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1967 Shelby GT500 Clone - Roll Your Own

A homebuilt hero car to beat the Barrett-Jackson crowd

Photography by Wesley Allison

What: '67 Ford Mustang fastback

Owner: Don Myers, seller of fine forklifts.

Hometown: Elk Grove, California, which we've never heard of.

Engine: An '83 351W block was freshened by Mike Parrish Automotive in Sacramento using pistons intended for a '95 Lightning engine with stock rods and crank. Edelbrock Performer aluminum heads with 1.90/1.60-inch valves top off the short-block to make 9.5:1.

Camshaft: Elgin "Pro Stock" series hydraulic flat-tappet with 224/234 degrees duration at 0.050 and 0.496/0.520-inch lift. Ford Racing 1.6:1 roller rockers transfer the grind to the valves.

Induction: An Edelbrock Performer RPM Air Gap mounts an Edelbrock 750-cfm carb, though Ron says EFI is coming next year.

Exhaust: Ron used a pair of JBA 151/48-inch shorty headers designed specifically for early Mustangs that offer excellent ground clearance. A custom X-pipe was fabbed using Dr. Gas components and Flowmaster Super 40 mufflers in 2 1/2-inch tube diameters.

Ignition: Spark is provided almost entirely by MSD, with a billet distributor, 6AL box, and Blaster coil. Plug wires, however, are 9mm cables from Ford Racing.

Power: 410 hp at 5,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft at 4,000 at the flywheel.

Transmission: Don managed to locate an N.O.S. '93 Mustang Cobra R gearbox, a Tremec 3550 five-speed with super alloy gearset and larger bearings. A McLeod scatter shield mounts it and contains the Luk 10.5-inch clutch setup, actuated with a hydraulic-release bearing.

Rearend: A Ford 9-inch housing from a Lincoln Versailles contains a Ford Traction-Lock limited-slip and 3.73:1 gears with 28-spline axles.

Suspension: Ron wanted to improve the handling, which was a Shelby hallmark back in the day, so Total Performance tubular control arms, strut rods, and 1-inch sway bar are combined with Lincoln Versailles spindles, Magna nitrogen shocks, and a Flaming River 16.0:1 steering box up front while Magna five-leaf "mid-eye" springs fitted with Global West Del-a-lum bushings and more Magna shocks steady the rear, along with Competition Engineering Slide-a-link bars for drag traction.

Brakes: A Lincoln Versailles donated its front and rear disc brakes to the cause, though Don says he may take braking up a notch in the near future.

Wheels and tires: To maintain the vibe while taking advantage of modern rubber, Vintage Wheel Works' 16x8 Vintage 45 wheels mount BFG KDW G-Force T/As in 225/55ZR16 up front and 245/50ZR16 in the rear.

Body: To create the proper look, Don went straight to Tony D. Branda Shelby Parts for a '67-style body kit and a 427 Shelby-style fiberglass hood. Mike Hollis at J&K Mustang in Sacramento installed the parts while straightening the flanks, while Kern Williams, also of J&K, laid down the '67 Ford Candy Apple Red paint and Wimbledon White stripes, using PPG products.

Interior: A set of Procar front seats add more support than the original flat buckets; Simpson four-point belts keep everyone snug. The Lecarra wheel is reminiscent of the ones Shelby used and the Auto Meter Phantom gauges in the stock dash bezel are a subtle but slick upgrade. In the back is a drop-in Fuel Safe fuel cell to replace the questionable stock tank.

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