Ford Mustang Resto Mod
Time Machines in Hudson, Florida, created this outstanding precision-built 1969 Ford Mustang Resto Mod for use as the display vehicle for Summit Racing Parts Wholesale Division and ATECH for no less a venue than the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Building a vehicle from the ground up for that lofty stage is a daunting task, but the results clearly demonstrate that Time Machines was up to the job.
Drawing on the modern muscle car theme that underpins the burgeoning Resto-Mod trend, the car is the product of a complete dismantling followed by a melding of 1969 and 2009 Mustangs, the latter contributing a GT-level interior complete with leather seats, dash, steering wheel, controls and instrumentation; center console and door panels and ice-cold Vintage Air added into the mix. The foundation has been modernized with a Martz total front-end conversion including inner fender panels, core support, aluminum radiator and front suspension utilizing a weld in the front crossmember. Handling upgrades include 2-inch drop spindles up front, 4-link rear suspension, rack and pinion steering, adjustable coilovers and 4-wheel Wilwood disc brakes.
There is more modern Mustang under the hood: a built-and-bulletproof Ford Cobra Terminator 4.6L Kenne Bell-supercharged modular engine. Backed by a Hurst-shifted 5-speed manual and a 4.11:1-geared Mustang Cobra 8.8-inch rear end, it puts out a healthy 600 RWHP at 11 lbs of boost to the Ben Hermance designed one-off custom rims.
Finished in deep Kona Blue Metallic with custom Pearl clear coat over the original sheet metal, this retro Resto Mustang also employs one-off HID headlamps designed by Sylvania. Kept in a private collection since SEMA 2011, this is just the machine for the Mustang enthusiast looking for a totally unique ride.
Source: Mecum Auctions as part of Indianapolis auction in May, 2014
Photos by John Hollansworth Jr. Courtesy of Mecum Auctions