Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
April 1, 2001

Step By Step

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Voilà—$125 and an hour’s worth of labor later, and the front of the GT looks exactly like that of a ’93 Cobra. Cool.
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Here’s Jimmy’s car in its GT glory. Yes, that is primer. The car is in the midst of regaining its street-worthiness with a healthy small-block and some kind of power adder. The paint will be a candy-red color, and once it’s done it will no doubt grace the pages of this magazine.
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Once Jimmy has mapped out where he needs to cut, he uses a cut-off wheel to make the hole. Cervini’s carries a template that makes the cut-out process easier for those wishing to do it themselves. Safety glasses also work well in keeping melted urethane material from your eyes.
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Ultimately, you’ll probably have to test fit the Cobra grille insert a couple times to make sure the hole is big enough to accept it. Before final installation, Jimmy uses a precleaner to provide a clean area for the two-sided tape to adhere.
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In addition to the two-sided tape, the Cobra grille insert is held in place with a rivet on each side.

One of the good things about owning a Mustang is the multitude of body mods--big and small--that can be performed. In our Feb. 2001 issue ("11-Step Program," p. 109) we installed a Cervini's Stalker/Cobra ground-effects package on one of our project cars. That was a big project. This how-to focuses on a body mod that, even though it's a relatively small modification, garners a lot of attention for a minimal price.

We're installing Cervini's Cobra Grille Insert ($125) on a Fox GT. The owner, Jimmy White of Xtreme Custom Paint & Body, is in the midst of getting the car back in primo shape. A Cobra grille insert is designed to make your Fox LX or GT's front bumper cover look like that of a '93 Cobra. It's a common modification, and it definitely wakes up an otherwise sleepy front bumper cover.