1965 MUSTANG 2+2 GT 350



1965 Mustang 2+2 Shelby GT 350 Clone presented in just beautiful Rangoon Red with contrasting White Shelby full length stripes along with the Shelby hood and side scoops, with the lowered suspension all adding to the great appearance, a really sensational body, has a truly outstanding solid, spectacular underchassis with the straight pinch welds and factory lower stampings that are very hard to find today in this top quality, one must read this long report to see the specifics of this rare and top quality 1965 2+2 Shelby GT 350 Clone, this was initially found by friend of this writer after being in 20 years of careful storage, has a freshly just fully built 289+cid/4v ‘K’ code spec engine, this has been built from our machine shop work upwards to the hand assembly by the senior Fraser Dante technician, now with solid lifters that is extremely strong, very high even compression, full Pertronix ignition system, the building of of the heads and examination with photos show these rockers are fresh, finned aluminum Cobra valve covers and kit, custom ‘H’ pipe dual aluminized exhaust system just built with Series ‘44’ mufflers, should produce up to 310+ reliable horsepower, full new Borgeson power steering system, new Stainless steel GT dual line front discs, the 4-speed transmission has a Hurst shifter, has the full new HD clutch System just replaced, restored driveshaft, full running gear uprated, 1966 Shelby lower traction bars installed, heavy duty front 1” lower springs just installed, strong inner hood chassis supports, all lighting is working, has a newer period Red Pony interior that includes the red dash pad, wood inside trim, ‘fold down’ rear seat, working Ralley Pac tachometer, just installed is the gorgeous Shelby repro steering wheel of wood and aluminum, OR one could pick a valuable believed an original Ford Mustang GT ‘wood’ steering wheel that appears to be saved for show conditions, slight minor cracks but think ‘as factory’ (SEE LINK), has new red carpets, full Red interior/exterior trim pieces, show red Mustang mats, red/wood factory long console, red dash pad, Shelby front grill presentation, fresh professional high speed buffing brings out the great paint with factory proper luster, 

History:  very documented history as was a 3 owner 2+2 out of North Carolina then to Georgia being in just outstanding condition both mechanically and cosmetically, top Driven Show Quality Car here is a rare 1965 Mustang 2+2 with exceptional floors and original body panels that will pass tough European inspection standards, also for the demanding collector who understands quality, the build restoration is a 2+2 that can be driven and enjoyed, great effort completed to make this a terrific driving show car that is just completed out of the Fraser Dante shop with fresh professional ‘finishing’ (SEE LINK) to bring out the luster ready now for Spring 2017,

lots of Mustang show items and many Mustang literature that come with the package, see the show ready 1964 World’s Fair License front plate that is great presentation (LINK), the classic 2+2 look along with the painted full White Shelby stripes that go famous high design look from the front all the way down the rear valence of the car to look like a Shelby and are dynamic as they contrast the Rangoon Red paint and side scoops, has the side white striping, side front Mustang insignias all making this car have outstanding ‘eyes’, great professional buffing just completed for the luster and presentation, strong effort to make this a classic 1965 Mustang that is very roadworthy, this top classic Mustang 2+2 with a truly exceptional body and floors has all original body panels, proper metal under hood, ‘tack’ and ‘pinch’ welds for inner fenders, lower valence, rear stamped quarters, proper VIN #s on both inner fenders, stamped #s on the lower rockers and trunk drip rails, has wonderful original newly red oxided floors detailed for mirrored presentation, new 15” Magnum wheels, new B.F. Goodrich radial tires, a Ford stamped ‘C5’ rear GT valence for the exhaust, inner Monte Carlo inner hood support bar, the final work of a car with great history completed by Fraser Dante with a terrific, nicely detailed 2+2 for the collector who wants to drive a classic car with fresh new just outstanding mechanicals include professional alignment so this can be presented for show or in cruise competition, please go to www.fraserdante.com for long description, photos, specs and see the many (LINKS) that show the specific work and upgrades just completed,

History: this VIN#5T09CXXXXXX was found in North Carolina with the restoration started by a younger couple who found this from the second owner, this had an initial restoration and then stored for some 20 years when they discovered, see the comments that are before the Fraser Dante found the car initially and then brought the car to higher degree initially for Spring 2014, the LINK of the 3rd Owner’s statement shows great history, see the original Data Tag showing this to be an original Rangoon Red Charlotte DSO car (LINK), then Fraser Dante sold to a North Georgia collector well known to Fraser Dante who then continued the build and show process, when he had medical problems, we bought back again and went through again mechanically as Fraser Dante brought this up to higher standards with the completely new 289cid full engine Fraser Dante re-build since the body and chassis had great integrity, this process is completed in most exceptional condition that includes from the machine shop bare block build (SEE LINK), full new engine build top mechanicals just completed, top cosmetics and road testing to insure great fun,

