As he planned the project with Stroud, the biggest thing George had to watch out for was mission creep. He wanted performance, but he also really wanted to stay true to the vision and keep it pure. The Mustang needed to look and feel like a GT350 all the way through, like something Carroll's own ethos would have turned out in 1965 if he had access to a Coyote engine and custom suspension. The body had to be stock and all steel. The one concession that eventually arose is the hoodscoop. "The Coyote had 412 hp, and then the Boss came out with 444 hp," George explained. "I thought that would be good, but then I realized my daily driver Audi had 450 hp, and I couldn't build a hot rod that had less power!" Fortunately Edelbrock was launching their 700hp supercharged Coyote crate engine at the time, so George snagged production piece No. 1. The E-Force blower was a bit tall, so the BS Industries crew had to craft a slightly exaggerated version of the GT350 hoodscoop to clear it.

Over the next two years, George and his son had conference calls and meetings every few days to discuss the plan and make decisions on how far the updates could be pushed without crossing the line and losing that GT350 aesthetic. Stroud and his crew were extremely mindful of the goal and every modification made to the chassis, engine bay, and interior was carefully considered to make it feel very 1965. For example, the shock towers were shrunken rather than deleted, and the custom adjustable tubular front control arms were powdercoated in two-tone silver and black to mimic original parts. It's the attention to detail like that that really sets this car apart.

On top of that the Mustang also needed to be practical and easily serviceable. George wanted it clean, but definitely not a show car with hidden parts, since he plans to drive it frequently. The patience will soon pay off, since Stroud was in the final testing phase with the Mustang at the time of our photo shoot, and the big debut was scheduled for the 2014 Fabulous Fords Forever show at Knott's Berry Farm. After that, George will finally be able to walk out to his garage and see the fastback he always wanted: a perfected modern Shelby clone that we think Carroll himself would be proud to claim.

By The Numbers

1965 Mustang Fastback
George Russo, Santa Clarita, CA


Type: 700hp Edelbrock supercharged 5.0L Coyote crate engine
Block: Ford
Rotating assembly: 9.5:1 forged Mahle pistons, forged and balanced crankshaft, forged Manley H-beam rods
Cylinder heads: stock with Boss 302 valvesprings
Camshafts: stock
Valvetrain: stock
Induction: Edelbrock E-Force Eaton TVS 2,300cc supercharger system, BSI custom cold air induction
Oiling: stock with Ford Racing remote oil filter adapter
Exhaust: ceramic-coated stock shorty headers, MagnaFlow exhaust
Fuel system: 50-lb/hr fuel injectors
Ignition: stock
Cooling: custom C&R Racing radiator with built-in intercooler
Output: 700 hp at 7,000 rpm, 606 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm
Built by: Edelbrock


Transmission: Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed with McLeod dual disc clutch & Hurst shifter
Driveshaft: custom Inland Empire aluminum driveshaft
Rearend: Strange 9-inch with 3.89 gears and 31-spline axles


Front suspension: BS Industries front clip with Easy Line adjustable control arms, QA1 coilovers, rack-and-pinion steering, Speedway Engineering splined sway bar
Rear suspension: BS Industries custom four-link with Currie 9-inch, Speedway Engineering splined sway bar
Steering: Flaming River column with AGR rack
Brakes: Wilwood 13-inch discs with six-piston calipers (front), Wilwood 13-inch discs and four-piston calipers (rear), ABS Brakes electric power brakes
Chassis: custom front framerails, subframe connectors, GT350 four-point rollbar

Wheels & Tires

Wheels: 17x9 Vintage Wheel Works V45
Tires: 245/45 & 255/50 Kumho Ecsta SPT