1967 Mustang

This one was built for some serious road miles.

Text and photos by Mark Ehlen / MCR staff

People choose to restore classic muscle cars for a variety of reasons. Some weren’t able to own one when they were new or at least could still be had in excellent condition so they are fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning one. Others were born too late to be in on that era but really appreciated the classic styling of that time and now want one of their own. And still others just think that all cars today pretty much look the same and want something that really stands out.

No, all of today’s cars don’t look the same but the 60’s and 70’s arguably produced some of the best designed most distinctive cars ever. There was no confusing GM vs Ford vs Chrysler in those days.

What owners intend to do with their cars varies as well. Some literally intend to put them in a private museum. Many want to spend time at shows meeting other enthusiasts and discussing the finer points of this and that about their cars. There are the cruisers of course who enjoy that scene evenings and weekends around town. They’ll drive to and from the shows as well.

And then there are the drivers. These are the ones that intend to put some miles on the car and, unless the weather is looking bad, their muscle car is their first choice.

The owner of this ’67 Mustang fastback is one of the later. A retired truck driver, he used to make regular runs between Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. He built his Mustang not only to fulfill a dream but also drive from the Chippewa Falls area to the Twin Cities on a regular basis to visit family. If he’s going to spend a couple of hours on the road each direction, he wants to enjoy the trip.

And there is absolutely no doubt that he will. With a Holley Sniper equipped 390, a 4-speed and a 3.00 9-inch rear, this thing loves the open road. The Wimbleton White paint with Cranberry Red stripes will not be mistaken for anything from this decade. The interior retains the factory red bucket seats and Dynamat sound deadener has been added to make each trip even more pleasant.

This Mustang got the full on Muscle Car Restorations’ resto process of course but, given that it’s going to rack up some miles, special materials were used underneath to help keep it looking beautiful and to make it easier to clean.

It may never make it to a formal car show. Instead it will be a one car show every time it’s on the road.

This is about as distinctive a look as there is. Even non-enthusiasts recognize a 60’s Mustang Fastback.
No the quarter vents are not functional on a production Mustang but the car just wouldn’t be the same without them.
Though not a factory install on this particular car, the Cobra hood looks like it should have been.
The 390 big block was rebuild mostly stock. It produces 333 Hp at 4500 RPM and 436 lb/ft of torque at just 2800 RPM. No, this is not a high winding small block. 390s were known for torque and this one will allow the owner to cover the lower rear of his quarters in rubber bits any time he chooses and make freeway on ramps more fun than should be legal.
One deviation from a stock build is the addition of a Holley Sniper EFI. A completely self-learning system, MCR has found them to greatly improve drivability over stock 4-bbl systems while providing all the benefits of modern EFI.
White on red was a popular option in the day and it looks just as awesome today. The interior was restored stock throughout.
Just like it looked back in 1967 including possibly the period correct steering wheel cover. When was the last time you saw one of those?
There just is no substitute for analog gauges. It’s one of the appeals of the classic muscle car era. Today’s all digital dashes are just too complicated to be any fun. Keep it simple.
Another upgrade that’s necessary for a road machine is modern tires on classic wheels. Bias plys might be correct for a show piece but not on a driver’s car.
If there’s one thing that everyone recognizes about Mustangs, it’s the three-part taillights and that distinctive external gas cap.
Straight as an arrow!
The Fastback Mustangs had rather large back windows…
…but the angle was so steep that the view from the driver’s seat was actually fairly narrow.
Every muscle car has to have the proper aggressive stance to look right. MCR gets this completely. All car guys can tell you when it doesn’t look quite right even if they can’t say why but MCR knows how to set up each car so that it has that “don’t mess with me” look.