Louis's 1965 Mustang

1965 Ford Mustang TREMEC TKO

This ’65 Mustang was given to me by a very generous cousin of mine who wanted to see the car rescued. It has been in my family since new. Although it was a bit rough when I picked it up, it was a completely rust-free, 58,000 original mile car. I debated restoring it versus modifying it, but I just couldn’t fall in love with the original Honey Gold color. I decided to take the plunge and totally change the car. I started by totally disassembling the car and having it dustless blasted. The body and paint were done by Classic Collision and Restoration in Bryan Texas. Even though it didn’t need a lot of bodywork, Doug and his crew at Classic fixed all of the bad factory body gaps and did the paintwork. I built a 332 stroker motor for it. I wanted a stout engine, so I started with a seasoned block bored over .030, put an Eagle stroker kit with a forged crank, rods, and Mahle pistons. Compression should be in the 10 to 10.25 to 1 range. I also installed a Moroso main cap girdle, a Comp hydraulic roller cam (284RF-HR10), Edelbrock Performer, Holley 650, JBA ceramic coated headers -  among other modifications. The suspension is still ’65 era leaf and coils, but with Shelby spring rates, a 1” sway bar, KYB gas shocks and I dropped the car 1”. I kept the 8” diff (for now) but put 3.40 gears with Traction-lock and of course the SST Tremec TKO 600 kit for the Mustang. It went in great and only required a slight trim off some bracing on the transmission tunnel. The car has plenty of power but not plenty of traction! The Tremec shifts great and makes the car a pleasure to drive!

Louis

 

1965 Ford Mustang

1965 Ford Mustang TREMEC TKO

1965 Ford Mustang Engine

1965 Ford Mustang TREMEC TKO Silver Sport Transmissions PerfectFit Kit

TREMEC TKO Ford Mustang 1965 Interior

TREMEC TKO Ford Mustang Interior