WEEK TO WICKED HAS BECOME AN OFT-USED BUZZWORD AROUND THE MUSTANG MONTHLY AND MUSTANG-360.COM OFFICES. Unless you’ve been paying absolutely zero attention, the Mustang 360 group—comprised of the Mustang Monthly, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, and Modified Mustangs & Fords brands— has now completed three Week to Wicked projects. We built a 1966 hardtop in July 2017, a 2013 GT coupe in January 2018, and a 1967 fastback conversion in July 2018.
The idea behind these projects is just as the name says—build a wicked Mustang in a week. The entire Week to Wicked concept was born out of a desire to create compelling new video content for the website, and pretty much every brand (magazine and website) in the automotive group at our company has done at least one build.
As the world is moving increasingly into the digital age and transitioning from print to web, we need to keep coming up with unique ways to deliver content to our faithful readers and viewers, and
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Of course, the reality of building a car in a week is deceptive. You’ve no doubt seen all the car TV shows that do similar builds—one of the first shows, Overhaulin’, kind of founded this build-a-car-in-a-week concept. The dirty little secret to those shows is that even though they fire the car up and “drive” it at the end of the show, in reality there are still a million little things left to do to truly finish the car. I’ve seen a bunch of those Overhaulin’ cars that Foose built (they actually built four of them in the old Hot Rod shop about 10 years ago), and while the design and workmanship on all of them is top notch, you couldn’t just jump in any of them and drive cross-country. There was a good month’s worth of finish work left to do that the cameras didn’t reveal.
Our Week to Wicked builds have been a little better than that due to prior preparation, but there are still things left to do. The Competition Orange ’66 that we kicked it off with is done and completely drivable—we drove it home from the 2017 SEMA Show after all—but it still needs the air conditioning to be charged with refrigerant and there are a few tiny details in the interior that need to be addressed. But that car is, for all intents and purposes, finished. The 2013 GT that we built under the Muscle Mustangs brand was a far less ambitious build, since we didn’t need to do body and paint or any major overhaul. It was a bolt-on car, so it went pretty smoothly, though we did have to change the wheel/tire setup after the fact for more clearance.
The ’67 we did last summer, however, was by far the most involved build any of the brands have taken on in the whole Week to Wicked universe. That car started as a very rough hardtop shell in the “graveyard” out back of the PG Customs & Bodies shop, and it was masterfully converted into a fastback with Golden Star sheetmetal. When it rolled into our shop, the car was basically an empty body shell that was painted but had nothing in the way of suspension, interior, trim, or anything else. In this case, we literally assembled an entire car—drivetrain, suspension, wiring, fluid lines, interior, EVERYTHING— in five days. Well, okay, make that 10 days, since staffers Houlahan and Johnson flew in a week early to handle some of the small details like bumpers, headlight buckets, and that sort of thing. But 98 percent of that car was built between a Monday morning and a Friday night!
The conclusion of that show had us driving the car, but it wouldn’t do a burnout for some reason. Thinking that engine was going into a limphome mode due to our negligence, we have since concluded what the problems are—our hastily hacked together air intake plumbing and a wiring problem with the transmission that has it stuck in high gear—both of which are our mistakes, not the manufacturers’. We are working on fixing them as I write this, so that car should be burning the tires to the ground next week sometime, or right before the 2018 SEMA Show. After that, it will get around to as many shows as we can drag it to in 2019.
But even that car still has some finish work after we get it running and driving properly. Its Old Air system also still needs to be charged, the power steering has no assist for some reason, and we haven’t aligned the front end. Plus I’m sure I’ll come across some more issues to be addressed as we start driving it in anger. As it comes along, we’ll bring you updates both here and on Musang-360.com. And yes, one of those updates will include a big ol’ smoky burnout!