Tony Finaldi always wanted a wicked street machine, and with its swooping body lines and aggressive demeanor, a '67 fastback Mustang meets the criteria. Tony kept a watchful eye on the local swap meets, classifieds, and neighborhood yards, but it wasn't until his cousin Vince had finally decided to part with his own project car--conveniently a perfectly straight, one-owner '67 fastback with the original paint and interior and little-to-no rust--that Tony was able to begin work on the car of his dreams.
Tony managed to curb big-dollar spending by completing the majority of the work with his father, Pasquale, who's had plenty of experience wrenching and spraying the glossy stuff. The pair fogged the '67 with a dark blue pearl hue and had Corona Customs in Norco, California, apply the flames. Complementing the exterior is a timeless set of eye-tantalizing American Racing Torq-Thrust II wheels. Inside, the deluxe interior has been restored to stock with the addition of Auto Meter gauges to monitor the potent 347ci stroker motor that's now residing between the fenderwells.
Within the span of two short years, the Fastback had been resurrected from the project-car graveyard and changed into the killer showpiece you see here. Above all, Tony's '67 is a prime example of what a gearhead family can produce without going broke. We just wish we could have had first dibs.
Car Craft Q&A
Car Craft: Where did you get that trick billet-aluminum strut-tower brace? Tony Finaldi: My father and I made it. We weren't particularly excited with what was currently available, so after three days of work we came up with our own design.
CC: What do you enjoy more: hitting up car shows, cruising, or going to the dragstrip?
TF: I haven't had the opportunity to run at the dragstrip much, but I definitely enjoy cruising and going to car shows.
CC: Any changes for the near future?
TF: A Richmond six-speed swap is currently in the works and hopefully thereafter a fuel-injection conversion.
Car: Tony Finaldi's '67 Ford Mustang fastback
Engine: 347ci small-block
Heads: Aluminum Edelbrock Performer RPM, 2.02/1.60-inch intake/exhaust valves
Induction: Edelbrock Performer dual-plane intake, 750-cfm Edelbrock carb
Camshaft: Edelbrock Performer RPM Grind No. 7211, 229/234 degrees duration at 0.050, 0.496/0.520-inch lift
Power: 400 hp (est.)
Transmission: Borg-Warner Super T10 four-speed, Centerforce dual-friction clutch
Rearend: Lincoln Versailles 9-inch, 3.70:1 gears
Front suspension: Stock, polyurethane bushings, KYB shocks
Rear suspension: Mustangs Plus Grab-A-Trak five-leaf Mid Eye leaf springs, polyurethane bushings, ¾-inch sway bar, KYB shocks
Brakes: Ford Granada 11-inch discs, front; Lincoln Versailles 10.5-inch discs, rear
Wheels and tires: 15x6 American Racing Torq-Thrust IIs with BFGoodrich P205/60R15 TA Radials fronts; 15x8 with American Racing Torq-Thrust IIs with BFGoodrich P255/60R15 TA Radials, rear
Paint: VW Dark Blue Pearl by Pasquale Finaldi, Flames by Corona Customs in Norco, California
Cost to Build: $16,000
The original 289ci small-block was swapped out in favor of a stroked 302 that now displace
The deluxe factory interior has been restored back to original...
...With the addition of Auto Meter's 5-inch Monster tach, oil-pressure, and water-temperat