Published on 2014-01-23
We want to introduce LatemodelRestoration.com’s newest Fox Body Mustang Restoration Project – Project Blue Collar. This 1988 Mustang Gt has what is left of a factory Bright Regatta Blue paint job and the bulk of the fluids caked to the undercarriage. We have a ton of restoration and performance mods planned for this Foxbody Mustang. Believe when I say we have some big surprises in store for you – I really mean it! This is one project you will want to see from start to finish.
We can’t stand sitting idle while waiting for the 2015 Mustangs to be released to the public so we decided we needed a little project to hold us over. When we took ownership of this project car it wouldn't start and literally had to be trailered into the garage. It has and will continue to serve as a tool to show our followers plenty of “how to” and installation videos.
For our faithful YouTube Subscribers you have seen some of the work going on in previously released videos. The good stuff is yet to come. Stay tuned, subscribe and get ready to see the final look of this project Foxbody Mustang!
Comment below what you think we should do to this project car.
We' like to introduce you to the newest Mustang in the latemodelrestoration.com stable, this 1988 Mustang GT called Project Blue Collar. Now we gave it that name, not just because of the bright regatta blue paint, but because of the type of build it's going to be. Now this car is very representative of one you would find on Craigslist or on your forum classified saying For Sale, Doesn't Run. Now hopefully, you'll be able to follow along and tackle a lot of these same projects that we're going to tackle on this car on your own project Mustang.
Now Project Blue Collar does have a bit of history with this, as it used to be owned by Shannon Guderian, the President of latemodelrestoration.com. And it was driven by his wife, Pam. After they sold it, it changed hands between a few friends and ultimately wound up back in our hands, just not in the best of condition.
Now let's do a quick walk around to show you what we have planned, and I want to show you a nice welcome surprise that we found on our initial inspection. Now because Project Blue Collar has been sitting outside for a couple years, step one is going to be to get this thing running. We're going to go through the fuel system, do a complete tune up, and a thorough degreasing.
Next up, we're going to replace the sun roof weather strip, because as of right now, she can't even sit outside, because so much water comes in whenever it rains. Then we're going to completely strip her down, haul it off to paint, because the clear coat is completely failed on the current paint job. Once she comes back from paint, we're going to completely go through the interior, with new upholstery, foam, carpet, the whole nine yards.
Then we're going to throw on a five lug swap and a new set of wheels and tires, update the exhaust system, because right now it's got one cobbled together, nasty exhaust. And finally, the surprise that I told you we found, we were lucky enough to find the window sticker and the original owner's manuals still in the glove box.
Now we'll have informative videos of each major step of this project. So go subscribe to our YouTube channel to follow along. And hop on over to latemodelrestoration.com for all of your Mustang needs.
I know you have all seen the Craigslist and Forum post about a Fox Body Mustang that reads something like this: Fox Body Mustang Cheap -- Won’t Start. Many times these types of projects can be a nightmare but sometimes they can be a diamond in the rough. That is what we found in Project Blue Collar. The wiring, interior and exterior were all in place; just not in the best of conditions. We plan to pull from many of our 5.0Resto parts and completely restore this 1988 Mustang GT.
With the help of 5.0Resto and LatemodelRestoration.com’s complete line of Fox Body Restoration videos and parts, you too can take a “won’t start” or “doesn’t run” Foxbody and turn it into a running “gem”! We intend to show you exactly what it took to completely turn this new Project Car into a running, driving, performing Fox Body Mustang. We will do our best to show you just about every step in the process. There won’t be the “Lets install this part” and tada--- it magically installed itself during the transition.
We won’t you to know about and see the issues we faced during this full on project car. This was very evident in Stage 1. Going into stage 1, we thought we would get away with a simple fuel pump install and filter change. Boy were we wrong! Future stages include new upholstery, interior upgrades, performance upgrades, 5 lug conversion, a new set of wheels and more.
Check out the full build below as we take this Regatta Blue Fox Body Mustang from pushing it around the shop to burning out in our parking lot! We have some really BIG plans with this Mustang. So be sure to check back often and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on our project cars. Comment below on what you would do to this Fox Body Mustang!
Before we could do anything with Project Blue Collar, we had to get it moving under its own power! Pushing a Fox Body Mustang around the garage with no power steering fluid and a full tank of couple year old gas was getting tiring. So Stage 1 was going to be strictly a complete fuel system overhaul that included a new fuel pump and fuel filter. As soon as we removed the gas tank from our Fox Body Mustang we quickly discovered Stage 1 of Project Blue Collar would be more than simple fuel pump install.
We found that the fuel tank baffles had broken lose and torn the fuel sock off the pump. The fuel level sending unit was also damaged by the baffles. Because we had complete failure, we turned to 5.0Resto and picked up a new fuel tank, new pump bracket, fuel level sending unit and vapor valve seal. For the pump we turned to BBK and picked up one of their 255 Fuel Pumps. To finish off the install we picked up a 5.0Resto fuel filler neck grommet and filler pipe to trunk floor seal. Lastly we used a Motorcraft fuel filter because we were sure the old one was full of lacquered old fuel.
After the fuel system upgrade was complete Blue Collar fired right up; however, it revealed yet another set back! It had a TFI module failure that led to rough idle and poor performance. This again made us extended Stage 1 out to include a full ignition system upgrade. We turned to the PDI (Performance Distributor) complete 5.0L Performance Ignition Kit to solve our entire ignition system problem. After this installation was complete, Project Blue Collar was roasting tires in no time – evidence can be seen in our Harlem Shake Video!
