Build Blog: 2002 Ford Mustang GT convertible
Do I really need another car? No, but the fun factor of a convertible in the summer was just too tempting. Not to mention that it's a 100% stock, all original, triple black GT convertible. It's the perfect clean slate for a fun little build.
dreammachines - May 26, 2017
I saw this car sitting pretty on the side of the road while out joyriding with my brother in the Bullitt.
It was early May, and we were on Forest Home Ave heading for the freeway. We hung a quick U turn and pulled off to check it out. It was a ripe flower that was begging to be plucked.
It didn't take more than a quick look to see what a sweet car this was. It was 100% original, had relatively low miles for its age and was in great shape. I also immediately came up with a vision for how I could make this car meaner and cleaner with some subtle touches.
I don't really need another "cool car" as I already have my true dream machine, a 2008 Mustang Bullitt. There is really no way I could justify this purchase other than to flip the car when I'm done with it - so that's what I'm planning to try to do.
There is a bit of nostalgia attached to this black convertible though, in two ways.
The first is that in my high school days these Mustangs were just coming out and were the first to flirt with some cool "retro" themes. I was a huge fan of the old school Mustangs so these "retro" inspired cars caught my attention and imagination. It was the first platform to have a special "Bullitt" edition based on the famous 1968 Steve McQueen detective/car chase flick of it's namesake. I was a big fan of that movie so that car really hooked me. There was also the rebirth of the "Mach 1" name of the famed 1970's Mustangs, in addition to the fantastic "Terminator" Cobra on this platform, which is probably the Mustang to have from this era. And there was the fact that a couple kids at my High School that had "New Edge" GTs - so, back in those days, I lusted over these cars.
The second major reason, though, is that I recall my Dad attempting to buy a black SN95 Cobra convertible that he drove past everyday on his way to work. He would leave notes on the guy's car with the hopes of making a deal. That deal never happened, and my Dad has since passed away, but I think he'd appreciate this particular car since it's similar to the one he was after.
At this point it's mostly cosmetic, since I'm trying to keep costs low. It needed tires really bad, so I went an extra step and got a wheel and tire combo.
You can't go wrong with Bullitt wheels, but I decided to go a different route.
I got a set of staggered 18inch FR500 wheels, wrapped in low profile Sumitomo summer tires. To compliment the wheels and to replace the crusty yellow headlamps, I got a front fascia kit, that included a Mach 1 grille delete, chin spoiler, headlights and a shorty antenna.
All in all I think these subtle mods have already transformed the car quite a bit.
I'll be doing exhaust next and I'll update this blog with photos and video of that once it's complete.