50 Years Mustangs - 2015 - Present

DM’s Pony Car Corral Build-Up


Pony Car Corral Featuring 4 Unique Mustangs

Earlier this year we decided to embark on acquiring or resurrecting several existing Mustangs that we could use to write about in these posts. These cars would be Dallas Mustang’s own “corral” of Ponies to install & evaluate new parts from our suppliers, conduct restomods in our shop, make dyno runs to determine the value & effectiveness of various performance upgrades, and to take to local car shows to let folks see and discuss how these changes were affecting our cars. We wanted to assemble a range of shop cars that would represent the classics as well as the late models and capture any trends we felt were happening in the Mustang world. Our goal was not to build a million dollar stable but to have cars that represent the average enthusiast vehicle and explore the challenges they face to keep their car running and improve on its factory performance. So, don’t look for $25K paint jobs or $35K custom built motors…we set off to do stuff that represents main stream hot rodding for our treasured Mustangs.

Listed below is what we decided for our project cars – each of these ‘Stangs will be discussed in upcoming posts as we progress with each phase of our build-ups. These photos will give you a feel of how these Ponies started project life:

1) 1966 Mustang Coupe 289 Manual (Classic) –> Owned since 2001 & garaged since 2005

Our '66 is dusted off and ready for some upgrades!

Our ’66 is dusted off and ready for some upgrades!

2) 2003 Mustang Mach 1 4.6L 4V Manual (SN95 New Edge) –> Purchased with blown motor early 2016

Clean car with blown motor purchased to have some fun!

Clean car with blown motor purchased to have some fun!

3) 2015 Mustang 2.3L Ecoboost Auto (S550) –> Acquired early 2016

2015 2.3L Ecoboost Premium Auto

2015 2.3L Ecoboost Premium Auto

4) 2016 Mustang 2.3L Ecoboost Manual (S550) –> Acquired summer 2016

2016 2.3L Ecoboost manual

2016 2.3L Ecoboost manual

At some point in the future, we hope to add a Fox Body and S197 to this mix…and who knows, maybe even a Mustang II with Coyote power upgrade!

For now, we will home in on these four cars and see how far we can take them in 2016…you may have already seen a couple of these projects at car shows this year!

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About Tim Worlitz

I started working on cars when I was 13 years old and have spent the last 35 years in the automotive industry. After graduating from San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, CA, I was able to attend San Bernardino Valley College, Cal Poly Pomona, and USC earning Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Master of Science in Systems Engineering Degrees. I have been fortunate to work in the OEM, OES, Aftermarket, and SEMA automotive segments focused primarily in design engineering, manufacturing, and operations management. I started my professional career at the Subaru of America Tech Center involved in HVAC, Cruise Control, and Accessory Development which allowed me to spend time working with engine and chassis dynometers, data acquisition in lab and field environments cold weather testing in places like International Falls, MN @-40F, hot weather testing in Death Valley, CA @+122F, and conducting vehicle test data acquisition for HVAC and NVH on various closed circuit test tracks in Arizona. While at Subaru I was driver and one of several team engineers involved in setting two Bonneville land speed records in I/Pro class at the 1988 & 1989 Speed Weeks...a record that still stands today. From Subaru, I went on to work stints as Director of Engineering at Thermal Dynamics and Fluidyne Racing Products, Director of Engineering at Wynn's Climate Systems, and General Manager at Standard Motor Products / Four Seasons Mfg Division with operations in US and Mexico. Seeking to exit the rigors of international travel and corporate politics, I became President of Tuskerstone, Inc dBA Dallas Mustang Parts & Accessories in 2015. I am a member of SAE, ASME, & ASQ professional organizations as well as Tau Beta Pi & Pi Tau Sigma national engineering honor societies.

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