Dale Amy
August 31, 2010

I'm stoked and it's not even my car. Having documented the gradual evolution of Editor Turner's Fox 500 project since the moment its time-worn carcass arrived on the Paul's High Performance doorstep, I've been there to watch an '88 T-top hatchback morph from forgotten to unforgettable. Just a few short weeks after bursting out of the PHP boot camp-where it had been expertly packed with some genuinely modern muscle and agility-our pugnacious delinquent has graduated from Motor City Solutions' fastidious finishing school with (you know we have to say it) flying colors.

In this, our second and final visit with the bodywork and vehicle-prep pros at Motor City Solutions, the Fox 500 sheds all traces of its pasty-white past and emerges wearing a Wild Strawberry Metallic coat. Make that multiple coats, actually, of this popular '90-'92 factory hue.

Of course, shooting and sanding all those lovely layers of R-M (BASF) base and clear was only an intermediate step. Then came the equally laborious but critical task of fitting all the trim and hardware needed to make our modernized and revitalized LX look and function like a real car again.

To our minds, truly professional body and paint work is more art than science (though the paint folks at BASF might argue the point). In this regard, Motor City Solutions employs the father-and-son body team of Dwight and Mike Jorah, who have indeed demonstrated their mastery of metal shaping and finishing on this challenging project. From the patient straightening or replacement of battle-scarred panels, to the careful prepping and alignment of Cervini's fiberglass hood and hatch, to the application and rubbing of coat after coat of R-M base/clear, and finally to the finicky task of reassembly, these guys simply rock. Thanks to their efforts, the Fox 500 now has the looks (at least on the outside) to equal its awe-inspiring drivetrain, brake and chassis transformation.

Sadly, my part in bringing you the Fox 500's transformation is now pretty much over. From here, the 21st century LX will be moving back down south, where the editor himself will likely do most of the reporting on its upcoming interior makeover. He might even get to drive it someday...

The Sum Of Its Parts...
You can't just paint all those old parts. The Fox 500 needed a litany of new parts to return to a factory-fresh appearance. For those facing a similar resto or makeover, here's a list of at least some of the body and trim hardware used to help make the Fox 500 look-and function-better than new.

Part/SupplierPart Number
Cervini's
'87-'93 Heat Extractor hood1168
'79-'93 Hatch lid351
Latemodel Restoration Supply
'79-'90 Fender, front, RHLRS-16005A
'79-'90 Fender, front, LHLRS-16006A
'87-'93 Front bumper coverLRS-8190CF
'87-'91 Mustang hatch striker by FordLRS-40442B
'83-'93 Mustang door latch striker, 2LRS-22008B
'83-'93 Pin & Bushing Kit, master, hingeLRS-23204-KIT
'79-'93 Black Outer Mustang Door Handle Kit LRS-22404K
'79-'93 Mustang Door Lock Actuator KitLRS-21842K
'87-'93 Mustang Lock Set, door, glovebox, hatch/trunk, black with machined center LRS-21984B-KIT
'83-'93 Mustang Cowl Vent Grille and Lower Windshield Molding KitLRS-02228A-K
'87-'93 Mustang hatchback quarter-windowsLRS-29710A-K
'87-'88 Weatherstrip Kit, T-top, nine-pieceLRS-54780K2
'87-'93 Weatherstrip Kit, coupe/hatchbackLRS-20708KIT
'87-'93 Molding and Seal Kit, door belt, coupe/hatchbackLRS-20934-K
'91-'93 Front of front fender molding LX, RHLRS-16068A
'91-'93 Front of front fender molding LX, LHLRS-16069A
'91-'93 Spat, fender, front, LX, RH, lowerLRS-16162B
'91-'93 Spat, fender, front, LX, LH, lowerLRS-16163B
'87-'93 Rear of fender molding, LX, RHLRS-16038A
'87-'93 Rear of fender molding, LX, LHLRS-16039A
'87-'93 Door molding, LX, RHLRS-20938A
'87-'93 Door molding, LX, LHLRS-20939A
'87-'93 Molding, front of quarter-panel, RH, LXLRS-29076A
'79-'88 Hood Bumper KitLRS-16758B-K
'87-'93 Wiper motor, two-plugLRS-17508A
'79-'93 Wiper arm, RH/LHLRS-17526
'87-'93 Third brake light, hatchbackLRS-13613B
'87-'93 Mustang LX taillight assembly, pairLRS-13404LX-K
'83-'93 Lower-windshield molding, pairLRS-03122BP
'79-'93 Molding Clip Kit, rear window, hatchbackPE-1004
'83-'93 Door-to-body weatherstrip seal cap, pairLRS-24442PR
Steeda
Steeda Aero Spoiler, '79-'93 Mustang307-0002

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