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What's On The Outside Says A Lot About What's On The Inside
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Boys And Their Hoods
Like so many of the Mustang mods for the past 40 years, the hoodscoop is a direct take-off from the raised openings used on '65 Shelby GT350s. We've seen several variations, from production Shakers and Mach 1 scoops to more radical tear-drop and snorkel hoods from drag racing. Some function to ram cooler air into the engine, while others serve to remove hot underhood air. Tony Branda Performance offers a number of Shelby-style hoods for Mustangs.
Stock It's Not
This restomod look has a nice stance and the larger wheels from a late-model Mustang. At first glance, it's a show-worthy '68 GT fastback with modern wheels. A closer look reveals the drivetrain and suspension is from an '01 Mustang Cobra, as built by DVS Restorations. You can learn more about this car in the Feb. '06 issue ("The Ultimate Mustang," p. 20)
Lighting the Way
Brighter than standard bulbs, the halogen tri-bar headlights from K.A.R. are a functional addition to any vintage Mustang. Because older wiring harnesses weren't designed to handle these high-power headlights, K.A.R. supplies a wiring harness to provide the shortest possible distance between the power source and the lights, resulting in maximum brightness.
In the Details
While scooped hoods and big wheels generate immediate impact, the small details go a long way toward completing the restomod look. The emblems from Factory Muscleparts, available from many Mustang parts vendors, are a subtle way to show what's underhood. Engine displacement emblems, including 5.0- and 4.6-liter "High Performance," as well as stock and stroker displacement, are great for the front fenders, while the power-adder emblems, including "Supercharged" and "Turbocharged," look good on the trunk.
Scoops and More Scoops
Sidescoops are another popular add-on from the Shelby catalog of performance parts. Utilized on the '65-'70 Shelby Mustangs, the lower scoops funneled cooling air to the rear brakes-well, sort of, seeing how there was just a small opening in the rear fenderwell. The upper scoops on '67-'70 fastbacks extracted warm air from the interior. All of the scoops are available today from Tony Branda Performance.
Similar to the Shelbys, the '69-'70 Boss Mustangs also provided bolt-on components for today's restomods. Rear window slats, also known as louvers, first appeared on the '69 Boss 302, but became a favorite option and accessory for '69-'70 Mustang fastbacks. They're still available from most Mustang parts vendors.