Tony Morphett – 1969 Mustang Fastback
The ’69 fastback Mustang was one of Detroit’s best looking shapes, ever. With a garage filled factory-original, Aussie GT Falcons, Tony Morphett, knew better than mess with this Stang’s classic lines. Rather his slick HOK Orion Silver Mach 1 pays homage to the tough muscle cars of 60s. Tony never set out to build a wild Stang, it just sort of happened. He saw the car for sale on a car for sale on a trailer, complete with bullet holes. Tony decided to take it on and restore it back to its former glory. However it turned out quite a bit different to that. It’s about this point that Creative Custom Cars came into the picture. “These are guys are responsible for doing all the work,” says Tony, “I was basically just the gopher.” Creative moulded the factory taillight and headlight caps into the body and deleted other joints including the cowl. The rear wheel arches have been lowered, while the fronts have been raised to clear the tall, muscle car-style tyres wrapped around the 15-inch diameter Halibrand Swirl wheels – which house BMW and Nissan four-spot disc brakes. Beefing up the muscle quotient, is an all-aluminium, 427-cube Windsor topped with an eight throttle body EFI set-up. Next in line is a Tremec TKO 600 five-speed, followed by a nine-inch complete with aluminium pinion support. To improve handing, aftermarket top arms were added along with coil-overs up front, with an RRS power rack helping out with left-to right steering swap. Out back a triangulated four-link and coil-overs plant the rear hides. Inside the custom dash was based on the original, but is substantially different. For improved ergonomics, XF Falcon wiper and blinker controls have been grafted atop the Mustang column. Seating is now 2+2, with the fuel tank relocated to between the rear wheel wells. As trick as Tony’s Mustang has turned out, he’s adamant it’s going to see plenty of miles. More so he’s decided to get stuck into another project to be finished when Meguiar’s MotorEx heads back to Melbourne in 2016.