When we look for cars to feature in the pages of Mopar Muscle, our attention is often grabbed by a car with a super-straight body sporting multiple coats of lustrous paint, or a big, fire-breathing powerplant stuck between the fenders. More often than not, however, it's the little details that will separate a car from the hundreds of others we see at the shows and races we attend, and attention to detail is just what makes the difference when we're deciding whether or not to feature a car in the magazine. One of the areas that is often overlooked during the restoration is the car's badging and emblems.

There are a couple of reasons that emblems get overlooked during a restoration. First, many of us simply don't think the emblems matter too much because they're so small. In actuality, placing dull, corroded emblems next to a shiny new paint job really distracts from the paint, and draws attention to the worst looking part of the car-the emblem. Second, the emblems are either hard to find, or they're not available for the car you're working on. Fortunately, companies like YearOne stock hundreds of both reproduction and N.O.S. emblems for many different models, and most are very reasonably priced. So if you find the emblems for your car in the YearOne catalog, you can simply order and install them. If you're like us and occasionally work on a car for which new emblems aren't available, don't worry. We'll show you how to make your existing emblems look as good as they did when your car left the factory.

Since reproduction emblems aren't very expensive, it just makes sense to purchase them if you can find them for your car. If your car is an obscure model, however, or if you just like doing things yourself, you can also refurbish the emblems in your home garage. Most emblems can simply be cleaned up, repainted, and polished to look great. If your emblems are significantly pitted or corroded, they can be rechromed as a last resort. Usually, it's better to find a clean set of emblems to start with as rechroming can be expensive. Follow along as we show you how to resurrect your old factory emblems.

SOURCE
Year One
PO Box 129
Tucker
GA  30085
800-932-7663
770-496-1949
www.nextgenparts.com/mustang