KJ Jones Senior Technical Editor
March 1, 2010
Photos By: KJ Jones

Horse Sense:
The feeling we're experiencing right now is déjà vu, as we've definitely been in this position before. We're fast approaching the drop-dead, cutoff date for completing Boss 340, our '90 drag-'Stang project car (our plan was to complete the car and have it ready to race in the PSCA's Street Car Super Nationals event at The 'Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway). We found ourselves in the exact-same position that we were in a few years ago (with getting Project T-top Coupe ready for Drag Week)-not quite done, and it didn't look like we were going to be done in time for a Nov. '09 debut. However, despite falling short of our target, trust that Boss 340 will be finished in early 2010, and it will be an awesome race car. There's no doubt about that!

As we explained in last month's report on Boss 340 (our '90 Mustang drag-car project powered by a modern-day, Boss-style engine, with Cleveland heads, EFI, and nitrous), designing and applying custom paint and graphics for a race car is not a wham-bam, done-in-a-day deal. The entire process takes time, especially if you want the end result to be something that you and the designer/painter/graphics guy will be proud of, when your 'Stang makes its dragstrip debut.

After hours of filling, sanding, filling, sanding, more filling, and did we say...sanding...to ensure its body panels are nice and straight, our project Pony is now at a point where its Raceskinz-designed, (BASF R-M Onyx HD Series) Super White, Mars Gold Metallic, Silver and Viper Red stripe scheme can finally be laid down. Yes, the car's "color," which is the name Raceskinz co-owner, Mike Smith, has given Boss 340's paint and graphics scheme, is being applied with paint as opposed to adhesive vinyl. We initially planned to set the whole car up with a custom vinyl wrap, but learned that by using paint, the Boss' finish will be much more durable than vinyl; the colors will be a lot sharper, as well.

Yes, we're now taking the concept and making it real, transforming our 'Stang's shell from primered and dull to fully painted and decked-out with custom stripes and lettering. Pay close attention to the details. We will show you how Raceskinz uses the computer to generate easy-to-manipulate, adhesive masking templates. The masks allow graphics specialist, Rob Pitts, to spray the colors in their designated areas on the Mustang. In the end, using masks will make our freshly painted Boss look exactly as it does in the rendering created by Mike's brother, Tirrell "Cochise" Lazada-Smith, and more and more like the race car we envisioned.

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