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Car of the Month

Rick Appleton's 66 Mustang is FRN's February Car Of The Month!

February 05, 2015 by Bridgett Davis


 From United States Air Force AC-130 Gunship Crew Chief to All-American Ford enthusiast, Rick Appleton the current owner of a highly modified 1966 Mustang coupe was by far an easy pick when selecting our current Ford Racing Nation ride of the month.  A Mustang enthusiast and a self-proclaimed disciple of the Blue Oval, Appleton in many ways simply represents the intangible spirit of the Ford family in all he does.
A softy for a steed in need, Appleton picked up his current Mustang from the grazing pasture of an Oklahoma farmer almost twenty three years ago. In use at the time as a live-stock feeder two hours later atop some 2x4s and a milk box, Appleton had a new horse in tow for around $750 and some change.  Deemed Merlin’s Majik in memory of the Combat Tallon II Aircraft Appleton piloted for several years, upon an amazing transformation Appleton was able to breathe new life into the once forgotten.
Now running a normally aspirated powerplant, in the Foot Break Class on the 1/8 with an average E/T in the 6.50s, current estimated HP is around 450 with a 302 .030 bored to a 306CID with aluminum heads supported by a TCI C-4 Comp Reverse Valve Body 5500 Stall converter along with a Weiand X-Cellerator intake as well a Pro Form 750 Double Pumper, 5:29 gears, and a Cal Track rear suspension.

Light weight in nature, sporting an overall fiberglass design with the exception of a metal roof and metal quarters- running true and straight, many a challengers have found their way to the trailer upon one pass down the straight line against the Majik of the Merlin.

A Ford kid since he can remember, the Mustang has always been Appleton’s ride of choice. Having owned at least fifty ford rides in his life, Appleton taking his passion from the street to the online forum visit the Blue Oval Gang on Facebook to learn more about this amazing steed and how this enthusiast has taken his passion from the street to the worldwide web to share his passion for all things Ford with others.