Custom Gold JL Mustang Fastback
This car began its life as a purple Johnny Lightning Mustang Fastback. I had two goals when I started this project. First, I wanted to see how much I could slam the body. Second, I wanted to try my hand at a custom repaint. The results can be seen below.
I got bit by the T-Jet racing bug in April 2000, I've been on the prowl
for bodies that could be good racers. Light and low is the formula
I try to achieve, so I looked for anything with good slamming potential.
Fastbacks and anything with a high trunk were sought after. That's
how I got started with this one. I cut out the interior and started
to bring down the mounting posts.
was quite a bit more trunk than I anticipated. To get the body as low
as I could, I had to Dremel the trunk as thin as I could. I had so much
fun doing that, that I ended up taking the Dremel (I only used a wire
brush bit to do the whole thing) to the entire inside of the body, getting
the whole thing as thin as possible. I actually went too far on the driver's
side door and nearly cracked the body in two. I made SuperGlue repairs
(visible on the lower right of the door here). The result was a sloppy
looking door, and this body slamming project turned into a custom paint
had no Pine-Sol to do paint stripping, so I tried my luck with non-acetone
nail polish remover. It worked like a snap! The purple paint came right
off, and the glass got stained in the process. I was able to get the purple
off the glass, but it left permanent "fog" on the windows.
paint is gold Krylon spray paint. The purple is nail polish with a pearl
finish (which you can't really see in the pictures). It was an interesting
project, and the results were pretty good. I'd do one again. This particular
car is very fast, but I have yet to find the right tire combo to make
it competitive against the top VHORS racers. I'll tryout an independent
front end, and maybe some Thunder Rubbers or Special FX's on the rear.
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