1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

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

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Jun
12
Jun 12, 2024 | Ford | Mustang | Vintage Racing | gauges | Prosport Performance
Fitting our Mustang with period-looking, easy-to-read gauges

To better monitor the health of our Mustang vintage racer's engine, we replace the street-oriented gauges we first installed with heavier-duty ones intended for race use.

May
07
GRM+ | May 7, 2024 | Ford | Mustang | Vintage Racing | Tow Hook
How to install a tow hook on an older race car

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

Apr
23
Apr 23, 2024 | Ford | Mustang | Track Test | Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park
Putting our Mustang through its first track test

Before running our Mustang racer at high speed on a dyno, we first wanted to ensure it ran well at low speed on track.

Apr
18
Apr 18, 2024 | Ford | Mustang | alignment
Giving our Mustang a race-ready alignment

While alignment adjustability is limited for an early Mustang, there is still plenty of room for improvements to be made.

Apr
16
Apr 16, 2024 | Ford | Mustang | Fabrication | Exhaust
Building an exhaust fit for a (Mustang) race car

Here's the simple exhaust setup we decided on for our Mustang vintage racer.

Apr
11
Apr 11, 2024 | Ford | Mustang | Brake Lines | Classic Tube
Buying and fitting brake lines for our Mustang vintage racer

For less than $300, we had pre-bent brake lines that fit our 1965 Ford Mustang vintage race car perfectly.

Apr
03
Apr 3, 2024 | Ford | Mustang | Wiring | Ron Francis Wiring
Wiring a race car from scratch doesn't have to be hard

Wiring a race car–like our Mustang–from scratch might not be the easiest project, but, luckily, we had help from Ron Francis Wiring.

Apr
02
GRM+ | Apr 2, 2024 | Ford | Mustang
Prepping our Mustang vintage racer for its first track outing

A few final tweaks–such as steering, exhaust, alignment and fuel–are all that stood between our Mustang racer and its very first outing on track.

Feb
19
Feb 19, 2024 | Ford | Mustang | Vintage Racing | Prosport | Vintage Race Car
Modern digital gauges: A better way to monitor our Mustang?

Just because our Mustang is an old-school race car doesn’t mean we need to settle for old-school gauges.

Feb
05
Feb 5, 2024 | Ford | Mustang | Safety | Lifeline | I/O Port Racing | Joes Racing Products | Longacre
How to install a harness and window net

Before that first test day, we needed to install a harness and window net to keep the driver safe and secure.

Jan
04
Jan 4, 2024 | Ford | Mustang | I/O Port Racing
Have you thought about your roll bar padding lately?

How much of a roll cage should be padded? We asked an expert to find out.

Oct
03
Oct 3, 2023 | Ford | Mustang | brakes | Vintage Racing | Ford Mustang | HSR | Cobra Automotive | Classic Tube | Wilwood Engineering
How we transformed our classic Mustang's brake system for track duty

Although we already upgraded the brakes on our 1965 Ford Mustang vintage racer, we still needed to tie the whole system together.

Sep
12
Sep 12, 2023 | Ford | Mustang | Vintage Racing | cooling | Ford Mustang | Cooling System | Vintage Race Car
The extra steps we took to avoid an overheating race car

Before we paint the engine bay of our 1965 Ford Mustang vintage racer, we're going to ensure the cooling system can handle the excess heat generated by a racing engine.

Jun
07
Jun 7, 2023 | Ford | Mustang | Vintage Racing | Ford Mustang | Detailing | Vintage Race Car | Grand Prix Concours
How detailing can make a mediocre paint job look better

After all the work done on our Mustang racer, we were left with a greasy, grimy mess–nothing a bit of detailing can't fix.

Jun
06
Jun 6, 2023 | Ford | Mustang
Heat shielding: How to keep cool when the racing gets hot

To better manage temperatures inside the cabin of our Mustang vintage racer, we install heat shielding from DEI.

May
23
May 23, 2023 | Ford | Mustang | Vintage Racing | race car | Oil | Ford Mustang | Vintage Race Car
Why we put special fluids in our Mustang race car

Racing puts a lot more stress on a car than street driving. That's why we went a little more specialized with the fluids we put in our Mustang race car.

May
19
May 19, 2023 | Ford | Sunoco | Mustang | Vintage Racing | fuel | gasoline | Ford Mustang | Vintage Race Car | Race Fuel | Sunoco Race Fuels
How to choose the right fuel for a race engine?

