The crew is back and on a mission to turn this 1966 Mustang Coupe from average to incredible. We took the car for an initial test drive, then quickly started turning wrenches. Out came the original 200ci 6-cylinder and C4 transmission, and in went a complete Classic Performance Products, Inc. (CPP) coil-over front suspension, leaf-sprung 9-inch rearend, and subframe connectors to tie the car all together.
The Mustang maintains progress from stock to righteous, as the CPP crew starts the morning of Day 2 by installing the front spindles, 13-inch brakes with massive calipers, rear discs onto the 9-inch rear, and creating new brake lines before bleeding the system. Then it was finally the moment we all waited for: dropping in the Ford Performance Boss 363 crate motor and Performance Automatic transmission!
The Mustang is starting to look like a real car by the end of Day 3, almost begging us to jump in and drive it off. On tap for today was the bulk of the chassis and interior wiring, installing the air conditioning, radiator, steering column, CPP steering box, and a million other small details. 18" rolling stock was mounted and the car was now sitting on the ground. It looks awesome.
Wiring takes the stage on Day 4, as we get down to the details finalizing the electronics from front to rear. Connections are completed for the Fitech EFI system in the engine bay, gauges in the dash, and modern lighting all around from headlights, turn signals, to sequential LED tailights. The exhaust gets fabricated and hung, and we're a few steps closer to firing up the engine. Stay tuned for more!
The last day was spent finishing the wiring, linking the shifter to the automatic transmission, building the 2.5" exhaust, and installing the steering column, gauges, and seats into the cabin. It's not a true Day 5 without the drama, and it was right on cue when we ran into some snags installing the driveshaft, and again with a water pump leak while firing up the engine. Be sure to watch the video, as the crew stuck through it and ended the night's performance with a 400ft smokey burnout!
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