How to assemble a race-ready drivetrain

By Tim Suddard
Jan 28, 2024 | Ford, Mustang, Ford Mustang, Drivetrain, Project car, Vintage Race Car, Cobra Automotive | Posted in Features | From the Nov. 2022 issue | Never miss an article

Photography by Tim Suddard and Chris Tropea

Our 1965 Ford Mustang vintage racer lacked something rather crucial when it fell into our lives: a driveline. Popping the hood revealed an empty engine bay–but also potential, too. 

We were going racing and needed to fill that hole with something suitable. We did the math and found that buying a used race engine made the most sense. 

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stonebreaker New Reader
9/30/22 3:16 p.m.

You guys should put a cold air intake on that carb instead of inhaling hot engine bay air.  Get it from the base of the windshield ala' NASCAR for the highest pressure location.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/30/22 3:33 p.m.

In reply to stonebreaker :

It's a Shelby, Carrol knew everything :)

te72 HalfDork
9/30/22 10:47 p.m.

Seems like I did everything wrong with my Supra build haha. "New" built engine, used transmission... oops. Can confirm, used transmission isn't the best idea unless you plan on a rebuild anyway.

Dragonbreath New Reader
12/25/23 1:28 p.m.

In reply to stonebreaker :

1965-66 GT-350s already have a hood scoop that inhales cooler outside air and directs it into the carb.

It was rumored that the original design of the scoop was faced rearward and had extended to near the base of the windshield but, to some of the crew, it didn't "look" like it would work, and so the scoop was faced forward in keeping with the conventional thinking in those days.

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