There are a lot of options when it comes to picking a fuel for our Mustang vintage racer, but which one is the best option? We turn to an expert …

May
05
May 5, 2023 | Ford | Mustang | Vintage Racing | Ford Mustang | Vintage Race Car
Adding brake ducts to our Mustang for better braking performance

To help ensure we're not asking too much from our Mustang's brakes, we installed brake ducts from Cobra Automotive.

Apr
26
Apr 26, 2023 | Ford | Mustang
How to add period-correct big brakes to an early Mustang

"Period-correct" doesn't have to mean "poor braking."

Mar
24
Mar 24, 2023 | Ford | Vintage Race Cars | Mustang | driveshaft | Mark Williams Enterprises
Why our Mustang now has an aluminum driveshaft

Our Mustang's driveshaft didn't fit, so we sourced a sturdy replacement from Mark Williams Enterprises.

Feb
09
Feb 9, 2023 | Ford | Ford Mustang | Holley | Summit Racing | Cobra Automotive
Carburetor and air cleaner: How we found the fantastic fit

This is what we selected to top off our engine.

Jan
25
Jan 25, 2023 | Ford | Mustang | Vintage Racing | Summit Racing | Vintage Race Car | Cobra Automotive | Moroso
Catch tanks: The best way to prevent overflow fluid spills?

Adding catch cans to our Mustang vintage racer so all the fluids stay in the car–and not on the track.

Jan
20
Jan 20, 2023 | Ford | Mustang | cooling | Ford Mustang | Summit Racing | cooling fan | Cobra Automotive
How to make sure a race car stays cool on grid

Why add a cooling fan to our Ford Mustang vintage racer? One word: Florida.

Jan
12
Jan 12, 2023 | Ford | Mustang | Ford Mustang | Summit Racing | power steering | Vintage Race Car | Cobra Automotive | Powermaster | KRC Power Steering | Borgeson
How to put modern power steering in an old car

Here's how we fit our old-school Mustang racer with a more modern power steering setup.

Jan
05
Jan 5, 2023 | Ford | Mustang | rust | rust repair | Ford Mustang | battery | Vintage Race Car | Optima | Optima Battery
Before hooking up a new battery, investigating something ominous

What's hiding underneath that crude patch? That's right: rust.

Jan
04
Jan 4, 2023 | Ford | Mustang | HSR | Historic Sportscar Racing | Vintage Race Car | Cobra Automotive
Shelby door panels: It’s all about being period correct

Sometimes, keeping a race car period correct means adding components instead of removing them.

Dec
20
Dec 20, 2022 | Ford | Mustang | Ford Mustang | fuel cell | Vintage Race Car | Bulkhead
Building a better bulkhead to keep driver and fuel cell separate

Besides being required by most sanctioning bodies, a bulkhead keeping the driver compartment and the fuel cell separate helps keep our racing efforts safer.

Dec
08
Dec 8, 2022 | Ford | Mustang | Vintage Racing | Ford Mustang | Vintage Race Car
Mounting traction bars to our early Mustang with custom brackets

Now to mount the front of our Shelby-style override traction bars to the chassis.

Nov
02
Nov 2, 2022 | Ford | Mustang | Vintage Racing | Ford Mustang | Summit Racing | Vintage Race Car | Cobra Automotive | Racequip | Hurst
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 | Ford | Mustang | Vintage Racing | Ford Mustang | wilwood | master cylinder | Vintage Race Car | Cobra Automotive
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 | Ford | Vintage Race Cars | Mustang | Vintage Racing | Project Cars | National Parts Depot | Shields Windshields | Polycarbonate | Windshield
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 | Ford | Vintage Race Cars | Mustang | Vintage Racing | Project Cars | Radiator | Cooling System
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 | Ford | Vintage Race Cars | Mustang | Vintage Racing | Holley | Ron Francis Wiring | National Parts Depot
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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
08
Nov 8, 2021 | Ford
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.

Sep
26
Sep 26, 2021 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
Collecting Mustang Parts | Project Vintage Race Mustang

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

Jan
27
Jan 27, 2021 | Ford
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 | Ford
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
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Dec
18
Dec 18, 2020 | Ford
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 | Ford
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 | Ford
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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