In May of 2005 we purchased this 1968 'A' code Mustang Fastback with the intention of building an Eleanor replica that my wife could drive recreationally and attend local shows. Since she liked the lines of the Eleanor Mustang, we decided it would be a good project to consider and began looking around for a nice '67 or '68 fastback that would suit our needs. We finally located a car in Southern California that was being driven by an 18 year old high school senior that was reluctantly selling the car to support his future college education. We liked what we saw, purchased the car and without a hitch drove it the 450 miles to our home in Sacramento, California.
Over the next few months we completely removed everything from the Mustang down to a rolling chassis and began tackling the removal of the undercoating. It was a mid-west car that had fortunately been treated with Tuff-Kote Dinol, a black gooey rust proofing material which covered the entire unibody, engine compartment and trunk and probably saved its life. Unfortunately, it also completely covered the body panel numbers and frame rails which cleverly disguised previous cutting, welding and replacement of the entire front end from the cowl forward. We knew this car would produce enough horsepower to make compromised frame rails a scary proposition and would require experience and knowledge beyond our skill level so we sought outside expertise. That is when we contacted David Henry at Henry's Hot Rods in Shingle Springs, California which marked the true beginning of this project.