MUSTANG 1965 2+2 'GT'



1965 Mustang 2+2 with a really terrific body and paint that has an upgraded GT++ package with both GREAT uprated fresh strong mechanicals and awesome cosmetics from a terrific ‘C’ code solid body and just great detailed underchassis, just fantastic really gorgeous Rangoon Red base clear paint with beautiful luster coupled with just wonderful straight body lines, has the White GT stripes and GT full badging and lights, great shine and wonderful luster, a build for a person wanting a great classic Mustang 2+2 to drive aggressively and enjoy!!!!  Hard to find such a terrific straight original body, really strong area is the show detailed engine bay featuring a fresh built very strong C5 dated 289cid/Holley 4v engine, dated heads with ‘K’ solid lifters, just terrific 151 to 156 lbs of even compression, Hi-Po exhaust manifolds leading to an aluminized dual exhaust system with glass pacs, a new full ‘Ram’ heavy duty clutch system is just installed and explained further in this report, this fresh solid lifter engine had less than 3000 miles on the initial build when found and then further upgrading completed by Fraser Dante was completed, it was pulled from the bay with complete tech check and new crank bearings, virtually ‘K’ code specs, condition documented via photos, Mallory ignition system, the full Cobra kit including Cobra finned valve covers and Hi-Po air cleaner, Edelbrock 4v intake detailed to look stock, now with about only 3400 miles on the build with all fresh, fresh top end set up, has the proper side loader 4-speed transmission, uprated fresh Hurst shift linkage for great driving, now equipped with a new full expensive variable ratio Borgeson Power steering system is installed by Fraser Dante for great driving experience, a new fuel tank system installed, after Fraser Dante sold this an Atlanta collector friend and we maintained and upgraded the show car, continuing upgrades have been accomplished, this is one of the best Mustangs that Fraser Dante has ever owned,

has a brand new complete Vintage Air conditioning full system  installed by the experts at Fraser Dante, this full system has the complete under dash system that is an upgrade taking experienced professionals to fit so well and work, great cooling along with the new aluminum radiator, this will work great for great cooling and add an item that lots of people just love with this setup,

Also a new working 1965 Rally Pac is recently installed, wonderful new complete Red Pony bucket seated interior with a striking appearance with all proper side panels, has the fold down rear with excellent carpet and large chrome hinge, full long factory console, complete interior with GT wood trim, very nice expensive wood GT steering wheel, NOTE: this has brand new Custom Autosound classic slide bar factory looking system with AM-FM set up, then this has the iPod, iPhone upgrades,

new 17x8 polished alloy Torque Thrust ‘D’ wheels with Shelby ‘R’ Code style flat center caps, staggered Nanking Sport radial tires, the build just recently completed with tremendous effort is now accomplished for maximum driving conditions for those who want to enjoy a top, top classic Driven Show Mustang 2+2 with striking luster to the paint with the GT looks and great performance, the great handling has the slightly lowered suspension, full fresh suspension has strong springs, shocks, large Shelby front sway bar, Monte Carlo bar and export brace to enhance the handling, this lower stance is enhanced with this wheel/tire combination that people love, 

a wonderful 2+2 factory body presentation, believed to have the original body panels, proper metal under hood with great ‘tack’ welds on inner fenders, has the two proper inner fender VIN #s that are highly desired, rare nice Carlite glass, has believed the original floors with only a bit of slight undercoating to protect done a few years ago and now new black painting to them for show presentation that is recently completed, has the original rear quarters, this 2+2 is finished in outstanding condition both mechanically and cosmetically as prepared to top Driven Show Car standards, see for lots of details shown in the (LINKS), terrific presented rare body 1965 2+2 with just really excellent mechanicals,

History: the famous Mustang 2+2 design is the body as used by Carroll Shelby with the uprated engine in the 1965-1966 Shelby GT350s, now to a broader important statement, this classic Mustang design is the true start of the Muscle Car era, a timeless and iconic classic car, see the SPECS from Ford on this famous design that is strong and lightweight for famous handling (LINK),

An original Atlanta 21 DSO car (SEE LINK TO DATA TAG), that was found and restored in North Georgia with a continuing process, importantly, Fraser Dante found this car from a North Georgia owner from many years, then we improved it, then we maintained this for about two years for the local fastidious collector in Atlanta…just great maintenance, then sold to a collector in the Northwest with more upgrades before sending, he was moving for his work and lost his storage space, Fraser Dante bought it back…now proudly presented for Summer 2019 as a just prepared Driven Show Car with all mechanicals and suspension, very nice complete recent restoration includes this fully tested car with just excellent mechanicals, a highly detailed engine with a proper 289cid C5 dated engine with fresh build and reworked dated C5 heads, very strong compression, born as a ‘C’ code and upgraded to practically ‘K’ Code specs with the solid lifters, Hi-Po exhaust manifolds, now has Edelbrock intake and new 4v uprated Holley carburetor, 2 1/4“ ‘H’ pipe full aluminized exhaust system with performance mellow mufflers, great fuel system has brand new fuel tank and new lines just installed, a very strong engine with solid lifters just professionally set, strong even dry cold compression of 151 to 156 lbs that is better than stock, later in this report, the many build specifics of this car are listed,

