- FiTech Fuel Injection - Electronic fuel injection
- Ford Performance - 500hp Z2363 Boss Crate-Engine
- GForce Engineering - Driveshaft
- Hooker Exhaust Systems - Headers & Exhaust
- Lokar Performance Products - Shifter
- MAHLE - Forged pistons
- Mustangs To Fear - One-piece headliner, door panels, center console, and gauge cluster
- Old Air Products - Air-conditioning system
- PROCAR by Scat - Seats, matching upholstery for the rear seat
- Painless Performance Products - Wiring harness
- Performance Automatic - 4R70W Blue Chip transmission
- Rocket Racing Wheels - Booster wheels
- SCAT Enterprises, Inc. - Forged crank and forged I-beam rods
- Scott Drake - Interior
- United Pacific - LED lighting for the headlights, taillights, turn signals and front marker lights, plus the company’s trick mirrors
- ididit, Inc. - Pro Lite steering column
- Week To Wicked - Builder
Week to Wicked: Build A Mustang In a Week!
Introducing Mustang Monthly’s Week to Wicked 1966 Mustang hardtop. Is it possible to build a complete car in a week? Yes—sort of.
There’s a better than average chance that if you’re reading this magazine, then you’ve watched an episode of Overhaulin’ or any number of automotive enthusiast television shows, wherein they try to convince you that they built an entire car in a week. You know, they drive a rusty cob into the shop and blow it all apart, and five to seven days later, the shop door goes up and out rumbles a finished and completely transformed show car.
Yeah, right— It doesn’t usually work that way in reality. What you see on the pages here is our version of The Real World, Automotive Style.
1. This was our starting point; a clean 1966 Mustang hardtop that was in decent shape but not perfect by any means. The engine was a 200ci six.
2. To breathe some fire into our Mustang, we went straight to the source, Ford Performance, for their brand-new 500hp Z2363 Boss Crate-Engine, backed by a Performance Automatic 4R70W Blue Chip transmission. The Boss engine makes 507hp (at 6,500rpm) and 450lb-ft (at 5,100rpm) in an 8.2-deck Boss block with a Scat forged crank and forged I-beam rods, Mahle forged pistons, a fairly healthy hydraulic roller cam (232/240 duration at .050 lift, .580/.602 lift), aluminum Z2 heads, and 10.2:1 compression. The induction system is an Edelbrock Performer intake and FiTech electronic fuel injection, while ignition and sparkplugs are from E3. Yes, it allows very easy, very smoky burnouts!
3. The interior was completely redone with restoration parts from Scott Drake, seats from ProCar by Scat, and some custom bits from Mustangs to Fear, including a one-piece headliner, door panels, center console, and gauge cluster (mounting Auto Meter gauges). Electric-Life supplied power windows for the doors, and Old Air Products supplied the air-conditioning system. The entire car was also re-wired with a Painless Performance wiring harness.
4. Scat also supplied matching upholstery for the rear seat.
5. Auto Meter’s cool-looking American Muscle series gauges are perfect in a vintage Mustang. Mustangs to Fear supplied the carbon-fiber-look gauge bezel and glove box lid cover.
6. That’s a Lokar shifter housed in the Mustangs to Fear center console.
7. The Mustangs to Fear door panels require power windows, which were supplied by Electric-Life. The door panels also use 1967 Mustang door handles.
8. The project’s main sponsor was Classic Performance Products (CPP), so they supplied the complete suspension for the car front and back. That includes a coilover front suspension, power-steering setup, big disc brakes, and a 9-inch rearend with 3.70:1 gears. The CPP crew also came out in force all week to help with the build, and we couldn’t have pulled this off without them.
9. The color is 2015 Ford Competition Orange from Axalta. The wheels are Rocket Racing’s Booster wheels that were designed specifically for the muscle-car, street-rod, and hot-rod market, and we ordered them with Hyper Shot centers and machined outers. They are also available in full chrome, gray centers, or with Hyper Silver Centers, but we preferred the look of the Hyper Shot centers with the car’s bright orange paint. The tires are P245/40ZR18 Maxxis Victra VR-1. United Pacific lighting supplied the LED lights throughout the car.
10. After fiddling with some timing and cooling issues, it was finally time (3 am on a Saturday morning) to break in the motor and get some smoky burnout shots for the cameras. Those poor Maxxis tires were destroyed by six or seven full-on burnouts with shop manager Jason “John Force” Scudellari behind the wheel.