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Mustang Monthly April 2019

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how much horsepower is too much?

AT A CERTAIN POINT, HORSE-POWER JUST BECOMES EXCESSIVE ON A STREET CAR. MaryBeth Kiczenski’s feature on Tony Whitmore’s 1969 Mach 1 in this issue got me thinking about horsepower in a street application. I completely understand that a large portion of this magazine’s readers care more about the originality of our beloved Mustangs and prefer to see either realistic, streetable builds or high-dollar 100-point Thoroughbred Gold restored machines, but a big part of me loves power. True restoration means taking the car back to 100 percent stock condition, and sometimes beyond it. That means 335 hp for a Cobra Jet or less for a more plain-Jane Mustang. Me, I’m from a hardcore hot-rodding background that worships at the almighty altar of horsepower, but I completely understand and can relate to the…

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rescued shelby from malibu brushfire

The devastating brushfires that consumed parts of California late last year unfolded for many on social media. One of the more engaging images was of what appeared to be a Wimbledon White 1966 Shelby G.T. 350 being pushed out of harm’s way by some firefighters. As typical of social media, some lauded their desire to save the owner’s prized possession, while others argued it was a waste of resources to do such a thing. Regardless of what side of the playing field you’re on, the image certainly had some amazing reach. We recently heard from John Young from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. A Shelby owner and enthusiast himself, he was able to verify the white fastback in that image was a tribute (a C-code built in San Jose). Still,…

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original venice crew to offer restoration services

We’ve mentioned the exquisite turnkey continuation 1965 Ford Shelby G.T. 350 Competition models built by Original Venice Crew (OVC) before, and we have even driven the prototype. With production in full swing, the OVC crew has been inundated with queries regarding restorations, repairs, and upgrades from classic Mustang and Shelby owners. To try and satisfy this demand, OVC has assembled a “dream team” to aid in restorations, upgrades, and repairs of these heritage-level performance vehicles, including Shelby Cobras, Ford GT40s, and, of course, Shelby Mustangs. “Over the past year, many discerning collectors and enthusiasts have approached us to maintain and restore their performance car,” says Jim Marietta, CEO of OVC. “It is becoming very difficult to source the knowledge, talent, and parts necessary to maintain these special vehicles. Since Ted (Sutton)…

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Ford announced the 2020 Explorer at NAIAS this past January. The all-new SUV features a return to rear-wheel drive, along with the availability of a hybrid model and a new Explorer ST performance model. Find out more at: ford.com/suvs/explorer/2020. Dave Kindig of MotorTrend television’s Bitchin’ Rides and AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes has launched an e-commerce website to offer the Modern Classikk paint line that Dave uses. Visit modernclassikk.com to see the full line of colors and your nearest dealer. After three Week to Wicked builds, look for our fourth project to commence in July of this year. Once again, Mustang Monthly will be tackling the complete buildup of a Mustang in just five days! What year and body style will we be building? You’ll just have to wait a bit longer…

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new bits

GEAR IT UP Factory gears are often selected for the best of all situations (performance, fuel economy, rpm cruising range, etc.), but dropping in deeper gears is a muscle car tradition as old as the hobby itself. Now, Eaton offers a variety of performance gear ratios for the classic Ford 8-inch, 8.8-inch late-model housing, and the venerable 9-inch axle (among others). Offered in both street and competition versions, the gear sets are CNC-cut for optimum gear mesh. They are machined from 8620 or 4320 steel for long life (street) or 9310 steel for strength (competition), and they can optionally be finished in Eaton’s isotropic Super Finish process, which coats the gears with a highly polished surface engineered to reduce friction and eliminate the need for break-in. INFO: (800) 328-3850; EATONPARTSONLINE.COM/RINGANDPINION POWERED PUMPS We all…

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drew and melissa takach find an elusive ’69 mach 1 scj hidden in a garage behind a house in shockingly good shape

“WHEN FOLKS AREN’T TRUE CAR GUYS OR MUSTANG PEOPLE [IN THIS INSTANCE], YOU TEND TO KIND OF BRUSH THEM OFF,” SAYS DREW TAKACH. But as the 38-year-old stood in front of a garage door in a backwoods area of North Carolina outside the small town of Salisbury, he couldn’t believe his luck. “I told my wife, do me a favor. I’m going to take a picture before I open the door. You can take a picture of me opening the door.” Drew remembers thinking, “Alright, alright, Lord. Let’s see what we got under here.” He had seen pictures and was sure that what was inside this old workshop was a 1969 Mach 1 with a factory 428 Super Cobra Jet, which means a real Drag Pack. But there’s always that moment…