Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
March 9, 2007

Owning a body shop has distinct advantages, such as getting to try out new tricks on other people's cars before applying them to your own ride. Obviously, Jim Ricchezza had plenty of practice before applying the paint to his '88 Mustang GT. Wearing PPG paint, Jim's GT features a black basecoat, followed with Harlequin flames up front that change from red, to blue, to purple, to gold. The superb paint does its thing over a stock body with additions such as a Cervini's Auto Designs 4-inch cowl hood, a '93 Cobra rear bumper, and Weld Draglite big 'n' littles with Mickey Thompson ET Streets out back for the occasional 11-second dragstrip pass.

Jim didn't neglect the interior of his GT, either. Notice the console treatment, which matches that of the exterior of the car with Harlequin flames over a smooth-as-glass surface. Check out the Auto Meter white-face gauges, the UPR billet trim pieces, the Corbeau A4 seats, and who can miss the Fieldsboro Welding-installed S&W eight-point cage. And though you can't see it here, the rear seat was reupholstered by East Coast Custom Upholstery to match the front Corbeau A4s.