Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
July 1, 2008

With our Roadster back from paint and the goal of displaying it at last January's Silver Springs Ford & Mustang Round-Up, we had gotten ahead of ourselves and put most of the interior in place and assembled the exterior chrome and trim items so we could have a complete-looking project car to display. The seats weren't bolted in, the body louvers weren't attached, nor was the radiator aluminum riveted in place, but we didn't care. We were too excited about displaying our project for the first time. Once we got that bit of excitement out of our system, we stripped the car of its partial interior and chrome bits so we could properly document this part of our build.

As with any other full restoration or custom build project, as it progresses past paint and into final assembly, the excitement grows tenfold. The ideas and dreams you've had for so long are now in front of you, and nothing says you're almost done with your project like installing the interior-laying carpet, bolting in seats, and making that final pass of the vacuum cleaner before closing the door and stepping back to admire your hard work. We're just about done with our Factory Five Roadster, with just a few punch-list items left. We'll be wrapping things up soon, so for those of you just tuning in, check out all of our pre-vious build articles on our project, as well as our online build diary, on our Web site, www.modifiedmustangsandfords.com.

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