1305 Late Model Corral May 2013
Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
October 1, 2013

Debadged Pony

I have a '12 Mustang GT that I would like to customize. I would like to know how to remove the round GT emblem from the trunk lid, the "5.0" emblems from the fenders, and the running pony emblem from the grille.

Ronald Robinson
Canon City, CO

The newer Mustangs aren't as easy to clean up like the older Fox Mustangs, as Ford has added alignment holes to some of the Mustang's sheetmetal to aid emblem installation. The easiest emblem to remove is the running pony in the grille. There are two nuts securing the chrome pony to the plastic grille. To access them, you need to remove the upper radiator panel under the hood, which is secured by pushpins. Note that the grille still has an outline of the pony once the chrome emblem is removed. A better alternative might be an aftermarket billet grille with no pony, like the one offered by Roush Performance.

For the faux gas cap on the decklid, it is held on with emblem tape, so you will need to use heat to soften the adhesive (a hair dryer works fine), then slide fishing line or dental floss behind the cap to separate it from the decklid panel. A paint stick wrapped in painters tape or nylon door panel tools will also work to separate the adhesive's death grip. Be prepared, though, as removing the cap will expose alignment holes in the decklid. The decklid panel is also stamped to accept the faux cap, meaning the metal is not smooth and does not match the rest of the decklid profile. You will have to cover it with something, like the Classic Design Concepts decklid panel.

I also recommend gutting/removing the stock proportioning valve and installing an adjustable version in the rear brake line

The 5.0 emblems on the front fenders are attached in the same manner as the faux gas cap and can be removed using the same steps of heat, fishing line, or trim tools. However, the fender emblems use alignment pins as well, which leaves holes in the fenders after removing the emblems. You'll have to cover these holes with something (another emblem?) or have the holes welded up and painted. A trend we've seen is painting the 5.0 emblem body color so it blends in.

Rear Disc Decision

I would like to install rear disc brakes on my '81 Mustang. The information I have says to use the '84-'86 Mustang SVO master cylinder. What I want to know is, will this master cylinder fit my original booster. And if not, what booster can I use?

Greg Bishop
Via the Internet

The '84-'86 Mustang SVO master cylinder is a direct-fit bolt-on to the Fox brake booster. You will most likely need to double-check your brake booster pushrod length to ensure it isn't too far away from the master cylinder piston and you'll also need some adapter fittings to connect your existing brake lines. I also recommend gutting/removing the stock proportioning valve and installing an adjustable version in the rear brake line.

Track Pack Value

As a track day enthusiast, I purchased the Track Pack option (67E) as a foundation for my early production (August 2009) '10 Mustang GT. I have added a few performance and safety upgrades to complement the Track Pack. I exchanged the Brembo front brakes for Baer Brakes' two-piston front calipers with 14-inch rotors front and rear, a Borla axle-back exhaust, a K&N air filter with Ford Racing calibration (M-9603-MGT), and a Ford Racing five-speed short-throw shifter (M7210-MGTA). What do you believe the car's value may be in the future as it relates to uniqueness of the Track Pack option package? Will it be rare enough to hang onto? I still have all the OEM hardware, exhaust, shifter, and brake components that can be put back on the car.

Josh Lepage
DeKalb, IL

While the Track Pack option for the later S197 Mustangs is a nice handling and braking upgrade for occasional track use, like you have done, many people find they need/want more aggressive handling and braking from their Mustang as they improve their track skills and lap times. The Track Pack option is very close to the 3.73 axle upgrade package option (Performance Friction brake pads, revised stability control calibration, etc.) and is a good value when you consider the cost of the 19-inch Pirelli summer tires alone, but calling either of these option packages "rare" is a stretch in our minds. Maybe if your GT had the one-year only Red Candy special paint and the late-availability HID headlights or some other low-volume option we'd consider using the R-word, but otherwise there are a ton of Track Pack and 3.73 gear option pack cars running around. Our advice: drive it, track it, and enjoy it.

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