Jim Smart
May 2, 2012

Have you ever wanted to install stripes or unique graphics on your Mustang but were afraid to tackle the job, fearful you'd wind up with cockeyed stripes or air bubbles? Stripe and graphics installation makes us nervous too, which is why we checked in with Terry Simpson at The Restomod Shop for advice on this subject. Terry allowed us to observe the stripe installation on a '69 Shelby G.T. 350 that was just coming out of a fresh restoration by Jeff Speegle and Mark Vasquez.

Because Mustang bodies have curves and contours, stripe installation requires patience and due diligence for pinpoint accuracy. Although our subject vehicle is a Shelby, stripe application remains the same regardless of what type of Mustang you're doing. Terry is going to demonstrate a professional approach to stripe and graphics installation. Take what you learn from Terry and apply it to your home garage technique. This really is something you can do yourself with outstanding results.

While we're on the subject, just about any type of graphics treatment imaginable is available from Graphic Express and Mustangs Plus, which stocks all of the classic Mustang stripe kits for Shelby, GT, Mach 1, and Boss. Graphic Express also offers custom stripes. All you have to do is show them what you want, including colors and design, and they can get it to you in a matter of days.

Quick Stripe Tip

Before installing stripes, check your local club or visit a show to find a good example of the stripes you want to install on your Mustang. For example, if you're applying side stripes to a '65-'66 GT, find a factory original or concours restored example to get measurements and photos. We're modeling our stripe installation after a concours restored '69-'70 Shelby stripe package to get a head start. This helps get our stripe installation in the neighborhood before permanent installation.

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