From Owner Aaron Robinson
The story of this project starts during the Great Depression when my Great Grandpa Harry bought a farm in Lamberton, MN. The farm was inherited by my Grandma Shirley and when she passed, it went to my dad. My dad sold the farm and in June of 2012, he took my brother and I to Mecum Auto Auctions right here at the MN State Fair Grounds. He let me pick any car I wanted at the auction and bought it for me with proceeds from the land sale. I chose a 1968 Mustang Fastback. The car had been restored as a Bullitt replica, famed from the 1969 movie Bullitt staring Steve McQueen. It even had Steve McQueen’s face airbrushed on the trunk. At the time, I knew nothing about the movie or this guy nicknamed “The King of Cool” , but ever since I was a kid listening to my Step Dad tell stories about the early 80’s and the cool muscle cars they drove, I wanted a muscle car. When I first saw the car, my initial thought was to restore it to a GT500 Eleanor clone (made famous from the movie 2000 Gone in 60 Seconds). A couple of years after we bought the Fastback, my dad and I went to a day long driving school at Brainerd International Raceway. My dad had recently purchased a 2013 Camaro ZL1 and we both drove his Camaro for the class. Just for fun, I brought my Mustang. I took it out on the track for the familiarization lap…that was a mistake! Halfway through the lap, I couldn’t wait to get off the track. The car had a mildly built 302 and a c4 automatic transmission. It was sluggish on the straightaways, I was sliding around in the corners in the flat fake-leather seats, and I couldn’t keep up with the others in my group. I knew right then and there that the car needed some SERIOUS upgrades. Unfortunately for the car, I was recently engaged and needed to save money for my wedding, so the car had to wait.
About a year after the driving school experience, at my wedding reception, my aunt sold me 2 raffle tickets for a fundraiser to support the MN Barrel Racing Association and I won the Grand Prize!! It was a 2015 V6 Ford Mustang. I sold the car three weeks later and finally had money to jump start my project. Performance wise, I knew the direction I wanted to go with the project, so I started purchasing parts. I started with a complete overhaul of the stock suspension by going with an independent front suspension and a three link rear suspension setup all from Total Cost Involved (TCI). Within the same week, I purchased a motor out of a 2014 F150. Even though my performance goal for this project didn’t change from my original vision, the way I wanted it to look changed. By the time I was able to finally start my project, GT500 Clones were way too popular and the more popular they became, the less interested I was in turning mine into one.
By this time, I knew who Steve McQueen was and I had watched the movie Bullitt at least a dozen times. Who doesn’t like watching a movie where their own car is featured! In my build I wanted to keep some of the character of the Bullitt Mustang, but put my own twist on it. I wanted to build something that “The King of Cool” would drive in the 21st century. After 8 ½ years, thousands of hours of research, countless late nights in the garage finishing “just one more thing”, and more than a few cuss words, I present to you a Bullitt resto mod that I think is named accordingly – Bullitt Reloaded.
The most rewarding aspect of this car is the memories that my family and I have made with it and plan to make in the future. Everything from my wife spending hours helping me sand the engine bay to my kids standing on the drivers seat pretending to drive it when they are in the garage. Last summer, we were able to fit my pregnant wife, two kids in car seats, myself, a stroller, and three lawn chairs into the car. We spent almost every weekend going to car shows – sometimes two in one day. When we’re together, the car is always a topic of discussion between my dad, brother, and I. This car is much more than a car. It is a memory builder for my entire family. My Grandma Shirley’s most treasured words were “Loving Connections.” She believed in those words so much that she requested to have them put on her gravestone. This car and the journey of this build has strengthened those loving connections.
For more videos and pictures of this car and the build, please visit my Youtube Channel Arobs Garage. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNDDtLHvQEuHpQIP6Z3bwg
Engine and Transmission: 2014 F150 Engine, Boss 302 Cams, ARP journal bearing bolts, ARP Cam phaser bolts, MMR Billet oil pump, Ford Racing Control Pack, T56 6speed transmission, stock 2014 Mustang GT clutch, McCloud hydraulic throw out bearing, Willwood Complact Master Cylinder, Summit Racing Radiator w/ electrical fan, Custom Intake, Aeromotive FPR and Fuel filter, Walbro Fuel pump
Chassis: TCI IFS front suspension with Ridetech coilovers, TCI 3 link suspension with Ridetech coilovers, Moser rear end housing, Moser racing axes, Detroit Tru Trac differential with 3.73 final drive, DIY Stainless steel Drive shaft Wheels and Tires: American Racing VN510 17x8 fronts, 18x11 rear, Toyo Proxes R888R 235/17R40 front, 315/18R35 rear.
Body: paint color is 2019 Mustang Dark Highland Green, Detroit Speed mini tubs, custom GT40 style hood, Ididit Steering column, Ford Racing Steering wheel, Subaru WRX front seats, custom transmission tunnel, lowered seat pans Exhaust: Doug’s Long Tube Headers, Summit Racing DIY 2 ½” exhaust kit, Borla Coyote Crate Mufflers
Brakes: Willwood Disk Brakes, 4 piston rotors, Compact Master Cylinders, Willwood brake and clutch pedal
Electrical: Painless chassis wiring harness, Dakota Digital gauges, LED halo headlights, sequential LED rear taillights, LED marker lights