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Why yes, it is a NASCAR-powered Ford Mustang

Ever wonder what it would be like to modify a Ford Mustang to have more power for miles of smiles?  Hah, pure rhetoric, right?  What Mustang fanatic hasn’t gotten bitten by the modification bug and not been able to leave well enough alone?  These are of but a few, that’s for sure.

One of those bitten (and seriously infected) by the bug is Marc Sorger, the general manager at The Mustang Shop, a facility dedicated to Mustang restorations and tuning.  Marc, like so many before (and after) wanted more, so he took his 2008 Mustang GT and gave it some upgrades to bolster the output to 724hp on the pavement.  So, was that enough?  Nope, it never is.

The short story of this one is Marc took a NASCAR engine from Mark Martin’s Pfizer race car and slapped it into his 2008 Mustang GT.  The rest, as they say, is history…and the video here and the other moving pictures at Motor Authority will get you the “rest of the story”.

Source: Motor Authority

5.0 Mustang Magazine Features our ‘Built to Cruise’ Project

We have always kept our stable full of Mustangs here at StangNet, and quite often, we arrive at one that is a total hit.  The latest completed project Ford Mustang, Built to Cruise, has just upped its street cred with a feature in the June 2013 of 5.0 Mustangs and Super Fords.  So now you can say you saw the best Fox Coyote swap Mustang before it hit print, right here on our site, as we put it all together.

As for the feature in the magazine, we won’t spoil it, but you can grab your own copy and pilfer the pages for a fantastic photo shoot of BTC and of course, plenty of back-story and tech about the car, in case you might have missed it beforehand.  So, what are you waiting for?  Head to your local book-tailer and get your own copy of the magazine!

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Source:  5.0 Mustang and Super Fords

Jay Leno to purchase StangNet ‘Built to Cruise’ Project Mustang

Trust us, we were just about as floored to get the call from outer Burbank this morning, too. Anyone who has any remote clue about cars at all knows Jay Leno is a HU-UGE car nut & Ford Mustang fan, and he possesses a crazy amount of antiques, classics, concepts, projects, and relics in his insanely-awesome garage of automobilia. So why did his people get online and scour for our contact information to show interest in BTC?  Probably because the buzz it has spawned since it was built, and that Built to Cruise was the first sanctioned Coyote 5.0 swap into a Fox body Mustang laid out in full spread with documentation & photos along the way, and was done with detailed perfection…not some Frankenstein hack job a shade tree mechanic might come up with.

As for the price Leno is offering, we cannot say just yet, as his agent couple only promise us a few minutes with him on the conference call, and we mostly spent the time “kicking tires” and shooting the breeze.  He’s a pretty stand-up guy and totally down-to-earth.  He has an idea of what we expect to get out of the project and let’s be honest here–it’s not like Jay’s hurting for cash, heh!

Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you posted on what comes next.  We are supposed to hear back by the close of business or at the latest, tomorrow morning…

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Spring Cleaning time for your Ford Mustang!

Being as today is the first day of Spring, we figured we would kick off the season with a round of cleaning both at home and in the shop.  We’re already making steps to getting things torn down and sorted out for Project 86 (pictured).  Now THAT is clean, right?  This project and our latest Survivor find, an 1986 Ford Mustang GT, are going to keep us plenty busy over the next several months…and we’re completely fine with that!

Project 86 is going to take some painstaking effort and time to get to full-state, but it’s got nothing on the amount of blood, sweat, and tears we poured into Built to Cruise, that’s for sure!  This time around, we’re going to be “chill” about this Mustang project, and keep it calm…hopefully.  With the help of Late Model Restoration and TMI Products, Project 86 should turn out well enough to turn heads in a classy manner on the stead of a flashy “look at me” attitude.

So let’s hear it–what do you guys & gals have in store for Spring cleaning projects or updates?

StangNet picks up a Four Eyed Survivor

The way we have continued to land upon projects over the past 15 years here at StangNet HQ still continues to surprise us as Ford Mustang fans.  Just a couple of weeks ago, a tragedy in the family resulted in not just sad times, but also a reflection upon what was left behind.  We were able to get our paws on a near-mint 1986 Mustang GT…the last year of the 4-eyes, as you well know.  This quasi “barn find” was a complete surprise and we have got to say, we could not be more excited about this one.

The paint is original.  The interior is original.  Engine?  Yeah, you guessed it; original.  What’s more, the interior isn’t just original, it’s practically showroom new.  Astounding, we thought.  How many miles, you ask?  38,000.  And no, it’s not the second time around the 5-digit odometer, either.  This ’86 GT has been parked since 1994, so some minor maintenance and TLC are to be applied at the shop to get it up to complete pristine condition.

So what wild, outlandish plans do we have for this project car?  We don’t.  The car will get some paint touches, detailed,new shocks and struts, and the mandatory R134 conversion.  I’m sure we’ll be out and about in this Survivor soon enough, but in the meantime, check out some of the pictures we snapped in the gallery below.

StangNet’s Project 86 Ford Mustang begins

It’s the New Year and it’s high-time for a new project!  Obviously, my passion for Mustangs run deep.  When I was sixteen, I had just returned from living overseas and had zero experience with Mustangs.  I remember going for a ride in an ’86 GT with my older second cousin and my grandmother. From that point on I was enamored with Mustangs.  Twenty-six years later, here we are and here is THAT CAR! — the original inspiration.  I picked up the ’86 GT from my cousin last summer who has owned it since it was new, and we here at StangNet have been preparing for a healthy restoration.  This car is solid and completely original, including the struts, shocks, brakes, clutch and even the Marcel fog light covers.

She runs decent enough and currently and looks great from 20 feet, so…  the StangNet crew has decided instead of breaking her completely down and going ground up restoration, we want to work it out in phases.  To start, we plan to restore the interior as it is entirely worse for the wear.  Once we do that, we’ll fix the brakes, get the A/C running, and just drive and enjoy this clean FOX.  As time progresses, we will sort out the body, suspension, and engine.

Once again we have partnered with Late Model Restoration and TMI Interiors to help us with the project.  The interior is the famous Canyon Red and we plan to keep this car as original in form and looks as we can.  Timing is everything and Late Model Restoration just released their latest master catalog which is helping greatly in securing the needed restoration parts.  We found ourselves going between the catalog and their website tracking down the parts needed.  Another benefit is their new video channel detailing the installation and restoring of FOX parts. We have a good bit of experience working on FOX Mustangs, much like on our BTC Project, but not being as familiar with the 4 eyed 86 GT, the Late Model Resto videos help sort out what parts are best to replace and also how to do get it done.

We plan to keep this post updated as we progress with details, a running parts list and before and after images.

Follow the jump for more images and the parts list!

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