This Wacky 2005 Ford Mustang Pickup Project Needs a New Home

The builder took a smashed-up Mustang and fabricated a new rear end.

byApr 23, 2022 10:49 AM
This Wacky 2005 Ford Mustang Pickup Project Needs a New Home
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Your eyes are not deceiving you; yes, that’s a 2005 Ford Mustang with a pickup bed in the back. Loaded up with a 4.0-liter V6 under the hood and a custom rear end conversion, this is one vehicle that won’t find itself at a party with another car wearing the same outfit. If that’s something that appeals to you, the Rochester, Washington-based builder has it up for sale.

Unlike the 1966 Ford Mustero, which was a strange, short-lived, small-batch mashup, this combination of form and function is a one-off custom. In case you’re not acquainted, the Mustero was part Mustang and part Ranchero (Ford’s quirky coupe utility) built by the now-defunct Beverly Hills Ford. Only 50 were built. Ten of those were sold here in the U.S. and reportedly, only four are left.

Marty, the creative mind behind this build, is a semi-retired cabinet maker with a metal fabrication setup taking over half of his cabinetry shop. A young neighbor of his had acquired the 2005 Mustang with a smashed-up back end with plans to fix it up, but he tired of the project before it began and sold it to Marty.

While the pony car marinated in the weeds in his back pasture for about a year, Marty built two street rods from scratch. The one still occupying his garage won Best of Show at a car show in Tenino, a few towns away. In the meantime, the Washingtonian decided to turn the Mustang into a truck with a (very) short bed. The back end was a mess anyway, so he had to come up with something new.

After eleven months, Marty (who is a private person and requested we use only his first name for this story) finally finished building his unique Mustang in November of last year. All that was left was the paint job, and he picked a Lumabase Shadow Blue for the body then laid on the wide silver stripes.

The ad for this 2005 ‘Stang mashup says it has a new stereo, speakers, amplifier, subwoofer, tires, windshield, and new gauges. Marty is asking for $10,000 or best offer, cash only. And if he doesn’t capture any buyers who want to pay that, he’s going to add a custom wing and keep it for a while.

Got a tip about a wild build? Send it my way: kristin.shaw@thedrive.com.