It’s funny how so many cars have the most interesting stories if only they could talk, or write. I guess that’s why us as enthusiasts take the time as ghost writers to tell their stories! So re-winding back to 2004, a good friend of mine and I had managed to pick up this 1988 Mustang GT Convertible that was a roller outside of Orlando Florida. The car was a drag car at some point and came as a full roller just needed an engine and transmission. All the body panels were still original with the exception of the hood that was swapped out, I would assume that there was a big cowl hood on the car at some stage. Here’s a few pics below of how the car looked when we got it!
The following year came and the friend who bought the car was discouraged to put the car back together and had his eyes on my 1987 Stalker Convertible build that I had. So for those of you who have read my other posts, this was Chuck and we made the deal to trade for my 87 Convertible + Cash on his part. So as you guessed, I had a new project in my hands! I didn’t waste any time on this one as summer was approaching and I wanted something to enjoy and to later sell for some profit. The project name was “Ladies” as a bright yellow convertible would be ideal for any owner to turn the heads of the Ladies and hopefully take them for a nice late night summertime cruise!
Luckily, I managed to source the following parts quite quickly:
- Complete 5.0 engine to drop in
- 4 cylinder manual transmission with shorter gears
- Complete leather black interior
- Cervinis Stalker front bumper
- Saleen Wing
- Cobra Rear bumper
- Drop Springs
- Flowmaster Exhaust
- ROH-ZR6 wheels
First thing was of course to get the car running and to bolt on the exterior goodies before sending the car for paint. The engine was in great shape so while it was out I accented some of the parts with Yellow to go with the theme of the car. I really did luck out with finding Cervinis bumpers locally in Ontario (Stalker front and Cobra Rear), they had never been installed and the fit was really good. Here are a few pics of the car running and driving before getting sent off to paint.
1991 Dech Coupe). The whole car was primed, block sanded prior to paint and then received a coat of white sealer that would help seal up all of the body work underneath and also allow for better coverage of the Viper Yellow base coart. Dupont base and Chroma Clear 9800 clear coat were used on this car as I wanted to make sure there would be a long and durable finish. Here are a few pics throughout the paint process. It was done in a well ventilated shop that was wet down for hours prior. It’s amazing how a paint finish can turn out even if you don’t have a paint booth. Not one run in the clear or dirt. A good rule of thumb is that if you think you have cleaned and prepped enough, go over everything a one if not two more times, it’s worth it.
1987 GT Convertible in Black – “Stalker Vert” and the 1988 Mustang GT Convertible in Yellow – “Ladies”
The better news is that this car is still on the road today and being enjoyed by a fellow Mustang enthusiast! He is still sporting the ROH ZR6’s too which I don’t blame him. It’s always nice to see that after more than 10 years a build is still out there and being enjoyed.