The M-code 351 cubic inch Cleveland V8 is a great choice in a 1971 Mustang; torquey but light, so handling is balanced but it’s still plenty quick. It’s fortified with an Edelbrock intake manifold and Demon four-barrel carburetor under the stock ram air setup, so you won’t see the upgrades but you’ll definitely feel them. Ford Blue paint gives it a correct look and they even kept the original-style valve covers. It’s not quite detailed for show, but it’s tidy and in good working order and it runs superbly. The 4-speed manual snaps through the gears with authority and you’ll savor the cackle of the long-tube headers and glasspack-style mufflers with each shift. Out back, the stock rear was retained, and carries highway-friendly 3.25 gears. 17-inch Torque Thrust style wheels were taken from a late-model Mustang and look surprisingly right on this vintage pony and are wrapped in 235/55/17 Pirelli radials all around.

Fort Worth, Texas, United States