The engine dyno'ed at over 300 horsepower, which reaches the 3.50 gears through a Tremec TKO five-speed.
Inside, the restored Parchment interior appears original until you spot the ididit tilt steering column, TMI Sport Seat kit (over the original bucket frames), Custom Auto Sound stereo with JVC speakers in the kick panels, a Retrogage mini-tachometer, and three-point seat belts. A vintage-style shifter handle belies the five-speed in the tunnel. Dynamat sound deadener reduces the road rumble.
On my short drive with Lonny Childress, I discovered that Ed's fastback is delightful on the street. The Gateway rack-and-pinion steering is quick and precise, and the ride beats any vintage Mustang with original-style A-arms. Although I refrained from throwing someone else's Mustang into hard cornering situations, I was able to determine that Ed's GT is fully capable of taking on more than average street driving. In fact, Ed drove his Mustang on the track at the Hallett Motor Racing Circuit during the Mid America Ford and Team Shelby Nationals, where his instructor was surprised by the handling of an "old" Mustang.
After over 40 years of ownership, Ed is thrilled with his renewed relationship with his renewed Mustang. "I guess now I can say it's a 'clean one-owner' car," Ed laughs. "I never expected to keep it 10 years, much less 40!"