After his stint with the Navy, he took a job as a tech for Ford. He spent many years there, but realized even though he loved cars, working day in and day out swapping parts wasn't for him. He then got into building the robotics that built semiconductor chips for computers. This led him to work for Dell as the IT project manager on global software development. In the tech world, this is a great job, and the pay has allowed him to have a nice life with his wife and two daughters. "This job got me to a place in my life where I can start taking some risks," Brian says. He had been building his personal car, a '71 Camaro, at home in his spare time, and really enjoyed building. Over the years he has helped friends build their cars and taken on some small side jobs. He's enjoyed it so much he decided to go for it as a full-time job. This didn't mean he was going to throw his 9-to-5 job out and start from scratch building cars. He wanted to make a name for himself. He wanted to acquire enough of a customer base to support his family before giving up the IT job. He saw the first step to getting his name out there was to build an exquisite car that he could show as an example of his craftsmanship.
He wanted to build a car that he already had intimate knowledge of, so he bought a '67 Mustang coupe. He found one on eBay from a guy in Georgia, just south of his current residence in Hermitage, Tennessee. The car was in reasonably good shape, which was important to Brian because he wanted a solid foundation to start on, something he didn't have with his first Mustang. Learning from his mistakes and shortcomings over the years, Brian had a clear idea of the priorities. This wasn't going to be a big-inch, stock-brake build like the ones he did as a teenager, but a sophisticated, well-rounded build. Above all, the car had to work.
The first thing Brian did was remove the straight-six, automatic transmission, and one-legger 8-inch rear. The powertrain is now comprised of that from a '03 Mustang Cobra. He bolted the 4.6L supercharged DOHC motor, factory five-speed transmission, and 8.8-inch rearend in for mockup. The car didn't have a hood, fenders, doors, or much else on it at the time. It had the bare minimum to allow Brian to drive the car. He wanted to make sure the car was fast enough, ran smoothly, and could do some killer burnouts before spending the hundreds of hours ahead building around this drivetrain combination. He was very pleased with the way the Stage 3 porting by Steigmeier and the smaller blower pulley woke up the otherwise-stock Mustang engine.
He promptly tore everything back out, set the car up on the rotisserie, and began the bodywork. This work would take up the majority of the time he put into this Mustang. He wanted it to be flawless. We're not sure if it's because the cars are just not taken care of, or if the sheetmetal is thinner than others of the era, but it always seems like the Mustang's body gets very wavy. Brian didn't want you to think of fun at the beach surfing when you see the side of his car, so he spent countless hours block-sanding this pony perfectly smooth. He's not a body man by trade, but after recently completing the build of his '71 Camaro, he was more than competent enough to tackle this project. More experience would get him through the process faster, but not any better.