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1: Michael Lee at Mykal’s Custom Autobody has been hard at work ironing out the dents and dings and doing a few body mods as the Horse inches closer to paint.

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t sure is fun to see progress on a project car, especially one so long in the making as our Project aPocalypSe Horse. After nearly two years of ups and downs, two different

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chassis shops, and a long list of items left n the “to do” list before hopefully debuting this summer, it is very cool to start to see things come together, and this month was no exception.

After arriving to Mykal’s Custom Autobody last month thanks to Donnie and Julie Wilson and a brief stay with our buddy George Norovich, Project aPocalypSe Horse is hitting

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full stride in hopes of primer and paint within the next month or so. Mykal’s owner Michael Lee has been busy going over the factory shell, ironing out the various dents and dings the car


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2: No matter how careful a place tries to be, nearly two years and two chassis shops left our Horse a little beat up. And although the car was a clean one-owner with just 70,000 miles on the clock, it had a few dents and dings to begin with. Lee scuffed the body to determine where to focus his effo ts to ensure a glasssmooth final p oduct. had acquired since rolling off the Ford assembly line nearly a decade ago. He was also busy addressing some other custom body mods, too. Last month we showed you how Lee welded up the factory fuel filler door and installed the 2014 Boss 302 heat extractors in the stretched Harwood hood. He also got started on a re-do of the custom stretched conversion fenders allowing us to put a 2013-2014 Mustang nose on the 2006 shell.

This month, Lee turned his attention a bit lower on the car. With the 5-inch stretch to the nose, the factory rocker moldings no longer fit. Additionally, the zoomie header dumps would most assuredly melt the factory plastic. To combat both issues and provide a finished look to the headers, Lee started crafting a pair of hand-formed steel rocker moldings that will be mounted via Quik-Latch Products black anodized mini-latches.

4 The rockers will be painted body color on the outside and be coated with hightemp heat resistant ceramic coating on the underside. This should protect them against the exhaust heat generated by the rocker-mounted 4-inch Borla exhaust. To further combat the heat issue, we have already

contacted our friends at Design Enginnering (DEI) and ordered up plenty of their Extreme Heat Sheild and Titanium Header Wrap. Coupled with a ceramic coating in the tunnel and an open perforated/ventilated steel mesh to protect the area, we are confident the car will be protected from the

3 & 4: The car looked unfinished without the lower rocker moldings in place, but with the stretch and the zoomies, the factory pieces simply weren’t going to work. We needed another option.

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5: Lee used a sheet metal brake to mock up this prototype steel rocker molding for the car. The large holes in the bottom are intended to allow additional cooling for the chassis-mounted exhaust, and these openings will be treated to a dimple die to add strength and beauty to the finished product. Although the exterior will receive paint, the interior will be coated with high-temp ceramic coating.

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6: This table full of goodies from Design Engineering, Inc. will be used to protect the car from the ravages of the concealed exhaust system. The Extreme Heat Shield (roll in back) will line the tunnels, while the Titanium Header Wrap will cover the Borla tubing. We also picked up some spark plug boot covers, too.

intense heat from the exhaust. Lee started by bending up some 18-gauge steel on his new Woordward Fab 48-inch sheetmetal brake to create some pilot pieces. Using a hole saw, he added large evenly-spaced cutouts on the undersurface of the panels to both improve airflow and reduce weight. In the finished pices, these openings

will be treated to a dimple die treatment to add some extra rigidity, not to mention a cool look. The opening around the headers was cut by hand with a pneumatic cut-off heel and dollied down to round over and finish the edges. After a trial fitment of the mockup including the Quik-Latches, Lee is now ready

7: The rocker moldings will be attached using Quick Latch black anodized mini latches. These will not only add a cool race look, they will also be functional in allowing the pieces to be removed quickly to enhance access to the car’s undercarriage.

