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The SN65 gets a face lift. 

After a few years of service, we decided to give the SN65 project a much needed face lift.  Not because it was showing its age, but because she really needed to go on a diet.  With that said, to achieve our goals we decided that the best way to go was to custom build all the panels ourselves. 

To make a long story short, we were able to drop our weight from 3,600 lbs to just under 2,900.  And along the way, since the car was all disassembled anyway, we decided to paint it black.

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FOR SALE: $279,000
over $400,000 in the build


NOTE:
The information listed below is before the carbon fiber and paint upgrade

THE SN65 PROJECT

 1965 FORD SVT MUSTANG COBRA

SN65 (es-en-siks-ti-fiv), n., a car, comprised of 1965 Mustang fastback styling, and propelled by 2003 SVT Cobra technology, and meant for traveling on streets, roads, highways, race tracks and road courses

What have we done?

What we have done is taken a slightly different approach to “rest-o-moding”.

For this particular project, we wanted to "transplant" every last mechanical and electrical function found in an 03 Cobra into a 1965 Mustang fastback.  We feel, as many, that the 2003 Cobra Terminator was the most technologically advanced Mustang ever produced.  And that the 1965 Mustang fastback is one of, if not the finest example of automotive styling ever to roll off a Michigan assembly line.  So, in our way of thinking, transplanting the heart and soul of the 03 terminator into a 65 fastback would result in the ultimate Mustang.  The Mustang of our dreams.  But, how do you seamlessly integrate every last electrical and mechanical system, of two cars manufactured 40 years apart, into one?

We gave a lot of consideration to a number of different plans, but ultimately, we decided that the best way solve these issues was to reverse the process as most tend to approach it.  To achieve our goal we have taken a 03 Cobra and peeled away the uni-body structure all the way down to the inner rocker panels, leaving us with a rolling SN95 chassis.  Then we took a 65 fastback and completely removed all the uni-body structure between the rocker panels and dropped the entire body over the 03 Cobra chassis.  While this took a great deal of up front engineering and planning, the result is without-a-doubt breathtaking (at least from our perspective).  In effect, we were able to engineer a totally unique uni-body and created a car that is a perfect mix of SVT Cobra and 65 fastback.

Along with the looks comes a car that performs better than either of the donor cars ever could individually.  Modifications to the chassis, suspension and drivetrain make for a formidable road car.  One that out performs many of the exotic sports cars produced today.  One of the benefits of the 65 profile is that stretching the SN95 chassis 7” not only improves the performance, but also vastly improves ride quality.

To truly appreciate this project you really need to see it in person.  Or better yet, you need to take it for a ride.  Contact me today and schedule a test drive.  You will be happy you did.


Following are reprints (or links to) of the feature articles published on the SN65 project.  Hot Rod ran a nine page spread, Mustang & Fords ran 8 full pages and Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords ran a full 8 pages.  This is worth noting in that they never publish articles on pre 79 vehicles.

There were many others, but these are the most notable.

Hot Rod Feature article


Mustang & Fords Feature article

We are also featured on the Mustang & Fords website, and they are using images of the SN65 in their advertisements.  Follow the link to view the article and photos only available on their website.
http://www.mustangandfords.com/featuredvehicles/mufp_0609_1965_ford_mustang_fastback_sn65/


Muscle Mustang & Fast Fords Feature article

http://www.mustangandfords.com/featured-vehicles/mmfp-0704-1965-ford-mustang/

Below are "just a few" of the trophies and awards presented to the SN65.  Most notable are the "Outstanding Engineered" award received at the Detroit Autorama, The "Best of Show" received at the World Ford Challenge, the Crystal "Year One" award received at the Year One Experience, the "Ford Muscle" award received at the Good Guy's Columbus show, Etc...

Below is a Power Point slide show.  It is an electronic version of the Build Book we have on display with the car whenever we show it.  If you want to know everything about the SN65 project, this is where to look.  It details the entire project and includes key photos along with a detailed description of each.

Note  You must have PowerPoint or the Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer installed on your computer to view the presentation.

THE SN65 PROJECT.pps

AN ENGINE THAT BREATHS DEEPLY DURING A RUSH TO THE REDLINE.  A CHASSIS THAT BALANCES POISE WITH PREDICTABILITY.  SN65 COMBINES THESE VIRTUES WITH FINESSE, IN A VEHICLE THAT DELIVERS AN EXHILERATING DRIVING EXPERIANCE

ENGINE

Configuration

Longitudinally mounted, 90-degree V8, cast aluminum block with aluminum heads, fully counterweighted forged crankshaft

Bore x Stroke

90.2mm x 90.0mm

Displacement

4,601 cc; 280 cu. In.

