Week to Wicked!
How we built a 1967 fastback in five days, with all hands on deck
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).