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RPM PROJECT CAR to begin fabricating the full length pieces. He will also need to fabricate end pieces for the rockers to complete the wheel openings and fully enclose the headers for a finished look. Lee then turned his attention to the driver’s side fender just like he did last month with the passenger side. Lee began by piecing two 2006 LKQ factory replacement Mustang fenders toward the rear to complete the stretch. He then created a specially modified portion

of a 2014 unit to complete the leading edge and meld the 2013-2014 front with the 2005-2009 body. Unfortunately, the factory wheel openings are fairly different between the 2005-2009 front end and the 20132014 version we are swapping to. That’s no problem at all for an accomplished metalworker like Lee, who added a matching body line in the newer piece using his planishing hammer before tacking the three pieces to each fender

9 10: Using two driver’s side 2005-2009 Mustang replacement fenders from LKQ, Lee used an arc-shaped cut to build out the stretch then tacked the two pieces together. In this photo you can also see the raw steel of the 20132014 piece being worked down to match the larger wheel opening body line found on the older-style fender with that of the new style. 8 & 9: Here the mockup piece is roughed into shape with the QuikLatch mini and the opening for the zoomie headers. This opening will most likely be trimmed out using a CNC-cut stainless steel trim ring and a rolled inner lip will be fabricated to finish out the t ailing edge of the wheel opening. The large holes in the bottom will allow for aqequate airfl w to enhance cooling.

11: Lee spent a signifi ant amount of time getting the body lines just right. While this could probably be approximated with plastic fille , it would never hold up the way steel will. Sure it takes longer and requires more skill, but this is the proper way to perform this modifi ation.

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12: Lee’s head shop assistant, daughter Jocelyn, was mighty hungry while we were there. Unfortunately, we made her late for a lunch date with her dad at McDonald’s while we were taking pictures. Sorry Ms. Lee!!

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13: We borrowed a utility trailer from our buddy Ben Brewer at 13 Sins Garage to haul the myriad of aftermarket parts as well as the few remaining factory pieces back to the shop. Just sorting and organizing took the better part of two days, but we’ll be ready when the car is done at Mykal’s.

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in place. Combined with the stretched Harwood hood, the front end is shaping up great. Before he can finish welding the fenders and prepping them for paint, our friend Mark De-

Priest is heading to town next month to fabricate a chromoly understructure to ensure the fenders are firmly mounted in place. While he’s at it, he is going to weld up the wheelie bar attachments and

14: Plumbing the three-stage NOS nitrous system is going to be a chore. We started bending up some filler od to see if we could come up with a routing that we liked.

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15: This great looking and highly functional clear view fil er and high-fl w adapter arrived recently from Billet Connection. We’ll tell you more about it soon, but it was too cool looking not to show off this month. hen we get the car back, we’ll pull the body off and en Brewer, Jeff M ore, and rest of the crew at 13 Sins Garage will help us finali e all the small brackets and finishing touches on the chassis for pieces like this, a CVR oil accumulator, a RacePak SmartWire system, and all the Summit Racing Equipment plumbing you can image to get the fuel, cooling, airride, nitrous, braking, and CO2 intercooler systems operational.

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SOURCES mount his custom-built pro stock style rear wing. However, until the front fenders can be shored up a bit, Lee has opted to turn his attention elsewhere and get the remainder of the body ready for paint. Elsewhere, we loaded up all our extra parts that didn’t quite make it onto the car at Virginia Rod Company from where they were temporarily stashed, at Norovich’s Pro Streets in West Frankfort, Illinois. We are slowly picking through the myriad of parts and pieces to determine what we have, what we still need, and develop a game plan for getting it all done. At this point, it is like a 1:1 scale model kit... with no directions! Back at our shop, we pulled out the trick Visner Engine Development billet intake to start working up some plans for plumbing. We’ve also ironed out the details of finishing up the last little bit of fab work, wiring, and plumbing at 13 Sins Garage in Lubbock, Texas when paint is complete. There’s tons left o do, but it is awesome seeing the Horse inch ever closer to completion. Tune in next month to see us keep trying to debut the Second Coming of Pro Street.

Mykal’s Custom Autobody http://on.fb.me/1mJcqMx 618.842.7676

Quik-Latch www.q-latch.com 469.387.0212

Design Engineering, Inc. www.designengineering.com 440.930.7940

Visner Engine Development www.visnerengine.com 616.726.6600

Nitrous Oxide Systems www.holley.com/brands/nos 866.464.6553

13 Sins Garage www.13sins.com 806.683.9076

Billet Connection/ Clear View Filtration www.clearviewfiltration.com 509.467.7584

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