Kick'n Pony By Edgar Kramer | Wednesday, 09 November 2011 11:20
We love the ole’ Mustang. Man, that Bullitt movie did a lot for that car (and vice versa); back in the late 1960s it was probably the best film car chase ever. And now here, in the 21st century and in InCar, we have a fully-restored and re-built Warhorse 427 GT that flipped our collective wigs.
Wow, where do we start? So much has been done here that to cover it all in detail would take a hell-of-a lot more pages than we’ve got here.
Let’s start with the car and chassis itself and we’ll leave the A/V tech for later. Now, to say that Ziggy’s Hot Rods has gone all out would be pretty much spot on – the level of engineering on display here is truly something else.
The whole interior was stripped and the rebuild extends to the fully-customised and personalised dash, custom-designed gauges, custom console, door trims, hand-made seats and raised floor. And yes, all of these were hand-made.
Modern-day refinements were also applied by way of a keyless/wireless ignition system with anti-theft, powered windows and central locking. A vintage air conditioning system was also installed.
Just prior to this, all the surfaces – be it inner quarter panels, head liner, roof skins, in fact all metal surfaces – were overkill covered with Dynamat.
So as far as the interior is concerned, this is a totally new car – it’s been fully re-invented.
The interior colour scheme chosen is a glorious deep red that covers just about the whole of the inside. The stunning redness is broken up with stainless steel and chrome accents around key visual points.
The custom gauges and instrument cluster have chrome surrounds and are backed with a stainless steel mesh-like cross-ribbed panel that spans across the whole dash. The secondary lower dash instrument cluster houses the hard wired Marine controller to replace a normal head unit. It controls the iPod, CD player and radio. The air vents either side are pieces of art – custom stainless steel sculptures that are beautifully machined. There’s a Budnik steering wheel custom designed and built by Zyggy’s and an upholstered pedal cluster.
The extended hand-built gear stick projects upwards and is nicely finished with a stainless steel ball at its end. A similar finish has been applied to the hand brake. Just behind the hand brake lever and on the centre console you’ll find the iPod connection and a set of three dials control the vintage climate control air conditioning system.
This is connected to servo actuators on the air conditioner which allowed the air con dials to be placed anywhere in the car. A further set of quality flush billet buttons operate the wireless keyless ignition system (the single blue button).
The lights just in front are monitoring LED lights for battery function and condition as well as indicators for the hidden alarm system. The 12 round billet buttons operate things such as thermo fan control and over ride, fuel pump control and over ride, ignition power over ride, central lock control, head light and driving light functions, interior lights, wipers and audio over ride kill switch.
Attention, attention to detail – even the hand-formed aluminium roll bars are lined with red leather and beautifully stitched. Oh, and the leather is claimed to be imported from France!
The GT’s exterior is all-class too. The respray is in a pearl white with, of course, heavy black GT stripes across the length of the car with a smaller set of stripes down on to the rear wheel arch.
A matching black rear wing sits high off the boot as does an air scoop off the bonnet. Black side scoops are also an added custom feature. Custom LED lights sit in a black bezel. The roof has been reconstructed to feature custom glass.
A black front spoiler to colour match to the black five spoke deep dish wheels finishes the whole thing off nicely. Bloody stunning actually. In fact, so extensive and complex was the rebuild that Ziggy’s website (at www.ziggyshotrods.com) has an extensive download file specifying the rebuild in detail.
An equal amount of attention to detail has gone into the building of the audio system. Custom enclosures were designed and built to house the two Kicker Solo-Baric L7 10-inch subwoofers that sit towards the rear of the car where the seats were.
This was done in a way to compliment the whole look of the interior so the baffle is red.
A Clarion Marine CMD6 head unit provides the signal and tunes to the Kicker RS Series splits that sit in custom enclosures behind the dash.
Another set of Kicker RS Series splits sit in the rear deck underneath a dress metal grille. A Kicker ZX700.5 5-channel amplifier powers things up more than adequately. A Kicker KX active crossover handles the frequency division.
Ziggy’s Mustang is a Zinger! We’ve seldom seen such levels of pure dedication. This is a work of art of masterful skill, really. Just about everything has been hand-custom-made and rebuilt in a style that’s faithful to the classic Ford.
Needless to say, we weren’t the only ones this impressed – every formal industry event this car has been shown at has won it the first prize for bets installation and engineering. That means Summernats, MotorEx and Street Machine Nationals.
Man we’d love to take this baby for a spin! Mustangs do not come better than this; Steve McQueen would have been proud.