1966 MUSTANG FASTBACK
Feast your eyes on the one and only DSR350. A custom '66 Mustang Fastback with modifications every car enthusiast dreams of when building a performance machine. When this mustang was first brought to Divers Street Rods, we tore down the entire vehicle which began its transformation journey.
First on the modification list was a full Detroit Speed suspension upgrade. The strut towers were cut out of the unibody engine bay in order to install the Aluma-Frame Front Suspension System; a cast aluminum front cradle with tubular upper and lower control arms, rack and pinion steering, JRi adjustable coilovers, and integrated sway bar. As for the rear suspension, a Ford 8.8 rearend with Nitro Gear and Axle 3.73's, Detroit Speed's 4-link Quadra-Link system also using JRi coilovers, in conjunction with their Mini-Tub kit makes for the perfect match. The rear floorpan was cut and modified to secure this updated 4-link suspension to the unibody and the old wheel tubs removed for the fitment of the new. Subframe connectors were also trimmed and fit into the floorpan to help stiffen the unibody and reduce flex anticipated from the projects next big upgrade.
The powerhouse for this wild horse is a Second Generation Ford Coyote 5.0L V8. Out of the box 435 horsepower just wasn't enough for the vehicle's pilot, so we installed COMP CR series Camshafts along with MMR Phaser Lockouts for a nice bump in power and hotrod lope at idle. A custom cold air intake system was designed and built in house at Divers Street Rods. The Coyote inhales through the hood scoop which leads to the hand built decorative engine cover sealed off from the rest of the engine bay. The air is then channeled down to the hand built low mount airfilter box, and back up through the FAST Big Mouth throttle body
to feed the engines power lust. Connected to and backing the Ford engine is a 4R70W electronic controlled automatic
transmission built to handle the torque output. Holley EFI is the brains behind the muscle for this build. The Dominator ECU is capable of controlling both the Coyote's fuel injection needs as well as the transmission's electronic demands.
Being able to stop when you have over 400hp is a serious task, and Wilwood Superlite multi piston calipers are the chosen race parts for this job. The front uses 6 piston calipers with 13" vented rotors, and the rear 4 piston calipers with 12.8" rotors. Schott Performance Wheels has provided the 18"x8" and 18"x10" Mach V EXL forged aluminum wheels, and Nitto NT555 G2 tires affix the vehicle to the pavement.
Moving toward the interior, a few changes have taken place to further stand out among many classic cars alike. 2015 Mustang GT350 front and rear seats were taken apart and modified to conform to their new home. The front seat headrests and related mechanisms removed, seats reshaped, and covers sewn in house using materials to match the dark leather and suede originally used on the 2015 seat covers. The width of the rear seat framework was trimmed down to nestle between the new wheel tubs, and new latch hardware used to hold the seat back in the upright or down position. After the altered seat shapes emerged new covers were made nearly from scratch to wrap them up. Integrated into the refitted rear interior side panels rests a fabricated roll bar and all covered in the matching seat material. If the rear seat is folded down, the spare rear wheel which anchors to the seat back can be installed. Dakota Digital VHX gauges were a painless choice for fitment and updated electronic operation. To keep the passengers comfortable, a Vintage-Air HVAC system and compatible controls designed for a classic mustang.