Then sold to a young collector in Houston who did but 150 miles in two while also adding improvements to the car, when Fraser Dante bought the Mustang back for the third time, we then continued the building to yet another higher degree, see the new suspension attitude with the Shelby level presentation really makes this great designed car really look sensational,

New tinted glass windshield with proper seals and stainless trim, along with this car, there are many period hard to find decals added to enhance the presentation, there are also Mustang original and repro Ford manuals and articles so this car be used for showing,

Engine: This 289+cid engine is a fresh built today, less than 225 testing miles, then full double checking of our build in the shop, this is way better than original factory with the work of the Fraser Dante team and its high tech machine shop, from the bare block it is noted the fully rebuild with complete machine shop work including being vatted, then lined bored +.30/40 over, new crank purchased and turned, +.020 main and +.040 rods, all new bearings, new pistons, rings, should be about 300cid today, a special Comp Cams camshaft and roller rocker arms are used, new cam bearings, has the full heads rebuild with machine ship surfacing, then new valves that are worked, fresh valve springs, hardened valve seats for use of modern gas, has solid lifters that are just set, see photo LINKof the machine work as completed showing all details, then hand built in the Fraser Dante shop by our senior technician,

has the freshly rebuilt excellent 289cid ‘A’ code spec engine with 4v carburetor and Weiand aluminum intake, has the Edelbrock #1403 500cfm single pumper carberator with desirable manual choke, the presentation is set off the the full Tony Branda Cobra valve cover kit with the aluminum valve covers, new lifters, new great sounding Comp Cams camshaft and roller rocker arms, see the statement from the last owner that was BEFORE the final work completed in Atlanta as then with engine being pulled out of the car again by Fraser Dante in order to bring to even higher standards, now better than new, correct C5 casting, the engine oil pump system works well, the lower end has new bearings installed by the Fraser Dante tech, he went through this lower end twice to make sure the crankshaft had no movement, the timing is set, new spark plugs and black Motorcraft 7mm wires, has fresh brand new Petronix electronic ignition system installed, with the current equipment and specs, it is believed that this should produce about 300++ very smooth and reliable horsepower to the feed back from the machine shop, really on a par of the 1965/1966 Shelby GT 350 but with better heads and cam, all of this is shown as one needs to see the number sheet (LINK), new RAM Premium Clutch Kit just installed (LINK),

this has the correct show Ford expensive finned aluminum ‘Cobra Powered by Ford’ valve covers from Tony Branda just installed with new gaskets along with the MCA chrome air cleaner assembly, has the engine bay black Monte Carlo bar as used on the Shelby’s for chassis support, also the ’67 one piece export firewall support is used to make this 2+2 handle well, brand new battery, Autolite show battery cover, correct cables, safety cut off, all new proper hoses and clamps,

just installed is a brand new aluminum radiator that yields excellent cooling, (LINK) all fresh coolant, has the new show polished stainless steel radiator overflow 17” 24 oz overflow tank just installed, great cooling, the detailing continues with the correct black engine, Borgeson power steering installed (LINK), full new clutch kit (LINK),

exhaust:  the stock exhaust manifolds have been checked for exacting fit and the driver’s side is just replaced with new gasket to eliminate any leaks and for better power, detailed correctly, fitted to the brand new expensive aluminized hand crafted dual exhaust system with repro original H-pipe system just custom built and installed with new hangers, welds are quality completed, the mufflers are expensive black Flowmaster Super Series 44 system just installed, see the (LINK) of the brochure for specs, please note that such a system is worth over $950 today, the photos of the actual installation on this terrific underchassis is on www.fraserdante.com,

rear valence/exhaust:  as this was presented before with the GT rear valence and exhaust, now a new rear valence is just prepared to the 1966 Shelby GT 350 specs, the solid rear lower valence is painted perfect Rangoon Red to match the car, the full length Shelby White stripes continue over the trunk and all the way through the lower valence, once this is installed, then the exhaust pipes are routed just like the 1966 Shelby GT 350 exhaust was done in the period and era,

fuel tank: to insure fresh gas, a brand new fuel tank full kit is just installed with all fillers and hangers along with the Ford inside ‘C5’ stampings to look authentic (LINK), see the trunk as presented with the new trunk mat, a full spare and cover just as new (LINK),

note: on the 4-speed transmission, works great in all gears driving but when the last work just completed and found by Fraser Dante, the original shift linkage, factory shift handle, black shift end piece and reverse lockout handle was still with the car but was very worn and had too much play, the good news is that this original shifter setup showed how well this had been kept for some 49 years, Fraser Dante then now decided to buy and install the Hurst Competition Plus shifter and install linkage kit and now replaced with said new unit (LINK), these parts and installation labor along with road testing approach $1000, this now yields much better shifting and driving of this correct classic 4-speed transmission that people love in the 2+2s, one could opt for an original type unit if one wanted for show purposes that Fraser Dante would discuss,

