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THE HEIRLOOM: Andrew Panda’s 1967 Ford Mustang


17 May

Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford Mustang

THE HEIRLOOM

What does a father do when he has four sons? Why, build each of them an incredible four-wheeled inheritance, naturally!
Words and Pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford MustangIf you look past the potential problems associated with having four sons – like supremely busy weekend mornings taking them to sporting events, violent four-way sibling scuffles, squabbles over inheritance and the very real threat of no one ever putting the toilet seat down – there is at least one potential upside for the four-son-owning car enthusiast: being able to share your hobby with them. 43-year-old Sydneysider Andrew Panda even figured out a way to avoid the potential perils of post-mortem will wars. He’s decided to build each of them a car.

What you’re seeing printed on these pages is muscle car number two, with number one being a neatly restored ’64 and a half Mustang convertible that Andrew completed several years ago. He’s enjoyed plenty of miles in the convertible and wasn’t even thinking about building another car until good friend of his made a fateful late night ‘phone call from California.

“It all started over a couple of beers with my mate that runs his own shop, Big Al’s Mustangs & Musclecars,” Andrew says. “I told him of my interest in buying a 1967 Fastback. Unbeknownst to me, Al had travelled to the USA on a holiday and was keeping an eye out for me.”Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford Mustang

It just so happened that while driving through the California desert Al came across a ’67 under someone’s carport. “The owner said the car had belonged to his father who has passed away,” Andrew says. “It had been sitting there for the last seven years, which was evident by the amount of sand on the car.”

While the owner declined any offers at the time for sentimental reasons, a few months later, Andrew received a call saying the owner was ready to sell. Negotiations were made and the car was shipped home.

Once the car arrived on Aussie shores, even close inspection revealed that the Mustang carried no more than a single two inch rust hole in the floor pan from where the air-con had been dripping for decades past. An excellent start to the project.

Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford MustangBut what next for the fastback? With a relatively traditional restoration already under his belt, Andrew decided something wilder was in order this time around and inspiration was found in the work of the Ring Brothers. Indeed, around $20,000 in parts were ordered from the company during the course of the build, even if they had a hard time believing the would-be customer to begin with.

“They wouldn’t take my money to start with,” Andrew says, still amused by the memory today. “It wasn’t long after the economy went south, so I can understand their hesitation at making and shipping so much stuff on the strength of someone offering a credit card number. I had to get the bank involved to show I was serious.”

Taking inspiration and plagiarising are two very different things and Andrew’s Mustang is covered in bespoke features that you’ll find nowhere else. The bodywork was completed by renowned Australian body man Justin Hills of Hills & Co. in Taree, NSW – a shop famous for turning out impeccable kustoms.Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford Mustang

“Hills & Co. had the car for around 12 months,” Andrew says. “They were excellent to deal with and their work on the Mustang is amazing.”

Custom touches include the unique centre rib in the side vents that has been so well executed that plenty of people have to ask if it was original. Then there’s the shaved drop rails and handles, modified bumpers and custom side skirts fabricated from steel. Both the bonnet and boot are carbon fibre and feature flawless finished surfaced on top and bottom.

Once all the many body mods were complete, the car was lathered in a custom metallic green Glasurit finish that pays a little homage to Bullit, while remaining totally custom as well as being understated and classy. By avoiding current paint trends, Andrew’s modern/classic vibe should still look fresh years down the road.

“The hardest part of the build was probably the bodywork and getting the concept off the paper and into the fabricating,” Andrew says. “Choosing the colour with family members was tricky too, as everyone had definite views on what colour it should be.”

Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford MustangOne area that didn’t come under so much discussion was the powertrain, where Andrew set his mind on a stroked Windsor. Built by Aaron Wiles, the 408ci small-block runs a tough forged bottom end, topped by ported alloy heads and a beefy 950cfm Holley Ultra HP carb’. With a solid cam’ spinning down the middle, Andrew estimates the combo is making around 600hp, which is plenty enough to spin those 285/40/18 hoops under the butt.

“One of the things that still crosses my mind now it’s finished is whether I should have tubbed the car,” Andrew says. “Should I have sacrificed the rear seat for wider wheels?”

