1967 Mustang Eleanor


Excerpt from Modified and Mustangs Article




Maybe the reason this ’67 fastback turned out so well is Bill had no preconceived idea about what the car¬†should be. He wasn’t brainwashed by friends, car magazines, and other subliminal elements that influence our creative thinking. He wanted a fastback, and he liked what Ford did with the Mustang’s notchy roofline. He winged this one using his own imagination-building his dream one idea at a time by himself, for himself.

Bill had his eye on a ’67 fastback in California, but the price was more than he wanted to pay. With the luxury of time on his side, Bill knew all he had to do was wait. As Christmas drew closer, the seller became more pliable, and Bill took delivery of the car on Christmas Eve in 2003. It was a diamond in the rough-ragged around the edges yet long on potential.

Because The Engine Factory in New Jersey makes it easy to get into a powerhouse without spending a fortune, Bill ordered a 302ci crate engine. The shop installed Wiseco forged pistons, Eagle H-beam rods, Edelbrock heads and induction, and a Comp Cams roller shaft. Bill then dressed his mill with billet performance pieces, including MSD’s billet distributor. Those are Shelby-inspired Tri-Y ceramic-coated headers. Deep, throaty Flowmasters broadcast Bill’s arrival. These days, we’ve become so used to having our cake and eating it too that it’s unthinkable to build a car like this without a Tremec five-speed box and aggressive rearend gears: hot as hell in First through Fourth, then economical cruising in Fifth.

Bill’s 302-inch small-block from The Engine Factory makes a guesstimated 375hp, good for that.