Hello and welcome to my build thread. I am super excited to introduce my 1965 Mustang Fastback named the “Beast”. It was born as a 5R09A car, built in San Jose, A code 4 barrel V8, dark blue exterior paint, standard black interior, with a 2.80 open-end gearing. The door tag is missing, but it came with reverse lights and bumper guards as factory options. From what I can tell, it has always been a clutch car. So it isn’t anything particularly special or unique. The body is solid having some bodywork, but this car fell into my lap as a partial build along with a pile of boxes.
The Fastback does look like it has had a rough history. The RH quarter has been replaced and there is evidence of an accident within the rear wheel well. It looks like the RH front frame rail has some work done to it. The front LH apron looks to be an aftermarket stamping and the radiator support has been spliced in the middle. Both pieces are stich welded, so obviously they are not original. The floors have been replaced and are without seat risers. There are crunch marks near the back of the tunnel most likely from a broken driveshaft incident. Both doors have been distastefully cut for speakers and the dash has been chopped to accept a single DIN stereo. My Father and I have been restoring my Mother’s Fastback for about a year and we pulled the drivetrain to use in her car since I have other plans. I have slowly been gearing up to jump on this car organizing and purchasing missing parts.
The plan is to build a restomod, installing a Coyote 5.0, Tremec T56 transmission, Heidts Pro G front suspension, 13” Wilwood discs, splined sway bar, Heidts independent rear suspension, 3.89 True-Track, mini tubs, roll bar, air conditioning, power windows, LED lighting, amongst some other custom touches. A supercharger may be in the works, but that may be a bit too ambitious. I’d like to integrate some form of ODBII monitoring software, GPS, and bluetooth functionality for a tire pressure monitoring system. I’m sure the blueprint will change, but this is the starting point for my hobby build. Fortunately I have access to my Father’s tools and expertise. I work as a Cinematographer filming commercials, music videos, and features. I will take my time learning as I go and apply what I have learned in my other builds. Hopefully I can share some valuable knowledge or maybe you can learn from my mistakes. Either way, for me, it is all about having fun, sharing, and learning the craft. This build can also be followed on Instagram #1965mustangbeast. Thanks for following.