While we can't say for certain, we're unofficially guessing that this is the first time installing a push button has ever been the main focus of a Tech Inspection report here in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords.
We don't blame you for wondering why a push-button switch is so important. When you think about it, late-model Mustangs are loaded with switches when they roll off the assembly line. The switches we're working with aren't make-or-break items--they're just neat enhancements that we came across while perusing AmericanMuscle.com, enhancements we think will put a subtle jolt of cool in S197 and SN-10 Mustangs.
First in this duo is a glovebox-mounted, trunk-release switch (PN 66101; $34.95), a new device that takes us back to the old days, when nearly every Mustang produced was equipped with a little yellow button in the stash compartment that unlocked the decklid or hatchback. For some reason unknown to us, Ford does not include release buttons in the glove compartments of the '05-'09 'Stangs. The kit we're installing (manufactured by Silver Horse Racing) brings this OG convenience to '05-'09s.
Round two of this month's button experience has been around for a while--an ignition-switch update for S197 and SN-10 Ponies. Stack Racing's push-button ignition system (available from American Muscle; PN 41059; $79.99) gives the cockpit of '05-'10 Ponies the look and feel (in a minor way) of the mega-dollar Ford GT supercar by relocating the 'Stang's ignition function to a bright red button that sits smack in the center of the dash.
Although neither upgrade does a thing for performance, they're both low-dollar mods that will earn your Mustang positive comments and all-important cool points from those who see them in action.
Brandon Pierce is a SoCal 'Stang-banger who digs the show side of our hobby just as much as the go, and Mason "Mase" Rowland of B&D Racing in Van Nuys, California, is the tech who handles both sides of that coin for Brandon's custom '06 GT. We watched Mase perform the minor upgrade surgery. As you'll see in the accompanying photos, each switch is easy to install (they both include harnesses and the ignition switch requires no drilling) and their fit-and-finish is OEM quality to boot. Clean mods like this are something we definitely appreciate seeing when we're checking out the different ways 'Stangbangers personalize their pride and joy. Read on and see how simple it is to do.