At this year’s SEMA show, Scott Drake Automotive was showing off a large number of new parts for classic Mustangs. We stopped by their booth to check out what they brought to the show first-gen enthusiasts looking to restore, modify, or resto-mod their Mustangs.
Custom Instrument Bezels
One set back to 65-66 Mustang instruments is that the dash bezel was never engineered from Ford to allow for fitment of a speedometer, tach, and four other gauges. Scott Drake’s new six-hole bezel is designed to do just that, allowing owners for the first time to have a factory appearing bezel that can hold two large gauges such as a tach and speedometer, as well as four additional smaller gauges. These are available in classic woodgrain, also known as Pony, black “Camera Case” and the newer style brushed appearance. SDA’s Jerry Choate told us that they offer a matching glovebox door for the brushed model as well.
New Steering Wheels
SDA has released a new line of steering wheels, available in 14 and 15-inch diameters including a replica Shelby GT350 wheel. These steering wheels are also available with black leather grips, or genuine wood grips. According to Choate, the horn button and operation can be incorporated into the steering wheel, this is especially cool for the Shelby style wheel since the original cars had to go to a button on the dash since the original wheel did not have a horn provision.
If you’re restoring an old hi-po engine powered car, you know how difficult some of the parts can be to locate, whether original or reproduction. Exhaust manifolds in particular can be tricky to find. “These were available a long time ago but then they went away, and the ones that were currently available didn’t have the part number stamped into them. These [new manifolds] are available exactly as the originals with the part number stamped in them,” says Choate. The new hi-po manifolds look great and should make for an authentic restoration project.
Any of these products as well as the others from Scott Drake are incredibly high quality, and Scott Drake himself uses the same parts he sells to restore his own personal cars.