Spencer Zieman’s Widebody Mustang
Spencer’s Widebody Mustang is built in a “Gotta get noticed” style. It’s not the look for everyone, but Spencer didn’t build a car for everyone…he built it for himself. Wide, wild, low, and loud are key characteristics of this high profile pony car that keeps a smile on Spencer’s face.
When building a Mustang, the goal of many is to create a seemingly stock looking car that goes fast. Spencer had just the opposite mind set – build a car that looks fast and is fast. Growing up in an all Ford family, Spencer drove a ‘69 Fastback Mustang to high school, which he still owns today, but he was drawn to a different style of car over the years. As with many younger car enthusiasts, Spencer became submerged into the drift community and owned a MKIV Supra. He was inspired by all things related to the JDM scene (Japanese Domestic Market). So, with a Ford background mixed with drifting and Japanese styling in mind, Spencer set out to find his next build.
Searching for a newer Mustang as a base platform Spencer had three rules; it had to have a Coyote V8, a manual transmission, and it couldn’t be red. After a few months of looking, he jumped on a black 2012 “California Special” model at a used car dealer sight unseen. This was four years ago, and the Mustang has undergone four renditions since.
The Ford started out black, then progressed to white, then blue, and finally, gray. Spencer states that in building the car he had to make it unique to himself, and in the process of re-creating it four times he grew in his abilities to take on all the work himself.
With the wide body craze taking off, Spencer knew that was the direction he wanted to the take the Mustang. The right style of flare could not be found, so ordered a set of Extreme Dimensions flares as a base, then reworked them extensively to fit his car properly. The wide body look and air ride basically go hand in hand to achieve the perfect stance so Spencer installed an air bag set up from Air Lift. Before long, the Mustang had two of the three key ingredients for the look he was after, but now he had to fill the wheel wells properly. Wheel gap has no place in the JDM world. This was achieved by unique & massive VS-WORK brand three-piece wheels wrapped in Toyo tires. The fronts are 11” wide with a 315/30/18 tire while the rears are 12.5” wide with a 7” lip wrapped in 335/30/18 tires. When Spencer hits the switches the flares cup themselves perfectly around the wheel & tire combo.
With the Mustang Wide Body look achieved Spencer set out to wrap the car in the perfect “sinister” color scheme, opting for gray this time around. The choice to wrap the Ford allows Spencer the ability to have a new car each year, and a fresh look for each new show season…plus doing the work himself helps keep the cost down. The new yearly color scheme also keeps Spencer from getting bored with the car, and when you peel the wrap off you have perfect factory paint hiding underneath. The last component to be wrapped was the addition of a Big Country Labs “Atmosphere Demolisher” rear wing. Spencer states that at first the wing was an unsure addition, but once it was installed the massive wing sealed the deal on the overall look of the car while adding stability when the needle eclipses the century mark.
Under the hood lies the heart of the beast…a 5.0 Coyote tucked into the white-themed engine bay. Mild upgrades include: A J&L cold air intake, and long tube headers that feed into a de-catted X pipe allowing for zero restriction exhaust flow. The tone out of the Pype Bomb exhaust tips is impossible to miss when Spencer stands on the loud pedal.
As you can see from these images, the car gets driven on road trips – its no show queen. After Spencer applied some new graphics a few weeks back, we jumped in it and drove 500 miles to the SF Bay Area for Wekfest. It was flawless from start to finish and tons of fun to ride in. We got more than enough thumbs ups.
In the end Spencer’s efforts resulted in exactly what he was attempting to achieve…a Wide Body Mustang heavily influenced by his passion for drifting and Japanese styling that simply cannot be ignored.
More importantly Spencer created a unique modern muscle car in his image. After all, creating your own vision is what hot rodding is all about, no matter what part of the globe you’re from.