There's an indescribable feeling of prowling the streets in a fast car, knowing that you can probably take just about anyone you may run up against in the stoplight grand prix. I've driven cars where all you wanted was some smart-aleck in a sports car to try something so that you could drop the hammer and teach him what a fast car really looked like. In fact, I'd argue that this feeling has been driving the car culture in America for the better part of sixty or seventy years who really has the fastest car?
Well, with this 1967 Mustang, the stakes just got a whole lot higher.
Pro-Street is all about combining drag racing hardware into a car that can be safely, reliably, and comfortably driven on the street. Pro-Street cars aren't quite full-out drag cars, but they're not far off, and as a result, they are probably the most potent street legal vehicles you'll ever run up against. Wide tires with narrowed rear ends, lightweight components throughout, and a monster engine to power it all is the basic recipe. Often times, that recipe is augmented with trick paint, high-end entertainment systems, and show car looks.
Built as one man's vision of the ultimate street predator, this 1967 Mustang has all the right ingredients. Since you can't exactly overlook the giant blower sticking out of the hood, I'm going to start with the hardware on this Mustang instead of the cosmetics as I usually do, because the hardware IS the story with Pro-Street. The engine is a built Ford 351 Windsor V8 packed full of top-line components like Forged pistons from D.S.S., a matching set of 4340 chromoly connecting rods, swinging on an expertly machined crank. There's a hot custom grind camshaft in the center, and it's topped by a pair of AFR aluminum heads. We have a build sheet for the engine, as well as the computerized print-out on the camshaft installation, so you know it's done correctly. Underneath there's a heavy duty windage tray that also helps support the bottom end of the engine while it controls the oil. And, of course, there is that big polished aluminum 6-71 blower on top from Blower Drive Service. It breathes through a pair of big Holley 4-barrel carburetors and is fitted with a cool scoop with its own set of butterflies for that true race-ready look and function. Fire it up and it barks and cackles, with that well-respected blower gear whine which warns your victims that you're serious (just in case they haven't seen you yet).
Working with the engine to keep everything functional is a new Power Master alternator that feeds juice to a pair of trunk-mounted gel cell batteries. A giant electric cooling fan keeps the custom aluminum radiator cool, while MSD supplied the entire ignition system. Everything under the hood is either polished aluminum or chrome, from the giant blower housing itself, to the Ford Racing valve covers, to the braided stainless lines and hoses (and yes, it's all real AN stuff, not the cheesy slip-on covers with hose clamps). A set of giant long-tube headers handles the exhaust duties, and feature 1.75-inch primaries feeding the true dual exhaust system with a crossover. All the hardware is stainless socket head cap screws for a show car look under the hood.
The power is put down by a race-ready chassis. The transmission is a LenTech 4-speed automatic transmission that has been fully race prepped. Built for the strip, but with a street-friendly overdrive unit, it is the next generation in Pro-Street transmissions. It feeds power through a custom built driveshaft to a narrowed Ford 9-inch rear hanging off a Chassis Engineering 4-link setup that is critical to putting down all that horsepower. Adjustable coil-over shocks handle the weight transfer, and there's even a cool disc brake mounted to the front of the differential, acting as a parking brake. Of course, the wheel wells were tubbed to hold those giant 33x19.50-15 Mickey Thompson tires, and the Mustangs stock wheel arches were subtly modified to handle the rubber, but the work is so good you'd be hard pressed to spot it.
While you're looking around back there, you'll also notice the fresh fuel system that we just installed, including a Holley blue fuel pump and braided stainless lines that feed a 3/8-inch hard line to the engine. We also installed a new exhaust system with bullet-style mufflers that give it great sound, and blast the engines sound straight back through some oversized pipes, perfect for a supercharged application. You may also notice the extra pump and canister back there, designed to feed water to the slicks for efficient burnouts to heat the rubber for maximum traction anywhere, anytime cool trick.
Up front there's also a modern rack and pinion steering system from Total Control Products, which greatly enhances steering precision, especially on those full-throttle blasts when the power of the engine threatens to yank the front tires off the ground. Total Control also contributed a set of adjustable strut rods that allow you to fine-tune the alignment for street and strip. A pair of disc brakes were added, complements of Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation, and they're stashed behind a set of polished Weld wheels running 165R15 Kumho radials for decent handling and that true Pro-Street look.
With the mechanicals in order, how does it look? Well, the Porsche Guards Red paint looks great on the relatively unchanged 1967 Mustang sheet metal. As I mentioned, the wheel arches were stretched and enlarged to handle the big tires, but otherwise, it is as the designers intended in 1967. OEM trim was preserved for the most part, and the bodywork was done to the same standards as the rest of the car. The hood is fiberglass, suitably modified to clear the blower in proper Pro-Street fashion, and secured using four hold down pins. The front grille is a billet aluminum piece, framed by a pair of clear headlights that give the old pony a distinctly 21st Century look that I like. Out back, the original taillights are in the original valence, and it's all in good condition. Marlon in the detail shop just got done putting a spectacular shine on the paint, so you're ready to show and cruise the minute you get this beast home.
Inside, it's all business. The race car theme continues, with an aluminum dash panel and an array of lightweight AutoMeter gauges, including a Monster Tach. There are cool toggle switches for all the primary controls, from the lights, to the electric fans, to the pump for the water bottle out back. A Hurst Quarter Stick shifter with a pistol grip knob handles gear selection. The seats are black buckets out of a late model vehicle, and they look surprisingly appropriate in the old Mustangs interior. They're not racing buckets, which means it's easy to get in and out of the car, but they are more aggressive than the relatively flat OEM units, which just wouldn't do in a car with this much performance. And while I don't think you'll need it, there's also a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo head unit in the center of the dash feeding speakers throughout the interior. A 6-point roll cage has been painted to match the body, and looks great against all that black, and safety is augmented by RCI racing harnesses for both the driver and passenger. A Grant GT leather-wrapped steering wheel is just the right touch, not too modern, not vintage, but perfect for Pro-Street.
Paperwork and documentation includes a thick stack of receipts and manuals for all the parts that went into the construction of this car.
With some cars, you can walk softly and still carry a big stick. Well, Pro-Street is all about walking as loudly as possible and carrying an impossibly big stick. There's no stealth involved here, but the cool factor comes from putting race-ready hardware on the road in a street-legal package. This car is much more reliable and far less fussy than a pure race car would be, but it's 95% as fast. It has comforts like adjustable bucket seats and a great stereo, but can still rip off low ETs at the strip. It's just as happy idling through a parking lot as it is embarrassing someone's expensive sports car on the pavement. In short, Pro-Street is about making a statement, and you really can't make more of a statement than a bright red 1967 Mustang fastback with a giant blower hanging out of the hood and 19-inch-wide rear tires. If that's how you like to roll, we've got your car. Call today!
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