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.
With the recent return of the 5.0 liter, the Mustang is once again at the summit of the pony car wars. “The Coyote” motor is pumping out unprecedented power and is changing the standards enthusiasts expect from their hard earned dollars. Dual overhead cams and variable valve timing bring this 5.0L into the technological forefront offering stock dyno and track numbers earlier Mustang incarnations struggled to achieve even after being modded. The aftermarket for the new power plant is exploding and only promises to expand. MM’s own CasperGT is raising the standard to which all future mustang generations will be compared… and he’s doing it all naturally aspirated.
Cars are an extension of their owners. Their personality, traits, and attitude carry over and form a bond between man and machine. And this particular bond may never be broken. Justin M. of Hattiesburg, MS (aka Zatrekaz) demonstrates this after his victory in the November 2012 Moderator ROTM with his 2003 Mustang V6. The journey starts in 2007 when Justin receives his car as a graduation gift from his parents. Being just a baby at 32K miles and with a clean canvas to work on, Justin could not be happier and was eager to start modifying his new pride and joy.