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Michael bought his Mustang after Hurricane Katrina, and needless to say, the car was a disaster. He replaced the standard low back buckets with ‘87 sport seats, and recovered the complete interior in TMI's Mach 1 upholstery set. The dash features a custom wood backer for the Autometer "Cruiser" gauges, and the dash pad was also hand formed in wood to keep with his 60s theme.

Michael used a set of 94-96 Afterburner long tubes for the exhaust, and built the rest of the exhaust himself. He has 2.25" running trough Thrush welded mufflers in front of the axle, and then into Cherry Bomb glasspacks to mellow out the exhaust in an attempt to make it not sound like "just another Mustang." The engine is carbureted, and he used an Edlebrock Victor/MSD 6011 to handle induction/timing. The carburetor is a 600 CFM Holley Avenger, and he has since added Patriot Performance's Stage II CNC'd heads,with their Stage 1 cams. Other than the listed modifications, Michael says engine is stock.

Click here to see Michael's profile with more pictures of his ride.

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Comment by Craig Borden on April 12, 2012 at 12:50pm

Hey! I have seen this car in person, the picture does not do justice. It is artwork!!! Nice

Comment by Trojan Horse on April 4, 2012 at 11:57pm

That's awesome Michael! Great job!

Comment by Steve on February 22, 2012 at 11:35pm

At first glance I thought it was a '67. The second glance I noticed the big side window. the two glances made me take a third and forth look. You have really built a very nice and interesting car. The old and the newer combined so seamlessly that you have to look at least twice to understand what you're looking at. very tastefully done. I like it so much that I'm going to email to a friend of mine.  I'm impressed!

PS do you have pictures from other angles? would you post them?

Comment by Michael Lee Matkosky on January 3, 2012 at 8:37am

I love it when people make random, incoherent  and derogatory? comments, (full of grammatical and spelling errors) then disappear when challenged for clarification.  

Comment by Michael Lee Matkosky on January 2, 2012 at 8:39pm


Please explain.

Comment by Dennis Basco on January 2, 2012 at 8:19pm

ok i dreamed abou this car in my last night mare i was hallutainating ?

Comment by Justin Bass on December 15, 2011 at 9:50am

Any videos of this car? I would like to hear the setup up on that exhaust.

Comment by Michael Lee Matkosky on December 13, 2011 at 12:00pm
Thanks. I like the front the best, (as it is required the most customization to get it to look like it might've been factory) lol.
It's also got some of my blood on it, so it's a little more special because of that.
Comment by Ray Fondacaro on December 13, 2011 at 8:25am

Michael great great job I really like what you did with the front grill opening and lower facia congrats on making "Gear Head" nice blend of vintage and Fox body !

Comment by DALE VANDERMEER on December 11, 2011 at 4:07pm


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