Collecting Mustang Parts | Project Vintage Race Mustang

Update by Tim Suddard to the Ford Mustang Fastback project car
Feb 15, 2021

Building a Mustang race car takes parts and Curt Vogt, owner of Cobra Automotive, promised us that he knew what we needed. And, somewhere in one of his six warehouses filled with Mustang parts, he had the new and used stuff that we needed for our ’65 Mustang.

In Curt’s world, wealthy guys start with back-of-the-pack cars, get the itch to go faster, and then cast off perfectly usable stuff while upgrading to the latest and greatest. This would help us build this car on a budget.

We began the search and found a perfect used aluminum radiator, radiator fan, fuel pump, high-torque starter, front disk brake setup, used tires that were good enough for setup purposes and a suitable driveshaft for our forthcoming 9-inch rear end. He also had the flex plate required for converting our drivetrain to a 7.25-inch Tilton clutch.

From the new parts department, we purchased an 11-inch station wagon brake kit–which is legal for the class–plus more chassis braces, competition engine mounts, R Model interior door panels and bunch of miscellaneous stuff we would need.

Here’s a list of all the parts we needed to turn our Mustang into a racer:

65 Mustang Parts List
Part Source
Radiator Used from Cobra Automotive
Cooling fan Used from Cobra Automotive
Engine Used from Cobra Automotive
Intake manifold Used from Cobra Automotive
650 Double Pumper carburetor New from Holley
Air cleaner Moroso Performance Products
Headers Hooker Headers
Valve covers Used from Cobra Automotive
Catch tank(s) On car
Distributor Used from Cobra Automotive
Ignition MSD 6ALN (Holley)
Bell housing Used from Cobra Automotive
Bell housing block plate New from Cobra Automotive
Flywheel Tilton Engineering
Clutch Tilton Engineering
Starter Used from Cobra Automotive
Transmission New from Roltek
Driveshaft Used from Cobra Automotive
Rear end New from Straker Racing
Gears New from Straker Racing
Limited slip New from Straker Racing
Engine mount Cobra Automotive
Transmission mount Energy Suspension
Shifter and linkage Roltek
Exhaust system X-pipe and 3-in. bends and tube
Fuel pump Cobra Automotive
Battery box In the car already
Oil Red Line Synthetic Oil
Fuel Sunoco Race Fuels
Rear brakes New from Cobra Automotive
Rear brake shoes New from Cobra Automotive
Rear springs Used from Cobra Automotive
Rear spring shackles Used from Cobra Automotive
Rear spring eye bushings Used from Cobra Automotive
Rear shocks Koni
Rear spring lowering blocks Used from Cobra Automotive
Drive shaft safety loop Used from Cobra Automotive
Front A-arms Used from Cobra Automotive
Front springs Came with car
Front shocks Koni
Front anti roll bar Used from Cobra Automotive
Front spindles Used from Cobra Automotive
Front hubs Used from Cobra Automotive
Coil spring locators New from Cobra Automotive
Coil spring covers Used from Cobra Automotive
Steering box Borgeson Universal Company
Steering column ididit
Front brakes Used from Cobra Automotive
Brake pads Porterfield D-11 R4
Brake lines Classic Tube
Brake hoses Classic Tube
Strut rods Used from Cobra Automotive
Suspension bushings Energy Suspension
Escort brace New from Cobra Automotive
Monte Carlo bar Used from Cobra Automotive
Tires Hoosier Racing Tires
Wheels American Racing
Traction Bars Used from Cobra Automotive
Car Cover Auto Chic
Window net  
Fuel cell Safequip 22 gallon
Fire system Lifeline Fire Systems
Roll cage Cobra Automotive
Steering wheel  
Race seat Ultra Shield Race Products
Kill switch  
Seat mount I/O Port Racing Supplies
Gauges Autometer

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Tom1200 SuperDork
2/10/21 3:20 p.m.

Do you have a dollar total for the project thus far?

350z247 New Reader
2/10/21 8:36 p.m.

In reply to Tom1200 :

I've always found adding up the totals a bit depressing ha

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/10/21 8:49 p.m.

I'm curious what an escort brace and monte carlo bar are...

Flynlow (FS)
Flynlow (FS) HalfDork
2/10/21 9:18 p.m.
Robbie (Forum Supporter) said:

I'm curious what an escort brace and monte carlo bar are...


Surrounding the aircleaner (I think they meant "export brace"):

stukndapast Reader
2/10/21 9:23 p.m.

In reply to Robbie (Forum Supporter) :

Actually the proper term is "export brace" and it is a replacement for the factory struts that run from the cowl to the shock towers.  The OEM stuff is two separate flimsy stampings that bolt to the cowl flange and to a welded-on tab at the shock tower.  The export brace is a single piece heavyweight stamping that attaches to the same points on the cowl but extend to the top of the shock tower, under the top shock mount.  Much stiffer than stock and usually one of the first things that early Mustang people do to improve the front end stiffness.  The Monte-carlo bar is a strut rod that runs across the engine bay from shock tower to shock tower.  The two pieces work together to form a triangular stiffener for the front end of an otherwise very flexible structure.

Tom1200 SuperDork
2/10/21 10:38 p.m.

In reply to 350z247 :

I calculate every penny. When non racers ask about what it costs I want to be able to give them an accurate number.

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
2/11/21 9:28 a.m.

In reply to Tom1200 :

I haven't totalled everything so far, but I think we will be able to build this car for about $40,000. While not cheap, it will be worth half again as much, or more, if we don;t damage it.  While we are not building it to sell, so many race car projects costs can never be recouped, so this is a bit of good news.


Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
2/11/21 9:32 a.m.

In reply to Robbie (Forum Supporter) :

The export brace (named for the fact they used it on Mustangs for export, is the brace that connects the firewall to teh shock towers. A Monte Carlo bar (probably naked because they used them on Falcons that ran that event, goes between the two shock towers. All early Shelbys had these two pieces and regular Mustangs had braces that were not connected in the middle at the firewall and no Montecarlo bar.


300zxfreak Reader
2/12/21 10:34 p.m.

Better not let the Wholesome Poonah find you using naked Monte Carlo bars. 

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