Even without a tub job, Andrew has been able to fit a set of 18x9in forged KWC rims on the rear with a ton of backspacing, giving the look of a car with more room under there. In fact, the car boasts a purposefully low stance all round thanks to the RRS Macpherson strut setup at the front and the RRS 3-link Watts assembly under the rear. Hiding behind the KWC wheels is a matching RRS disc brake setup with twin-piston calipers and 13in rotors on front and 12.5in rotors out back.

Hills &Co’s phenomenal metalwork continues in the cabin, where it was decided to rip out the factory dash in favour of a shallower-profile, hand-formed steel unit. From this came the desire to fabricate a custom centre console, complete with space for the Pioneer DVD touch screen. A pair of Recaro buckets sit up front, with grey leather covering them, the rear bench and the custom door trims – all competed by Trik Trim on the NSW mid-north coast. While Autometer gauges fill what’s left of the original fascia, Andrew picked an aftermarket steering wheel that he felt was reminiscent of one from the new-generation Mustangs.

Not content with a quick car that looked pretty, Andrew went all the way and installed a full stereo system into the 47-year-old coupe. Starting with the Pioneer source unit, Focal splits provide sonic nirvana front and rear, with the front speakers neatly and almost invisibly housed behind custom kick panels. A Focal 11in subwoofer provides the low end from a custom enclosure behind the rear seat, ported into the cabin through the parcel tray. Like the rest of the car, the stereo install is pretty understated and designed for class, not the latest trends.Andrew Panda's 1967 Ford Mustang

“Sharing the car and enjoyment with my four boys is all I have planned for it now,” Andrew says. “I love taking it out for a cruise and the occasional car show. Just before the photo shoot I was pulled over by the cops with my son in the car. I wondered what I’d done wrong, but it turned out they just wanted to have a look!”

So what of the other two cars for the other two sons? Andrew says his wife is keen on a Corvette next time around. Car number four is still far too far away. If this Mustang is anything to go by, you can bet the ‘Vette will be one killer shark.

Owner: Andrew Panda
Vehicle: 1967 Mustang Fastback
Paint: Custom Glasurit green metallic
Styling: Shaved drip rails, shaved door handles, modified quarter vents, fabricated steel side skirts, custom front and rear skirts, carbon fibre bonnet and boot lid, modified plenum chamber, billet trim details
Engine: 408ci Windsor stroker
Engine Mods: Scat crank, Scat H-beam rods, forged Probe pistons (11:1-comp’), head and mains studs, ported alloy heads, mains girdle, Camtech solid cam’ (0.570in lift, 109° LSA), Camtech pushrods, Yella Terra rockers, Rollmaster timing chain, Melling oil pump, Aussie Desert Cooler radiator, Billet Specialties pulleys, 950cfm Holley Ultra HP carb’, MSD pro Billet distributor, MSD coil, Holley electric fuel pump and regulator, Ring Bros billet bonnet hinges
Power: Untested
Exhaust: Custom ceramic coated 4-into-1 headers, twin 3in system
Gearbox: Ford AOD, 3500rpm stall
Diff: 9in, 3.89:1 final drive, Truetrac
Suspension: (f) RRS McPherson strut-type, RRS struts, (r) RRS 3-link Watts, RRS shocks and springs
Brakes: (f) 330mm rotors (13in), RRS Phase 3 calipers, 315mm rotors (12.5in), RRS Phase 2 calipers
Wheels/Tyres: 18in Showwheels KWC 013 forged (8in front, 9in rear)
Interior: Recaro front seats, dark grey leather trim, custom metal dash pad, Autometer gauges, dark grey carpets and roof lining, modified instrument fascia, billet pedals, custom centre console, Vintage Air system, B&M Quicksilver shifter, electric windows, custom door trims
Tunes: Pioneer stereo head unit, Focal power amps, Focal speakers and sub, custom subwoofer enclosure (ported through parcel tray), custom kick panels
Build Time: 2 years
Bucks: Undisclosed
Who’s Responsible: Hills & Co. Customs, RRS, Trik Trim, Ring Bros, Aaron Wiles (engine builder)

EXTREME ELEANOR: 666hp, 427ci and Gassed Ford 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback


07 May

Wasyl's 'Eleanor'-Inspired Fastback Mustang

EXTREME ELEANOR

What do you get when one man sets out to build the best Mustang in the country? This one, obviously…
Words and Pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Wasyl's 'Eleanor'-Inspired Fastback MustangIt’s not often you hear of someone jumping into the world of modified cars at the very deepest of deep ends. We’re talking zero to sixty in an instant here. Two years ago, Wasyl decided he wanted to build a Mustang, and while his initial intention wasn’t to build ‘the best’ of anything, for anyone who got to see this 1967 Fastback up close at the 2013 MotorEx can attest, that’s certainly what happened. Incredibly, it’s his first custom car.

