Child­hood Dreams

Chris­tian Zwick fi­nally gets his dream car—this 1965 Mus­tang fastback

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Chris­tian Zwick fi­nally gets his dream car—this 1965 Mus­tang fastback

im­por­tant. With both those in hand, Chris­tian and his wife be­gan the hunt for the right Mus­tang to be­come part of their fam­ily.

As the Zwicks be­gan to track down their new­est fam­ily mem­ber, it be­came ev­i­dent that the chance of find­ing a clean start for a 1965 Mus­tang fastback on their own was slim to none. Af­ter com­plet­ing some thor­ough re­search, the Quincy, Illi­nois, res­i­dents made a trip to see Mike McLin and his tal­ented team at RestoMod in In­de­pen­dence, Mis­souri. Af­ter spend­ing some time at the shop and see­ing their spec­tac­u­lar work in per­son, Chris­tian knew this was the shop that could make his child­hood vi­sions be­come re­al­ity. Mike and the Zwicks sat down and talked num­bers; brain­storm­ing the project at hand, work­ing out the de­tails, and get­ting a feel for what this fastback build would shape up to be­come.

Since Chris­tian had not yet lo­cated the ideal car for the project, the RestoMod team helped him track down the per­fect 1965 fastback that would be­come a vi­sion even his dreams could not have come up with.

As Zwick re­turned to Illi­nois, he be­gan re­search­ing day and night to make sure he had a hand in the process of mak­ing this ’65 ex­actly what he wanted it to be—the per­fect mus­cle car. He wanted this Mus­tang to be the ideal mix of clas­sic beauty, eye-catch­ing color, clean lines, and last but not least, a pow­er­ful mo­tor to put this fastback over the top. Spend­ing most of his time on­line, Chris­tian wanted to get the best mix of a clas­sic car with the ad­van­tages of mod­ern builds to cre­ate a time­less Mus­tang that would be easy to main­tain over time as well as per­form like the sports car it was de­signed to be in the 1960s—and then some.

An open line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion helped McLin and the RestoMod team stay on top of the ul­ti­mate vi­sion, and also gave them the abil­ity to sug­gest ad­di­tional ideas if some­thing would not work out for his best in­ter­ests in the long run. One ex­am­ple of this be­ing Chris­tian’s orig­i­nal want for the pow­er­plant to be a Co­bra trib­ute by drop­ping in a 427 en­gine. Af­ter some con­vinc­ing, Mike as­sured him that a 5.0L crate en­gine would be the best way to go for what he was look­ing for in this car. It has all the re­li­a­bil­ity and ease of a mod­ern en­gine to work on, as well as hav­ing an abun­dance of power for the car’s light chas­sis. In ad­di­tion to that, the 5.0L could al­ways be supercharged at a later date if Chris­tian was some­how grow­ing im­mune to the feel­ing of over 400 horse­power at his fin­ger­tips.

Around eight months af­ter the ini­tial plans were set into mo­tion, Zwick had a Mus­tang fastback of his very own un­like any other to bring home. From the Sap­phire Blue ex­te­rior to the stag­gered 17-inch Amer­i­can Rac­ing wheels to the large-di­am­e­ter Wil­wood disc brakes, walk­ing up to this mod­ern yet time­less ex­te­rior was ev­ery­thing he dreamed it would be. Zwick is also speech­less ba­si­cally ev­ery time he opens the door and en­ters the car. With the black leather seats be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by the clean de­sign of Dakota Dig­i­tal gauges, the in­side of this

mod­ern-day ’65 has the per­fect mix of old and new.

Though this Mus­tang is now equipped with a pow­er­ful new stereo and up­dated speak­ers, Chris­tian will be the first to tell you that the sound he loves most is the 5.0L pushing through the gears out from his 2.5-inch Mag­naFlow ex­haust. “I hon­estly can’t think of any­thing I would change. It is re­ally some­thing that just makes me feel good. I love get­ting in and just be­ing com­pletely in con­trol. All con­cerns fade away,” says Chris­tian.

With no plans to ever sell the car, he hopes to keep it in the fam­ily and pass it on to his kids some day, but he is far from ready to do that any­time soon. If you ever see Zwick out driv­ing in the Mus­tang feel free to give him a wave or talk to him about the car; he re­ally en­joys peo­ple en­joy­ing it the same way he does. Chris­tian wants to take an ex­tra mo­ment to thank Mike and the RestoMod crew for help­ing his vi­sion be­come re­al­ity, and most im­por­tantly he wants to thank his wife, LeAnn, for al­low­ing him to pull the trig­ger on mak­ing this child­hood want be­come some­thing he can walk out to ev­ery single day and ap­pre­ci­ate.

This 17x8 and 17x10 stag­gered set of Amer­i­can Rac­ing wheels could not have fit this car more per­fectly with their five-spoke de­sign.

When it comes to new clus­ters for old cars, it does not get much bet­ter look­ing than the op­tions Dakota Dig­i­tal makes.

This in­te­rior is the per­fect mix of new and old—up­dated in the sim­plest ways. Sim­ple pol­ished ac­cents through­out the in­side of this fastback keep the orig­i­nal de­signs fresh in our minds.

Noth­ing dated about this en­gine bay with this 5.0L crate en­gine and Wil­wood brake reser­voir.

The clean, orig­i­nal lines of this car’s body were some­thing Chris­tian Zwick wanted to make sure were not tam­pered with.

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