Miles Cook
March 1, 2009
When the entire line of California Pony Cars underhood dress-up goodies are installed, the drab Three-Valve 4.6L engine bay looks noticeably better. Included are a finned fuse-box cover, shock tower covers, battery and master cylinder covers, a pair of radiator-cover extensions, a pair of fuel-rail covers, and a plenum cover made by Ford Racing. There's also a CPC throttle-body cover that is actually an extension of the Ford Racing plenum cover.

In our Aug. '08 issue, we showed a hood-lift kit being installed on an S197 Mustang. Made by California Pony Cars, the kit eliminates the hood-prop rod and makes opening the car's hood considerably easier.

We're returning to Cal Pony Cars' product line once again for this How-To, but now we're focusing on the company's line of underhood dress-up parts for '05-'09 Mustang GTs. We mention the hood-lift kit because one of the items we show being installed here can't be used unless the hood-lift kit is in place.

Though the radiator-cover extensions require that the hood-prop rod be removed, you could still install the driver side and save the passenger-side extension for when the hood-lift kit is installed at a later time.

Whichever way you decide to go as far as the radiator-cover extensions and hood-lift kit are concerned, all the parts are top-quality and look great, too. They're also relatively easy to install as we had everything in place on our '06 GT subject car in about two to three hours.