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Local body shop prepares
1965 Ford Mustang for SEMA show

The finished Mustang Project 50-30 car was displayed at the 2014 SEMA Show held early November in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo courtesy of Christine Shrawder)

As first reported in the Sentinel last summer, GCR’s Auto Collision Inc. of Dalmatia helped to prepare a 1965 Ford Mustang two-door fastback for display at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show, scheduled for early November in Las Vegas, Nev.

The finished vehicle was displayed at the SEMA show as planned. GCR’s work involved repainting the vehicle (blue) and outfitting it with various other body modifications to make it resemble a more modern Mustang.

GCR’s prepared the vehicle at the request of Harrisburg-based CJ Pony Parts, a retailer of parts and accessories for Ford vehicles. The local body shop has worked on several vehicles for the parts vendor and many have been featured in its catalogs. As a result, GCR’s was one of several entities asked to help CJ get the vintage Mustang ready for the show.

The paint and body modifications were overseen by Gary Shrawder, GCR’s custom painter and a team comprised of Jeremy Malehorn, Justin Savage and Ken Savage. It was estimated that 600 hours were invested in the project. Their work included not only installing the body modifications, but fabricating the original pieces.

CJ Pony Parts named the Mustang Project 50/30 in commemoration of the Mustang’s 50th anniversary – the car debuted in April 1964 – and the 30th year since the parts business opened its doors.

In addition to the paint and body modifications, Project 50/30 also received several engine, transmission, interior and other upgrades courtesy of vendors recruited by CJ Pony Parts.

The 2014 SEMA show was held Nov. 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show is billed as ‘‘the premier automotive speciality products trade event in the world ... drawing the industry’s hottest minds and hottest products to one place.’’


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