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.

Mustangs At the Ballpark Photo Contest!

Mustangs and baseball are the two best things about warmer weather, and we love combining two great things. In that spirit, we’re challenging our blog readers to take pictures of their Mustangs at a ballpark! The person who submits the best picture will win a Pypes Beast exhaust system, plus 2 tickets to a local major-league baseball game.Two runners-up will each win a $25 AmericanMuscle.com gift card and an AM prize pack.

The ballpark in question doesn’t have to be a major league stadium, but pictures should include the name of the ballpark if possible. Pictures must be submitted by midnight on Tuesday, June 1st. You can enter multiple pictures, but please do not submit the same entry more than once. Winners will be announced on the blog on June 4th June 7th (to give us time to take a look at the last-minute entries). We’ve included a couple of pictures from a similar post to give you some inspiration. Now all you need to do is snap some pictures!

1st place wins:

  • 2 lower level tickets to a local baseball game.
  • A Pypes Beast exhaust kit for your ‘Stang (~$500 value!). (more…)

AM Employees Are Galloping Towards A Cure

I’d like to take a moment to step away from my  usual subject matter and talk about something very near and dear to my heart… Breasts. Now, they’re near and dear to my heart because I have a pair, and because I don’t think the  female form would be complete without them. Since this is a blog with a largely male audience, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re also fond of breasts, though probably for different reasons, which we won’t be exploring today.

Are Breasts an Endangered Species?

So why are we talking about breasts, if we won’t be showing you any, and if we won’t be talking about why you love them? Simply put, they’re being threatened. Breast cancer is sweeping not just the nation, but the world. It is endangering the busts of women everywhere, and it must be stopped. This is a cause that Ford itself can get behind.

From left: Emily, Heather, Karen not pictured: Tina

From left: Emily, Heather, Karen not pictured: Tina

You’re probably wondering why you should care, and how you could possibly help. It’s no secret that the automotive world is dominated by men. We forget sometimes that all of those men are firmly connected to women. No matter who you are, you have a mother. There’s a good chance that you also have a sister, or a girlfriend or wife, or a niece, or an aunt, or a friend who is a woman. The unfortunate, frightening fact is that any of them might have to do battle with breast cancer in their lifetimes. If that’s not an argument that moves you, consider that 1 out of every 100 cases of breast cancer is diagnosed in a man. While this cancer prefers women, it will still attack men. (more…)

2011 Mustang Commercial Debuts

Ford is understandably determined to showcase their 2011 V6 Mustang as much as possible. As our friend Jonathan over at mustangs.about.com mentioned in a post, the first 2011 Mustang commercials debuted recently. In his words:

Image Courtesty of road-reality.com

Image Courtesty of mustangs.about.com

“The spot focuses on Ford’s new V6 Mustang screaming through urban streets in true muscle car fashion. No doubt, it’s pretty awesome to say the least. The big message? “31 MPG and 305 Horsepower.” Not bad, not bad at all”

Not bad, indeed. There has been a fierce rivalry between GT and V6 owners for years, and this much-anticipated Mustang will certainly help even the score. Watch it now!

Top 10 Mustang Movie Moments

Most of the folks here at AmericanMuscle love Mustangs. Okay, that’s probably being pretty mild. Most of the folks here at AmericanMuscle are obsessed with Mustangs. Not only can (and will) AM staffers talk pony tech with you all day, they can go on and on (and on) about Mustangs in pop culture, especially movies.

Since its initial release, the Mustang has been featured in thousands of movies. Like any big Hollywood name, the Mustang has had its share of bit parts. The original pony car has also won its share of starring roles, though, and those are what we discuss most. After some debate, we’ve put together a list of Top Ten Mustang Movie Moments. You’ll notice a lot of them are chase scenes, because Mustangs are at their best when they’re demonstrating their speed and handling capabilities.

Photo Courtesy of askmen.com

Photo Courtesy of askmen.com

Number 10. Love it or hate it, the highly modified Mustang (aka Frankenstein’s Monster) in Death Race handles its business in its final race. movie info

Number 9. When you’re the last person left in New York City who hasn’t mutated into a nightmarish creature, what do you do for food and transportation? For Will Smith in I am Legend, the choice is simple. You hunt deer in a GT500. movie info (more…)

And, the Generational Ride of the Month Winners Are…

The submissions have been reviewed, votes have been cast, and the panel of dedicated Ride of the Month judges has spoken. We’re pleased to bring you May’s Generational Ride of the Month winners. All winners will receive a $25 AmericanMuscle.com gift card and an awesome AM t-shirt, plus bragging rights for an entire month.

2005+ Winner

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Click to enlarge image

Shane Peltz’s silver V6 Mustang is sleek and stylish. As Shane says, “My father bought me my 2006 Mustang V6 thinking we could make a real head turner. With my father’s love for cars and my sense of style we knew we could do it. We started this monster project by putting on a chin spoiler. From there, we decided to dress up the hood by putting on a carbon hood scoop and two black hood pins. From the hood to the engine compartment, we have Red Line chrome hood struts. To brace the the car around turns, we put a Steeda strut tower brace on… We designed our own custom Kat-skin interior. Also we installed triple pod racing gauges and rear window side louvers. Rear racing diffuser and custom striping round out our project. Thank you for all your help AmericanMuscle.” (more…)