Projector headlight retrofit pt2

I’ve revisted this idea again which i spoke about in part one. I’m still 100% going to go with the projector headlights and have decided on the Bi-Xenon Audi RS6/A6 projectors and ballasts from HID Planet

Here’s what you get in the kit:

RS6/A6 Bi-Xenon ECE Complete System:

Complete RS6/A6 HID System comes with projectors, bulbs, ballasts, and ballast housings.

This Complete System comes with the parts needed for a full retrofit or replacement. The system comes with the following:

# RS6/A6 Bi-Xenon Projectors
# Hella Generation-3 12V Ballasts (pair)
# Philips D2S 4100K Bulbs (pair)
# Ballast Housings (pair)
# Ballast Power Leads/Pigtails

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They look great I think and although there is a little bit of work in the modification, installation and not to mention wiring for the Bi-Xenon solenoid I think it’s well worth it in the end.

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Now that I’ve decided on the lighting system, I have to choose the actually headlights that will be cut out and used as the housing for the projectors. What I’ve come across is the European style ‘Angel Eyes’ headlights like the Volkswagen and BMW’s use.

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So basically imagine the second image with the projectors, coupled with the above image using the Angel Eye light housings. I think that will look great! although I do imagine A LOT of work on the wiring and electrics.

I think my next update on this will be when I buy the various parts. Stay tuned.

Photos courtesy of Aleks and Fastbackfreak.

Eleanor Mustangs Australia?

Early last year the Australian magazine Unique Cars ran a story with a new company called Eleanor Mustangs Australia. The story, below, got me a little worked up due to the fact the makers of this clone were claiming so much, yet the car in their story was obviously far from a clone. and they were offering them for an absolutely absurd price. For that money you could buy one from Unique Performance and it would be an official Shelby continuation vehicle included in the registry.

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I ended up sending in a reply which i was told got published, unfortunately i don’t have a copy of what i wrote. but here are some comments from members of the Justmustangs forum.

eleanor mustangs actually “featured” (ie. 2 page advertisement disguised as a report) in Unique Cars a few months back.

they are definitely pricey – from memory about $140,000 —- EVEN MORE if they had to source a fastback for you!!! Shocked

and there wasn’t a very specific list of what you got for that kind of money.

ps. Unique Cars sorta redeemed themselves the following month by publishing a letter from someone saying just how poorly they compared to Unique Performance cars in the US price wise.

It’s worth noting that late last year the companies site, which wasn’t really updated or informative, was taken down and it appears that the company has gone under or folded. A few of us emailed and tried calling them when they were a float but not one of a us got a reply.

While i do love and encourage more quality builders keeping these classics alive and reviving some from the wreckers, I’m not too fond of those in it to make a quick buck. Much like what is happening in the states right now with the MPSS Eleanors and the people who lost all their money.

New Dynacorn body shells

I’ve known about these for sometime now and think they are a brilliant idea, however i can see some authentic Mustang enthusiasts being against it. Either way Dynacorn has come up with a complete 1967 Mustang Fastback chassis.

Straight off the bat some questions come to mind. How much will they cost? What will the quality be like? and how will the VIN arrangement work? will they be issued with new VIN’s from Ford or classed as a ‘kit car’.

In any respect it will still eliminate the need to find a donor car, which let’s face it, is a hard task for a 1967 Fastback. It will also save the buyer money on body work and removing rust which would be the case with most donors.

Early reports from those who have seen one up close indicate these are unibody cars, with the front and rear subframes integrated into the floor much like the originals and early pricing rumors are suggesting a $15k USD price tag. I would certainly consider it.

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Photos from SEMA thanks to David Arredondo

Iblogmustang.com – A wealth of Mustang information

Recently i stumbled upon iblogmustang.com, which is a blog by Microsoft marketer, Kris Hoet. And In his own words he says,

This blog is about a project, a journey, … to get something I really want in my life someday and that is (you could have guessed) a 1965 Ford Mustang.

I thought It was worth writing about because it’s not often you find someone who was once in the same position you were. I too hunted and searched for two years to find my Mustang and I know the fun, sadness, good times and bad with buying a mustang.

If you get a chance have a look, apart from his journey’s he also has some specialized and intimate Ford Mustang information.

Top Gear road test the Shelby GT500

OK I’ve been anxious and excited over the last few days so I’ve been trying to calm myself down by looking over videos on Youtube. So as you can see by previous posts I’ve found some good stuff. Now I’ve come across this little beauty from the guys over at Top Gear. On last weeks show they road tested the new Shelby GT500 and they compared it to a vintage mustang, which in fact was Richard Hammond’s personal car.

The Stig gives it a lap around the track, which wasn’t all that good, in fact it was exactly the same time as the the locally made Australian Monaro! They also compare it to the Roush Mustang, which has less BHP but still manages to produce a better lap time.

To be honest I’m not a fan of the new GT500, I’m not sure if it’s the review Hammond gave it or it’s the looks? Either way, I’ll let you be the judge, enjoy 9 minutes of Mustangs.

The unfortunate loss of a 1967 Mustang

There’s some things that you just don’t want to happen when you’re restoring a classic. It’s your pride and joy and most of the time you love it more than your own mother.

