Week to Wicked!

How we built a 1967 fast­back in five days, with all hands on deck

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How we built a car from the ground up in five days (give or take a few other small de­tails)

Can you re­ally build a car from scratch in a week? Well, not re­ally, but we did com­pletely as­sem­ble a Mus­tang in five days, and it turned out spec­tac­u­lar.

The idea was sim­ple on the sur­face, more com­pli­cated when it ac­tu­ally came to­gether, and was our third Week to Wicked build in a year. The goals were to cre­ate good video con­tent for our web­site, Mus­tang-360.com, and also in the printed ver­sion of Mus­tang Monthly mag­a­zine, and end up with a re­ally cool Mus­tang that could rep­re­sent our brand at shows through­out the next year. On all of those counts, it was a rous­ing suc­cess.

The project started when spon­sor Golden Star Clas­sic Auto Parts jumped into the fray by of­fer­ing to use one of its sheet­metal kits to con­vert a 1967

Mus­tang hard­top into the more de­sir­able fast­back body style. Golden Star has a sin­gle part num­ber for the con­ver­sion, and they part­nered with PG Cus­toms & Bod­ies in De­catur, Texas, to do the ac­tual con­ver­sion. Golden Star’s kit costs roughly $5,000, and PG’s la­bor for the con­ver­sion is an­other five grand, so the real story is that you can con­vert a hard­top into a fast­back for right around $10,000. If you’ve priced fast­back Mus­tangs lately, you get why that’s a good deal.

The con­ver­sion process ob­vi­ously didn’t hap­pen in our five-day win­dow— that was han­dled a few months be­fore we ac­tu­ally

got to work on the car. PG Cus­toms & Bod­ies did the sheet­metal work and ap­plied the amaz­ing Ax­altabrand Royal Crim­son Metal­lic paint (from the 2018 Mus­tang color pal­ette) at their Texas shop, then we drove a loaner F-150 pulling our trailer to Texas to fetch the car, brought it back to our Tech Cen­ter in Santa Ana, Cal­i­for­nia, and got busy.

With the Tech Cen­ter’s Ja­son Scud­el­lari and Chris­tian Ar­riero do­ing the heavy lift­ing and the en­tire Mus­tang-360.com con­tent team try­ing not to get in the way, along with a gang of spon­sors help­ing out, we turned a bare, empty body shell into a run­ning, driv­ing car in five days.

Sure, there are a few bugs to work out on the car—that is ex­pected when you’re rush­ing to fin­ish a build—but watch out for this baby at a show in 2019.

This was our start­ing point: a well-worn 1967 Mus­tang hard­top that had seen bet­ter days.

Fi­nally back in our Santa Ana, Cal­i­for­nia, Tech Cen­ter—the fast­back makes that poor Mav­er­ick look bad.

PG’s Jerry Askey pushed the Mus­tang out into the sun­light af­ter buff­ing the Ax­alta Royal Crim­son Metal­lic paint. Man, that color is as­tound­ing!

PG Cus­toms & Bod­ies com­pleted the sheet­metal con­ver­sion in their Texas-based shop, turn­ing the hard­top into a fast­back.

The TCP torque arm rear sus­pen­sion does in­volve some weld­ing, in this case for the rearend bracket.

Feed­ing the hun­gry en­gine means a high-pressure fuel sys­tem, which we han­dled with a tank and pump setup from Tanks Inc.

Mus­tangs to Fear came into play when we moved in­side the car, sup­ply­ing its cus­tom cen­ter con­sole, a one-piece molded head­liner, dash­pad, and one-piece rear in­te­rior trim pan­els. Scott Drake was tapped for restora­tion parts like door pan­els, car­pet, seat­belts, and the gauge bezel (which is now filled with Dakota Dig­i­tal’s HDX gauges).

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