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    Cool Happy 50th Birthday to the other love of my life

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    ...and I didn't mean the wife.

    This month the other love of my life turn 50 years old and she looks better than when she rolled off the San Jose factory floor in 1965.

    Some details about her:
    1965 Mustang Coupe - Factory GT (A-code)
    Factory 4 speed manual
    I rebuilt her from the ground up, total resto in 2013.
    She has had her motor beefed up - now running a 347ci stroker - churning out around 450HP.

    If only I could fit my VBM Junior and grinder in her boot to make a mobile coffee cart with style.











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    A lovely toy mate....

    You did a great job, looks beautiful...

    Mal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    A lovely toy mate....

    You did a great job, looks beautiful...

    Mal.
    Thanks Mal.

    I wish I drove her more. The weather lately has been all over the place. But at least I can make heaps of coffee in between.
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    I just love seeing your photos of her and having seen some of the progress photos too, I am glad I can appreciate the work you put in.

    I hope your missus appreciates the beauty of the Mustang too!
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    Looks pretty clean. Is that 450hp at the wheels? Looks N/A too, good effort.
    Are the plans to keep it as factory original as possible or would you perhaps supercharge it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoota_gal View Post
    I just love seeing your photos of her and having seen some of the progress photos too, I am glad I can appreciate the work you put in.

    I hope your missus appreciates the beauty of the Mustang too!
    Hi scoota_gal

    Where did you see some of the progress photos?

    Yes. The missus enjoys a cruise down the strip heading out for a coffee

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    Quote Originally Posted by noidle22 View Post
    Looks pretty clean. Is that 450hp at the wheels? Looks N/A too, good effort.
    Are the plans to keep it as factory original as possible or would you perhaps supercharge it?
    Hi noidle. It's 450hp at the motor. No plans to up the power otherwise I'll need to change the transmission and diff. And stiffen up the body and possibly change the suspension (modern) and brakes. Currently I'm running a locker diff so it hooks pretty well.

    Keeping it factory looking.
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    Here's a quick vid - walk around of my little beast


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    Either there are two of you who have done a resto on a 65 'Stang (which would be a massive coincidence) or we're also flickr friends.
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    Wow. I bet she gets a few admiring glances. Well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoota_gal View Post
    Either there are two of you who have done a resto on a 65 'Stang (which would be a massive coincidence) or we're also flickr friends.
    Might be a coincidence as I don't use Flickr.
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    That's a sweet looking machine, well done. Sounds great too, video needed a few blips of the throttle!!

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    That's a sweet looking machine, well done. Sounds great too, video needed a few blips of the throttle!!

    Cheers
    Hi Mate, heres another video of when we got the motor started. open headers, no exhaust.


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    Best coincidence ever!

    I just had a look over at the flickr friend's 'Stang. Definitely not yours...but I bet you know it. He is also a member here, so forgive my confusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoota_gal View Post
    Best coincidence ever!

    I just had a look over at the flickr friend's 'Stang. Definitely not yours...but I bet you know it. He is also a member here, so forgive my confusion.

    Very nice and clean pony.

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    Very Noice !
    I have a 67 302 coupe in Monza Red that I momentarily thought about the (im)possibility of fitting the Strega 😁
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    Happy 50th Birthday to the other love of my life

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevo View Post
    Very Noice !
    I have a 67 302 coupe in Monza Red that I momentarily thought about the (im)possibility of fitting the Strega
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    Very nice Kevo! Love the 67s.

    I originally wanted a fastback 67 but the mrs settled on a 65. I didn't have a say

    Next project might be a 69 Mach1 or if I get veto power it will be a 57 thunderbird.ImageUploadedByTapatalk1428044440.072682.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by kopigeek View Post
    Hi Mate, heres another video of when we got the motor started. open headers, no exhaust.
    That's sounds awesome!!

    It's a pity many cars these days have artificial engine sounds.

