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We Make Project True Blue Just a Bit Safer with the Help of JTK Motorsports
Over the course of the last several moths, we brought you the saga of Project True Blue, our 2001 Mustang GT convertible. It was a car that we picked up almost a year ago today, and it’s been a slowly-but-surely progressing project over the course of the last several months.
Looking to take the car from a stock, left-for-dead New Edge, to a streetable and track-focused Mustang, there are going to be some serious upgrades in store for it. More power, upgraded suspension and building on the braking system we’ve already put into place, are going to be chief among the parts recipe.
However, a mistake many racers make is overlooking safety. Sure, most of a helmet, and maybe a safety harness or two, but how serous are we taking fire safety? We’ve seen one too many Stangs burst into flames on the dragstrip, road course and even in the garage to simply ignore having a fire extinguisher at the ready.
You may be thinking, “Great, but where am I supposed to put a fire extinguisher, without it bouncing around in my cabin or having it become a flying projectile in the case of a rollover or an accident?” We’re glad you’ve asked.
Our good friends over at JTK Motorsports have been answering that call to action in recent years, with their simple, bolt-in fire extinguisher mount. Initially only offered for Fox Body owners, Jason Franklin, the company’s founder, has been vastly expanding to other markets, namely SN95, New Edge, S197 and S550 Mustangs. He’s also reaching out to ’83-88 Thunderbird and Merkur XR4Ti owners as well.
Looking to get a better understanding of how they install, operate and help save the lives of the cars they’re mounted to and their occupants, we went directly to the source. Being located in our own home state of Ohio, we hit the highway and paid Jason & Co. a visit. Not only is Jason the founder of one of the coolest startups for Mustang owners out there, but he’s quite the SVO enthusiast. You may have seen his Mustang on these pages here before, and he offers a few products for those cars, too.
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of Blue Oval Muscle Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.