Jim Smart
October 1, 2002
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Graphics

Tired of the same old thing? Lay down groovy graphics to put the 'tang back in your Mustang. GT-style stripes work well from 1965-'70, C-stripes are bitchin' for 1967-'68, and pinstripes add a touch of class to any model year Mustang. Boss wrap-around stripes are a natural for 1969-'70 and hood stripes add sizzle anytime. You can install any of these yourself and save money. Look to California Mustang for stripe kits. Pinstriping is best left to the professional.

Fiberglass Class

Fiberglass isn't thought of as a stealth mod because you can see it. But it is subtle in its approach. Mustangs Plus has a wide variety of fiberglass body parts to dress up any Mustang. So does Tony D. Branda Mustang & Shelby. Slip a Shelby hood onto your 1965-'68 Mustang. What about a duck's tail decklid for your hardtop, fastback, or convertible? The decklid gives it a California Special look. Fiberglass requires the talents of a professional or someone who is very patient. Bolt some 'glass on and behold the looks.

Exhaust System

Want to improve performance? Start with your Mustang's exhaust system. Nothing does more for auto attitude than throaty dual exhausts. We have a couple of mufflers in mind for a testosterone result. Flowmaster three-chamber mufflers sound terrific. They give any Mustang V-8 that Hi-Po/Cleveland throaty burble. Walker Dynomax mufflers offer a more hot rod tone-a soft roar-when the butterflies are pinned. Always use an H-pipe to balance pressure between the two sides. This also improves sound quality.

On The Radio

Thank goodness for Custom Autosound. Under the careful, thoughtful direction of Carl Sprague, the company has conceived a wide variety of sound systems for vintage automobiles, including the Mustang. These guys fit right into a Mustang's dashboard without any special modifications. Talk about a stealth mod. The USA-6 stereo unit looks like a period AM radio from the '60s. Yet it brings you a CD controller, AM/FM stereo sound and more for under $200. Not bad. Turn on and tune in to stealthy vibes from Custom Autosound.

Headlights

You may not consider headlights a modification. But have you looked through a Mustangs Plus or National Parts Depot catalog lately? Mustangs Plus has the super-sharp tri-bar headlamps for 1965-'68 and 1970-'73 Mustangs with single headlamps. The tri-bar is a composite headlamp where the bulb inside is replaceable. These lamps cast an intense beam of light to the road ahead.

National Parts Depot brings us the Xenon headlamp from Wagner. The Xenon lamp aims a bright beam of electric blue light, bringing your classic into the new millennium in short order. Kinds of reminds us of those BMWs on Los Angeles freeways.

Cool Instrumentation

Have you ever wanted to install an aftermarket instrument panel but didn't want to lose the original look? JME Enterprises has the answer. For 1965-'66, JME brings you this elegant billet instrument panel fitted with Autometer gauges for a vintage Shelby racer look. What's especially nice is this instrument panel's uncluttered styling coupled with plug-in convenience.

For 1967-'68, JME uses the factory instrument bezel fitted with Autometer instruments for an original, yet aftermarket look. All JME clusters are easy to install and require virtually no maintenance. A new JME cluster is coming for 1969-'70 Mustangs. Stay tuned to Mustang Monthly for more details.

Secret Sound

If you're like most of us purists, you like that vintage Ford AM radio mid-dash. It brings back sweet memories of strange noises off the airwaves, buzzing power lines, and the baseball game on a Saturday afternoon. But the humble AM radio isn't much good for easy listening music. It lacks depth and rich sound. Custom Autosound introduces SecretAudio for vintage Mustangs. You can hide this guy anywhere in your Mustang and use the hand-held remote control to fire it up and tune in. This way, the AM radio remains where it belongs.