Dean Martin makes a 2010 GT better, stronger, and faster with Boss parts
Photos by StacyStangz
Picture this. You walk into your local Ford dealership ready to lay down your loot to order a 2012-2013 Boss 302 Mustang. Youâ€™re talking to the salesman and the conversation goes something like thisâ€¦
â€œIâ€™d like to order a Boss 302 with leather seats,â€ you say.
â€œSorry, that option is not available on a Boss,â€ the salesman replies.
â€œWell, then I want it with the interior LED lightning package,â€ you retort.
â€œSorry, no can do,â€ he says
You respond, â€œWhat about a glass roof?â€
â€œHave you never been on SVTP?â€ he asks. â€œBosses donâ€™t come with the glass roof option.â€
â€œWell can I at least get the 15-inch Brembo brakes from a 2013-2014 SVT Shelby GT500 Mustang?â€ you wonder.
â€œSure, hereâ€™s a Ford Racing catalog,â€ he offers. â€œKnock yourself out.â€
Near defeat, you ask. â€œWell can I get any options on a Boss 302?â€
â€œSon, youâ€™re lucky that Henry lets you have in colors other than black,â€ he says flatly.
You get the idea. If you wanted a Boss with some of the luxury options found on Premium Mustang then you were pretty much out of luckâ€”until now.
While covering the Belle Isle Grand Prix we had the chance to cruise around in a rather interesting rental car. Racer and Rehagen Racing owner Dean Martin was kind enough to let us hit the streets of Detroit in his intriguing 2010 GT/Boss 302 crossbreed, a Bossbreed if you will.
You see, Dean has a proclivity for purchasing and rebuilding Mustangs that insurance companies consider total losses. While that is not entirely unique in the pony car world, Deanâ€™s attention-to-detail and preference for doing performance upgrades sets him apart from other rebuilders. He is currently building an extreme sleeperâ€”a grey V6 with a full, SVT 5.8-liter Trinity drivetrain. However, that car wasnâ€™t quite ready for us to test so we â€œsettledâ€ for the Bossbreed.
This Torch Red 2010 Mustang GT Premium seemingly lost its life in the flood waters of Hurricane Sandy, but Martin and the crew at Rehagen werenâ€™t about to let its story end there. From the scene of its drowning death on the East Coast the glassroof GT travelled to Rehagen Racing in Westland, Michigan, where is was disassembled to a bare shell.
From there it was thoroughly washed, scrubbed, cleaned, disinfected, and dried. Once the necessary prep work was completed the GT received a full Boss 302 drivetrain and suspension. But the fun doesnâ€™t stop there. The reborn GT also gained a GT500 axle-back system, a Ford Racing shifter, complete 2013-2014 GT500 brakes, and GT500 leather Recaro seats.
Driving the car on the streets of Motor City I really couldnâ€™t tell that the car didnâ€™t leave the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in its current state. Dean and his crew really built a car that feels 100-percent legit. Everything is tight and performs exactly as it should. Iâ€™ve driven many Bosses, but never one with a glass roof. That is, until now.
For all intents and purposes this car is a Boss 302, with a Premium interior, glass roof, and performance upgrades courtesy of SVT. Itâ€™s a combo that works really well together and is a blast to drive. Best of all, the GT is currently for sale. If you happen to be near Westland, you should call up Rehagen Racing and make an appointment to see this jewel. Please do so soon so my fiancÃ© can stop bugging me to buy itâ€¦