AMStanger

AMStanger started life as Emily Wood. She fell in love with the automotive industry, and the Mustang in particular, at her first job working as a cashier at a mom and pop auto store. Since then, she’s held just about every job in the retail automotive field. Though she’s never been formally trained as a mechanic, she’s never shied away from taking something apart or working on her own car. She likes to defy stereotypes and get her hands dirty, but she does get tired of being called ‘dude’ all the time. In her time, AMStanger/Emily has served as a parts slinger at one of the biggest auto parts retailers in the country, worked as a service writer at another industry giant, and has served as an installer and a commercial specialist when needed. She spends most of her time on several large Mustang forums, and is pretty sure she has the best job in the world.

The July Ride of the Month Winners Are…

Grand Prize Winner: Al’s orange 2004 Mustang GT.

Wheel Style & Size: Cragar S/S 18X9

Tire Brand & Size: Riken 275/35/18

Al’s 2004 GT sports a Kenne Bell 2.1 Supercharger, a Stack Racing 75 mm throttle body, and a BBK cold air intake. Though he hasn’t made any upgrades to the suspension yet, he has worked on the interior and the exterior. The orange GT sports a Roush body kit with a wing, and a Roush exhaust with enhanced sound. In the cabin, Al has added Pillar Equus boost, oil pressure, and temperature gauges, plus a short throw shifter.

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My Mustang Fotofix: Mustangs at the Ballpark Edition

We figured we’d get some pretty cool pictures when we announced our Mustangs at the Ballpark Photo Contest, but we had no idea how many awesome photos we’d receive. Narrowing the field down to three winners was a tough job, and there were a lot of great pictures we still wanted to share with everyone, so we decided that a FotoFix was in order. We’re showcasing eight of the coolest pictures that were submitted. Whether in a major, minor, or little league stadium, Mustangs always look great at the ballpark.

Chris’s Mustang shows off with a car-sized bright red Angels cap.

Daniel decided to take his Mustang to play at Isotopes Park. If we lived in Albuquerque, we would do the same.

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AM’s Stock 2011 GT Runs 13.0′s! Check Out the Video

We recently took possession of our 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L Automatic. There may or may not have been excited giggling as we poured out of our offices to catch a glimpse, but we’re not at liberty to say! Our first impression: this car begs to be pushed to its limits. Small styling changes in the interior are completely overshadowed by the massively impressive upgrade under the hood.

Most of us remember the original 5.0L 302. When Ford released it, it was under-designed and under-powered, and there weren’t any real aftermarket performance parts available at first release. Thankfully, that won’t be the case this time around. The biggest names in aftermarket Mustang parts are developing sweet performance upgrades, and we’re working right alongside them. Our vendors are working with us exclusively to test parts, as well as research fitment and performance. We’re going to be building our GT the same way any enthusiast does—right here, in our garage. Along the way, we’ll be showing you more coverage of our mod strategy and giving you examples of real world numbers, both on the dyno and on the asphalt.

Needless to say, we can’t let a car sit for long. Within hours of delivery of our 2011, we were all thinking of one thing – Maple Grove Raceway. We broke it in as quickly as possible (the hardest 2 days ever!), and high-tailed it to the track this past Friday afternoon for some baseline testing. We were pleased with the times, considering we ran it at the track in its bone-stock condition. Our team laid down some impressive numbers out of the GT, with consistent times of 13.034 at 109mph and 13.022 at 110mph. Check out the awesome video below to see the team flying down the track!

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Sign Up for E-mail Notifications, Get a Free 2010 AM Calendar!

There’s a stash of 2010 AmericanMuscle calendars in our warehouse, and we thought we’d share them with our blog readers. When you sign up for e-mail blog updates, we’ll send you a calendar. Here’s how it works.

  1. Click the envelope icon in the top right corner. (see the illustration below)
  2. Enter your email address and fill out the anti-spam verification box.
  3. Send an email to calendars@americanmuscle.com from the email address you signed up with. Make sure you include your name, shipping address, and phone number, and that the email is sent from the address you signed up with, so we can verify it. Please note that any personal information will be used solely to process your calendar order, and that calendars can only be shipped to locations in the US and Canada.
  4. Hang your awesome calendar up and enjoy the pictures of all the gorgeous Mustangs.

Mustangs At The Ballpark Winners

We received some amazing entries for our Mustangs At the Ballpark Photo Contest. Locations ranged from the local little league field to some major league stadiums, and there were some truly awesome photos. In fact, there were so many great photos that we’ll be featuring several on the blog next week. In the end, we had to choose just three winners though. Thanks to everybody who sent an entry in, and congratulations to our winners, who are listed below with their winning photos.

Runners Up:

Jordan S’s picture of his Mustang lit up in front of Progressive Field, where the Cleveland Indians play earned him a $25 AmericanMuscle.com gift card, plus an awesome prize pack.

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