'65 Mustang
Shelby Clone

Car owner and builder, Pat Ciambrello, has been into racing longer than he can remember. His father was part of A.J. Foyt's racing team at Indy in 1964 and 1965. A.J. has quite an incredible history, as he is the only driver in history to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, 24 Hours of Daytona, and 24 Hours of Le Mans. He's got almost 160 event wins under his belt, and now sits at the head of his company, A.J. Foyt Enterprises, which fields many race teams. With this kind of racing involvement at home, Pat would naturally get the racing bug. Whenever the racers needed a place to work on their cars, Pat's pops would lend them space in his corner gas station service bay. He desperately wanted a car of his own, and when his brother bought a brand-new '66 Mustang from the dealership, Pat swore he would get a Mustang of his own someday. Only 10 years old at the time, he would have to wait.

His day finally came and he found a '65 2+2 Fastback that needed a little work. Over the last 15 years, Pat has torn it down and started over transforming it into a Shelby clone. He knew he could never afford the real thing, so this was the next best option in his mind. One of the upgrades he made was the installation of a 351 crate engine. This was dandy until he plopped the Paxton supercharger atop it, and blew it up.

After pulling the destroyed Windsor, he decided to rebuild the whole car with a more modern driveline combination and a lot more power. He also repainted it with the Hertz gold-on-black color scheme. Now he is really glad he didn't get an original Shelby because he's having fun customizing this one.

By The Numbers
1965 Mustang Fastback

Pat Ciambrello, 54 * Levittown, PA
662 hp, 628 lb-ft torque

Type: 351 Windsor, stroked to 408 ci
by Trans Am Racing
Oiling: Ford HV oil pump
Cylinder heads: aluminum
with 2.08-/1.625-inch valves
Camshaft: COMP Cams solid roller
Valvetrain: COMP rockers
with titanium retainers
Induction: ported Edelbrock Torker 2 intake,
Paxton supercharger at 8 pounds of boost
Ignition: MSD 6AL with boost control
Cooling: Be Cool radiator
with twin 13-inch fans
Fuel system: Aeromotive pump and regulator,
780-cfm Holley flowed to 980 cfm
Exhaust: Hedman 1 5/8-inch headers,
JBA mufflers
Fasteners: ARP
Transmission/shifter: Tremec
3550 five-speed,
Hurst short throw shifter
Driveshaft: 4-inch Denny's aluminum
Rear axle: 9-inch Ford
with Moser 31-spline axles,
Auburn diff, and 3.89 gears
Front suspension: TCP coilover kit,
1 1/8-inch front sway bar,
Flaming River manual rack-and-pinion
Rear suspension: Air Ride AirBar,
VariShock adjustable shocks,
¾-inch sway bar
Brakes: Baer 13-inch rotors, stainless lines
Body: Shelby brake scoops, side glass
Paint: black basecoat, clearcoat,
with gold Shelby stripes
Wheels: Boyd Coddington Junk Yard Dog,
17x7 and 17x8
Tires: BFGoodrich g-Force KDW,

Mothers Picture Perfect Award
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