This week it came to light that the founder of Customfastbackca.com and all round great bloke, David Ambler lost his mustang in a tragic fire. Some of you may know him from his time with Unique Performance. On many occasions David helped me with my orders and it was a breeze for him to organise parts to Australia.

Below are his own words on his loss and the aftermath and also why he left Unique Performance.

At the age of 15 I spawned my first true love affair, the Ford Mustang. A 1964 ½ Cherry Red Mustang that I spotted a local car show would soon be mine. As this enthusiasm grew, I channeled my inspiration for this vehicle to a 1991 Mustang GT, then a 1996 Supercharged Saleen Mustang and then to my favorite of all, a 1967 Shelby GT500 clone named “Eleanor”. In July 2001 I bought a project 1967 Ford Mustang from Kamloops, British Columbia hoping to build the car that inspired the movie “Gone in Sixty Seconds”. Little did I know I was about to start a six year love affair that would entail starting a website that now has over 1,000,000 hits, moving to Dallas, Texas to work for Unique Performance who shares the same passionate pulse as I and spending more money in this creation than my grandmother’s first house. Countless hours were spent underneath my creation with a best friend scraping dirt and grime and wrenching, I started a fire while trying to weld a bracket onto the firewall, I ordered subscription after subscription of car magazine trying to perfect this dream of mine and I even got a tattoo on my thigh that says “Eleanor” (just kidding). All this momentum to my shock would be halted Friday February 2, 2007 by a scorching blaze. The next day I went to see the remains of what was once the culmination of years of hard work and joy. The next day I went to see the building that used to shelter my creation, burned to the ground.

It’s funny, my initial reaction was shock and disappointment. Then brief anger; especially when I realized I had just cancelled my insurance just 2 months before because the insurance company had haggled me about the VIN number. I suddenly realized however that I was sublimely overjoyed. The epiphany, like you see in some Hollywood tales, was that I was happy to know that the call I received was not to inform me of the death of my baby brother, or that my Dad had a heart attack or any other countless irreplaceable things in my life that I cherish so much. That same weekend I rested calmly in the absence of regret, sadness, anger or shame. I sat humbled, but not by heartbreak. Sad only for my dear Mechanic friend Jerry who was building my car in his new shop that contained every tool he had been accumulating his whole life. Sad that his livelihood had been stripped in just five minutes.

Misfortune, however, was met with hope. Jerry’s friends reached out. Jerry’s friend convinced the shop where he works to let Jerry finish some work he planned to complete in his own shop. Jerry’s other friends also vowed to establish a benefit to help resurrect the tools and equipment lost in the fire. So while Jerry still sits stunned, saddened and sorry for my loss, he has been lifted by the grace of his friends and family.

So what about the burned and decrepit shell you see in the pictures? Surely I can’t bear both financially and psychologically to start from ground zero. Well there is even more good fortune. Doug Hasty, the man who brought me to Texas to share this mutual passion, called me that next day and offered to help get my project back on its feet. Doug offered on behalf of Unique Performance to send a new shell I’ll provide back through sheetmetal and bodywork and to help rebuild. A truly selfless offer that sets me even more in shock than I was that day.

Despite this tremendous offer, another opportunity showed its face. A Super Snake, built by Unique Performance, showed up at a government auction in South Texas. To make a long story short I picked up this Snake for myself at a steal of a price. My intention then and now is to run through this 175 mile car and ready it for sale, turning a profit. This profit would then allow me to take on whatever endeavor I so choose in the near future. The Snake by the way is grey w/ black stripes.

Now on to my life and why I left Unique Performance. During my time at University I majored in Philosophy, Pre-Law emphasis. Immediately after graduation I began my application process to Law Schools around the country. In this interim period is when Doug Hasty offered me the job in Texas at Unique Performance, which I took with some reservation given my plans, but mostly with open arms. It was never my intention to make my life in Texas permanent and so I sit here again today readying myself again for Law School. Although I believe that action is guided always by more than one reason, I can honestly say that my absence at Unique is a blessing only to my aspiration to become a lawyer.

I still have tremendous loyalty to Unique Performance and the people who make that company such an exemplar of thriving passion. Many of the posts I see are wildly speculatory. I will not clear up every post in all the threads, but I will say many of your conspiracy theories are unfounded. One clear thing you have all found through observation and experience is the lack of help in the parts department. The focus of Unique Performance is and will always be the production of vehicle. I will say that Ryan Howard is working very hard to fill all the orders. Please be patient with him as he has many other responsibilities to accomplish besides parts orders. I will say that my intentions and Ryan’s were (Ryan’s still are) to help all the incoming calls. I remember when the part’s department was up in running in full gear I would get about 60-70 voicemails a day. It would literally take my days just to answer all of one days calls and so I was always behind. Things are not that crazy there now (thank the Lord!), but Ryan was behind when I left.

If technical questions arise, post them on the board to my attention and I will try to answer them all. Just know that I don’t check the board that often and that my response may take time. Thanks for reading guys.

David
CustomFastbackCA

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I wish David all the best in the future and hope he gets back on his feet with his project soon enough.

