There are plenty of custom car builders out there, and like many of them, Bodie Stroud's talents are probably only outdone by his love and knowledge of cars. Take this project he completed last year, for example. While it is instantly recognizable as a 1969 Boss Mustang, Stroud has customized almost every aspect of the car combining the heart of a Can-Am racecar with the styling of a classic funny car to create one of the coolest modified first-gen Mustangs you'll ever see. The build process was documented – and recently released – by director Julian King in a video called, The Real Thing.

For the funny car look, Stroud chopped the top, widened the body and added some fat tires in the back. The true beauty of this beast is under the hood with a very unique engine powering Stroud's 'Stang. Using one of 10 engines developed for Mario Andretti's 1969 Can-Am racer, this car is powered by a 494-cubic-inch V8 that was dyno'd at 777 horsepower. To handle that kind of power, Stroud replaced the Mustang's unibody chassis with a custom body-on-frame design that features pass-throughs for the exhaust and a four-wheel air suspension setup. The car was unveiled at the 2011 SEMA Show with Andretti in attendance to sign the monster engine.

Scroll down to watch the five-minute video, and also be sure to check out Stroud's site showing some pictures from the build and the 2011 SEMA Show.


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      Tirac
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks cool but not a fan of the wheels but that's a minor detail.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not sure I have seen another car on AB with tubbed rear wheel wells.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mehh, piece of industrial park assembled junk.Most trailer trash get impressed by big tires & loud noises from a dinosaur engine.Who wants to spend exotic car money on something built by a methhead & looks like it is about snap in half hitting a pothole,look at the weeble wobble at even slow speeds. Look up Joe Rogan & his $200,000 "custom car" that he had bult & it snapped in half on the 405.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        After wasting a few seconds of my life reading through your ignorant post, I bet I can come up with some equally unflattering generalizations about you. I won't stoop to your level but I will make a few inquisitions about your character based from what I read. I'm guessing you are a relatively young man who is probably a die hard fan of Japanese, or European imports, considers himself to be a tech savvy intellectual, and judging by the redneck remarks, probably identifies as being more left of center politically, and likely resides somewhere in the north east or the west coast. Would you say that's accurate? If so, then it's probably safe to say that this car is not your cup of tea, and that's okay, but please to write such an opinionated post on something you obviously know, or understand very little about. It's why I don't generally comment on articles about Priuses and Corollas. I think they are lame. You see how that works?
          PICKLEBOY
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Lol I agree, I will admit I am a huge fan of Japanese vehicles, especially the Scion FR-S, but I definitely appreciate this. I am currently in college working on my Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering and the work those guys put into this car is amazing. You can't help but appreciate what they've done. Although I'm not a huge fan of the mustang, the Mustang definitely has a great heritage and is the most revered muscle car. The only reason I'm not a huge fan of them in general is I'm more for a car with super awesome handling, the muscle cars are good for straight aways. Although I will say you can't beat a 1969 Mustang, its classic.
        fast156GTA
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        This is a peace of art with its high strength custom chassis. Snap in half, my ass.! Chopped and bagged: It rides on air. It will handle its own. I can appreciate this work and 777 horses is very impressive. So stick to your modern Vanos junk and stay Lucky, i'll take this dinosaur engine baby anytime.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll trade up my 2012 GT for an evem trade as he slams the door in my face.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      777 naturally aspirated hp in a mustang. yum.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      The motor was "too big and too powerful" for Can-Am? I'm gonna have to give a big pffffffffft to that. Porsche ran a turbocharded flat-12 put that put out waaaaayyyyyyyyy more power than this motor.
      MTU 5.0
      • 2 Years Ago
      .....adding to my Christmas list now What an awesome car!!
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is supremely awesome.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice car, and an overall interesting video. My only complaint was all of the Bon Jonvi-ish background music drowning out that beautiful exhaust note. When the car is driving, there really is no need for it, the car is music in and of itself.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      damn i love me some good ol JDM cars..... but lord this car is a beast
      Daekwan
      • 2 Years Ago
      THIS is a what i would call a custom car.
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