Meet Pearl….

carspecs Pearl is a 1965 Mustang owned by Gary and Teresa Paquette and restored by them as a labor of love when not working on customer cars. Pearl recently won a coveted trophy from the Richard Petty Garage Car Show in November of 2014 for Best Ford. Gary is seen here being forced to hold the trophy up for the camera! This is one fine example of a muscle car restoration project done by us!
Vehicle Specs:

Body Work and Paint

Extensive custom fabrication to this 1965 Mustang by cutting vents into the sides of the fenders as well as on top. The vents on the top of the fenders function as turn signals.

A grill cover was fabricated, painted and striped to give it that finished look. This piece is only revealed when the hood is up.

Rear quarter panels were stretched.

Custom fiberglass door inserts were made.

All body lines were sharpened and accentuated. The surface is smooth as glass and all the gaps are perfectly aligned.

Gary chose to purchase a quality Eleanor kit from Mustangs to Fear out of Rochester, Indiana. This kit includes the hood, nose, side skirts, wheel flares, back bumper, spoiler, quarter extensions, lower rear valence and quarter side scoops.

The gas opening was moved from its original position on the back panel to the left upper quarter where Gary recessed the Lemans billet gas cap, also purchased from Mustangs to Fear.

The paint is BASF’s R&M. Gary created a custom color with a mixture of pearls that pop in the sun. The stripes and lettering were designed by both Gary and his wife, Teresa. All the striping and lettering is all paint and no vinyl.

The bottom is finished with Raptor Bed Liner, dyed to match the body color, which protects against stone chips, etc. To give it a hidden tattoo, Gary’s wife, Teresa, airbrushed their logo on the trans tunnel convertible bracket.

This Mustang was lowered an inch to give it that muscle car stance.


The halo headlights have thirty-two colors to choose from. They can also change from one color to the next continuously.

The rear lights are sequential LED’s.


The exhaust is a dual 2.5” stainless system by Mustangs to Fear.

Convertible Top

The convertible Top was custom ordered and made by M&T Manufacturing out of South Kingstown in Rhode Island. The material is a Hot Rod Stayfast Canvas in Oyster White to resemble the color of the white striping.


We chose for the upholstery to be done by Chris Turner of Faith Kustoms Upholstery in Franklin, North Carolina. Together, we decided to keep the original seats, but Chris molded them to a more custom look. The interior design was produced by Chris. The material matches the color of the off-white stripe on the body and has orange stitching. Our GT logo is embroidered on the head rests of the front seats.

Chris also made the billet door pulls, the billet hinges on the custom made console, and all the billet pieces in the trunk. Chris placed the GT logo in the trunk on an orange background he fabricated, which lights up.

The window cranks and door handles are made by Billet Specialties.

Chris made the dash cover out of the same material as the upholstery. And the dash lights up with a billet six-gauge dash cluster with a carbon fiber insert that has a matching glove box door purchased from Retro Automotive in Claremont, New Hampshire.

The dash also includes an updated stereo system sold to us by Crutchfield. The stereo is made by Retrosound, which supplies us with the chrome bezel to match that of the original radio. It’s set up with Blue Tooth and Sirius/XM, two Infinity speakers and an amplifier. The amplifier is located in the trunk.

The Air/Heat is a Vintage Air system that not only functions perfectly, but has that beautiful billet look that matches our theme.


The steering wheel is made by Billet Specialties. The steering column is polished aluminum by Ididit. It has a Borgeson 1” sector Power Steering Conversion box.

Wheels and Tires

The billet wheels, “Knife, X-Series”, are custom made by Budnik Wheels in Huntington Beach, California. We have 17” on the front and 18” on the back.

The tires are made by the Nitto Tire Company. Great tires and tread designs for a great price. The sizes are 225-45-17 for the front, and 245-40-18 for the back


It has a 302 roller motor, which is an ATK 300 horse crate motor, and an MSD distributor.

We had a custom aluminum 4-row radiator built by Champion Radiators out of Orange, California.

The wiring harness was purchased from Painless Performance Products.


Installed front and rear sway bars to stabilize body roll.

There are polyurethane bushings throughout suspension.

Rear end is 9”, gear ratio is 325. It has a 28 spline Posi by Detroit Locker.

We installed a Ford 9” rear end disc brake conversion kit.

The brakes are cross-drilled and slotted rotors.