Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 1, 2010
Photos By: Courtesy of Manufacturers

For most Mustang owners, the garage is an extension of the home living space. It's a place to escape, whether it's attached to the home or located in a separate building. As such, the garage offers a much friendlier atmosphere if it's organized, looks nice, and is equipped with functional components. We've discovered some helpful items for helping you get your garage in shape for better enjoyment of your Mustang.

Stop Flat Spots
If you own a Mustang that is primarily used for shows, then you're well aware that tires can flat-spot when not used for long periods of time, like over the winter. Brute Industries, manufacturer of Race Ramps, has come up with FlatStoppers as a solution for owners who don't drive their cars for 30 days or longer. Once the tires are positioned into the FlatStoppers on a level surface, they settle into the pad's concave depression to disperse the weight of the car more evenly on the tires, which helps to prevent flat-spotting. Measuring 22.3 inches long, 3.5 inches high, and 14 inches wide, the FlatStoppers pads can accommodate tires up to 12 inches wide. As with all Brute Industries products, the pads are made from a patented, lightweight solid construction technique, making them durable and virtually indestructible while also providing a 6,000-pound vehicle weight capacity. The textured coating keeps them from sliding across floors.
For more information, visit the company website at www.raceramps.com.

Upscale Work Center
Moduline's new Work Center incorporates a durable high-fashion workbench teamed with 32x18-inch mobile toolboxes, all with 13/4-inch Bally Block Co. butcher block work surfaces. The workbench is available in 72- and 96-inch standard lengths and can house two mobile toolboxes, each containing four or six drawers. Both are constructed with anodized aluminum frames with red, black, white, or blue baked enamel (or any of more than 200 custom colors) center panels and drawer fronts to match Moduline's line of Pro II cabinets. Buyers can specify workbench lengths to match their individual requirement.
For more information, contact Moduline Cabinets at 888/343-4463 or visit the website at www.modulinegarage.com.

Hanging Hoover
Hoover's Garage Utility Vac, or GUV for short, mounts on the garage wall to get one more thing off your floor. The quiet 12-amp motor provides powerful suction through the provided 30-foot crush-proof hose, which dumps into a 5-gallon tank. Simply mount the storage bracket on the wall, hang the vacuum, and plug it in.
The GUV is available from stores that carry Hoover products, or online at the Hoover Direct Store at www.hoover.com.

Shelby Clock
Graphics Express offers many items for dressing up your Mustang garage, including signs, thermometers, and clocks. They're also licensed by Carroll Shelby to produce Shelby products, like this double neon clock with the Shelby snake logo. Measuring 17 inches in diameter, the clock is made from a chrome-plated metal shell with a glass face and double neon-white on the outside and blue on the inside.
The Graphics Express website has a number of Mustang and Shelby clocks, along with signs, so check them out at www.graphicsexpress.com.

Door-Ding Prevention
More than likely, your Mustang shares the garage space with another vehicle, perhaps one driven by your spouse who may be oblivious to your repulsion to door dings on your Mustang. A new product called the DoorPal could be the answer to your prayers. An inflatable protection panel, the DoorPal can be suspended from a garage ceiling using a proprietary safety release or attached to a wall where car doors are most likely to be damaged. Measuring approximately 100x34x4.5 inches when inflated, the DoorPal is designed to protect cars side by side, regardless of height, and it's transparent.
It's currently available online at www.doorpal.com.

Racing Stool
Ford Racing offers a cool barstool as part number M-77602-A. Black with a blue-and-red Ford Racing logo, the stool features four chrome legs with supporting rings. A second version with a seatback (PN M-77502-B) is also available. Buy it from Ford Racing distributors or by calling 888/380-6901.
Visit the website at www.fordracingparts.com.

G-Floor Technology
The G-Floor from Better Life Technology is an easy-to-install garage floor covering that rolls into place to protect the floor and provide easy cleanup for liquid spills. The G-Floor was developed by BLT cofounder Brett Sneed, who wanted a product that could transform the garage's appearance, install in seconds, and last for years. He and his father brought to market a specially formulated 10-foot-wide, roll-out polyvinyl pad with channels to direct runoff out the door. To install, roll the G-Floor out over the floor and trim the edges. Easy to clean and impervious to oil and other fluids, it also prevents dirt from migrating across the floor. Easier to install than coatings and snap-together systems, the G-Floor is available in a variety of colors and patterns.
Contact Better Life Technology by calling 913/894-0403 or visit www.bltllc.com.

Home Welder
Most Mustang owners don't need a heavy-duty shop welder in their home garage. However, it's nice to have one available for smaller jobs, like welding up a broken seat frame. The MIG 130 from HTP America is designed for the do-it-yourselfer with four heat settings, an infinite wire feed adjustment, 7-foot welding gun, 5-foot ground cable, and 61/2-foot input power cord. It operates on 110 volts, so you can plug it in anywhere. With 130 amps of power, it can weld anything from thin sheetmetal to 3/16-inch steel. The MIG 130 welder uses both 8- and 4-inch diameter spools of wire and comes ready to weld with extra tips and a roll of .035-inch flux cored gasless wire.
For more information, contact HTP America at 800/872-9353 or visit the website at www.usaweld.com.