Here at LatemodelRestoration.com, we are passionate about the Mustang hobby and we want to see it grow. We also want to share our vast Mustang knowledge with you. In an effort to help you with your Mustang project car, we have developed a full line of Mustang how to videos and tech articles. In the video above you will... more
Project cars don’t always go the way you planned. That was the case with Project Blue Collar right out of the gate! We thought this would be a simple replace the fuel pump and filter would allow our new project Fox Body Mustang to get back on the road in no time. Since we don’t have x-ray vision we couldn’t see the dam... more
When was the last time you replaced your 83-97 Mustang Fuel Filter? Watch our video as we show you how to replace your Mustang fuel filter. Replacing your fuel filter should be part of your regular maintenance schedule. Over time your Mustang fuel filter can become clogged with particles and dirt that can rob your valu... more
Shortly after replacing Project Blue Collar’s fuel system we found that the ignition system was also in need of a complete overhauling. So Stage 1 continued on with a full ignition system restoration step. We found the ignition issue ended up being a TFI module problem. This gave us the perfect opportunity to install o... more
With the fuel system and ignition systems completely replaced on our project Fox Body Mustang it was time to make sure we optimized its performance with some “free” tuning! One of the best things about owning a Fox Body Mustang is the fact that you don’t need a tuner or performance chip to improve your performance. Advancing timing and improving idle can be done in your garage for free!
After installing a distributor you need to also check your timing. Setting your timing is key to maximizing your performance and drivability. That is why we created the video below! Watch as we show you how to properly set the timing on a 5.0L V8 Mustang. We were able to advance the timing and free up some extra horsepower in Project Blue Collar.
Project Blue Collar was also experiencing an idle that was sitting a little bit higher than we wanted. Since it had an aftermarket throttle body on it, we suspected that the TPS (throttle position sensor) wasn’t adjusted properly. We created a video to show everyone how to properly adjust your TPS and while doing so we found that our project Fox Body Mustang needed some small adjustments. After the adjustments were complete our idle issues were solved.
Lastly we had a starting issue with Project Blue Collar that we traced back to an ignition switch. This is a common failure on Fox Body Mustangs so we figured we would highlight the installation on video. We also replaced the sunroof weatherstripping so we could park Blue Collar outside when we weren’t working on it. Stay tuned we have plenty more video and updates on the way!!
Advancing the ignition timing on your Fox Mustang is one of the age old "free" horsepower mods. A timing light, a wrench, and a little bit of time will net you more power. Thats just one reason to adjust your timing. The other is if you've moved your distributor at all. If you have replaced, removed/installed, turned,... more
If you have some rough idling issues in your 86-04 Mustang, especially after replacing your throttle body, then you may need to replace or adjust your Throttle Position Sensor (TPS). Any time the TPS or throttle body is replaced it is critical to properly adjust your throttle position sensor to avoid idling issues. Fol... more
FoxBody Mustangs are notorious for faulty ignition switches. The factory ignition/starter switch is held together by a few crimps. Over the last 2+ decades, these crimps have become brittle and tend to break. When these crimps break, the ignition switch separates into two halves. Once this happens you get all kinds... more
A Fox Mustang with a factory installed sunroof will plague its owner by leaking at least once. This can wreak havoc on the headliner, upholstery, carpet, electrical connections ....... well just about the whole interior! While the carpet, upholstery, and electrical connections can be dried out, once the factory headlin... more
Stage 3 of Project Blue Collar is our first step toward prepping our Fox Body Mustang for paint! The interior is nasty to say the least. We figured this was the perfect opportunity to remove the seats so we could get them ready for some upholstery work. In true LatemodelResto fashion, we decided to take the opportunity to show you how to remove your seats.
We were slightly torn on what we wanted to use for upholstery – factory replacement or something a little bit more custom. Once we saw the new TMI 03-04 Cobra Upholstery kits for Fox Body Mustangs we made our minds up. Lucky for us, Dean Satterfield from TMI decided to come visit us when the upholstery was delivered. Dean was even kind enough to jump on video to lend a hand with the installation. Watch our full installation video below.
We also took this time to fix a few broken parts such as inner door handles and hatch struts. In the next stage of Project Blue Collar we will be tackling some of the exterior tear down and prep work for paint!
Removing the seats from your Fox Body Mustang is a critical part of many interior restoration projects. These projects include upholstery and carpet installs. Removing the seats from your Stang is a easy task. Follow along in the video as Jmac shows you how to remove the factory seats from your coupe, hatchback or conv... more
Everybody needs a good support system. This is especially true when it comes to seating in your Mustang! Unfortunately the stock Mustang Seats are known to let you down. Until now, the only option was to replace the stock seats with an aftermarket style, such as Corbeau Mustang Seats. While this definitely isn't a p... more
While removing the Door Panels on your 87-93 Mustang is a fairly straightforward process, it may seem a bit daunting to the uninitiated. At some point in time, all Fox Mustang owners will be faced with removing their Door Panels to replace Door Lock Actuators, Power Window Motors, or even to just hang a new set of Doo... more
If your Fox Body Mustang has worn out hatch struts then you are constantly living in danger of having the hatch slamming down on your head or other body parts. You don't have to live with this fear!! 5.0Resto replacement struts are the ultimate fix to this problem with almost all hatchback Stangs that still have factor... more
With a not-so-durable plastic construction, the 79-93 Mustang inner door handles are well known for breakage and failure. The trim bezels that go over the inner door handles are even more prone to cracking and breaking and oftentimes are missing altogether. These 50Resto replacement handles are top quality and the best... more