Built over a short two-year period between Melbourne and Wasyl’s home town of Sydney, this lucky Mustang has been the subject of more than 9000 hours of intensive labour and incredible detail. From its flawlessly smooth fibreglass nose to its bespoke steel rear valance, nary a square centimetre was left untouched in the process of turning the donor car into what it is today.

“It was actually a very clean car to start with,” Wasyl says. “But we ended up tearing it right down to its core anyway. Every panel is new, including the rear quarters.”

Besides meaning that the car would have brand new, baby-arse smooth panels once finished, getting physical access to the innards of the car made it easier when it was decided early on to make those razor-sharp side vents functional, acting as ducting for the rear brakes. Up front, it also made it easier to create the gorgeous symmetry the engine bay displays today, with super smooth panels surrounding the 427ci, nitrous-fed monster bolted to the custom chassis rails.Wasyl's 'Eleanor'-Inspired Fastback Mustang

Wasyl says the big-cube powerhouse started as a Ford Racing crate motor, purchased on advice he was given that suggested it would make things easier – and cheaper. However, by the time the car was complete the only thing left of the original crate engine was the block!

With the 427 now far more stout than before thanks to parts from the Scat and ARP catalogues, it was decided to add some nitrous (you can’t have a Mustang inspired by Eleanor without gas, can you?). Wasyl says he can’t wait to activate the nitrous switch on the dash and feel the push in the back from the 200hp direct-port system plumbed into the Edelbrock Super Victor manifold.

This combo is backed by a bullet-proof drive train consisting of a Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed ‘box and braced sheet metal 9in held in place by a 4-link rear and reinforced mounting points all ’round. One thing this car will never have any trouble with is structural integrity. Both the chassis and floor pans boast additional stiffening and the engine bay hides up to three layers of steel, particularly around the strut towers. While Wasyl and his builder Goren was at it, the rear end was minitubbed to the rails to accommodate those massive 18x13in billet rims and 335-wide Pirellis.

Wasyl's 'Eleanor'-Inspired Fastback MustangInside, that same Shelby GT500/Eleanor hybrid style continues, and Wasyl is keen to point out that this was never meant to be a straight Eleanor clone. “Direction on this project changed a million times,” he says. “Small items of the build were constantly changing, but the core design stayed the same.”

The interior is a good example, where things started as a classic restomod re-trim only to bloom into a full-blown if not subtle reinterpretation of the original cars. From first glances, it would be easy to assume this was just an out-of-the-box job using repro parts. Look closer and you’ll realise that there is a lot more going on, with some parts modified and recovered up to three times to get the right look and feel. Those leather-clad seats are heated and the carbon inserts are custom.

A comparatively brief two-year build may seem short for such an extensive project, but when you’ve got someone working on the car up to seven days a week totalling some 9000 man hours, it makes more sense. Yet, Wasyl still says that waiting was probably the hardest part of the build. “Managing a construction company interstate doesn’t leave much time to play with toys like this one,” he says. “But where there’s a passion there’s a way. Having people working on it full time, managing it after a day’s work, giving my direction/vision partly to de-stress from the construction industry and its challenges was the norm for two years.”Wasyl's 'Eleanor'-Inspired Fastback Mustang

“People say it’s not the destination but the journey. This was definitely not the bloody case here. I’m really happy it is finished.”

If that was the hardest part of the project, he knows immediately what the best part of the build was. “Showing it to my family for the first time at MotorEx 2013, for sure,” he says. “We finished it at midnight the night before, literally loading it onto the trailer at Andy’s and waking up in the morning in disbelief that it was actually finished. The highlight was definitely seeing my sons smile when they saw their names on the NOS bottles.”

Show life isn’t over for the ’67 just yet, with Wasyl planning a few more shows before letting the car settle into life as a family cruiser. A quick look underneath the car will show you that this was planned all along – everything from the firewall back coated in a generous layer of stone guard.

