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Ford Mustang Fastback – Full Metal Jacket – 59

April 7th, 2011 by NZV8

Using a brand new body shell, years of experience and thousands of hours of custom work, Burke’s Metalworks have produced a Mustang like no other.

Jason Burke and Steve McLachlan at Burke’s Metalworks in Christchurch must have loved the day in September 2008 when a guy called Richard walked into their offices and said, “Make me the best Fastback you can.” That is an opportunity which doesn’t come along every day, and they took the ball and not only ran with it, but damn well sprinted out of the park.

The brief was pretty simple. Richard wanted to build a ’68 Fastback and wanted it to be pretty radical. He also wanted all the best parts money could buy.

The guys at Burke’s started searching for a second-hand car for the build, but the trouble was finding something half decent that hadn’t already been snapped up. The minimum they could find a rough Fastback for was US$15,000 (NZ$21,400), and that was before spending a similar amount on rust repairs.

An American company, Dynacorn Classic Bodies, had started making brand new 1968 Mustang Fastback steel body shells. The Burke’s guys looked into it and thought bringing one in would be a great idea. Nobody else in the Southern Hemisphere had used one, and after all that’s what innovation is all about.

Adding width

The body was ordered and Burke’s gave Richard a list of parts to choose from, with three or four options for each part. Keeping with the spirit of the build, Richard went straight for all the best bits. (more…)