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BTC Interior Restoration – Trim Pieces

As part of the ‘Built to Cruise‘ project here at StangNet, restoration of the 1989 Mustang was in order.  We not only planned to convert the ‘Notch over to the new 2011 5.0 V8 Coyote engine, but we wanted to give this 1989 a nice big refresher.  The car’s interior was originally Blue but any Mustang fan knows the rare and not often found Black interior is the way to go.  We wanted to document our adventure in converting this ‘Notch over to having a black interior and share with you some of the techniques we learned along the way as well as where to find parts and what all products are needed to make it happen, in a ‘professional’ way so to speak.  Jump on in and follow along as we give a brief overview of the details and we also hope that this may help down the road when refreshing your FOX body Mustang.

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Built to Cruise Updates

You probably are asking “Where are the Built to Cruise Updates?”  Well we are back with some updates for you.  We had been in a holding pattern for the last month waiting on major components and with only myself working on small components of the build.  The most exciting part of this update is we expect to have BTC up and running by the end of April.  I would stand to say that we will be 95% done then.  Patrick Lee from Classic Design Concepts is coming down to StangNet headquarters on the 18th and we are going to be doing some power building.  I have threatened to put up a web cam and send out a live video feed during the build process, a lot is going to be happening the week he is here.  Jump on in for all the juicy details on where we are at and what is to come this month!

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MRT announces Fox Ford Mustang Hood Struts

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a sharp, quality aftermarket product come out for the Fox-body Ford Mustang, so we’re up in front to tell you about the latest from Mustang Racing Technologies (MRT).  These Fox Mustang hood struts are designed to nip the need for the lame OEM prop rod and serve up a clean, crisp underhood look.  What’s more, these are the first hood struts aimed at the 1979 – 1993 Mustang!  Pretty awesome, also, is the fact these parts are designed & fabricated right here in the US of A.

Read more about these MRT hood struts in the PR snippet that follows…

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FOX Mustang Door Trim Restoration

As part of the Built to Cruise project, restoration of the FOX body has always been part of the plan.  We have had the Ford Mustang back from paint for about 3 weeks.  We are still waiting on some more engine parts before moving on to the drive-train, so we started on other parts of the Mustang.  After some SEMS black trim paint being applied back to the door and jam area where it was originally applied, we started to put the door and exterior trim back on the car.  This is an update and details of the parts used.  Cleaning up and/or replacing the trim area around the door makes a big difference on these cars.  Take a peek at the images and parts listed for reference.

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Project ‘Built to Cruise’ Update

In case you have not seen or heard the recent rumblings in the Ford Mustang news sector, the team here at StangNet has been hard at work on another project, following closely on the heels of the Shelby GT500 Glassback Project.  The latest & greatest is dubbed ‘Built to Cruise’ and it involves mating the new 2011 Ford Mustang GT’s power plant into a Fox-body Mustang coupe.  Project Built to Cruise has been in the works since the spring of 2010.  The initial months were mostly a lot of R&D for fitment of the new 2011 5.0 engine offered by Ford Racing to fit in the early Fox.  We also had to plan and obtain parts for a modular swap, which has become quite common the past few years, and with the addition of the Control Pak kits offered by Ford Racing, the swaps have been even easier.  The StangNet team has also been posting tidbits of our progress via the Mustang Forums and our dedicated update blog which you can see on our homepage as well as at  In mid-September, we received the Control Pak from Ford Racing and a new K-member from J&M; just a week prior,  we got the car back from paint.  It’s go time!  So here we are, presenting you with an official update to give you a synopsis of our progress and break it down into some detail.  Follow the jump to get all the juicy details.

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