Pete Epple Technical Editor
March 22, 2011

There's no doubt that custom paint will take just about any project to the next level. For our SEMA car, it was a necessity. We knew our AMSOIL '11 Mustang GT needed to stand out among the amazing custom builds that always steal the show in Vegas. What we came up with was tastefully over the top.

The color scheme for our AMSOIL '11 GT started in Flat Rock, Michigan, at the factory. Ford layered our 5.0-liter in Kona Blue, which we knew would really pop under the lights in our Source Interlink Media booth at SEMA. The day after we got home from Detroit, we headed to Blow-By Racing and added horsepower by way of a Ford Racing blower and Kook's exhaust; then it was time to make our AMSOIL GT look the part.

We headed to Visual FX Custom Paint and Body in Orange Park, Florida, to tackle the aesthetic mods. We were looking to add to the Mustang's already aggressive looks, and an aftermarket front fascia, hood, and rear spoiler would handle that task nicely. AmericanMuscle.com sent us a Roush Performance front fascia and spoiler, and Cervini's Auto Design supplied us with one of its 4-inch cowl-induction hoods.

Paul Holman, owner of Visual FX, started by stripping the factory parts we would be tossing to the side. With the help of Rocky West, the new body pieces were prepped, primed, and layered with a few fresh coats of Kona Blue before being installed on the Mustang. The Visual FX crew also prepped the roof, decklid, and fenders for the custom paintwork, which is a combination of a Murray Pfaff and Paul Holman design.

Once the basecoat was cured, Holman and West laid out the stripes with fine-line tape. After trying numerous configurations on the hood, roof, and rocker panel, the duo decided on the final placement and began spraying the red, silver, and black. After the newly painted stripes had time to dry, Holman went to work with his airbrush. Using a white base and a blue candy topcoat, the blue fire began to take shape. With nothing more than a stencil and an airbrush, Holman laid down three-dimensional flames so realistic looking, you'd swear blue fire is engulfing the car-it was the perfect touch for our SEMA-bound Pony.

Once in Vegas, the Mustang was a showstopper. Virtually everyone who walked by clicked off a photo, and the folks at Ford Motor Company were quite pleased with our AMSOIL GT.

Now that we have the body complete, we'll be back next month with yet another part of the build. So stay tuned as we take this GT from stock to rock.

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