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Hello, I was wondering if anyone had any information the the ford test mule fastbacks that were built in 65 with the wankel rotary engine. According to the paperwork that i have located with the car it looks like the fastback was sent to the OSU engineering department and then was supposed to be destroyed however it survives. I have just come across this barn find wankel powered mustang. I Know that ford built these cars for testing and they were to light in the front end. Anyone have any pictures or test articles on them thanks.
 

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If you found one, then you should have pics to show *us*, right? :)
 

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That would be an interesting find indeed. Before I grew up, I was big into the import scene, and I know first hand the power that a rotary engine can produce. However, I don't recall this being on the top 100 mustang list, so it can't be that desirable. :lol:
 

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I googled it, only thing I found was this.
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At least one of them has been in magazines through the years. Didn't pay much attention to what was/is seen as an oddity (like the European resigned cars, the station wagons....) . Sorry didn't see any reason to keep pictures or the magazines. Maybe someone else did
 

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It was at the MCA show in Mustang Oklahoma show in either '94 or '97 -- just like 1497's picture from Texas show. I looked it over real well. It had a few extra engine gauges under the dash/radio area. So, it must be around somewhere ??
 

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That car belonged to a man in the Oklahoma Mustang Club named Ray Harris. I think he has passed away now, so I'm not sure who the current owner is, but I have looked at this car on many occasions and it is the real deal that was converted to rotary power by a company called the Curtis Wright Corporation. Not sure how many were built, but it certainly is an oddity and an eye catcher.
 

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I saw the car at a car show in Mustang Oklahoma around the mid 90's. I may have pictures of it somewhere. It was a Ford conversion or Ford factory authorized conversion. It was pretty interesting when I saw it. Truly a rare car.
 

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I was just trying to remember what I was doing in January of 2008...I think I had just started a new job and was pretty excited about it. Which I guess is why I forgot all about this thread.

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Goes to show that the search feature works....

I had never heard of this so this was a good read and new to me.
 

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So who was Curtis Wright or is the sign misspelled and it was actually Curtiss-Wright who originally built airplanes and aircraft engines?
 

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I'm glad this topic came up. Some local guy just put a Mazda RX-7 engine in his 65/66. He didn't even put a 13B turbo engine in it, just a 12A N/A engine. He also wants an air bag suspension and a bunch of other dumb crap. I told him there are better handling suspensions and he said, "it's not about handling." OK. Whatever.
 

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I just realized that the original thread is a VERY old one...
 
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