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For performance enthusiasts of the modern era, owning a Fox Mustang has been nearly a rite of passage. It has all the classic musclecar ingredients right out of the box–it’s relatively inexpensive, light weight, rear-wheel drive, packs V8 power and sports a manual gearbox. In other words, it has the same core fundamentals that made the original Mustang such a sensation in the first place.

But that’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement to Ford’s design. Over the years, more potent models made available from the factory, as well as some of the strongest aftermarket support in thehistory of the automobile, has turned the Fox Mustang platform into something of a blank canvas for performance enthusiasts.

Want to build a 9-second, street driven dragster? Maybe you’re looking to do some road racing in NASA’s American Iron series? Or perhaps you just want a killer street machine that’ll do the grand touring thing from coast to coast in high-speed comfort and style? Any one of these scenarios (and many, many more) are simply a build strategy away with this eminently malleable platform.

Of course, how long it will take, and how much it’ll impact your wallet, is another story entirely.

Although the look is fairly understated, it’s what’s underneath the skin that makes this Fox Mustang build so unique. An engineer by profession, Scott Hartrick's relentless attention to detail was allowed to truly shine once he completely disassembled the car all the way down to the unibody structure. In terms of exterior aesthetics, his GT now wears PPG single stage black paint, ’93 Cobra ground effects and rear bumper, a Maker's Garage carbon front splitter, and 2-inch, cowl-induction steel hood.

“I’ve owned it since 2003, but it hasn’t seen the road since 2009. Life got in the way and she sat on the back burner for a while. Earlier this year, I decided that I wanted to rebuild the car… the right way,” said Scott Hartrick, a utility company engineer from Allentown, Pennsylvania, in a StangNet thread from over six years ago. “It was always a solid ‘5-foot’ car, but like many foxes, it had a lot of little quirks. Years of mismatched modifications and bolt-ons created a lack of reliability and performance issues. Not to mention the stock 100,000-mile bottom end had seen better days. So, this is where I am now. Nothing but a shell and some jackstands.”