1969 Mustang Fastback
Lenny Schaeffer is no stranger to the customizing world. He started out building cars one or two at a time in his spare hours, but too much work coming in forced him to choose between his day job and building these rides. Obviously he made the right decision-he runs Chop-Shop Customs full time, building everything from classic restorations to radical street rods.
This '69 Mustang fastback falls someplace in between. The owner is a private guy who loves his muscle cars, but doesn't seek the glory of the glossy pages. He discovered Chop-Shop Customs through word of mouth and gave Lenny some vague direction saying, "I want a black Mustang." Thinking, OK, I can work with that, Lenny started doing the bodywork while he, the owner, and artist Ben Hermance, started brainstorming the design of the car. Once that was set, they could move forward with selecting the major components. Originally an FE engine was in the build plan, but a last-minute call by the customer pushed things in a newer direction with a 427 Windsor-based Roush IR motor. Yeah, we agree that the "427" number is magical. This pretty little package makes 559 hp and 524 lb-ft of torque in a leak-free crate engine form, complete with a warranty. The owner also knew he wanted it to be a stick, so they backed the 427 with a bulletproof Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed.
The goal was to have a car that looked factory at a glance, but that hides tons of performance and technology beneath its skin. These bits will help get this thing around the turns and be able to stop with room to spare. Lenny turned to Total Control for a four-corner coilover tubular suspension system with brakes from SSBC. Overall, this Mustang is a simplistic version of what Chop-Shop Customs is capable of, but a beautiful creation nonetheless.