Specs & Mods
- Ownership Status
- Currently Own
- Mods - Handling
Planned: Stiffer front coils and rear leaf springs along with modern bushing material.
Stock front disc/rear drum. Possible wheel set up: Magnum 500's or Old school Torque Thrust "D" wheels - both in 15x7 front, 15x8 rear
- Mods - Power
428 SCJ motor (NOM) which includes Lemans rods, adj rockers, special crankshaft and harmonic balancer, factory oil cooler, "W" code rear axle (4:30), 4spd Toploader transmission with Ford/Hurst shifter and cast iron "header" exhaust manifolds.
Planned mods are:
Alum intake, Edelbrock alum heads, healthy street cam, Holley Sniper EFI, Roller cam and rockers, FPA full length headers.
Possible 5spd conversion or a lower (ie: more street friendly) 3:50 rear axle ratio.
Flowmaster or Magnaflow exhaust.
The stock exhaust manifolds, intake, carb, heads, etc, will be boxed & stored. (sheds approx 200 lbs of weight)
- Mods - Exterior
No planned mods - keeping the stock appearance.
Painted in its original color "medium gold metallic".
Black hood stripes.
Hood twist locks.
Black honeycomb taillight panel.
Mach 1 rocker molding
Front spoiler to be added (it just looks better with it)
- Mods - Interior
Stock Deluxe hi-back bucket seats
Woodgrain dash with 8000 RPM tach and clock
Fold down rear seat (sport deck).
Optional center console added.
- Background & Plans
This car bounced around between 4 of us friends (2 sets of brothers) starting in the early 90's, each doing little to nothing until the 4th individual really got the ball rolling and completed all the body work in early 2008. The car was sitting in primer and ohh soooo close to getting paint when there was a change in circumstances.
Fast forward a few years, the car moved from MA to NC where it sat in his garage until a conversation last fall asking what he planned to eventually do with it.
Not seeing many options at his end, we struck a deal and the car was brought back to MA.
I was originally not a fan of the gold exterior and there was much debate, soul searching and sleepless nights about what color to go with.
With the car being what it is, it was ultimately decided that I really needed to stick with the original factory color.
The black stripes, louvers, spoiler and rocker moldings will offset the gold enough that I can live with it and honestly, it has become more appealing after looking at other Mach 1's in the same color combo.
There's lots to do and it'll be a while before it is driven again but I'm looking forward to the reassembly and bringing it back to life again.
The long term plan is it'll be a "keeper"..... unless the opportunity presents itself and I give in to my desire to get back into a 67 Shelby - Time will tell.
Original motor was missing but oddly enough, I've had a 428 SCJ & 4 spd sitting in my garage for the last 18 years (Must have been fate).
Let the fun begin !