A 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback Restomod Becomes the Ultimate Sleeper on Bitchin’ Rides with Dave Kindig
In the 1960s, the 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback looked totally patronized. Fifty-five years later and a major upgrade at Kindig-It Designs, that same pony car is now totally bitchin ‘. Watch the super-sleeper transformation as owner / designer Dave Kindig and his crew do more muscle car magic in the season seven premiere of Bitchin ‘Rides.
The Salt Lake City, Utah-based custom car shop is run by Kindig, who is the star of the show and he even has a bitchy beard to prove it. The Mustang makeover client is muscle car enthusiast Cesar Romero, who is not to be confused with the campy’s TV Joker Batman series. You may remember the Camaro Kindig-It design made for Romero in 2017 – the super clean 1969 Chevrolet Camaro took nine months to complete and is currently developing 500 horsepower.
This Mustang Fastback is not original, but Romero wants to take it to a new level. He wants to keep an original appearance, but he also wants an updated drivetrain and lots of modern upgrades. Kindig’s recipe for the big job at hand is “easy to do,” and the crew are up for the challenge of simplicity. They start everything from scratch with new wheels, chassis, suspension, engine and gauges.
Naturally, the crew would love to swap out an LS engine, but the customer wants a new 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 instead. The customer is always right, right? And the all-new Mustang crate engine is awesome, especially when mated to a new six-speed manual transmission.
“This stuff is going to rock,” said shop foreman Kevin Schiele at the show’s premiere.
Thankfully, the well-restored car has some great bones to work with and the hot rod gods have to smile at the team as they tear everything up and replace it with better pieces. The crew swaps the trusty 289-cubic-inch V8 engine with relative ease. They cram the huge Coyote into the new satin black engine bay, and it looks clean, tight, and perfect. It also gets new rack and pinion steering and an epic new hand-pressed and welded exhaust.
By the end of the episode, the Cherry Red Mustang Fastback hits all the right marks with proper stance and it feels killer when first triggered. He finally pulled 416 horsepower on his first dyno race and seemed ready to jump the gates of competition.
They say good things happen to those who stay bitchin ‘and log on to see another one of a kind dream machine built by Kindig and his team – we can dig it.