CC Featured Vehicle - 1966 Ford Mustang 2+2

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  1. TriShield

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    Featured Vehicles - 1966 Ford Mustang 2+2

    It Can Hold Its Own With Anything Ever Built In Stuttgart

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    By Don Weberg
    Photography: Wesley Allison

    With the cost and complexity of new cars these days, it doesn’t surprise us that a guy who fixes Mercedes-Benzes all day long would yearn to work on a simpler car at home. Something with a carburetor, a manual trans, and basic technology that’s half a century old. But as classics go, Tavit “Dave” Meshefedjian’s ’66 Mustang 2+2 can hold its own with anything ever built in Stuttgart.

    After a five-month hunt for the car he always wanted, Dave eventually settled on a fastback cloaked in road-hazard orange with “custom” Mercury Cougar taillights. Despite its physical condition, which included about an inch of Bondo on each rear quarter, it was already a mean runner with a Ford Motorsport SVO 302 crate engine and a Tremec TKO five-speed tranny. With about 8,000 miles on the drivetrain, the Mustang was mechanically on track. Despite his wife Angelique’s rolling eyes, Dave was possessed by fantasies of what the car could be and stole it for $3,000.

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    Armed with the able help of his brother, Shant, and his 7-year-old son, K.C, Dave pulled the engine, gutted the interior, and sent the shell off to his friend Stanko for bodywork and paint. With the engine on a stand, Dave ported the heads, cleaned up the Holley 750 double-pumper carb, and detailed the Hooker headers. Aluminum dress-up parts were sent out for polishing and a few new pieces were added. By the time all was said and done, the hot small-block was driving the mercury even higher, cranking out 405 ponies at 6,200 rpm, and pulling with 390 lb-ft of torque at about 3,600 rpm. It was more than he anticipated, and he estimates performance in the low 13s.

    Meanwhile, Stanko yanked the hideous taillights and worked his magic on the body. Wanting to get the best results possible, he convinced Dave to invest in new fenders and valances along with a custom fiberglass hood, trunk lid, and Shelby spoilers and scoops. With the cost rising faster than an SR-71 grabbing air, Dave ordered the car to be sprayed Chrysler’s devilishly hot PRD red with white stripes.

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    While the paint was still drying, a Mustangs Plus performance suspension kit was called to duty, lowering both the front and rear ends to match. A set of Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F-1s were mated with 17x8 Torq-Thrust IIs completing an awesome handling package with sizzling looks.

    With the body, suspension, and engine done, Dave turned to Harry’s Upholstery in West Los Angeles to install a new dash, headliner, and carpeting. Two-tone leather Recaro front sport buckets and matching two-tone rear seats and door panels, all detailed with red stitching, stand out from the stock-resto norm. An Alpine head unit with CD player, MTX five-channel amp, and Boston woofer/speaker combo were added to try to override the rumble of the fit 302. Fuller Racing seatbelts and a GT wheel complete the package.

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    Dave estimates the car has its claws into him for about $32,000 thus far. But when he considers that it has already broiled a 911 Turbo and can fight Vipers and Camaros at will, he says it’s worth it, and it’s a far cry from his first ride, a Renault Fuego turbo. To make it even more formidable, Dave is anxious to bolt on a blower or supercharger, though he hasn’t yet decided which one. The 9.0:1 compression will make either an easy addition.

    Sharing garage space with the Mustang is a ’69 Camaro awaiting a similar treatment. Painted Le Mans blue with rally stripes, the Camaro wears P295s in the back and has a Pro Street look to it. By the time Dave slides in a 383 stroker, that car just might be grumpier than the Mustang it rooms with. And we’d take either one over a new Benz any day.

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    1337 Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.

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    but i'd take a shelby gt500 anyday over that
     
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    That car was featured in an old issue of Car Craft.
     
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    Buzz Killington nunc fortunatus sum

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    Too bad he used those fagmo pedals in it.
     
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    i'd pimp it
     
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    1337 Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.

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    :eek3: I'd pimp it...
     
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    i dig the seats :coold:
     
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    nice interior. loose the front lower spoiler and it will look better
     
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    JEEBUS!!!

    Only $32,000 into that car?

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    But if so, I'd take that over any $32,000 car for sale today.
     
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    Id say thats about right on it. It doesnt have anything super exotic besiudes those seats were probably pricey. But overall nothing screams super expensive about it, especially since it sounds like he did all the body work himself

    All it needs is for me to make him one of these :big grin:

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    www.jmeenterprises.com
     
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    That's the key, the more you do yourself the more money you save.

    I love those carbon fiber gauges too. I was going to use them in the GN but the rings were too large to fit eight of them in the cluster.
     
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    My cars............. Cept I am building the Camaro first. He has good tatse and I wish my stang was a Fastback


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    His 'Stang is very clean minus the steering wheel and pedals.
     
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    [move]:wackit: :wackit: :wackit: :wackit: :wackit: :wackit: :wackit:[/move]

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    i dislike the wheels.

    a lot
     
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    he broiled a 911 turbo? if by broiled you mean got crushed
     
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    I would drive the hell out of it, pedals and all.
     
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    uh.. wait.. is that your url and your company making those parts?

    because i tell u what, you can make plenty more money by expanding to cover more cars than just Mustangs.

    for example, the Miata has a huge cult following with people still 'personalizing' their interiors... and many would like to see something like that in their cars... including me. :)
     
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    beautiful!
     
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    Very nice car. I agree about the pedals, but that's easily fixed. A nice real wood style steering wheel would look so good in there. Seats do look like a great fit. I miss my '66. :wtc:
     
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    I work for the company. Eventually we will expand but as of right now we are SLAMMED with orders for 65-70 mustang gauge clusters :)

    Soon we are going 87-93 mustangs and eventually into camaros and who knows after that.
     

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