The two things that Gas Monkey Garage's Richard Rawlings knows a lot about finally come together in one project, restored Ford Mustangs and hair care products. We know you might not care anything about hair products, but you won't want to miss this 1967 S-Code Mustang fastback as it regains its glory.
Gas Monkey Garage Presents: The Beardburys 1967 S-Code Ford Mustang
Everyone knows about how collectible first-generation Ford Mustangs are. It's nearly impossible to go to a local car show without seeing your fill of mid to late 1960s pony cars powered by the ever-popular 289 cu-in V8 and even some inline six-cylinder power plants as well. Unfortunately, the rare S-Code Mustang hiding a 390 cu-in V8 under its hood is often absent from such events.
Ford offered the S-Code Mustang from 1967 through 1969. The big 390 cu-in V8 offered 320 hp, about 50 more hp than the top-rated 289 available at the time, and had the option of a heavy-duty 3-speed manual, a four-speed manual, or a “Cruise-O-Matic” automatic transmission. There were also two options for the rear axle ratios, including a 3.00:1 open differential and a 3.25:1 limited-slip version.
The Beardburys Mustang is black on black with a deep gloss black exterior paint sporting the always impressive Gas Monkey custom decal treatment over a flawless black vinyl interior. Other Gas Monkey upgrades include chrome engine valve covers, repainting the engine Ford blue, dual stainless exhaust, aftermarket wheels, a new four-speed shifter, and adding a Ford Mustang GT grill complete with fog lights.
Fire It Up: First Drive in the 1967 S-Code Ford Mustang
If you have watched many Gas Monkey Garage episodes, you may remember one where a similar Mustang gets totaled during a test drive. Knowing that, it is hard to watch as Phipps approaches a busy cross street while saying the clutch needs adjustment. Thankfully, that's all the drama we see, and the rest of the test drive shows a smile on Phipps' face that conveys what can only be pure joy at driving such a classic car.
Back at the garage, the team continues to fine-tune the car by working on the brakes, aligning the front suspension and steering components, and installing the aftermarket wheels that were a miss judging from the video comments.
At the end of the video, we see a smiling Richard Rawlings as he drives the completed Mustang away, presumably headed for Spain.