    Cheers
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    I've got to say that I've never been much into classic cars, but seeing the photos in the first post made my heart skip a beat, simply stunning!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kopigeek View Post
    Very nice Kevo! Love the 67s.

    I originally wanted a fastback 67 but the mrs settled on a 65. I didn't have a say

    Next project might be a 69 Mach1 or if I get veto power it will be a 57 thunderbird.ImageUploadedByTapatalk1428044440.072682.jpg
    Sounds like we're on the same "track" kopigeek. The 69's are the best styled early Mustang IMO and I almost landed a 69 Mach1 a few months ago.
    The baby T-Birds are in a class of their own. Been looking at them, but with recently adding a 71 convertible pony to the stable, it ain't gonna happen now.
    That's a very, very nice 65! Enjoy.
    Cheers
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    Happy 50th Birthday to the other love of my life

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevo View Post
    Sounds like we're on the same "track" kopigeek. The 69's are the best styled early Mustang IMO and I almost landed a 69 Mach1 a few months ago.
    The baby T-Birds are in a class of their own. Been looking at them, but with recently adding a 71 convertible pony to the stable, it ain't gonna happen now.
    That's a very, very nice 65! Enjoy.
    Cheers
    The holy grail for me has always been the boss 429 but I'll need to sell the house to afford it.

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    The holy grail for me has always been the boss 429
    Yep, me too...

    Saw one being unloaded at a wharf in Brisbane in December '69, when I was working during my holiday break to get a bit of extra cash. Belonged to the skipper of the ship who apparently took his precious Boss with him wherever he sailed. Boy, did it both look and sound the goods... Will never forget it...

    Mal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Yep, me too...

    Saw one being unloaded at a wharf in Brisbane in December '69, when I was working during my holiday break to get a bit of extra cash. Belonged to the skipper of the ship who apparently took his precious Boss with him wherever he sailed. Boy, did it both look and sound the goods... Will never forget it...

    Mal.
    Nice! Did you get a chance to go for a spin in it or at least sit it in?

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    Ah, no such luck....

    By the time it was ready to fire-up and roar off, we had to get back to work and I never saw it again before the ship had loaded and departed. Was a beauty though, candy-apple red that looked about a foot deep. Had its own padded shipping container that I guess doubled as a mobile parking garage when on shore. I was only a young bloke back then and totally amazed by the whole proceedings. One very organised skipper, that bloke...

    Mal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Ah, no such luck....

    By the time it was ready to fire-up and roar off, we had to get back to work and I never saw it again before the ship had loaded and departed. Was a beauty though, candy-apple red that looked about a foot deep. Had its own padded shipping container that I guess doubled as a mobile parking garage when on shore. I was only a young bloke back then and totally amazed by the whole proceedings. One very organised skipper, that bloke...

    Mal.
    That's too bad Mal,,, would have been awesome to hear that beast fire up on all 8 cylinders. The boss 429 is basically a car built around a NASCAR motor... it would be amazing to go for a spin in one of those.
    Gone are the days of watching the race on the weekend and going out to the dealership on Monday to buy the exact same model.

    In the flesh I've been in a Boss 302 but never a 429 - Totally different league.

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    I did get to hear it though...

    It fairly roared off down the wharf and on to the road that led out on to the main road. Just beautiful...

    Mal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kopigeek View Post
    That's too bad Mal,,, would have been awesome to hear that beast fire up on all 8 cylinders. The boss 429 is basically a car built around a NASCAR motor... it would be amazing to go for a spin in one of those.
    Gone are the days of watching the race on the weekend and going out to the dealership on Monday to buy the exact same model.

    In the flesh I've been in a Boss 302 but never a 429 - Totally different league.
    I think you'll find that it was the 427 and 428 Super Cobra Jet engines that were built on the FE racing block. The 429 was built on the newer, and less performance oriented, 385 block. (my fave uncle was a senior exec with FoMoCo in Canada and the US for decades and I grew up in Ford country)

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    amazing

    does it feel weird driving left side steering on Australian roads??



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