THE SNOW­BALL EF­FECT

Ge­orge Lange has had Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop build cars for him be­fore, but this one ended up dif­fer­ently

Mustang Monthly - - THE SNOWBALL EFFECT - Mark Houla­han TEXT • Jorge Nu–ez PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Ev­ery shop has that one great cus­tomer— that one per­son who truly en­joys the process of the build and keeps com­ing back again and again for the next car. Some of the builds stay in the col­lec­tion, and some­times they move along to al­low room/fi­nances to build the next best thing. For Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop that cus­tomer is Ge­orge Lange, one of its long­est-run­ning cus­tomers. Lange, of St. Louis, has had nu­mer­ous mem­o­rable cars built at Alloway’s. As a mat­ter of fact, we’ve fea­tured sev­eral of them in the past here in Mus­tang Monthly and our sis­ter ti­tles. Just hit Mus­tang-360. com and you’ll find fea­tures on pre­vi­ous builds like his 1967 Fair­lane with a Boss 429 and

Art Mor­ri­son chas­sis, Lange’s 1967 Mus­tang with twin-turbos, or his 1957 Thun­der­bird with a su­per­charged small-block!

One of Lange’s more re­cent builds was a 1969 Ca­maro for his son. Alloway’s Hot Rod

Shop built it as a safe driver and uti­lized sus­pen­sion from Detroit Speed (DSE). Lange was so im­pressed with how the sus­pen­sion worked he

went back to Alloway’s to have a nice driver built for him­self with the same sus­pen­sion. A driver that he could ac­tu­ally take to the track and beat the hell out of at will. Lange has had Alloway’s build a cou­ple of Mus­tangs in the past, but never an early fast­back. Of course Alloway’s crew didn’t have to look too far for a starter ve­hi­cle, as they had sev­eral fast­backs out back in in­ven­tory, so to speak.

Once in­side, the fast­back was blown apart to be­gin the process. The DSE front and rear sus­pen­sion was or­dered up and the wheel and tire pack­age was spec’d. Like most shops, the wheel and tire setup de­ter­mines chas­sis and body modifications. Build­ing around the wheels gives the fi­nal look the owner and the shop are look­ing for. In this case, 18x9 front and 19x12 rears were planned. How­ever, when the cus­tom-de­signed Bil­let Spe­cial­ties wheels ar­rived and the boxes were opened, the crew found a set of full pol­ished wheels that weren’t sup­posed to be pol­ished. They were sup­posed to have a painted/coated cen­ter. “They were so pretty we hated to sand­blast them and coat them. From there the build just snow­balled. Now, it’s too nice to take on the track,” Alloway’s Toby Cald­well ex­plained of how the project grew.

With the decision to leave the wheels pol­ished the fast­back project took off with re­newed fer­vor, and the orig­i­nal de­sign plans went com­pletely out the win­dow. Ev­ery aspect of the project, from driv­e­train to in­te­rior to even the ex­te­rior color, ex­ploded with cus­tom touches. That eye-sear­ing red paint was cer­tainly one of them. A lot of Alloway’s projects are painted black; it’s a color the shop is known for, but in this case Lange’s fast­back was sprayed 2018 Porsche Carmine Red. A

big de­par­ture from the norm for this shop. What’s not a break from tra­di­tion for Alloway’s is build­ing a nearly stock-look­ing ride with tucked bumpers, per­fect gaps, and more. This ’65 fast­back re­ceived all those touches, along with a fiber­glass Shel­bystyle hood and laser­straight body­work, be­fore the PPG base/clear was ap­plied. You may no­tice the ’66 Mus­tang model year “egg crate” grille in the nose in­stead of the year-cor­rect ’65 “hon­ey­comb” grille. As Cald­well states, “We’re build­ing a hot rod, not a year-cor­rect hot rod, so we use what we feel looks best.”

Be­sides the afore­men­tioned DSE AlumaFrame front and four-link rear sus­pen­sions, Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop fit­ted Wil­wood 13-inch brakes with 6-pis­ton calipers at all four cor­ners. To fit those mas­sive rear hoops, DSE mini-tubs and a DSE fuel tank were uti­lized. A Currie En­ter­prises 9-inch stuffed with 4.10 gears and lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial got the nod out back. With fresh Toyo Proxes T1 Sport rub­ber, the Mus­tang was on the ground and ready to get wired, the in­te­rior han­dled, and the en­gine bay stuffed with some horse­power.

What started the whole snow­ball ef­fect—the cus­tom Bil­let Spe­cial­ties wheels ar­rived in a full pol­ish. We’re think­ing they made the right decision here!

Sim­ple and func­tional—an­other Alloway’s trade­mark. No crazy cus­tom con­sole or a cus­tom fiber­glass-filled dash with a dozen gauges in it. Nope, just a stock five-dial hous­ing with sub­tle Clas­sic In­stru­ments gauges, an ididit tilt col­umn, and a pe­riod-look wood wheel.

At first blush the en­gine bay looks like it’s just stuffed with a typ­i­cal small-block with a lot of chrome. How­ever, when you look closer you start to no­tice the Cleve­land-pat­tern valve covers, the water cross­over for the in­take, and other racy bits. That’s a true Trans-Am–bred Robert Yates 310ci small-block right there!

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