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 ASC McLaren Capri 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

Project Mercury Rising EP: 4 - Primary Colors

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

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...

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

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

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


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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.