If you’re a fan of the YouTube channel B is for Build, you’ll know they’ve been busy with one of their most ambitious projects ever. A fully-custom mid-engined 1967 Ford Mustang with a unique widebody shell was completed just in time for the 2022 edition of the SEMA Show.
B is for Build bought a kind of rolling chassis that had been used in 2014’s Need for Speed movie. It was originally made to look like a Bugatti Chiron exotic. However, underneath the skin, this was just a tubular frame that could be turned into any car.
They saw the potential and created a mid-engined Ford Mustang out of this. However, the internet is filled with renderings of crazy-looking exotic pony cars, and it didn’t take long for the builders to stumble upon a piece by Karan Adivi. With his permission, they set about going from a 3D computer model to a real-life car.
Sounds simple, but it’s not. Karan’s rendering is easily twice as crazy as an Eleanor Mustang and it was never designed with production in mind. They made fire frames based on measurements taken off the model, wrapped them in tape, and then fiberglass. A lot of body shop work then followed, followed by the pearl white wrap taking this to the next level.
The name is pretty confusing to be sure, because B is for Build calls this a 1967 Mustang, even though it doesn’t look like one. Sure, they started off with a few body panels from a 67, held onto the NFS Bugatti’s frame. But Karan’s rendering is clearly based on a 1970 Mustang Boss, perhaps the 429 because of the splitter.
It’s got that wide front end with vents on the sides of the grille, drawing your eye to the flared-out fenders. She’s got a large front dam to push the nose down, a cowled hood like the Eleanor, and Stingray-like shoulders. Taking advantage of the wider body, the pony has been fitted with custom 12-inch-wide American Racing VF545 wheels.
The car almost didn’t make it to SEMA because they encountered problems and “broke the car”, missing the original shipping window. With hours to go before the big Las Vegas reveal, they were still installing a Holley Dominator EFI kit on the mid-mounted LS engine. It’s not bad enough this Ford has a GM engine; it’s got to have NOS too!
Anyway, here is the car being worked on at SEMA, very last-hour stuff, which you kind of expect when doing such a complicated LS motor setup.