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Fox Body Restoration: Project Mercury Rising

Posted 4/5/2019 by Tyler Rodriquez

Follow along as Late Model Restoration restores and updates an employee's ASC McLaren with all of the latest and greatest parts.

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Being the Fox Body Mustang enthusiasts that we are, we wanted to show the world how dedicated we are to the Fox platform. To do so, we have planned a secret project to completely tear down and restore/modernize an ASC McLaren.

Why an ASC McLaren?

The ASC McLaren is a variant of the Fox Body Mustang and it just so happens that one of our employees has one that needed a lot of love. Ted Vaughn, the owner of the ASC, received the car from his nephew and owner of Late Model Restoration, Shannon Guderian. Shannon had owned the car multiple times throughout it's life and eventually passed the car on to Ted who daily drove it for multiple years. Due to the abuse that daily driving takes on vehicles and the harsh elements of Texas, the ASC developed rust spots, clear coat peel, and many other damages. Rather than let it get any worse, we decided that this was going to be the perfect candidate for our Fox Body restoration project.

How It's Going To Work

To make this project even better, we are going to keep the whole process a secret from Ted to surprise him with a fully restored Mustang when the project is complete. Ted was a part of the tear down as he is expecting that the car is getting a slight refresh, but little does he know what we have in store. Follow along as we break down this restoration in a weekly 10 episode video series.

Project Mercury Rising

Project Mercury Rising EP: 1 - Fox With A Foundation

In January of 1985, this beautiful Midnight Blue Mercury Capri rolled out of the Michigan assembly plant. Unlike other Capris, this one was destined for the American Sunroof Company headquarters to receive their high-end ASC McLaren conversion package.Fast forward to the Fall of 1992, when this car came up for sale wit... more

Project Mercury Rising EP: 2 - Disassembly Required

The first official stop for the Capri is our super-secret, disclosed location for tear down. Disassembly was short, sweet and to the point; and key contributors were of course Shannon, Scott Springer, a few of Shannon’s close friends and even Uncle Ted. Yes, Uncle Ted did lend a hand with the tear down. This... more

Project Mercury Rising EP: 3 - Body Builder

With the car at a remote location due to J.R. being about a week behind from getting the ASC into paint, this has given us the opportunity to be the real enthusiasts that we are here at LMR. Up to this date, we have about 160 hours of LMR employee time wrapped up into this project. Now you are probably wo... more

About the Video

Project Mercury Rising Ep:1

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Published on 2019-04-05
In episode 1 of Mercury Rising, we take a look at the history of the ASC McLaren and how this Fox Body has found its way to LMR employee Ted Vaughn. Follow along weekly as we take you through this Fox Body restoration project that will bring new life into this ASC McLaren.