Body: the high point on this terrific 2+2 is the body and wonderful underchassis, this 1965 early 2+2 features exceptionally straight lines, hard to find such a nice, rust free body with great door fit, it is believed that all body pieces are original, again, information supplied is that this was carefully kept and stored for over 20 years after the first restoration, some minor work was done on the lower rear quarters that is really nicely accomplished as all the factory welds are in place with the drip rails in the trunk, the Ford front fenders fit well to the headlight bezels,
one of the fine points about this car is that this has a terrific paint presentation that has been applied years ago, this shows how solid the body is today, when the professional ‘finisher’ worked his buffers, just professionally wet-sanded and buffed for beautiful luster (LINK), he brought out great luster for a top driven show presentation, fabulous red-oxided underchassis (LINK),  

items like the door jams have just been freshened with the paint re-polished in the seams along with new bolts, screws and the great fitting door strikers, all the hardware is terrific, receipts on this work and photos show how nice,

Interior/trim: a full beautiful Red Pony GT interior, full door panels, believed to be an original Pony interior that added when the first restoration was done, excellent padding, seat sticking that was the high quality of years ago,  this has the desirable fold down rear seat, good red carpeting on the seat,

has a period 1965 Rally Pac with working tachometer, full factory proper factory Red console with wood trim, very nice proper red door panels and dash, very nice restored ‘as factory’ Mustang ‘wood’ steering wheel, has the working  expensive Custom Autosound Mustang radio in stock location, full woodgrain dash, red visors, day/night rearview mirror, red Ford safety belts installed in the front, new red carpet, red show Mustang floor mats, the carpet and chrome on ‘fold down’ seat is excellent, new chrome inner door handles and window regulators, the new door handles both inside and out are added,

Note that all the chrome and stainless trim is excellent, has dual outside mirrors, nice chrome bumpers, has a new tinted glass windshield that is very desirable, the side and vent windows work great, note that the front windshield has the tinted new install with fine weather seal, 
The lighting system is checked, the headlights work, the brake lights are working, even the optional 1965 back up lights are not working in the final check as the Hurst linkage is hard to mate, the horn works great and loud, these are areas that are normally not found working in the auction cars, Fraser Dante tries its best to present cars that can be enjoyed,

Brakes/Suspension: great effort to make this car handle very well and be used as a driven show car, these small block Mustang 2+2 are just wonderful to drive, the work includes the brand new Stainless Steel GT front disc brakes just installed (LINK), these are the expensive dual line master cylinder for safety in the full braking system building, this includes the drum rears just checked with new lines as needed (LINK), brand new leaf springs installed (LINK), full fresh suspension build includes Shelby Aadco 1” sway bar kit with new bushings (LINK), this kit is a $300 option installed alone, new shocks now added, has the Shelby under hood cross Monte Carlo bar for stability so that the car handles really great, also the ’67 export brace installed to complete under hood work,

outstanding full alignment completed for Fraser Dante by pour local top Audi suspension technician with specs (LINK), this work took almost 3 hours to get to top specifications that included road testing, has about 225 miles on the build to bed in the build work, brand new expensive 15x7 Magnum 500 wheels, new center caps, black Ford center caps, new B.F.Goodrich white lettered 225/60/15 radial tires, this adds to the great look of the Shelby along with much better handling, here is the look of the Mustang with 10-spoke wheels (LINK),

Suspension: the ‘attitude’ of the car is excellent as it sits lower and even, along with the new shocks, even the rear springs are just installed, new front Heavy Duty coil springs just installed (SEE LINK), the whole front end has been rebuilt with upper and lower control arms, bushings, ball joints, strut rod bushings, the rear end lube is checked and filled, then test driven, the presentation and the driving make this a top driven show car, Period and desirable just installed are the 1966 Shelby lower traction bars (SEE LINK), these stop axel hop and let the driver put the power to the ground as the original Shelby had, (LINK),

Summary: beautiful Rangoon Red paint and body with exceptional rust free history that is hard to find, contrasted to the White Shelby stripes and the white side stripes and the Shelby hood scoop all now really yielding a fantastic look, reproduction Owners Manual (LINK), really tremendous effort also accomplished for maximum driving conditions and exceptional body for those who want to enjoy a top 1965 2+2, really wonderful underchassis that is very hard to find, a great history on this fine, fine 2+2 that will pass through European standards, fresh 289cid engine complete build with Pertronix ignition system, great suspension, the final full check includes mechanically and cosmetically and ready to go Summer 2017, offered at only $56,950