1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

Why a vintage race Mustang? Cool sounds, cool vibe. And rather zippy, too.

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Nov
02
Nov 2, 2022
Preparing the shifter, shift boot and shift knob | Project vintage race Mustang

We needed to add a few final touches to our Mustang's transmission before installing it.

Aug
30
Aug 30, 2022
Installing modern, lightweight master cylinders for brake and clutch | Project vintage race Mustang

Why not just stick with the stock brake master cylinder? Not only is it heavy, it also leaves little safety margin for racing or even street use.

Aug
20
Aug 20, 2022
Installing a lightweight windshield | Project vintage race Mustang

One way to save weight? How about making the switch to a polycarbonate windshield?

Aug
17
Aug 17, 2022
How to protect your radiator–inexpensively | Project vintage race Mustang

Worried about keeping your race car's radiator intact? Here's how to add protection for not a lot of money (or time and effort).

Aug
05
Aug 5, 2022
How to wire a race car | Project vintage race Mustang

Time to wire up our Mustang vintage racer. Here's how we did it.

Jul
28
Jul 28, 2022
Should your race car run a rain light? | Project vintage race Mustang

Since we planned on racing some enduros with our Mustang vintage racer, we decided to add a rain light for better visibility–and thus, better safety.

Jul
19
Jul 19, 2022
Making a simple race car switch panel | Project vintage race Mustang

How we customized a simple switch panel to better meet our needs (and how you can, too).

Jul
15
Jul 15, 2022
How to properly install a fire-suppression system | Project vintage race Mustang

The folks at Lifeline USA show us how to properly install a fire-suppression system.

Jun
22
Jun 22, 2022
Building and mounting an easy fuse panel that’s hidden but not too hidden | Project vintage race Mustang

The best place to keep a fuse panel out of sight, but still within reach should something go wrong? Why not the glovebox?

Jun
17
Jun 17, 2022
How to make your own gauge panel | Project vintage race Mustang

Need a custom gauge panel for your project? Why not 3D-print exactly what you need?

May
04
May 4, 2022
Beefing up our driveshaft | Project vintage race Mustang

Since we already need a driveshaft, why not get fresh U-joints while we're at it, too?

Apr
26
Apr 26, 2022
Which steering wheel for a track car? | Project vintage race Mustang

Which steering wheel will work best for our Mustang vintage racer?

Apr
14
Apr 14, 2022
Saving weight via a modern steering column | Project vintage race Mustang

Looking for even more weight savings? What about the steering column?

Apr
11
Apr 11, 2022
Are all header coatings the same? | Project vintage race Mustang

Coating the exhaust headers of our Mustang vintage racer is a great way to reduce underhood temperatures, but are all coatings created equal?

Apr
04
Apr 4, 2022
Why is it so easy to fit a fuel cell in an early Mustang? | Project vintage race Mustang

Beleive it or not, sometimes "bolt-in" really means bolt-in.

Mar
29
Mar 29, 2022
What tires and wheels to run on a vintage race Mustang? | Project vintage race Mustang

What's the best wheel and tire combo for a Mustang vintage racer?

Mar
24
Mar 24, 2022
Time to install our Mustang’s new drivetrain | Project vintage race Mustang

It's finally time to mate the powertrain to the rest of our Mustang vintage race car.

Mar
15
Mar 15, 2022
Converting our Ford transmission crossmember for a Chevy gearbox | Project vintage race Mustang

Since our Roltek transmission is Chevy-based, we need to make a few adjustments to the Ford transmission crossmember.

Mar
04
Mar 4, 2022
Installing a real, multi-plate race clutch | Project vintage race Mustang

We toss streetability to the side and go for a two-disc clutch setup for our vintage racing Mustang.

Jan
23
Jan 23, 2022
Sourcing a real road race transmission | Project vintage race Mustang

Installing a used transmission in our vintage Mustang racer might not be the best idea, so we are going with a Roltek T-10 instead.

Jan
09
Jan 9, 2022
How to mount Mustang traction bars | Project vintage race Mustang

As good as our Mustang traction bars might be, they would be no use if we didn't have a suitable place to mount them.

Dec
21
Dec 21, 2021
How to prep an early Mustang’s rear suspension for track use | Project Vintage Race Mustang

What all needs to be done to prepare an early Mustang rear end for track use? Quite a lot, actually.

Dec
12
Dec 12, 2021
How to spec a true motorsports-grade Ford 9-inch rear end | Project Vintage Race Mustang

Sometimes, it's worth the extra cost to buy new than repurpose a used part. Such was the case for the rear end of our Mustang vintage racer.

