Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
October 30, 2014
Photos By: Manufacturers

Wrap it Up

Wrapping your vehicle or spraying a rubberized coating to certain parts (wheels, spoilers, hoods) is all the rage right now. The issue is that the standard aerosol spray product found at the hardware store was not designed for automotive use but for protecting tools. The Eastwood Company has just introduced its own automotive-based removable rubber coating called ElastiWrap. It is available in aerosol cans as well as quart and gallon containers that can be easily applied with its turbine spray gun or HVLP spray gun. The ElastiWrap dries to a matte finish, or you can apply Eastwood's gloss clear or pearl finish coat. ElastiWrap peels easily, allowing you to change colors or effects in just hours (or go back to your original painted finish); great for shows or special events. ElastiWrap is 50-state compliant, can be shipped to California, and its high-build formula means less product is required. Info: (800) 343-9353;

NEX-gen Audio for Your Mustang

If your Mustang's dash is begging for an audio upgrade (and who doesn't want killer sound with navigation and more) then check out the latest NEX network connected in-dash receivers from Pioneer. The NEX line features five models, all double-DIN configuration, with built-in navigation that features 7.9 million points of interest and AVIC-equipped models can even obtain live traffic information. AVICSYNC1 allows a connected smartphone to access local searches, weather and gas info, and more. Even better, NEX receivers can integrate directly with OEM systems tied to a stock radio, such as Ford's SYNC. Additional features include Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users, Pandora Station Creation, Sirius-XM ready, dual USB ports, 13-band EQ, Aha Radio, touch-screen interface, and much more. Find the NEX line at Pioneer installation retailers, Best Buy, Crutchfield, and more. Info:

Aluminate the Possibilities

There's no denying the popularity of the Coyote 5.0L engine in the '11 and up Mustang. Just take a look at how many have been used in street rods, vintage Mustang swaps, and so on. Ford Racing has offered an Aluminator version of the 5.0L Coyote (better internal hardware than the stock Coyote crate engine) for a while now. For those looking for just a short-block option Ford Racing has listened to you. Ford Racing now offers two short-blocks, one for naturally aspirated applications and one for supercharged/boosted applications. Hand assembled with Mahle forged pistons, Manley rods, ARP fasteners, and more, they offer a great foundation to build your custom 5.0L powerplant or to replace an aging factory modular V-8 in your late-model Mustang. Info: (800) 367-3788;

One-Step Shine

Not everyone has the time to spend on applying paste wax and then buffing the surface out. With Eagle One's Wax-As-U-Dry you can have long-lasting protection in minutes. The patented formula found in Wax-As-U-Dry allows application to wet or dry surfaces. Simply spray Wax-As-U-Dry onto your freshly washed car and wipe dry. No buffing is required and you'll be left with a streak-free finish that will protect your Mustang's paint for months from acid rain, salt, and other contaminants in one quick step. Info: (800) 832-6825;