Kevin credits Mustang Depot with an enormous amount of help when it came to parts, especially the new quarters, fenders, a 1968 Mustang core support (for a bigger radiator with the same hood profile), and many more parts in the car. You'll notice that the quarter-panel extensions are still bolted on, whereas a lot of custom builders flush them to the body. When asked about it, Kevin explained, "There's nothing wrong with the way these cars were put together. They had bolt-on pieces, door handles that you could grab onto, and driprails, so I left all of that alone to keep some of the styling cues of the early cars." For the paint, Kevin wanted a shade of green and worked with the engineers at Eastwood on just the right hue. He went around to a bunch of new car dealerships to look at colors, and when he couldn't find any cars or trucks in green, he knew he had picked the right color. Kevin and Eastwood call their low-VOC paint (and the car) "Jaded." It's not a trick paint that requires decades of experience to spray, either.
The 2004 Cobra engine is stock internally but uses 60-pound injectors, Fore Precision fuel
The interior looks similar to an 2003-04 Cobra because it is, using the donor car's seats and dash. Getting the modern dash to fit was easier than removing the triple-layer steel stock dash, but required trimming an inch off of each side and re-covering it in leather. The rest of the interior was upholstered in black leather and suede and features a rollcage, rear seat delete, and lots of Heatshield Products material to control heat and noise. Heatshield Products was so happy with how the car was coming along that they invited Kevin to show Jaded in their booth at the 2012 SEMA show, so his deadline was set. The only problem was that the show was 40 days away but the car was a long way from being done, and all of Kevin's friends saw the fear on his face. Autocross stud Brian Finch (from the American Street Car Series) put the body on a rotisserie for six weeks to replace the right rear quarter-panel, improve the structural reinforcement, gap the doors and fenders, and do a ton of finish bodywork and block sanding, and T.C. Penick shut down his shop for nearly two months while they thrashed on everything else in that time. This is all while Kevin was coproducing the Trucks! show, running Paintucation LLC, editing a new DVD, working with Eastwood, and trying to keep up with life at home. "It showed me what real friends are," Kevin says. "One of the things I love the most about our hobby is the fellowship that just happens with gearheads. These guys helped when I absolutely needed it. I'm forever grateful to everyone who helped, and also to the sponsors who supported this dream. It was the friends who made this all come together."
The crew of buddies got the car finished in time for SEMA, and not only did it look pretty in the show, it was also a finished, running, driving street machine, not a "TV build" that still needed a ton of unseen work to make functional. With decent and dead-reliable power and a competent chassis, it performs better than the average street machine and has already seen a Goodguys autocross or two, as well as about 500 street miles.
BY THE NUMBERS
1966 Ford Mustang
Kevin Tetz, 49
Type: 2004 Ford Mustang Cobra "Terminator" 4.6L (281ci) dual-overhead cam V-8, 100 percent stock internally
Induction: Posi-ported Eaton M112 supercharger with Metco 2.76-inch upper pulley, dual-pass Lightning Force air-to-water heat exchanger with Meziere 22-gph coolant pump and trunk mounted, 4-gallon water/ice tank
Exhaust: BBK long-tube, ceramic-coated headers, MagnaFlow 2.5-inch exhaust with 4-inch mufflers, wrapped in Heatshield Products header wrap
Fuel system: Dual 255-lph pumps, billet fuel rails, return-style system
Output: 484 hp at 6,600 rpm, 455 lb-ft at 6,600 rpm
Tuned by: DBR High Performance using John Lund tune, Dunne-Rite engine management system, and stock ECU
Transmission: stock T56 six-speed from an 2004 Cobra donor car, MGW shifter, and stock 2004 Cobra clutch
Rearend: narrowed Ford 9-inch style with Moser sheetmetal housing, 3.70:1 gears, limited-slip differential, 31-spline axles, Denny's driveshaft
Frame: Schwartz Performance complete G-Machine chassis with custom front aprons and engine bay
Front suspension: SP twin A-arms, custom Heim joints throughout, Schwartz spindles, RideTech single-adjustable coilovers, splined sway bar
Rear suspension: Schwartz four-link with RideTech adjustable coilovers
Steering: Schwartz design using SN95 Mustang rack-and-pinion
Brakes: Baer six-piston calipers and 14-inch rotors, front and rear
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Forgeline CF3C, 18x8 (front) and 18x10 (rear)
Tires: BFGoodrich KDW II, 255/30R18 (front) and 285/35R18 (rear)