Nov
16
Nov 16, 2021
How to prep and paint an engine compartment | Project Vintage Race Mustang

The last step before installing the engine in our vintage Mustang racer? Cleaning up and painting the engine bay.

Nov
14
Nov 14, 2021
How to quickly add tow hooks to an early Mustang | Project Vintage Race Mustang

Thanks to Cobra Automotive, adding tow hooks to an early Mustang is a lot easier than you might think.

Nov
08
Nov 8, 2021
How to fit a larger radiator into an early Mustang | Project Vintage Race Mustang

Before we commit to painting our engine compartment, we needed to fit our beefier-than-stock radiator.

Oct
04
Sep
26
Sep 26, 2021
Adding reinforcement for a Shelby-style export brace | Project Vintage Race Mustang

An easy fix that will reduce chassis flex? Adding a Shelby-style export brace.

Aug
09
Aug 9, 2021
Preparing the interior for race duty: blasting, priming and painting | Project Vintage Race Mustang

Lightness added and safety mounting points installed, we sent our Mustang to Blast Masters to blast, prime and paint the interior.

Jul
19
Jul 19, 2021
Adding lightness: removing wipers and wiring harness | Project Vintage Race Mustang

One last step before we send our Mustang off to get its interior media blasted and painted: Lose some weight by removing the wiring harness and windshield wipers.

Jul
08
Jul 8, 2021
Adding window net and harness mounts to our roll cage | Project Vintage Race Mustang

How we installed a window net into our '65 Mustang racer.

Jun
22
Jun 22, 2021
How to fit a race seat | Project Vintage Race Mustang

Next up for our Mustang racer? A safe, comfortable and supportive racing seat.

Jun
01
Jun 1, 2021
Time to build our roll cage | Project Vintage Race Mustang

Cobra Automotive gave us a good starting point for a roll cage for our Mustang vintage racer, but it's up to us to turn it into a full system that's …

May
19
May 19, 2021
Gutting the Interior for Track Prep | Project Vintage Race Mustang

Weight is the enemy in a race car, and the more unused items that can be removed, the better.

May
03
May 3, 2021
Easy, Low-Buck Paint Blending | Project Vintage Race Mustang

One of the side scoops on our Mustang racer fell off mid-tow. Instead of replacing it, we decided to remove the other one and blend the paint.

Apr
13
Apr 13, 2021
Our Mustang Will Lap the Field at Daytona, Right? | Project Vintage Race Mustang

With any luck, we'll be able to replicate Olly Bryant's HSR Classic24 run at Daytona back in 2016.

Mar
29
Mar 29, 2021
How to Prep Store-Bought Exhaust Headers for Track Use | Project Vintage Race Mustang

We lightly modify a set of store-bought headers to meet the needs of our Mustang racer.

Mar
14
Mar 14, 2021
Buying A Used Race Engine | Project Vintage Race Mustang

For our Mustang vintage racer, we bought a used racer engine. So, what did we get?

Mar
08
Mar 8, 2021
Preparing Torq Thrust D Wheels for Racing | Project Vintage Race Mustang

Cobra Automotive recommends running American Racing Torq Thrust D wheels on our vintage Mustang racer. Thankfully, we had a set laying around.

Feb
22
Feb 22, 2021
Roll Cage Prep: Stripping the Interior | Project Vintage Race Mustang

We arrived at Cobra Automotive at 3:00 p.m., only to find out the roll cage builder would be there tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.

Feb
15
Feb 15, 2021
Collecting Mustang Parts | Project Vintage Race Mustang

How many parts does a racecar need? We made a list.

Jan
27
Jan 27, 2021
Scoring a Deal on a Used, Legal Race Engine | Project Vintage Race Mustang

The good news? Cobra Automotive owner Curt Vogt told us we made a good buy. The better news? He had a race engine for our Mustang vintage racer.

Jan
17
Jan 17, 2021
Finding the Right Starting Point for Our Vintage Race Build | Project Vintage Race Mustang

Sometimes the perfect project shows up when you least expect it. Such was the case for our vintage Mustang race car project.

Dec
31
Dec
18
Dec 18, 2020
Cobra Automotive Shows Us How to Build a Vintage Race Mustang | Project Vintage Race Mustang

One of the best ways to ensure a successful project? Ask an expert what they know on the matter.

Dec
18
Dec 18, 2020
Project Vintage Race Mustang: What About Racing a Real Shelby?

Why didn't we pick up a real Shelby Mustang race car? A peek at the numbers will help us explain our final decision.

Nov
17
Nov 17, 2020
Project Vintage Race Mustang: What Does It Take to Go Vintage Racing?

Why is there a vintage Mustang project on Grassroots? Because, frankly, it looks cool, sounds cool and is even a fun way to get on track

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