Crazy Horse… A TOUR DE FORCE
Rescued from a lonely barn, the Coddington’s team of craftsman went to work turning this forgotten 1965 Mustang Fastback Crazy Horse relic into the ultimate classic Mustang. The Ford Fastback Mustang was fitted with all of today’s best from the Ford Racing Performance crate 342 pumping out 400 horses to the 17 and 18” Boyd Coddington Wheels on Goodyear tires. This is one Crazy Horse.
Boyd was always on the lookout for an old discarded car he could bring back to life,”he used to say, “It’s like finding a lost treasure.” While on one of those hunts, Boyd found a treasure that was truly lost: a 1965 Mustang that had been napping away in an old California barn. Boyd told the crew as the build began, “We’re going to break this horse so we can ride it.” But as the job got under way-and with only seven weeks to go before the car was to be unveiled at the Good Guys Indianapolis show- it became apparent that time and rust had already done a little of the wrong kind of breaking. The blue-and-white fastback needed its share of reconstructive sheet metal surgery, as corrosion had claimed sections of the floor pan, unibody front end, and inner quarters. By the time the body shop boys were finished, the Mustang had fresh grafting’s of sheet metal along with a new custom front end. From the motor and transmission mounts to the A-arms, everything was more solid and secure than when that long nap in the barn began.
Not much remains of Crazy Horse’s factory innards the stock 289 was pulled and replaced with a 400-hp crate Ford Motorsports 342. Delivering 390 lb-ft of torque on the other end of a four-speed manual with overdrive and a Currie 9-inch rear end, the new mill makes a quick package indeed out of what still remains a pony car weighing scarcely more than 2,500 pounds. Boyd opted for a custom independent front suspension, hefty front sway bar, and 4-link rear suspension to give the car a tight, mannerly ride, and replaced the old drum brakes with four-wheel discs. Boyd gave Crazy Horse an exterior color scheme to match its new performance resume. Viewers of American Hot Rod might recall that at the last minute, the paint shop crew made the awful discovery that there might not be a sufficient amount of that eye-popping yellow to finish the job-but just enough turned up to give the Mustang ten coats, their depth and brilliance set off by a pair of silver racing stripes that split the hood and fastback roof right down the middle. Nothing too radical for the seats, though-the factory buckets were rehabbed, and complemented by black and satin-finished aluminum notes in the cockpit.
Like almost all the projects that rolled out of the Garage, Crazy Horse ended up in the plastic form in a scaled down size. This particular model has a lot of custom ad on’s and ended up being one of my favorites.
Crazy Horse Specs:
- BODY: 1965 Ford Mustang
- CHASSIS: Unibody Construction
- ENGINE: Ford Racing Parts 342 ci, 400 hp
- TRANSMISSION: Dr. Evil 4-speed manual; overdrive
- WHEELS: Boyd Coddington custom; 17″front and 18″ rear;
- TIRES: Goodyear
- REAR END: Currie 9-inch; 3.90: I ratio
- FRONT SUSPENSION: custom independent; rack-and-pinion steering
- BRAKES: 4-wheel disc