George Russo and his son Adam built their dream car that has a classic look with modern touches. This 1965 Mustang was a perfect combination of new and old style.

A Basic Hot Rod Restoration

George Russo adored almost all things about Shelby and he surely knows exactly what he’s going to do with his 1965 fastback. Bodie Stroud of BS Industries said that they could accomplish his vision as the car transformed from a basic hot rod into an extraordinary project with a certain Shelby vibe.

There are no other major body modifications to talk about on this car except for the slightly lower stance given by its 17-inch Vintage wheel works. While doing the necessary modifications on the GT 500, styling the hood was the most critical body alteration because they need to make space for the Edelbrock-supercharged Coyote crate engine. Other different additions on the engine bay are the C&R Dashing aluminum radiator, air conditioning, an electric power booster for the brakes, and electric power steering. This car will be the product of joining the present-day elite innovations with a sophisticated vintage styling.

’65 MUSTANG exterior

Exterior and Interior Designing

With the engine that makes 700 hp that also creates 606 lb-ft of torque, this car was called GT700S. In fact, there are numerous other GT’s that made an influence to this car. They used a Shelby R-model replica for the front fascia while the rear bumper is tucked and narrowed. With the Washington Blue paint from a 1936 Ford pickup that is slightly darkened, this fastback is really a head turner. The white stripes truly pop against the darker blue shading and that gives the car a vintage Shelby look.

The one-piece side windows that dispose the side-vent windows are one of the most attractive parts of this build. Numerous cars of the 1960s and all Mustangs through 1968 have the tiny triangular-shaped side-vent windows.

1965 MUSTANG interior

The transmission tunnel was modified to put up the big T-56 six-speed transmission. They also utilized a 2006 Mustang seats that are tweaked to resemble a 1965 vintage with pleats. The dim upholstery ties in well with the darkened Washington Blue paint.

1965 MUSTANG dashboard

The BS Industries did a good job on the suspension and the Edelbrock crate engine sounds incredible. The MagnaFlow exhaust sounds like a genuine muscle car, it also sounds good as it drives.

The Shelby R-model front fascia, the BSI-built hood that makes space for the Edelbrock supercharger, the disposal of the side-vent windows, and the custom side-view mirrors are some of the minimal external modifications that differentiates this car from the 1965 model.

1965 MUSTANG engine

Detailed Construction Underneath

Edelbrock’s E-force supercharged Coyote crate engine actually begins with an Aluminator long-block that has a lower 9.5:1 compression ratio. This is actually a contrast with the production Coyotes that have 11:1. That’s why it’s more suitable for supercharged applications.

In spite of the fact that it utilizes an aluminum block and steel forged crank, it gets Manley H-beam rods and Mahle forged pistons. The heads are equipped with 2012-2013 Boss 302 valve springs and the E-power blower that use an Eaton TVS 2300cc rotors, an electric intercooler-water-pump, a heat exchanger, and a recovery tank. The 50-lb/hr fuel injectors, an Aeromotive A1000 fuel pump and a custom stainless fuel tank are the components used for fuel system bits. A Ford Racing Coyote PCM makes everything run, while the Ford racing headers are redesigned by BSI and the MagnaFlow mufflers are part of a side-exit exhaust system.

C&R custom split radiator/intercooler for the supercharger is the one that is in charge of the cooling while Spal fans move the air under hood. With this kind of force being made, going cheap on the drive train wasn’t a smart thought. So they used a 3-inch aluminum driveshaft that is connected with a Currie 9-inch with a 3.50 gear set.

Other than the bigger transmission tunnel that accommodates the T-56 six-speed, a big part of the interior still holds the original look. It has a moderate vibe that they prefer while the 2006 Mustang seats, Flaming River tilt-steering column, LeCarra steering wheel, late-model pedals, Car Meter gages, and Vintage Air A/C blends perfectly fine.


The Vintage Wheel Works

Bodie Stroud and George Russo decided to go to a longtime wheel manufacturer Vintage Wheel Works. They chose the Vintage 45. The Vintage 45 was known for the company’s longest-running design and it’s available in 15-to 18-inch diameters. The Kumho Ecsta SPT tires are estimated for a perfect stagger, with P245/45ZR17s in front and just evidently taller P255/50ZR17s in the back. At the same time, they decided to use Wilwood brakes with 13-inch rotors all around and six-piston calipers up front and four-piston variants are designated at the back.

BS Industries planned and assembled the front suspension which utilized QA1 coil-over. In addition, they used a Flaming River rack-and-pinion. The company also did the same for the triangulated four-link in back and fitted Speedway Engineering front and rear anti sway bars.

1965 MUSTANG GT700 S

The Outcome of Their Efforts

This modification took around two years. Yet the outcomes were definitely more than acceptable! Their efforts really paid off well. Not only is Bodie Stroud exceptionally satisfied with the final outcome. Even George and Adam love the outcome of what has been done to the car. I’m sure future generations will continue to show their love for this beauty.

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