I will be freshing up this 66 Mustang coupe.
Originally, Dad bought it about 1970,
then I talked him out of it
and drove it to and from college
from 1971 thru 1972. I modified the engine
and drag raced it a little during this time.
Then I went Utah using my other Mustang, a 69
Mach. I still have the Mach I also. I drove
at least until 1975. And I think that is
when Dad put it in the barn and this is what
it looks like today, about 42 years later.
Originally it was a 289 2bbl. with auto trans.
Since, I made the following mods:
- block was bored 0.30
- 351 Windsor heads with bigger valves and ports
- 12.5:1 TRW forged aluminum. pistons
(est. 10:1 with the different heads)
with floated wrist pins
- Clevite CL-77 bearings and chrome-moly rings
- Crower 290 degree, hydraulic street cam (mild)
- Weind Aluminum hi-rise 4bbl. intake
- Holley 4bbl. I tried a variety
of hollies, 600-715-780cfm. The 600 seemed to
work best on the street
- Mallory dual point distributor, heavy duty wires and
- deepened oil pan +2qt. with heavy duty TRW oil pump
- Headman headers and cherry bomb mufflers
Trans was a C4 but not a true select-shift. It has been
rebuilt/modified for race with upgraded
valve body, clutches, bands etc.
Rearend is a std. 8” open with 4.11 ring and pinion
I found and installed a correct Ford GT console,
Rally-Pac, clock with tach, and GT wood grained
steering wheel. In addition, arranged for air induction
reverse hood scoop, ala Z-28 (I’m a sick puppy)
If I remember correctly, it went high 14s at 99mph
with street tires: H70-14 Goodyear Polyglas. More later ~Alan