Believe it or not, there are some folks out there who would rather go wheeling in their Mustang than some bland old pickup truck. Where there's a will, there's a way, and these gearheads certainly made their dreams a reality. They took a pony car and turned it into a full-on clydesdale.
These four off-road Mustang builds are an ambitious type of automotive DIY project. The type that plenty of classic car purists may not be okay with. But, rules were meant to be broken, so let's see what these lifted 'stangs are all about.
4 Incredible Ford Mustang Off-Road Builds
1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
I'll be honest, this car looks like it would be right at home on a Mad Max movie set. It was spotted at the Fabulous Fords Forever Show back in 2015, and to say it drew attention would be an understatement. Judging by the headers sticking out of the fenders and the machine gun strapped to the hood, it only makes sense.
Sporting a rugged exterior and a deluxe interior, the Mustang clearly has been highly modified. The body sits on a lengthened Ford Bronco chassis, with functional 4x4 and a 9-inch rear differential. Under the hood, you've got a 351 cubic-inch V8 capable of producing some serious horsepower. It's also been lifted, which allows for some bigger tire clearance.
According to the owner, the classic car was mangled pretty good when he first got it, so it never would have made a very good street car anyway. It's the perfect excuse he needed to build his dream Mustang. You have to love a passionate owner.
2007 Ford Mustang
I'll admit, the 2007 V6 Mustang wasn't the most impressive road vehicle to hit the market. It didn't compare to Mustang GT in terms of performance, and the interior bits were cheap all around.
Rather than have something boring, this owner transformed it into a vehicle that was much more eye-catching. It still sports the 4.0 V6 with over 150,000 miles, but the exterior has been drastically changed from factory form.
The front grille was changed to the GT500 style, and it's equipped with a custom-built DOM tubing front bumper, aluminum skid plates, and rocker guards. Another thing you'll notice is the snorkel that enters through the left fender. Yes, it's fully functional.
A racing steering wheel and harness style seat belts have been added to the interior. As for suspension, it's a custom-built lift kit which utilizes Pro Comp rear shocks. It gives just enough clearance to run the Pro Comp front and rear wheels with 265/75 R16 Maxxis Buckshot M/T tires.
Rumor has it that the car was posted online into an eBay auction, where it sold to some lucky off-roader. The price that it officially sold for is still unknown. Chances are, that buyer is ripping through some mud in it right now.
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
This is certainly one that may rile up a few of the classic hot rod enthusiasts out there. The 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a collector car for sure, but according to the owner, this one was a rust bucket at the time of purchase.
Apparently, the idea behind this was to build a zombie apocalypse-style vehicle for his book that features the car. He's got a number of other books featuring the same idea, but with different vehicles.
When you think about it, brand new cars wouldn't work out very well in this scenario when you consider all the unnecessary electrical components. It's a big reason why he defaults back to the classics for zombie apocalypse vehicles.
Now, this may have been one of the first times someone wanted to lift a '71 Mustang, because there were no lift kits available. Imagine that. Instead, the guy had to custom make a lift kit from scratch. After that, he fitted an exoskeleton tubular structure to it. The roof rack makes room for extra tires, fuel, or prop guns in order to tie everything together.
He's got bigger tires, diamond plated rockers, and skid plates underneath. It looks cool, but even the owner noted that it "rides like crap" on the roadways.
It is street legal and registered, but it was mainly crafted for an attention-grabbing piece he could use to draw in a crowd. Safe to say it worked out quite well.
Gas Monkey's 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Of course, we couldn't leave out Richard Rawlings' famous off-road GT500 Mustang. Many people caught their first glimpse of this Mustang on the first season of the popular show Fast N' Loud.
The car is highly inspired by The Thomas Crown Affair. Some people may be opposed to modifying a classic in this way, but I'd say it came out quite good overall.
Under the hood sits a 347 cubic-inch V8 cranking out 400 horsepower, which is double the power from factory specs. Additionally, there are tons of other aftermarket upgrades, including a lift kit, light bars, and off-road wheels and tires. It may not be four-wheel drive, but ripping this vehicle through the desert seems like an absolute blast.
The dark green color with white stripes really sets this Mustang over the edge. Match that with another full-sized spare tire sitting on the decklid, and it's hard not to stare at it.
Rawlings doesn't let just anything roll out of his shop, either. He gave this one a good thorough testing before he was completely satisfied. There were multiple clips of Richard letting her eat.
Something about ripping donuts in a custom off-road Shelby GT500 just seems so rad. It's on the list of many people's favorite cars that ever came out of Gas Monkey, and rightfully so.
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