Ford Mustang & Shelby commercials

So I stumbled upon this new add from Ford for the new Shelby GT500. Quite funny, I love their sense of humor, although I must say I’m a classic man myself and much prefer a vintage Shelby GT500 but I wouldn’t say no to this.

And how about this one from last year. Steve McQueen, the legend lives, driving the modern Ford Mustang. It’s quite ingenious the way they’ve done it.

Headlights Headlights Headlights pt 1

Well im trying to steer clear of the old style headlight setup. I don’t particulaly like the dull, yellowish beam and would much prefer a modern crisp and clear beam.

So when a friend over on the Eleanor forum started his HID Xenon retrofit i was of course very excited.

Here is a breakdown of what Aleks did (taken from www.customfastbackca.com)

I’ve been trying to make my headlights brighter all the time and I had originally installed PIAA bulbs, which did make the road a little brighter than stock. After that I installed HID Xenon bulbes, which required me to also install ballasts and ignitors from a donor car to make them work. I had bought a set from a friend and installed them into my housings. The problem with HID bulbs in the standard housings that our Mustangs have is that the lights is reflected all over the place, blinding oncoming traffic. So I added a shield to keep light from shooting up and onto oncoming traffic. It worked. But now I’m getting ready to take it to the next level. I’m going to be adding HID projectors to my 7″ round housings. I know this has been done in the past somewhere, but it’s still not common. It’s going to take some work to make it all fit right and work properly. I will posts pictures as I get the project started. I still need to buy an extra set of housings so I can practice on first. here are a few pics of what I did with the HID bulbs and a picture of the projectors I just got.

Here is what the back of the housing looks like with the HID D2R bulb installed.

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This is the shield I installed to keep light away from oncoming traffic.

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This is the plug that conects to the bulb. I didn’t get a shot of the ballasts and ignitors.

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This is the projector that I purchased for my project. I got the pair.

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More to come!

End product

Well you’ve seen what i had to begin with now here are some pics of what i want to finish with.

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I think just about any Mustang lover who saw that movie would agree that “Eleanor” looks amazing. I know some vintage guys cringe at the though of this ‘restomod’ but hey, im young, so i don’t really care, it looks unreal so im going for it.

Purchasing A 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback

First off I needed a car and since the movie in 2000 1967 mustangs in good shape (little to no rust, straight body) have been hard to come by, or are really expensive.

John managed to secure one for me we saw on eBay, we contacted the guy and he ended the auction early for us, and better still the car had NO RUST and had a straight, accident free body (or so we thought) more on that later. Anyway here’s what I started with.

And here’s the original ad:

Vehicle Description

1967 MUSTANG FASTBACK

A-CODE 289 4V. C4 Auto Transmission. Candy Apple Red exterior. Parchment interior. I purchased the car in 1999. Car was completely together and ran good. I started to restore it in 1999 and since then have had to move twice, start a new job, smaller garage, etc. which has kept me from finishing it. The car is really a tip top project. NO RUST or rot on the inside or out what so ever. As far as I’m concerned it could be finished with a paint job and interior work, some trim, and misc detailing. Very straight body. Unfortunately I need to sell this car due to lack of parking, and space, etc. I would like somebody to have it that will finish and appreciate it. I have tried to list as much info as I can about the car. I’d rather list too much then too little. Please contact me for more info, or if you would like specific pictures taken and emailed to you.

    Particulars:

-Car is located in Southern California.
-Matching numbers.
-Car was sold with Cobra accessory package which included Cobra valve covers, rear grille appliqué panel (have letter from Ford research department)
-Clean Title.

    Vehicle Condition
    New parts/work with receipts:

OEM style unless specified
Engine has been professionally rebuilt from the bottom up with new parts, and balanced (runs perfect) -Try-Y nickel plated headers – Edlebrock 289 performer intake manifold with ARP bolts – Holly 650 CFM carburetor – Flowmaster delta series mufflers with complete 2 ¼” aluminized exhaust – 15×7 Torque Thrust D’s with 225/60/15 BF Goodrich Comp TA’s – MSD heli-core Coil & Wires – Master cylinder & booster – steel brake lines – calipers – Upper & Lower control arms – Front springs – rear leafs – KYB shocks – Center link – drag link – idler arm – all steering and suspension bushings (polyurethane) – Starter – Radiator – Wheel bearings F/R – Motor Mounts – Heater Core – heater plenum


    Original parts not installed, have been carefully stored since removal:

– Front and rear windows – Most all chrome trim – Headlights and related headlight parts and fasteners. Fog lights and related parts – Rear appliqué panels (needs some of the studs which hold it on replaced) – All parking lights, turn signals, related hardware – All seats including fold down seats and parts (seats need to be reupholstered) – All interior panels, dash, center console with working bread box door, steering wheel (cracked), all working gauges, AM radio (needs a knob), new Ford guage instrument panel.

    Parts & Pieces that I no longer have for one reason or another:

Front & rear bumpers. Carpet. Front door panels.

Not a bad deal I must say! Took a bit over three months to get here via China of all places but she got here all safe and well and didn’t fall off the boat like some friends of mine liked to taunt me with.