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A Sweet and Creamy 1965 Fastback Mustang

Passion and Patience Pays Off for This Pretty Pony

When time and patience are taken during a rebuild, the results are ALWAYS better (and more profitable). For one man, it was less about having it now, and more about having it perfect. It is that attention to detail and heart that makes a project like this truly special.

The owner and lead on the rebuild, Michael Sande, is an Australian native who has owned this beauty for over 10 years. He spent half of those years designing, working on and perfecting his prized 1965 Ford Mustang fastback. From custom bodywork and mechanical components to upgrades wherever needed or wanted, there isn’t anything betweens the bumpers that didn’t receive at least a little bit of TLC. Michael himself even hand crafted the side-mirror mounts and fabricated parts as needed.

While many rebuilds include set-backs, it was a different story for Michael. He simply took his time and used the project to get away from reality for a while.  Even so, life and family always came first for Michael. The rebuild, therefore, took much longer than expected, but the car definitely shows no signs of neglect. The help of a few good friends, a few beers, and a few local experienced shops all lent a hand to make Michael’s dream Mustang a reality.

Under the hood you see pale green custom paint covering the block and heads that contrast against an insane Windsor 383 cubic-inch engine and the pearly white exterior paint. The spacious yet simplified engine bay gives the build a clean and minimalist kind of beauty. Next, if it didn’t catch your eye first, is an even crazier 8-throttle EFI mod to match the impressive V8 below. Despite its insane look, you may wonder if its practicality is worth the effort. Michael confirms however, that this is the ultimate cruiser.

The dusty-red leather and carpeting with matching chrome accents are a classic take on the Mustang’s interior from past decades. The right-hand drive setup makes it even sweeter and more unique. A custom dashboard gives you the classic look with a modernized feel. Matching chrome accents found around the interior help make the dashboard blend, and complete the comfortable feel.

A perimeter walk-around reveals custom bumpers, a sleek billet-style grille, and slimmer appearance due to a lack of turn-signals and headlight moldings. From the side, you get a good look at the 305 Pirelli tires that help this ride “GEDYUP”, as the license plate so cleverly states. As you come around back, you may notice the sunken-in reformed bumpers that tighten up the look of this old lass.

As Michael gears up to head out on more road trips, the Australian highways are sure to see more of this beauty. While it may never grace the roads of the United States again, it is great to see how far American Muscle has come. It’s even greater to see what is possible when you take your time and do things right the first time.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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