Interior/glass: fully restored Red Pony beautiful interior with proper rear fold down rear seat, this even has all the chrome hardware for said fold down rear seat, expensive GT ‘wood’ Mustang steering wheel, the terrific interior has great effort that is expended to have the proper over-stuffed padding in the Pony seats, accompanying full red door panels and red headliner complete the package, a full GT wood interior trim with full new bezel in the dash and working gauges, hard to find a full length built factory console with wood trim, chrome trim and painted the car color, Mustang floor mats, new red safety belts for the front seats and even belts in the rear, see the all new red carpet with the lower insulation that is on the floor under the red carpet, has the Mustang show floor mats,

interior: here is show quality presented with the dash and bezels look terrific, has a newer working very desirable Custom Autosound Mustang radio installed, (LINK), has the AM-FM, iPod, iPhone that is part of the upgrades note the new expensive “Carlite” stamped tinted windshield that is installed by Fraser Dante, has the original ‘Carlite” door and vent glass, new fastback rear glass with nice stainless around, all new rubber seals, all of the lighting works, all the handles both inside and out are new, the final prep work includes a professional ‘finisher’ working his magic with the wheel and special compounds for showing, fabulous door jambs (LINK),

NOTE: see the care of this build with the rear ‘window’ factory slats that have all the side inserts correctly presented and beautifully done, has great care and attention to detail,

Engine: a very strong point of this terrific 1965 2+2 is the fresh and the strong C5 dated 289cid solid lifter built engine, very hard to find such a great engine unit with many notes that here are the specifics of numbers that are shown on a LINK for ENGINE SPECS, all work completed in the Fraser Dante shop, LINK from the information supplied from the initial builder/restorer, this engine was rebuilt and had about 3000 miles when we acquired, then to fully upgrade to yet a stronger engine and fully check, miles are about 3400 on the bottom end, the final work included the engine being pulled by the technicians at Fraser Dante to check, now this really fresh engine has now fresh new lower end crank bearings, (LINK), thusly a full check of build, it performs terrific, powerful and smooth, the solid lifters with standard rockers that are just like the ‘K’ codes, they are just now adjusted and set by a top senior tech with the proper settings and ‘tick’, has a great sound, the excellent compression is very strong and excellent very high and even dry cold readings of a 151 to 156 lbs (LINK), also shown are the SPECS of the Ford ‘K Code engines (LINK) that have strong horsepower and excellent famous and low end torque, then sold to a young substantial collector well known to us, then he had us at Fraser Dante continue the maintenance and upgrading as this only went to shows, well cared for always, Borgeson variable ratio power steering installed (LINK)

Note this engine data…that with the block date of 5.D.22F, the casting of C5AE-6015-E, then also the heads are stamped ‘289 ‘65’, dated 5.D.13 and 5.D.15., the block has the standard harmonic balancer, when the pan was off, new seals on the pan with the bearing installation and said photos show how fresh this terrific build is (LINK),
now has the Edelbrock aluminum Performer intake is installed and painted black to look factory stock when the whole engine was just painted and detailed, this is equipped with a Holley 4v electric choke carburetor, this also has valuable C4 dated Hi-Po exhaust manifolds, also, this ignition is now updated to the Mallory Unilite distributor electronic ignition system, a new Motorcraft battery and proper heavy duty cables are used for excellent spark and ignition,

clutch: showing the top work in the Fraser Dante shop, in order to make sure the strong power of this engine is well distributed, this now has a brand new ‘Ram’ 10 ½” heavy duty clutch system just installed (SEE LINK)…this expensive system with the roller bearing pilot bushing is added, this is the best that Fraser Dante has found, this HDX offers increased strength and clamping capability along with an 8-spring center hub for excellent shock absorption…pressure Plate…10-Spline…new Clutch disc, throwout bearing, also the flywheel is freshly turned at our machine shop, (LINK), with the fresh 80/90 oil for the transmission, all of this is completed to make sure one can drive this car with goal for Summer 2019 performance,

see the specs of the engine that explain all the details (LINK), this should produce about the same of power or more than the 271 horsepower regular Hi-Po's, since this has a better aluminum intake and 2 ¼” exhaust with for sure a better engine bore in the rebuild and has a great sound from camshaft, the final horsepower should be about 300++!
the presentation with the Cobra finned valve covers and the proper MCA/Cobra air cleaner with the special orange Hi-Po air filter yields a great show terrific look as well as high performance, one could opt for a later years with the Shelby Cobra large finned air cleaner that Fraser Dante could supply at no additional costing, 

