‘65 therapy build
My Dad and I built this car 18 years ago when I was in high school. We built it road race style. Built 302, C4 trans, all the frame stiffeners available, disc brakes, 17” wheels, and geared to get out of the corners. Speaking of corners, this thing will corner with any sports car out there. The car has a ton of sentimental value to me. My wife and I had a few of our first dates in this car 13 years ago. So to build it back to where it should be, and how I’ve always wanted it, will be awesome.
After I lost my Dad a few months ago, I drove down to SoCal and picked it up. And it’s great to have good friends when you need them for sure, as you see my help getting it on the trailer. She will be my therapy project.
I am going full custom pro touring with this car. It has a touch over 400hp. I was going to install an AOD 4 speed trans to make it more cruising worthy, but decided on a T5 instead. All new interior, and a bunch of custom body touches. The body is straight as an arrow as it is, all original, but I am looking to add quite a few modern touches to it. Not sure how long this project will take me, but I am definitely looking forward to it.
I got the motor/trans pulled about two months ago, and got started on the cleaning up the engine. All cleaned and painted, with a bunch of new exterior goodies, rebuilt the Holley Street Avenger carb, turned in my C4 as a core for the freshly built T5 I purchased. I installed a new Pro 5.0 shifter, and swapped out the correct crossmember. I purchased a new Ford Motorsports billet flywheel, and King Cobra 10.5” clutch. I also got the clutch pedal installed, and I’ve got to saw the hardest part about that conversion was clearancing the cowl to fit the cable cam. Now I’m going to install new power steering lines, while it’s easy to access, clean up and paint the engine bay, then I’ll mate the motor and trans, and get them back in the car.
I have a bunch of great, clean, straight parts that I have for sale from the car as well, but can’t list them here because I don’t have the post count yet. So if there’s anything you guys are looking for, but me up, I may have it.
“I find peace at the bottom of a real tall cold drink”