Heading Down the Wrong Project Path | Project Vintage Race Mustang

We needed a Mustang.

Initially, we weren’t too fussy regarding the year and body style. We kept our options open but with one rule: no rust. 

An early Mustang fastback in even deplorable condition is worth at least $10,000 these days. A coupe in the same shape is worth less than half that figure. 

We found a car that seemed promising for our vinage racing dreams when a buddy offered a 1968 Mustang coupe for the seemingly great price of just $2500. It was painted–barely well enough– and had a seemingly decent roll cage in it. It was a roller that had been prepped for NASA’s American Iron class. 

We jumped on it. 

Then we looked closer. (Lesson to be learned here, folks.) Upon closer inspection, we found that the car had been modified beyond the HSR rule set. The doors had been gutted, the decklid was formed in fiberglass, and the rain gutters shaved. 

The cage was also too extensive, as it went all the way from the front shock towers to the rear wheel wells. HSR frowns on this extensive of a cage.

Our expert, Curt Vogt at Cobra Automotive, told us that while we could use this car, we’d be better off with an earlier Mustang: more available race hardware and, if we bought right, a car that wouldn’t have to be reconfigured to meet the HSR racing rules. 

We decided to clean up the coupe, fit an early 302 that we had found, and sell it all on eBay Motors. It brought in a little more than $4000. We felt that price was fair, especially since we grabbed the coupe’s 15x7-inch American Racing Torq Thrust wheels for later use–once we find the correct chassis, of course. 

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noddaz UltraDork
12/29/20 12:27 p.m.

So you bought a racing 1968 Mustang for $2500, decided that it did not meet your needs and sold for $4000 and kept the wheels.  (Minus tags, taxes, auction charges ect, ect, ect)  

Whatcha getting next?  laugh

And aren't you guys racing a vintage Mustang already?



pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
12/29/20 1:25 p.m.

Engine not blue enough.

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