Compression ratio

8.5:1

Horsepower

640 @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

624 @ 3,500 rpm

Specific output

139.13 horsepower per liter

Redline

6,500 rpm (fuel shut-off occurs at 6,500 rpm)

Valvetrain

Double overhead camshafts, chain drive to exhaust cams, secondary chains from exhaust to intake cams, roller finger followers with hydraulic lash adjustment, oval wire beehive-shaped valve springs, four valves per cylinder

Intake valves

2 per cylinder, 37mm head diameter

Exhaust valves

2 per cylinder, 30mm head diameter

Ignition system

Distributorless coil-on-plug

Fuel system

Sequential electronic fuel injection

Induction system

Eaton Corporation Generation IV Roots-type supercharger with water to air intercooler

Boost pressure

8.0 psi maximum

Intake manifold

Cast aluminum, tuned equal length runners

Throttle body

90mm single bore

Mass-air sensor

90mm diameter

Exhaust manifolds

Cast iron

Exhaust system

Dual, stainless steel, 2.5-inch diameter with polished exhaust tips

Drivetrain

Rear axle

8.8-in. ring gear with 3.55:1 limited-slip differential, aluminum case

Driveshaft

Aluminum, with hardened yoke and U-joints

Transmission

TTC T-56 6 speed manual

Clutch

Centerforce

Half-Shafts

31-spline with increased capacity

Gear

Ratio

1st

2.66

2nd

1.78

3rd

1.30

4th

1.00

5th

0.80

6th

0.63

Reverse

2.90

Final drive

3.55

SUSPENSION

Front

Modified MacPherson strut system with gas-charged Bilstein monotube dampers and separate 600 lb./in. coil over springs, 29mm tubular stabilizer bar, optional Maximum Motorsports upgrade

Rear

Multi-link independent system, cast iron upper control arm, aluminum lower control arm, fixed toe-control tie rod, aluminum spindle, gas-charged Bilstein monotube dampers with 600 lb./in. coil springs, 26mm tubular stabilizer bar, optional Maximum Motorsport upgrade

STEERING

Type

Rack and pinion, power assist

Gear ratio

15.0:1

Turns, lock-to-lock

2.5

Turning diameter

41.7

BRAKES

Front

13.0 in. (330mm) vented Brambo disc, PBR twin piston caliper

Rear

11.65 in. (296mm) vented disc, single piston caliper

ABS

Four-channel, four-sensor system

WHEELS & TIRES

Wheels

17 x 8.5 in. front, 17 x 9.5 in. rear, 5 spoke, cast aluminum-alloy, machined surface, exposed lugs, optional 18 in. Forged 3 piece, polished Forgeline Comp wheels

Tires

Goodyear Eagle F1, Optional Toyo T1-R

DIMENSIONS, CAPACITIES

Wheelbase

108 in.

Length

181.6

Height

49 in.

Width

61.3 in.

Track, f/r

58.8 in. / 60.3 in.

Head room

38.1 in.

Leg room

41.8

Curb weight

3,620 lb.

Fuel Capacity

15.7 gallons (59.4 liters)

Weight dist. f/r

55.5% / 44.5%

COLOR & TRIM

Exterior

Screaming Yellow

Interior

Dark Charcoal with Medium Graphite Accents

SN65 INCLUDES

·          Driver and passenger airbags.  Always wear your safety belt.

·          Independent rear suspension (IRS)

·          Anti-lock break system

·          SecuriLock passive anti-theft system

·          Articulated sport seats

·          Tilt Steering wheel

·          Kenwood stereo

·          Power Equipment Group: Power side windows, power door locks, power deck lid release

·          Air conditioning

·          Speed control

·          Front floor mats

·          Dual illuminated visor mirrors

·          Remote keyless illuminated entry

OPTIONS

·          Maximum Motorsports tuned suspension system

1.        MacPherson strut front suspension featuring custom offset tubular lower control arms with delron bushings and 350 lb./in. coil over springs

2.        IRS rear suspension featuring factory upper and lower control arms fit with delron bushings and 525 lb./in. coil over springs, aluminum differential bushings with adjustable pinion angle

·          Mystachrome Appearance Package  Includes MystaChrome color-shifting paint; color shifting leather interior trim (seat inserts and steering wheel); and polished wheels

·          18” Forgeline 3 piece polished comp wheels

·          Rear spoiler

 


 

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