And, the April Ride of the Month Winner is…

[drumroll; pass the envelope, please...oh, we're so excited we can barely contain ourselves...]

Paul Bledsoe’s dark blue 1988 Fox Body Mustang GT. Here’s the particulars of Paul’s very sweet ride:

Year: 1988

Model: 5.0L GT

Color: Dark Blue

Body style: Fastback

Comments: “This car is a junk yard purchase, fully restored, from empty shell to show car level, taking 4 years. It is a tribute to our son, Patrick, who died suddenly in 2000. His younger brother and I finished in 2006, what he started in 1999.”

Paul hails from Louisiana, and his ‘stang recently nabbed a first place trophy in the Modified Class, 1964-1/2 to 2010 at the Mustang Club of America (MCA) National Show in Pensacola, Fl., along with a similar win at the 45th Mustang anniversary bash in Birmingham, Al. in 2009.

AM March Ride of the Month

We knew, even before we launched this contest, that AM’s loyal customers have some freakin’ awesome cars. And choosing Paul’s Mustang wasn’t easy – his entry was selected by AmericanMuscle employees from 655 entries that were received for the March ROTM contest. So, as promised, Paul gets bragging rights for the next month, a $25 AmericanMuscle gift certificate, and a great T-shirt. Here’s a shot of what the engine compartment looks like – and this particular photo put Paul’s entry over the top.

AM March Ride of the Month 2

Think your Pony has what it takes to be the May Ride of the Month? You have until Sunday, April 25 to submit your entry. If you sent in an entry last month, you’ll have to re-submit your entry. (Note that we’ve added some additional required information on the ROTM form.)

Update: We’ve also put up a post to honor the generational winners in the April ROTM contest – and, because of the tremendous response to the contest, we’re punching up the prize pool a bit, to include the generational winners each month. More details at the above link.

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  • http://yahoo Dylan

    that is an amazing beautiful piece of work, wonderful job you guys have done

    • Paul Bledsoe

      Thanks for the compliment.

      I’ll take this opportunity to thank American Muscle for selecting our car, above 655 others in March, for the first grand prize winner Ride of the Month. We are overwhelmed that it was selected. For those following the MCA national circuit, look for the car (and me) at the 2010 Mustang National, June 4-6 in Mustang, OK, outside of Oklahoma City.

  • Pat

    Amazing car. We need more details AM!

    • Paul Bledsoe

      Want more details? OK. Let’s see what the character limit is on this blog!
      1988 GT Hatchback. California car with factory MAF
      Color: 2004 Porsche Dark Blue Pearl; Interior: Smoke Gray carpet and black vinyl seats
      New FRPP short block 302, stock rebuilt & milled (.010″) heads, E303 cam, 19# injectors, 73mm TB, 70mm C&L MAF w/ 19#, adjustable fuel regulator, no pollution control devices, except oxygen sensors, cold air intake, 2-inch phenolic intake spacer, MSD coil, Taylor 8 mm spark plug wires, 2-speed electric fan from 97 MKVII Lincoln, 180 deg. thermostat, new chrome water pump, 140 amp Powermaster alternator.
      New T-5 Z World Class 5-speed transmission, Steeda Tri-ax shifter, FRPP aluminum driveshaft, frame stiffeners, floor pan/seat reinforcement plates, new steering rack & pinion, new ball joints, urethane suspension bushings, Lakewood 70/30 Struts and shocks, Hotchkiss Rear Upper & Lower Control Arms, BBK lowering springs, 1 5/8″ equal length Mac ceramic headers, MAC H-pipe w/o cats, Magnaflow stainless Cat-back exhaust – fully polished, added factory brackets & fog lights, 2 1/2″ cowl fiberglass hood, A-pillar gauges – water temp, oil pressure, white face dash gauges, Grant steering wheel w/ Ford oval horn button, entire interior is refurbished or new and fully sound deadened, fiber optic instrument lighting, all new door weatherstriping, keyless entry system, 15″ Weld Draglite wheels, BF Goodrich Drag Radials, rebuilt stock brakes, with Russell stainless mesh flex lines, everything that bolts to the engine is either chrome or polished aluminum, all exposed engine bolts are hand polished stainless, hood latch hardware and hood hinges are chromed, led engine lighting system. Local dyno shop ran it at 258.5hp and 347 ft-lb RW torque, natural aspiration.