August 15, 2011

Wear and tear are problems associated with anything that sees constant use. If your Fox Mustang is your daily driver, then you've seen these problems firsthand-discolored door panels, faded carpet, cracked plastic trim, control knobs worn down, lettering worn away. While these things won't prevent your Mustang from running down the road, they do degrade the whole experience. Having a stout engine with a blower strapped to it might be fun, but when your Mustang rattles like a jar of loose screws, or the wind noise through the cracked and split window gaskets is louder than your stereo, it's time to get busy replacing those worn or broken items.

Recently, a fellow employee bought an '85 GT for $500. It was a steal, with a running carbureted 5.0 and a C4 in place of the original T5. While the car runs well and has already seen headers, an exhaust, and a few other performance goodies, the trashed interior needs some serious TLC. It's especially bad when the torn body gaskets and leaky T-tops make for a daily ritual of checking the weather report before deciding whether to drive the car to work. While the interior is based on the earlier '79-'86 design, much of the work involved to bring life back to the interior is the same as the more popular '87-'93 design.

Fortunately, Latemodel Restoration Supply, which takes care of performance, handling, and braking upgrades, can handle those maintenance fixes and restoration supplies to keep your Mustang running and looking like it's in tip-top, showroom-new shape. But there's still a long list of items-including door panels, interior plastic trim, OE taillights, and more-that need to be reproduced to keep our beloved Fox Mustangs rolling.

While the folks at LRS are working on all sorts of reproduction parts, including new quarter-window assemblies for coupes and hatchbacks, there may be something on your list they haven't thought of. So drop them a line or give them a call and tell them what you need. If demand warrants it, don't be surprised if Shannon Guderian and his crew begin making the parts.

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