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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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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.
Muscle Mustang & Fast Fords Feature article
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.
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