Reason that I am starting this thread is mostly because I like to view peoples builds/projects either for research purposes or for entertainment. I would also like to use this to look back on just in case I lose any information I have. Sorry if this is an overload of text and pictures, I know some people like it and some don't.
For my senior project I decided that I wanted to learn something involving cars because I do enjoy them but I have no idea of what I am doing. Only thing I really know is how to detail but nothing about working on a car. My goal is to add aftermarket parts and make it my own without harming the vehicle. Also I have to have 15 hours of work put into my project. The vehicle that I am choosing is my 2008 Mustang GT.
The Mustang At the Dealership
The first thing I did within a week of having the car was tinting the headlights, fog lights, taillights, and 3rd brake light. It was cheap and easy to do but I did not like how the taillights turned out or the 3rd break light. I will be planning on getting covers instead but this works for now.
Sorry for the blurry picture I was in a rush.
The next thing I did was put stripes on the car. It took me about a week to figure what I wanted since I didn't want to make the car look bad. A friend of mine had silver gt500 style 8 inch stripes so I didn't want to copy him and I thought that they weren't wide enough. So decided that I wanted to do 12 inch stripes in Black Matte so I went on to Americanmuscle.com and ordered their Matte Black Lemans Stripes - 12 Inch. I went to superior auto body and they helped me with the install. Before we even attempted to do the stripes their decal guy told me that the stripes were going to be bad because they were some cheap internet stripes and they usually buy their's from Shelby when they fix gt500's that had body damage. I thought it was going to be pretty easy like all you had to do was line the top and bottom up. Even with the bottom and top lined up to the perfect inch the middle looked awful because it had an additional inch to what we had on the top and bottom. The reason for this is it is hard to make things line up because your not laying the stripes on a flat surface. For example your hood is not exactly flat, it has curve to it and because of that the stripe won't be perfectly straight cause it will follow the curve. To fix this issue we had to use a heat gun to straighten out and surprisingly the stripes took the heat real well. First stripe on the hood I did myself I screwed it up because there was a huge air bubble underneath stripe. We tried to pop it with a needle but it got all wrinkled where the bubble was so we ripped it off and I tried again After some practice I learned that you need to put a lot of pressure down to get all the stripe solution and air out from underneath the stripes before you peel the paper off. In the end the car looked amazing! The guy said that it was some of the best stripes he has worked with and would recommend to anyone looking to stripe their car. This took us 7 hours to do so if you do plan on doing it make sure you have a good time frame. Also DO NOT PUT WAX ON THESE STRIPES
Applying the Stripes
If you haven't noticed yet I found out that I had Ford Racing Stinger Axlebacks that came with the car from the previous owner. They sound really good but I want the car to be louder so I will be installing pypes o/r x-pipe to help make the car a lot louder.
Will be posting some more stuff later, if you have any recommendations on things that I can do or any questions I will gladly answer them.