The Best Resto Mod 1967 Mustang We’ve Recently Seen Comes From Australia
From land down below of all places! It might sound strange at first, but it actually isn’t. Think on it. American muscle cars are popular worldwide, and their popularity reaches its peak exactly in the Oz land – excluding the home, of course. This is why pristine specimens often appear down there. This is why , for instance, owned as much as 35 vintage cars at one moment. Some of them include a ’69 Shelby Mustang, same year Camaro Z/28, another ’69 Mustang Boss 429, and the list goes on. But, we’re here to talk about Wasyl’s Eleanor Mustang.
Yes, it’s only Wasyl, and it’s fabled Eleanor Mustang theme that adorns his resto modded muscle. What’s even more amazing is the fact that this is his first restoration, and he already hit a jackpot with it. The work took 2 full years and 9,000 man hours before 1967 Mustang Eleanor was first presented at 2013 MotorEx show in Australia.
Even before the restoration, 1967 Mustang Fastback was already one neat and clean car. That didn’t hinder Wasyl and his builder Goral Ilioski from gutting it from bow to stern, however. The fact that they disassembled the car before starting actually helped them achieving their goal. The goal of assembling one of the best Mustang resto mods we have ever seen.
Every single panel on it is fresh and painted in PPG Pepper Grey – the only paint job worthy of Eleanor moniker. If you take a close look at Wasyl’s 1967 Mustang, you’ll notice a few creases that don’t belong to the original setup. There’s the air intake in front of the rear wheels which serves as brake ducting. Then there’s the perfectly symmetric hood, and finally there are some old school side exhausts on both sides. Apart from looking good, these exhausts are coupled with remote cutout splitter which allows Wasyl much needed resonation flexibility.
It’s tough to decide which part of this meticulous resto build takes the cake, so we’ll leave that to you. We are now moving on to the devilishly powerful 666-horsepower 427ci small-block V8 engine. 427 FE Cobra crate engine was completely rebuilt as was the rest of the car. Block is the only original part still left in it, but no one will mind that. Some of the aftermarket parts include Scat steel crank, Mahle pistons, ARP head, and 950cfm Holley carburetor. All that is mated to the Tremec T-56 Magnum 6-speed tranny connected to a 9-inch rear and four-link suspension. Finally, if Wasyl decides he doesn’t like the 666 hp output (although it beats me why he wouldn’t), he can always boost it with additional 200 horses coming from two nitrous bottles in the trunk. Those aren’t the regular nitrous bottles, mind you. They have Wasyl’s sons names printed on them.
As I said already, you be the judge. But don’t forget to take a look at this exquisite interior first. Like most of the car, it too is built around modern components with vintage demeanor. For instance, leather-wrapped black buckets are heated. Steering wheel is wooden, while large part of the dash is made out of carbon fiber. Alpine audio system can become invisible by flipping itself inside the chassis. Small details like that really stand out and make this Eleanor 1967 Mustang one hellishly handsome and exquisitely restored muscle car.
As Wasyl himself says, the worst part of the project for him was waiting for it to be finished. He certainly doesn’t belong to the group of people who think it’s not the destination, but the journey that matters. Well, now he and his family have one sublime ‘Stang to brag about with, and they can start thinking about their next project.