Why Do I Need a Cold Air Intake For my Mustang?

The Cold-Air Conundrum

Question: “I just bought a Mustang and my friend told me I should get a cold air intake as my first mod, but I’m new to cars and I was wondering what a cold air intake is and how it helps my car.”

Answer:

This is a great question, and one I hear almost daily. Cold-air intakes are great first mods because their easy installation makes them a perfect DIY project.  Before we delve into the details, let’s start with the basics.  Your stock intake consists of the airbox, the mass air-flow sensor (aka “MAF”), and the air inlet tube that connects to the throttle body.  The airbox houses the air filter and in some cases the MAF.   An AmericanMuscle Mustang air filter removes moisture and particulates like dust and pollen from your Stang – all things you don’t want in your engine.  Once the air is clean and dry, it’s the MAF’s responsibility to tell the computer how much air the engine is getting, which is why your car won’t run (well) without it.  With the cleaning, drying, and measuring out of the way it’s just a short trip up the inlet tube to the throttle body and into the engine.  Seems pretty simple, right?  Well it is, but let’s see how an aftermarket intake differs from stock, and how that affects your Pony. (more…)

Mustang’s Birthday – $10 off $100 Orders

We love a party, and to celebrate the Mustang’s 46th birthday, we’re having an incredible sale! On Saturday, April 17, you’ll see a coupon code at the very top of the AmericanMuscle.com website. The coupon will take $10 off any order of $100 or more, and is good for 24 hours only!

Evolution of the ‘Stang

Ford Mustang at the Worlds Fair, 1964

Ford Mustang at the World's Fair, 1964

While production of the Mustang started on March 9th of 1964, the Mustang first became available for purchase on April 17th, 1964 at the World’s Fair. With that one model, Ford changed America’s automotive path forever. An entire class of cars, featuring long hoods and short rear decks (not to mention large, powerful engines) emerged soon after the Mustang, and have been called “pony cars” ever since.  The Mustang’s body style has changed over the years, but its distinctive formula has remained essentially the same. (more…)

AM-Sponsored Muscle Shatters Speed Record

Eric Swarrs Ford GT Supercar

This past weekend, rookie driver Eric Swarr ventured onto a mile long WWII-vintage Army airbase strip in Maxton, NC with one goal in mind: set an East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) Blown Fuel Super Street land speed record. His ammunition? A 2006 Ford GT Supercar, owned by Bob Self and sponsored by AmericanMuscle and Swarr Automotive.

Nearly everyone is familiar with the concept of land speed records, and for the most part, when you hear about a really eye popping speed run, it’s coming from Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Here’s a little trivia factoid. The quest for land speed records actually started on the East Coast in the 1920′s and 30′s on the hard sands of Daytona Beach, Fl. When most speed trials started moving out West, a void was left on the East Coast. ECTA was formed to fill that void, and they selected an abandoned runway in Maxton, NC as the staging ground for speed record runs.

Saturday and early Sunday runs by Swarr were part of the ECTA rookie development program. He first had to make 125 MPH and 150 MPH runs on Saturday, to satisfy ECTA that he could safely pilot the vehicle. On Sunday, he made one last development run of 175 MPH, and then was given a single opportunity to open it up, and break 200 MPH. And open it up he did…

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Super-Powered 2005 V6 Project Car Videos Revealed!

The wait is over! We are proud to bring you not just one, or even two or three, but FOUR incredible videos which take you through the stages of our 2005 V6 Project Car Build. We know you’re wondering how we managed to add so much torque and horsepower (not to mention sex appeal) to our project Mustang, and we’re psyched to show you the final numbers and performance gains!

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April Ride of the Month Winners, Part 2!


When we discussed starting a Ride of the Month program, none of us ever dreamed we would be facing so much anger, so much tension, and so much outright contempt–from each other! Our dedicated panel of ROTM judges (who also happen to be dedicated employees) turned downright vicious when it came time to vote on our first Ride of the Month. Everybody had a favorite, and they campaigned for that favorite mercilessly. In order to stop the threats, bribery, and intimidation, we’re changing the contest, just a little.

Each month, there will be a grand-prize winner of the Ride of the Month contest, plus a winner from every other generation of Mustangs. This way, we can spread the ROTM love around a little(and keep our office standing). The grand-prize winner each month will have a blog post featuring their ride by itself, plus a $50 AmericanMuscle.com gift card and AM t-shirt. The generational winners will each win a $25 AmericanMuscle.com gift card and AM t-shirt, and will all be featured together in their own blog entry .

Here are this month’s awesome generational Ride of the Month winners!

2005+ Winner

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Steve Burroughs’ 2007 Torch Red GT is quite a looker. As Steve says,”With a mix of mods that compliment each other perfectly, this Mustang gets looks wherever it goes. I think my favorite mod is the suspension and tire set-up. I’m constantly asked what the setup is. Everyone loves the stance.” (more…)