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Fox Body Restoration: ASC McLaren | Project Mercury Rising

Created by Taylor Ward
Last Updated 8/19/2021

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 We Made it Work

To make this project even better, we kept the whole process a secret from Ted to surprise him with a fully restored ASC McLaren Capri when the project is complete. Ted was a part of the initial tear down and was expecting that the car would get a slight refresh, but little did he know what we had in store....

The Finished Product

In true LMR fashion, we finished out Project Mercury Rising with a set of custom painted SVE Series 1's as well as a few one-off parts specifically designed for this build. We also decided it wouldn't be a true LMR build if we didn't shove a Gen 2 Coyote engine in this 1985 ASC McLaren and welcome it to the 21st Century. Check out some shots of the finished build below and follow along as we show you what it took to build Uncle Ted's dream car! Fox Body Restoration: Project Mercury Rising | ASC McLaren - Fox Body Restoration: Project Mercury Rising | ASC McLaren Fox Body Restoration: Project Mercury Rising | ASC McLaren - Fox Body Restoration: Project Mercury Rising | ASC McLaren Fox Body Restoration: Project Mercury Rising | ASC McLaren - Fox Body Restoration: Project Mercury Rising | ASC McLaren
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Project Mercury Rising EP: 1 - Fox With A Foundation | ASC McLaren Restoration

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 | ASC McLaren Restoration

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 | ASC McLaren Restoration

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

Project Mercury Rising EP: 4 - Primary Colors | ASC McLaren Restoration

Project Mercury Rising has landed at J.R.'s Custom & Collision. Here it is going to undergo a total transformation. Most of us in the auto industry know that the paint and body process can be grueling, and our Capri has a decent amount of work to be done to make it right. So to meet Shannon's ridiculously... more

Project Mercury Rising EP: 5 - Piece By Piece | ASC McLaren Restoration

On this go around with Mercury Rising, the car has made it back to the hideout, we have taken it off the rotisserie, and put it back on the factory suspension for the time being. While the car was being cut and buffed, Shannon noticed a few areas around the hatch that needed to be reshot. Luckily, that wa... more

Project Mercury Rising EP: 6 - If You Build It... | ASC McLaren Restoration

Thus far, the progress of Project Mercury Rising has been awesome if we do say so ourselves. There is no doubt that we are heavy in the restoration trenches with this Capri. Picking up where we left off previously, we were messing with the windshield, bubble glass, and exterior mouldings, so we installed the wing... more

Project Mercury Rising EP: 7 - Final Destination | ASC McLaren Restoration

With Project Mercury Rising closing in on the finish line, there are still a few things that we have to tidy up before the grand unveil. Our last checkpoint was lowering the car onto our assembled drive train, that way we could finish wiring up our one off gauges, addressing the remaining systems in the engine bay, an... more

Project Mercury Rising EP: 8 - The Reveal | ASC McLaren Restoration

It's time to reveal Mercury Rising, and hand over the keys to Uncle Ted. If you have not seen the other episodes, we highly suggest you get caught up as this Mercury Capri has gotten a total transformation. So here’s the low down on the reveal! Shannon has created this simplistic, humble idea to surprise Uncle Ted with... more

How ASC McLaren Grew To A $500 Million Company - The Hank Huisman Interview

We sat down with Hank Huisman from ASC McLaren and discussed how ASC McLaren grew to a $500 million company. This is his story… My Name is Henry Huisman, my nickname is Hank and I’m currently supplying parts for the McLaren. I do car restorations and my dad was a mechanic and he was always buying... more

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Published on 2019-08-21
If you have been following along with our Project Mercury Rising, you have seen the total transformation of this ASC McLaren Fox Body from it's days as a worn out daily driver to a fully restored, coyote swap show car. Watch the full series in this all in one video!