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1992 Mustang LX Coupe , A parts box resurrection ... ( Or... Frankenstang!)

Partsbox build Mustang coupe Mustang Notchback Custom Mustang Mustang sedan Mustang LX

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#1 Abell82

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 12:48 PM

I Started this build last year.. There are/where pics of it in the Fox body CBP. But I never gave it it's own thread, so I thought why not?
CBP threads by nature tend to bury things, get off topic, whatever, and so...
Any who... while I was correcting a resin AF/X body, I decided to make my own "correct" LX coupe body. After all if I had spent that much time correcting one, it should take about half the time to make it "right" in the first place right? Well, not really but it came out all right. I did lots of research, I scourred the net for information I picked some brains I turned over rocks, and I built a "correct" (as correct as I could) prototype Mustang LX coupe. Actually it turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself.
But in my journey, I discovered some parts. Parts that it was recommended not to use. Since the one was finished, I decided that I would try make one out of all the incorrect parts. The parts that people have said are the least accurate and should not be used. How good would one built out of those parts turn out? So I decided to find out...
With a twist, I would use only what I had on hand, and had no other use for... And that is the history behind this Frankenstang...

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More in a little while....

Edited by Abell82, 28 October 2012 - 02:45 PM.


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Posted 08 January 2012 - 12:54 PM

cant wait to see more pics I started one awhile back but lost interest I used the rear quaters form the convertible and put it on the hatch and moved the window post in

Edited by 01blueedge, 08 January 2012 - 12:55 PM.


#3 Abell82

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:35 PM

Well, to start this I decided I needed a body. The only body available was a convertible Mustang GT minus the engine bay, or under hood area.
1 of these bodies had a rear bumper,the other one did not. Since I would be replacing the rear bumper anyway I chose to go with the body that had no rear bumper.
To prepare I cut off all the useable pieces from the 79 Pace car, such as the hatch, and sail panels. (Might need those later!)
I used the top of the rear bumper from the 83 GLX carcass and grafted that to the GT body.

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After I had the top of the bumper in place, I trimmed the GT side panel from the rear of the convertible.
I then made the lower portion of the body and rear bumper from styrene strip.
To complete the look, I sanded down the older molding from the 83 bumper and then I made the Gt bumper molding from styrene strips, as well.
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The body needs an engine compartment, unfortunately all of the one's I had were the wrong year. how to fix that? Move the battery to the trunk!

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By carefully trimming out the battery and overflow tanks I can "up-date" the engine compartment to ambiguity (sp?) LOL
This is actually a fairly common modification to these year Mustangs, so I don't feel this is at all out of line.
And in any event, I can always get a resin battery for under the hood if needed.
Next we attach the new engine compartment...

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While I didn't NEED to use the whole front clip, I thought I would be better off using the whole front clip, for ease of attachment without loosing detail.
I was wrong. The 83 GLX body had a BAD warp, which was why it was all cut up, and I knew about it, but I thought it was from the door back. WRONG!
Oh well life goes on.

Better shot of the engine compartment...

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Next we prepare the new roof....

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:59 PM

Well anyway so I had previously prepared the Pace car roof by scribing off the hatch, and carefully removing the sail panels,
in case I wished to use them later.

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Now I filled in the holes left by the sailpanels, with card stock (an old gift card!) .
Then I made some cursory measurements...

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It was at this point, that I also replaced the lower door panels and attached the new roof...

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Sorry I didn't take pics in between attaching the new roof, and making the windows etc...

Once the roof was on, I decided it needed a hood. So I took three goobered resin hoods, cut them up and made this one...

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With the hood and body made I needed an interior tub for it.
Since I had used the older front clip, the newer interior tubs would not work, due to different mounting locations.
So I had to make a new interior tub that used the old mounting points...

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 02:06 PM

Now we can primer it and see what's left...

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Oops forgot to make taillghts...

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And this is approximately were it sits today.

Thoughts on colors, wheels, etc?

Edited by Abell82, 08 January 2012 - 02:15 PM.


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Posted 08 January 2012 - 02:17 PM

I say go wild on the color like a lime green or bright orange and put some weld draglights or prostarts on it

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 04:35 PM

That's pretty impressive work. WOW!

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 04:46 PM

That's some mind blowing work. It blows me away at how guys like yourself can seamlessly bash together parts from different kits/cars. As for paint, go with a metalic; red, green, orange, something eye catching from across the room.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 05:20 PM

Nice job. Quarter window frames look great.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 05:41 PM

WOW!! Amazing Cuting and Pasting.
I've seen Puzzels with less pieces.. :D

You Mustang guys Sure Are Crazy about Your Correctness.
I sure hope a LX comes out this year..

Great work...

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 01:15 PM

nice, I gave the coupe a try too, but I think you had a better idea for the roof.
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keep up the good work.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 05:02 PM

nice, I gave the coupe a try too, but I think you had a better idea for the roof.
keep up the good work.


Better idea for the roof? Mine has a giant hole in it! (LOL) I like where yours is headed. keep at it!

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:31 PM

Nice work mating all of this together. Sure doesn't look easy.
I say a nice stock color like the early 80's Maroon and ten hole rims. Make it look stock.

Later-

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 04:15 AM

What are you going to do for the rear window?

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:29 AM

wow...... the body looks super......... B)

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 03:01 PM

What are you going to do for the rear window?


Clear package plastic. The way that the molding around the window was made, it forms a "channel" for the window to set in.
So making a rear window should be easy. Painting the black border, that will be the hard part.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 05:30 PM

I had a green '87 GT years ago... *sniff*

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 07:26 PM

Dang, it looks great so far!! :huh: Paint it McLaren orange.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 07:39 PM

This looks cool. A lot of work piecing all these parts of cars together and making it look seamless. IMHO this has to be painted white metallic.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 07:47 PM

Blue with ghost flames. NO DONT thats what Im doing

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