Mem­ory Maker

Mustang Monthly - - READERÕS ALBUM -

Mus­tangs mean dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple, but one thing we can fac­tu­ally state is that Mus­tangs have al­ways helped to make mem­o­ries. Take Brent Wit­thuhn’s 1965 hard­top, Scar­let, for ex­am­ple. Brent, of Joplin, Mis­souri, re­mem­bers grow­ing up with his dad al­ways work­ing on a ’65 fast­back of his own. “My best mem­o­ries as a kid were in that car,” Brent ex­plains. So when he found this hard­top out­side a barn in Kansas, he knew he had to have it. After tow­ing it home, he yanked the orig­i­nal in­line-six and three­speed man­ual and went to work. When the dust set­tled, the hard­top you see here emerged. Now fin­ished in Race Red from the late­model Mus­tang color palette with black stripes, the hard­top was up­fit­ted with a 302ci small-block V-8 with Edel­brock in­take and Hol­ley 4V, AOD trans­mis­sion, and a late-model Mus­tang 8.8-inch rear axle with 4.10 gears. At all four cor­ners Brent fit­ted power disc brakes with black Amer­i­can Rac­ing Torq Thrust wheels wrapped in P225/45R17 rub­ber. An alu­minum ra­di­a­tor with an elec­tric fan keeps the en­gine temps in check, while a full Flow­mas­ter ex­haust gives the hard­top some bite when the go-pedal hits the car­pet. In­side, Brent re­fin­ished the in­te­rior and added Clas­sic In­stru­ments gauges to the dash. “My goal was to fin­ish my car and take my dad to a show. We made our first show last sum­mer in 2017. This car has brought my whole fam­ily closer to­gether,” says Brent.

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