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1988 Ford Mustang GT Project Hypersilver - Exterior Assembly
Unmistaken Identity - National Parts Depot and Spike’s Performance & Refinishing team up to assemble the exterior of Hypersilver!
14. Lorenzo then installed the rest of the door and window hardware. Here he’s installing the window run channel, which NPD also supplied.
15. In the front, we had to reuse the bumper reinforcement, which attaches to the absorbers, which we replaced with new pieces from NPD.
16. They then moved on to the front fascia. We introduced this Stalker nose ($624.99) from Cervini’s in an earlier issue.
17. To give Hypersilver a unique and trend-setting look, we turned to Classic LED’s for one of its LED sequential taillamp kits. Here, automotive electrical guru Darrell Kunda installed the kit into taillamp housings that we refurbished from MPS Auto Salvage.
18. Kunda installed factory GT-style lenses ($83.95 each) from NPD. We wanted something different than the usaual ’93 Cobra-style lenses, so we went with the unpainted cheese graters.
19. Laszaic installed the taillamp assemblies using original hardware and NPD’s taillamp installation kit.
20. Moving on to the Cervini’s 2.5-inch cowl hood ($599.99), it was installed using polished Scott Drake hood hinges from NPD.
21. They installed the hatch and shimmed it to fit properly.
22. NPD also supplied windshield and hatch glass moldings, which Santiago and Lorenzo also installed.
23. They moved to the Cervini’s ’93 Cobra side skirts ($429.99).
24. PDI Auto Parts provided these new headlamp assemblies. We ended up using the headlamp from this kit and the turn signal and parking light assemblies from the OEM-style kit to mix it up a bit.
25. Here’s the finished product. You can’t see it in this photo, but the interior was still bare at this point. We’ll tackle that in the coming months.
Raiding the Depot
National Parts Depot (NPD) was founded in 1976 by Jim Schmidt in the basement of his home in Gainesville, Florida. Having been active in the restoration hobby since his high school days in the late-50s, Jim began selling '55-'57 T-bird parts. When he realized he could make a living like this, he immediately turned his attention toward Mustang parts, which turned out to be a prophetic decision. NPD currently employs 140 full-time staff with four warehouse/stores across the nation.
NPD's '79-'93 Fox-Body Mustang catalog debuted in 2011 (led by Laszaic), and follows directly in the footsteps of its '65-'73 predecessor. It strives to offer everything a restorer and/or enthusiast would need to comprehensively repair, maintain, modify, or restore a Fox-body. "Our goal is to not just carry the obvious stuff, the fast-movers and current trends, but to also dive deeply into hard-to-find and critical details," says owner Rick Schmidt, Jim's son. NPD also maintains a strong, decades-old reputation among restorers for dedication to quality and the best possible sourcing.
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As you may remember, Spike's Performance was located in Ocala. Well, the business has moved—to Plant City, Florida—and is now Spike's Performance & Refinishing.
The recently acquired 5,000-plus-square-foot facility is just minutes from I-4 between Tampa and Orlando, making it easily accessible. As part of the deal, it now has chassis dyno capabilities and a full machine shop.
"I'm really excited about this move," says owner Dean "Spike" Santiago. "This new facility will allow us to provide not only paint and body work, but also performance modifications and custom tuning." Renowned tuner Tony Gonyon will be contracted to do Spike's tuning.
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