in order for excellent cooling of this performance engine, a new aluminum water pump, restored radiator and coolant just completed, fresh spark plugs, new plug wires, uprated Mallory ignition, fresh battery with the heavy duty cables, wiring replaced as needed, all the turn signals, headlights, brake lights, GT lights are working, road testing completed,
said effort the final presentation includes the engine being completely detailed and painted proper black (SEE PHOTOS AND LINKS), the Hi-Po exhaust manifolds have the Eastwood treatment along with proper keepers off the manifolds, this yields as stock for show purposes while the Hi-Po heads and block are show stock looking condition with better power, now using the full 2 1/4” aluminized pipes have a performance period mufflers now installed for sound and performance, should one want, a stock muffler set could be added, said the final work and setting is accomplished for Summer 2019,

suspension/running gear: great handling is enhanced with the front suspension is new for both show and handling, the chromed Monte Carlo bar and the Export Brace add to the stiffness of the chassis, see items like the new ‘A’ arms with bushings have been replaced with all the tie rod ends, ball joints, strut rod bushings, an uprated Shelby 1” sway bar with bushings are new (LINK), the car is set about 1” lower than stock for the Shelby presence and contributing to better handling, now a serious full top driven show car at that point with the maintenance done by Fraser Dante, now the full detailing is redone again for shows,

note that this even has the driveshaft also been balanced and restored from the initial restorer (LINK), this extra effort is some $630 to complete with the sub that does this work, also now the brand new Monroe heavy duty shocks installed, excellent springs front and rear, the ‘attitude’ of the car just sits perfect, final road testing yields a smooth ride, (LINK), full alignment just completed (LINK),

wheels/tires: the build is completed with tremendous effort accomplished for maximum driving conditions for those who want to enjoy a top, top classic Mustang 2+2 Driven Show Mustang, has the great looking 17x8 polished alloy lightweight Torque Thrust ‘D’ wheels with Shelby ‘R Code’ style flat center caps, staggered Nanking Sport radial tires, 215/45/R17 fronts, 225/45/R17 rears are installed, these add to the more modern aggressive look as the car is slightly lower and also to add to the great handling performance with said lower stance of this 2+2 Mustang,

note: other wheel and tire choices: one could use also today Fraser Dante is now using the new alloy Scott Drake 1965 styled steel wheels in the 15x7 build with proper lug nuts, same tire mounting, lastly, Fraser Dante also has some stock 1965 Mustang styled steel wheels in the 14x6 size, these have a different tire offered with the 195/75/14 narrow band whitewalls for a very factory look, these combinations are offered for an additional cost package (SEE THE LINK THAT SHOW THESE WHEELS),

Investment/driving points: with a laser straight body and panels that present so very well, the paint and the luster are terrific!!!  here is the top of the collector pyramid with this engine for a classic vehicle that many people just love, these 1965-66 Mustang 2+2s in solid condition are very hard to find today and in great demand all over the world, then noting the MUSTANG 1965 to '66 is one of the first collector cars in America being good looking, fun to drive, the '65-'66 Mustang was so popular that over 1,100,000 were made in the mid 60's, the ' 65 and '66 Mustang convertible and 2+2 fastback are perhaps among the most collectable cars in the world, these are popular in Sweden, France, The Netherlands, Australia, just everywhere, men and women, old and young all love this style classic that is easy to maintain with parts available,

Driving impression: when driving this great handling 2+2, the body and chassis are so solid, virtually no squeaks and rattles, so solid a chassis, body and suspension, hard to believe this is built so well at this time, 

Underchassis: here is a just terrific black chassis that is just detailed for driven show, the floors are all believed original from careful examination and comments from the last owner, the note the very, very excellent lower body ‘pinch welds’ that are so straight and in just exceptional condition, then right there on these horizontal area, this has the Ford numbers stamped in the lower red rockers, hard to find like this good (LINK), on the underchassis, see the photos of the prep at Fraser Dante of the show work just completed with extremely light undercoating like a heavy black paint, then just cleared for showing, (LINK)

Rear end: The dated rear end chunk has been detailed with red oxide and the axel is black, a proper 8” rear end with the dating of 4.m.2 shows this GEAR was produced before the car (LINK), the gear lube just checked, also another strong point in the Fraser Dante build is the newly restored and balanced driveshaft just installed (LINK), see the photos show the great underchassis,  

Summary: this 1965 2+2 has just an exceptional body and great underchassis, looks really great with lots of ‘eyes’ and has all the GT markings in the insignias and items like the GT gas cap, GT working lights, exhausts, again, this has the strong 289cid solid lifter HIGHLY DETAILED engine with the heavy duty clutch system is fresh and very strong…set with the final tune setting for Summer 2019, with the new Vintage Air Conditioning system installed at Fraser Dante along with the aluminum radiator, here is very hard to find just a terrific 2+2 that is presented in top condition in every way, the Red exterior is complemented by the Pony bucket seated interior with fold down that is completely redone in show condition, just wonderful mechanicals with top performance, sounds great with the mellow period mufflers, Owners Manuals (LINK), exceptional condition with great knowledge of the build and history, now offered for Summer 2019 at $54,950