What then? Be prepared to see a ’50 mercury sled in matt black with hot rod pin striping hitting car shows around the country within the next handful of years!

Owner: Wasyl
Model: 1967 Ford Mustang
Colour: PPG Pepper Grey
Bodywork: Custom GT500 Shelby/Eleanor mix, custom grille, custom steel rear wing/valance, functional steel side vents, functional side exit exhaust,
Block: 427ci Ford Racing Crate Engine
Engine Mods: Scat steel crank, Scat H-beam 6in rods, Mahle pistons (10.7:1-comp’), Sealed Power rings, ARP head and mains studs, Clevite bearings, CNC-ported alloy heads, stainless valves, Comp Cams springs and retainers, Comp solid roller cam’, Melling oil pump, custom alloy sump, Ford Motorsport water pump, Aussie Desert Cooler alloy radiator, March billet pulleys, 950cfm Holley carb’, Edelbrock Super Victor intake manifold, 200hp direct-port NOS nitrous system, Ford Motorsport air cleaner, MSD Pro Billet distributor, MSD coil and spark amp’, MagnaFuel electric fuel pump and regulator, custom 120L fuel tank, stainless braided fuel lines, hidden wiring and fluid bottles, billet hinges, billet strut braces and caps
Power: 666fwhp (489kW), 570lb/ft (772Nm)
Exhaust: Custom ceramic coated 4-into-1 headers, twin 2-3/4in stainless exhaust (true side exit), custom ceramic coated mufflers
Gearbox: Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed, single-plate hydraulic clutch
Diff: Sheet metal braced 9in, LSD
Brakes: 430mm front rotors, 380mm rear rotors, 6-piston AP Racing calipers, AP Racing pads, electric vacuum booster, manual booster relocated
Suspension: Front and rear TCP coil-overs, 4-link rear, reinforced mounting points, reinforced shock towers, reinforced floor pans, TCP steering rack, minitubbed to rails
Wheels/Tyres: 18in custom offset billet rims (8in front, 13in rear), custom spinner centres, Pirelli P-Zero tyres (335/30 rear)
Interior: Black leather trim, black carpets, Nardi steering wheel, suede dash, carbon fibre trim inserts, nitrous switch, Autometer gauges, roll cage, heated front seats
Stereo: Custom flip-down double-DIN Alpine head unit mechanism, Alpine power amps, Alpine 6in front and rear splits, 2x Alpine 12in subs, custom wiring
Build Period: Two years
Cost: Undisclosed
Thanks: Special thanks to Goren Ilioski, Ronny, Andy from Andy’s Restorations and most of all to my wife and sons for their support and endless love, Form 700, Blueprint Race Engines, Clockwork Wiring, S.Rich Polishing

Feature Car: Michael Sande’s Ford Mustang Fastback


18 Apr

My photo shoot of Michael Sande’s incredible, trophy-hauling Ford Mustang Fastback was featured in the April 2017 issue of Mustang Monthly in the USA, proudly flying the flag for custom Aussie-built cars. The magazine has subsequently featured the shoot on its website since and never fails to attract plenty of praise for Michael’s efforts – even if it is right-hook!

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Michael Sande's Ford Mustang Fastback

Michael Sande's Ford Mustang Fastback      Michael Sande's Ford Mustang Fastback

Feature Car: Greg Zuj’s Twin-Turbo Ford Mustang


03 Apr

I was lucky enough to photograph Greg Zuj’s incredible, home-built, twin-turbo Ford Mustang on a trip to Queensland last year. The subsequent images featured in an issue of Mustang Monthly in the USA. Greg built just about everything himself, including the twin turbo setup, applying the paintwork to the top and bottom and all the other fab’ work, despite not being a tradesman himself. So impressive!

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Greg Zuj's Ford Mustang

Greg Zuj's Ford Mustang     Greg Zuj's Ford Mustang

Front Cover: Andrew Panda’s Fastback on Mustang Monthly in the USA


04 Dec

Exciting news today, as our first cover for Mustang Monthly Magazine goes on sale in the USA today! That Ring Bros-inspired beauty on the cover belongs to Andrew Panda from Sydney. Awesome start to the weekend!

SEE MORE PICS OF ANDREW’S MUSTANG

Mustang Monthly - Jan 2016