An insight into the Camaro face on a Mustang body
A while ago I wrote about a Camaro face on a Mustang's Body. When I wrote about it, I clearly claimed it was wrong but, it had a lot of quality work done on it. Somehow at that time the article found its way to the owner of the car and he contacted me via facebook. He had sent me a message. Upon reading it, I thought it could go two ways one incredibly horribly or I would have to give an apology as to my claim of it being wrong. But, at that moment, the owner had asked me to get some insight about the car, which was fair and the best option for that situation.
Me gaining insight about this car was about a month ago, I do not know what took so long for me to get about to doing it, but here it is, in the best way I can explain it.
The goal or the few goals behind this car was not to be a Frankenstein build. As I had mentioned earlier the quality work on this car was very good and this is a home build so, I have a lot of respect for this car now. Secondly, it also had to be street legal by New York State law and regulations. Lastly, it had to be as light as possible without any exotic material - old fashioned build with regular materials.
On the inside there is a lot more to this than just a Camaro face on a Mustang body. The heart of the car is not a Ford it is an LS3 with a cam swap, because (according to the owner) Ford does not have a production engine that compares to it. This engine is naturally aspirated and produces 525 hp and 486 in torque which is plenty for a home build.
To add to this all the electronic driver aids do not exist - ABS, traction control, speed limiter, and all the other aids no present. Just driver and machine thats all.
The body came from a 2007 Mustang that the owner already had, the Camaro parts came from a wrecked Camaro at auction - kept the price low. It took 11 months to build this with 700 hrs worth of work put into it. There was a lot of fabrication work done and this satisfies the New York State regulations so this kept the car street legal and is enjoyed on a daily basis.
On to the suspension and brakes. The suspension has Ford Racing control arms and Strange Engineering dampers. Brakes are Hawk GT rotors and GT calipers. What completes the exterior is the paint, it is the same paint of the Mustang - P1 code legend Lime Green which was offered in the 60s under a name of Lime Gold. The newer parts come with the same shade as 60s colour with metallics added in.
The interior of the car is actually a Camaro dash and Camaro seats, which is pretty good. The weight of this build is 3300 lbs WET, lighter than both Camaro and Mustang dry weight. The owner has not yet taken this to a track and has scheduled to take it coming June and I reckon since there are no drivers aids and being a pure engaged drivers car this would be a blast to take out.
There is one part of this car that is a nice touch - it has a name. It is called Mutt. The reason behind the name is that the car is a mix of things. It is half breed just like us, the name actually makes sense and I like the name very much.
I have huge amount of respect for anyone who builds their own car at home and then daily drives it. The quality of work is brilliant and having it as a naturally aspirated car without any electronic driver aids is way better than impressive, it is phenomenal. I really like Mutt. Personally, I still feel the combination is wrong because I really love the Mustang.