Started on March 12 by marekra

1967 Vintage Race Cars Mustang GT


History: 1967: My Uncle bought the car new in Iowa, the last GT sold in the state. Dark Green Fastback, 289 with a Top loader, manual steering, power kelsey hayes disk brakes, he added Koni shocks. 1975: I bought the car from him as my high school car. I started working the car like a Shelby. Raced it at OCIR and Carlsbad Raceway. 1976: I let a friend finally drive it, we got front ended by a Dodge less than 1/8 mile from my house. The car was totalled. I pulled the drive train and put it in a 72 Gran Torino Sport. I junked it to a frame shop as a test car for their new frame rig. 1977: 18 months later I got a call to come and pick it up, it was straight again! well almost. I towed the car to Texas where I finished rebuilding for drag racing again. 1978: Then moved to Hawaii where I started road racing in SCCA. I got 3rd place in the Modified Production class 79 championship. Lost out to a 427 Vette and a FIA 289 Cobra. 1980-1999: Came back to CA where I used the car for daily driving, Mustang car shows, some drag racing and autocross. 2000-2006: Then I discovered Open Track racing. Hot Damn! Went through the car and tweeked it for road course work. Have since driven Laguna Seca, California Speedway both Roval and Infield, Willow Springs, Streets of Willow, Button Willow, Infinion, and Thunder Hill. 2007: Vintage racing with VARA and HSR West. I continue to drive the car to shows and cruse nights. The car is “Carroll by Day, Frank by Night” (Shelby, Bullitt) BODY: Fiberglass 67 Shelby 350 front body clip, Shelby rear deck lid with duck tail spoiler, front mustang fiberglass spoiler. Deep Forest Green with extra metalic added for Shelby and GT stripes. Front body clip fully removes with 4 bolts. Functional side brake scoops. FRAME: Subframe connectors, front clip inner panels removed and replaced with tube frame connectors. SUSPENSION: Shelby Spec suspension including A arm drop. 9” rear with 2.5 drum brakes from a 70 mustang. Wilwood front calipers and rotors. Custom rear steer rack & pinion using an offset Flaming river omni unit with extra long tie rod and custom relocating adapters for the stock spindle arms. 15” Torque Thrust rims for the wet tyres and 15” minilites for the dry slicks. Rear Maier racing new style panhard bar. ENGINE: Smeding Performance 302 400/400 long block with Holley 780, Summitt HEI style ignition, Tri-Y headers, and Lesco inspired external oiling system with track accumulator and external rear main bypass. INTERIOR: Kirkey road racing seats, 5 point harnesses, full roll cage. Mr Gasket narrow gate shifter, Quick release 15” steering wheel, Wide wink mirror, radio delete, and fire bottle system.

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March 13, 2009, 6:43 a.m.

Nice Stang! I have a '65 myself. How do you like the Smeding engine? And Smeding in general? I'm trying to decide if I want to build my next engine, buy a crate engine, or have someone else build one for me. I've built many, and don't really feel a strong need to do that, but am hesitant to trust anyone else.

March 15, 2009, 1:42 p.m.

Voted up for cool history with a cool car. Very nice. ...but, 'front ended?'

Sept. 4, 2009, 8:10 p.m.

OMG that car is the bomb, I will have one

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