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Category Archive: BangShift Projects, FORD, Project Cars, Pumpkin Mustang

Project Great Pumpkin Mustang: Getting Back To Work After Nearly A Year!

I had such good intentions when I started gutting the original suspension components out of the 1980 Ford Mustang Ghia that we call the Great Pumpkin. I had the spindles, the rear axle, everything...

BangShift Project Files: The 500 Cadillac Fox Body Mustang Project

The more I dive into my 1989 Mustang LX, the more I understand why people adore them. Light, simple, very well understood, the Fox Mustang has fans for a reason. Part of what made them so loved is...

Rough Start Fox Body, Part 2: Starting The Scrubbing And The Notorious Heater Core Job

The fun part of doing a project car build with a vehicle purchased in early January is the weather. It sucks out loud…you hope and pray for a half-decent day so that you can get some stuff...

BangShift Project Files: This V-10 Powered Fairmont Is One Stuffed Fox!

Ford could’ve had so much fun with the 6.8L V-10 if they really wanted to. The 412ci ten-hole unit usually gets relegated to the trucks and vans,  and while it made alright power, it...

Rough Start Fox Body, Part 1: Meet Our $600 1989 Mustang LX!

From the moment I got hired on to write here at BangShift, I’ve championed the idea of spending the least amount of money to have the maximum amount of fun in the process. The Rough Start...

Best of 2019: A 1940 Ford Because If She Ain’t Happy…

You know the rest of that saying. “If she ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” We know the sentiment well…it’s why on beautiful sunny days that we saw as perfect...

The Dirty Cougar: Waking Up A Sleeping Cat For Another Season

Surprised to see this beauty again? Trust me, you aren’t the only one. The 1987 Mercury Cougar LS that we recovered from an Indiana backyard after a ten-year slumber, coaxed back into life, and...

BangShift Project Files: A Turbo Small-Block For The Former Big-Block Mustang GT!

The red 1983 Ford Mustang GT you see hazing the tires into submission has been around BangShift for a decade now, ever since it was introduced as the donor body that was going to house a big-block...

The Escargot: Taking A Big, Yellow Truck And Making It A Dream Car Hauler-Slash-RV

Between Chad’s obsession with strange and unique recreational vehicles and my desire for a “mobile command unit” that would function as a mobile hot spot, camera perch and bed on...

Commuting Done Right: This Manual-Swapped Ford Crown Victoria Is A Budget Daily Build!

Four years ago, I coined the phrase “Pro Commuter” while describing an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera GT that had been L67-swapped that I found for sale. The premise was simple enough: an...

This 1965 Mustang Was Hidden For Over Four Decades…Now It’s Being Prepared For Power Tour!

It seems that this is the year that YouTubers will invade Power Tour. So far, I know of at least three different cars that are being prepared and one guy in particular who is on his second Power Tour...

Rousing The Dead: After 24 Years Quiet, This 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Will Wake Up!

It probably seems like I’m stuck on revival videos…and I am, for good reason: inspiration. When your project car has spent five of seven years dead, sooner or later you start to lose hope...

Unhinged: The Thrown Wrench Garage Is Open For Business!

Spring has come to BangShift Mid-West. The trees have buds on them, the early flowers have started to bloom all over the place, the roses in the backyard are starting to leaf out and for the love of...

The Dirty Cougar: The Final Installment Of Our $400 Revival Racer!

Three months ago, sick with a head cold, hating the automotive sickness like none other, I was laying in a muddy alleyway in Evansville, Indiana, wrenching, fighting, and cursing a 1987 Mercury...