Sidchrome Presents: Project Mustang!

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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Sidchrome’s Project Mustang Sidchrome’s Project Mustang
Sidchrome’s Project Mustang Sidchrome’s Project Mustang
Sidchrome’s Project Mustang Sidchrome’s Project Mustang
Sidchrome’s Project Mustang Sidchrome’s Project Mustang

Sidchrome’s Project Car of 2017 is an awesome 1969 Mach 1

If there’s one thing we look forward to every year as a source of inspiration for restoring and revitalising old cars, it’s the annual Sidchrome Project Car.

In the past we’ve seen the rev-heads over at Sidchrome create some excellent resto-mod machines, like the 2015 bay-window Kombi van and the 2016 Coyote-powered Cobra replica.

Now Sidchrome has set its sights on a wonderfully tatty 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 that has spent the majority of its life in a shed somewhere in California, and it’s definitely in need of some TLC.

Actually, it’s going to get quite a lot more than TLC – think complete nut-and-bolt resto and then some.

For a start, the Mustang will be heading over to Charlie Schwerkolt’s Team 18 Supercar firm, where two of their racing mechanics will be working full-time on completely rebuilding the Mach 1s’ 351 Windsor.

In addition, master of race engines, Charlie Saliba, will also be lending a learned hand with the donk surgery. 

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Modifications to the engine will include new TFC alloy heads, a Comp Cams Thumpr roller cam, Speed Pro hypereutectic pistons and uprated valvetrain, 650 Quick Fuel four-barrel carburettor, RPM Air Gap manifold, serpentine belt system, PWR radiator and an ICE ignition system. 

According to Sidchrome and the guys at Team 18, all these mods should add up to a conservative 300kW (400hp), which sounds like plenty enough to us!

Another area of the Mustang that will get some special attention will be the FMX automatic transmission, which will be sent over to Pro Automatics for a complete rebuild and strengthening.

To make sure the ‘Stang’s chassis can handle the prodigious oomph and go round corners, a number of upgrades will be made, including: coil-over suspension front and rear, power steering, Harrop brake kit and Forgeline three-piece wheels (18-inch fronts and 19-inch rears).

The Mach 1 will also get a complete cosmetic makeover both inside and out, and will feature a totally re-upholstered interior and a bare metal re-spray in Audi’s ‘Nardo Grey’.

This looks like it’s going to be a truly excellent build, and if you’re as keen as we are to follow the Mustang’s progress, head over to sidchrome.com.au/projectcar for regular updates. 

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