We can all probably admit that Jay Leno has one of the coolest jobs in the world. Granted, he put in his time as the “hardest working man in Hollywood” to get to his current status, but all that hard work nonsense aside, who in their rightful gearhead mind wouldn’t want just a piece of what he gets to do?
This time around on Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay meets up with Jason Pecikonis of Timeless Kustoms to get an inside look at the Viscious Mustang, a 1965 Mustang Fastback powered by a 1,000 horsepower 5.1 liter Coyote. Obviously, what you see is a full custom build, but purists might have a little issue with this car on a few different levels.
Jay gets the “keep a Ford a Ford” aspect covered right off the bat, making sure the powerplant isn’t an SBC like another car he featured. But then we learn that this asphalt hugging pony car began life as a coupe. Jason shares that the car was originally a 6-cylinder specimen, but the part that probably makes the purists cringe is that it wasn’t a basket case. He stated that it was a clean car with very little rust, and it was basically stripped down to nothing with everything behind the A pillar replaced with new sheetmetal.
Where ever your preference lies, whether you see a perfect example of a classic being torn apart, or you are simply in love with the idea of building a car to your own personal tastes regardless of the purity concept, this build is just a light bit more than over the top. It sits at ride height, without any air bags to get you up over obstacles like those pesky speedbumps.
At each corner sits a fat tire on a wide wheel, with full flares to cover up the rubber. Behind the custom Forgeline wheels sits a set of 15.5-inch Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors to heal the pony when it gets riled up. And riled up it can get.
Under the hood, not only does that Ford Eliminator Coyote sport a Magnuson supercharger, but there’s also a pair of 68mm Precision turbochargers buried down under the custom sheetmetal in the engine compartment. That’s good for 1,000 horsepower – at the wheels. Backing up that power is an EMCO CG46 six-speed sequential racing transmission, built to handle high-powered applications like Vicious.
But all is not Ford, we later find out, when Jason reveals that the Morrison front and rear suspension is Chevrolet based, with a C7 front suspension and the new Camaro IRS.. So there you have it, it’s a restomod that follows the true form of restomods: throwing rules out the window and building the car the way you want to drive it.
For some, the body kit and the stance is enough to keep them at bay with a build like this, others can possibly get behind the wild looks and embrace the build for what it is, and what it’s meant to be: totally Vicious.