1965 Mustang Fastback


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1965 Mustang Fastback

The week we take a walk around the Professors completed (yet again) 1965 Mustang Fastback. The Mustang is finally back together and Sandy does a walk around and show off the car as well as the obligatory engine start.

Video 1965 Mustang Fastback – “The Ripper”

19 Responses to “1965 Mustang Fastback”

  1. Jack Duha says:

    The “:Ripper” sounds ready!

  2. Jimmie Z says:

    Let er rip Sandy!

  3. Buzz Bissinger says:

    Gotta admire all your work and commitment, Professor, best of luck at the track.

  4. matt says:

    Can’t wait to see you back on TV. Bring Ganz, he is great.

  5. Spencer T says:

    Hey Prof – What is your goal with the car – do you want to keep it a track day / club car or do you want to race the vintage circuit? – and with the mods does it qualify for that?

    • CarCast says:

      Spencer –

      I really didn’t have an idea of where the car was going when I started it. It was just going to be a street hot rod of sorts, then as you know these projects spiral out of control and the car ended up becoming a racer more then a street car.

      For the vintage circuit, I’m out due to Rim size (15″ is max on the car for that), brakes, front suspension, and of course the aluminum block and components used are all a no-go for the vintage guys (Are they running to the rules… likely not, but many are good at stretching the rules IMO)

      But recently I have been asked if I want to come out to some of the vintage events, but in non-competition runs, which could be fun. I think they are getting more relaxed as more of the old cars are seeing less track time as they are getting to be worth too much $$.

      So for me, I just jump into what events have a good group of folks, and have fun. Can’t ask for much more then that!


  6. Scott says:

    Sandy – How did you do the cigarette lighter master switch? Liking that idea for my classic Bronco. BTW, the ripper is awesome. Purpose built, no nonsense, sounds better then anything you guys have ever had on carcast.

    • CarCast says:

      Scott –

      The Cigarette lighter is pretty easy to do. The element is only a couple of ohms of resistance and works fine completing the circuit for a standard automotive relay. I did a few things to make sure it works and is reliable.

      Get a NEW lighter assembly and element.
      Solder a new wire for grounding to the inner housing of the lighter (The outer housing is what screws on and holds it to the dash on the old Fords).
      Get a standard automotive relay, Black, Square style and related connectors (crimps or socket)
      (The coil on the relay’s are sometimes marked with 85 and 86)
      One end of the coil on the relay goes to your 12 Volt Ignition On wire, likely after your key switch
      The Other side of the relay’s coil goes to the CENTER pin on the cigarette lighter socket
      Then with the new wire you soldered to the cigarette lighter case, attach that to a good ground

      Now when you turn your ignition key on AND the Cigarette lighter is pressed in The contacts from the relay will close and you can use that to control your ignition from where the ignition switch Hot wire went. So for the contacts they will switch the wire that was once going to ignition.

      I don’t know the wiring in the Bronco but should start with a wiring diagram, and what ever you do use good crimp connectors and tape or heat shrink anything exposed to eliminate shorts.

      If you need a diagram I can draw one up.


      • Scott says:

        Hey Sandy,

        Relay is a great idea. I’ve got about 20 of those relays in the Bronco now on everything from the heater to the lights to voltmeter. Like most Early Broncos, factory wiring diagrams have dubious value due to 40 years of Previous Owners. I’m sure the Ripper had similar issues when you started. I should be able to get it figured out though. Truly great tip. The thieves will never figure that one out!

        Thanks for getting back. Keep up the good work!


  7. maf says:

    hey ganz, how about some info on the tires you run (or would like to run) lifespan, grip, cost, quality etc… wheels not mentioned either?

    • CarCast says:

      The car has really only run either Kumho V700 Victoracers (245 x 17 front, 255 x 17 rear) or V710 with 245’s all around. I like the V710’s better, they feel stickier and a bit better then the Victoracer. For the shorter track the tires get worked a lot harder at the Streets of Willow Springs, but can last what seems like maybe 3 or 4 weekends of running, but they shred at some point. On the longer track it the tires seem to fare better but seem to be about the same amount of runs. I have used Kumho’s for a long time as they were a good price and tire for the car, but they are getting almost as expensive as Hoosiers, so might give them a try, or any one that feels like sponsoring the show that has DOT racing tires. Hit the Tirerack or Discount Tire online they have all the brands and info as well as reviews.

      The wheels are Compomotive 3 Piece 17×8’s in the front and 17×9’s in the rear. They are typically found on the Cobra Kits (I have a set on the Cobra too).


  8. Mark Mason says:

    WOW Sandy she sounds SWEETTTTTTTTT!!!!!

  9. Andrew Feola says:


    Where did you purchase the Pipercross px800 air filter? I cant seem to find a US retailer that has them in stock.


    • CarCast says:

      I think I purchased that from Hoerr Racing Products (HRP). It’s a good filter, but was at Spectre Performance today and they popped it on to one on the flowbench to compare it to wone of of their gauze filters of the same size and not open on top like the Piper Cross and it flowed just as good. They still were impressed how well the PX800 worked but when I told them how much it cost they laughed and said their product was a bit better of a buy for the same or a bit better flow. Then I told them I have not cleaned the filter in 8 years :)…

      I think I paid about 200 bucks when I got it, now it’s an ouch at close to 300. It does come with a nice inner cone above the car and it is nicely made but not for 300 bucks!



  10. May Kadoodee says:

    I had?/have? a 65 Fastback that was a six cylinder car with tiny 6-3/4 rear end, drum brakes and 4-lug wheels that someone had stuck a 302 w/C4 automatic (no interior) and repainted the original Poppy Red. As Hot Rod mag says 90% of Project Cars never get rebuilt so long story short I gave it to my brother in law to re-build for my niece for a first car… never happened and to my knowledge is still sitting in my brother in laws back yard… want to buy it Sandy?

    • CarCast says:

      The answer would go like this… “let me ask my wife”, eventually you would get a message from me from a hospital bed after she breaks my legs with a large wrench :). No, I have 3 other unfinished projects right behind The Ripper. The Tiger, GT40, and the Cobra. All need more work that I can do, so adding another to the already filled Ganz garage is not a good idea. Thanks for the offer, should not be a hard car to find a good home for.


  11. omid says:

    nice job, i just got my first 1965 coupe lets see how that go .if u have any 65 mustang coupe video let me know thanks

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