July 2010, a lifelong relationship was created between man and machine when Andy, aka MachStang! bought his first mustang, a 2003 with a V6. Mach spent 2 years with this Mustang before he decided it was time to upgrade and step into a more powerful horse. One hot summer day in August of 2012, a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan would bring to reality a lifelong dream of owning a competition orange steed. At the time of purchase, it was completely bone stock with the exceptions of a BBK CAI and a full off road Mach 1 cat back exhaust system. The car was meticulously cared for by the previous owner and only had 74K miles on the clock. The GT sat in a garage for most of its life when not out cruising the streets of Michigan. Andy would change that.
Far and away the most recognized characteristic to any Mustang is its sound. Most enthusiasts can tell they are near a Stang simply by the notes coming from the exhaust tips. A select few have made that sound almost orgasmic. For the July 2013 Ride of the Month, the Moddedmustang.com community was asked to vote for the best sounding car out there. The winner, Ryan M. of New Hampshire, aka Faym 08, shows it’s the simple ways to get a good sound.
If you have spent any time in the Mustang aftermarket, you know that the sky is the limit when customizing your pony. An endless line of parts vendors await to accept your hard earned cash via credit, debit, or first born child. Pages and pages of parts that look cool and parts that make you go faster are just a “I hope my wife doesn’t find out” click away. Flip through the pages of any Mustang publication and view the gleaming forged wheels, polished superchargers, custom paint, and tuned suspensions all attached to a brand new $30,000+ vehicle. If you are anything like me you have hit one major roadblock to creating your dream car – MONEY. Since most of us don’t have an endless budget to spend on our favorite toy we spend hours on the net trying to save a couple bucks here and get the best deal there. We scour Ebay, Craigslist, and forum classifieds for components to make our ride stand out without foreclosing on our home in the meantime. June 2013 “Project” ROTM winner, Wickedsnake00, epitomizes this philosophy with his Secondhand Snake.
What happens when you cross 1969 old school muscle and style with 2013 technology? You get a car that screams raw power while turning the heads of everyone in the area. Dennis, otherwise known as 69Restomod, bought the car with his father as a restoration project. With no experience working on cars, this project became a memorable experience. After wrenching on the steed for 2 years, Dennis’ father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and passed away shortly after. He could not bring himself to continue building the car without his beloved father. The Mustang was put under the cover to sit once again.
For some, having a Mustang can change with the appearance of Johnny Law. In the case of Daniel Shook, aka Shook1db, his first Mustang relationship ended badly. His current run in with the 5-0 earned him a title only twelve members each year get- Ride Of The Month – an honor he received for April, 2013.