AmericanMuscle Turns a Zero Into a Hero


How do you take a Mustang from stock to super-powered? This winter, we took our ’05 Legend Lime V6 on the road to Swarr Automotive in Collegeville, PA. The mission was simple–to add more horsepower and style to the bone-stock ‘Stang (and boy, did we ever; just wait until you see the final numbers!). We’re releasing the super cool 4-part project videos on April 6th, but we’re awesome, so we have a sneak peak video to keep you salivating ’til then.

Guess which mods we’re using, and you could win a $50 AmericanMuscle.com gift card! The first two people with the most correct, specific (saying ‘CAI!’ isn’t quite specific enough) guesses will each win a $50 AmericanMuscle.com gift card and a wicked cool AM t-shirt. That’s a heck of a prize for just guessing! All you have to do is watch the video below, and leave a comment on this blog entry letting us know which Mustang mod you think we’ve made. If you’re the first person to make the most correct guesses, you win. It really is that easy, so watch the video and let us know what your best guess is!

Spring Means Styling Your ‘Stang!

Spring is here at long, long last. That means it’s time for all the Mustangs that have been hibernating to come out and bask in the sun. These high-powered, shiny ‘Stangs will be showing off (and rightly so) at every traffic light and racetrack around. Having a high-performance Mustang is a beautiful thing, but for many of us, it’s not the only thing. While there’s a certain segment of the population that loves the “sleeper” style (you’ve seen them, they’re the primer-black beasts with the huge engines), and there’s nothing wrong with that, most folks prefer to have a ‘Stang with a cleaner style. Whatever your preferred look may be, there are no limits to your styling options. One of the things to consider when planning your exterior mods is what kind of look and feel you’re into. There are several popular themes, and you might want to consider one of them when you’re customizing your pony.

Style options

  • Aggressive – Mustangs have a lot of attitude and a certain toughness by their very nature, so it’s a natural choice to play that aggressiveness up. A chin spoiler always gives a touch of menace to a Mustang, and a wicked cool billet grille is another great way to add some spice.
  • Sporty – If you want a lighter, less threatening look for your ‘Stang, why not go sporty? Lowering your pony will help your performance, and improve your stance on the road. If you’re rolling in a convertible, a light bar will add some personality to your ride.  A hood pin appearance kit is a perfect finishing detail, and it saves you from having to drill through your hood.
  • Blacked Out – For those who think the aggressive style listed above is a little too soft, there’s the blacked out look. Sure, you could go with some simple black accessories to accentuate a great paint job. But when there’s a whole world of tinting and darkness to explore, you probably won’t be content with just a blackout panel for long.
  • Retro – If you’ve gotta have that sweet, shiny chrome, it’s time to go retro! Wheels are an obvious, easy modification that can make a huge difference. For a bigger dose of the shine, try a door dress-up kit with an antenna or some tail light trim.
  • Custom – When you like everything we’ve mentioned, or especially if you only like certain parts of those styles, the custom option is a great way to go. Mixing and matching different styles and ideas will create a unique look that suits you perfectly. 

2011 Mustang V6 Snags Rare Honor

In an encore performance, a Mustang is once again pacing a major NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The recently unveiled 2011 Mustang V6 has been selected as the pace car for the the Food City 500, coming up this Sunday at Bristol International Speedway.

This is the second time in the current NASCAR Sprint Cup season that a Mustang has paced the field. In February, the 2011 5.0 GT was piloted by NASCAR legend Richard Petty during the pace lap of the Daytona 500.

So what makes the second time so special? No one can remember when two Fords (much less two Mustangs) were selected for pace car duties in a NASCAR single season. What we’re witnessing is recognition of Ford’s commitment to the Mustang, and to continue offering a thrilling ride to the every day performance car enthusiast.

Married 2 Mustangs, Part II

(Ed. note: A few weeks back, we posted a brief story on what we felt was a great event – a couple who discovered a mutual love, Ford Mustangs, and took it to the next level. They were married on February 21, 2010 at a Ford dealership in St. Augustine, Florida. And unbeknown to us at the time, AmericanMuscle even had a very important role in the event! Read about that role, below.

AmericanMuscle spoke with Mr. and Mrs. Cox after their brief honeymoon…)

AM: This is such an intriguing story. How did the two of you happen to meet?

My Mustang FotoFix: Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is a great holiday. It’s traditionally celebrated by drinking beer, and that’s the kind of tradition anybody can embrace. Another benefit is that you can celebrate if you’re Irish, if you might be Irish, if you have ancient Irish ancestors, or if you’re just a fan of Irish things (like beer and cool music). Mustangs are an iconic example of American muscle cars, but we’ve gathered six of the coolest, greenest Mustangs to showcase in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. So scarf down some Irish potatoes and a couple of pints of green beer, sit back, and enjoy. Erin go bragh!

This mean green Mustang is ready to dominate the road.

Bama Custom Tuning at AM: Raw Pony Power

We’re always cooking up something at AmericanMuscle to help our loyal customers take their rides to the next level. What’s on the front burner this week? BamaChips and AmericanMuscle are rocking the aftermarket performance industry by joining forces to create and deliver precision custom tunes for Mustangs. The result? Bama Custom Tuning at American Muscle. This exclusive partnership integrates world renowned custom tunes from BamaChips with AmericanMuscle’s award winning customer service.

Whether on the street or at the strip, Mustang owners know the benefits of custom tuning their cars – more raw power and better performance. When fractions of a second can make the difference, every bit of horsepower counts. Still, for many Mustang owners, the concept of “custom performance tuning” has been kind of exotic and cloaked in mystery (sorta like our Mustang girls). We’re gonna make it simple for you…

AM-Sponsored Drivers Compete at Bradenton

At AmericanMuscle, it goes without saying that we’re all about Mustangs. So,when we had the chance to sponsor two great Mustang drivers in the 2010 NMRA Keystone Ford Nationals series, we jumped on it. Tim Matherly and Bart Tobener of MVPerformance both kicked off the season this past weekend at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout in sunny Bradenton, Florida – the most prestigious race of the NMRA season. We’ll be posting more info on Tim and Bart as the season progresses, but let’s get right to a recap of the weekend.

Let’s just say Bart opened some eyes this weekend in the driver-friendly cool weather at Bradenton:

Bart Tobener at NMRA-Bradenton

Bart Tobener at NMRA-Bradenton (From nmradigital.com)

Mustang Tech: The Odds & Ends of Octane & Your Gasoline

Question: What’s the difference between the various octane ratings for gasoline?

Answer: It isn’t a stretch to say our daily lives depend on gasoline; we rely on it for transportation and, for many AM employees and customers, for recreation as well.  So it would seem logical that we would know a bit about the smelly stuff that supports our modern “get up and go” lifestyles, but gasoline octane is one of the top 10 things we get questions about.

 

It’s all In the Numbers…

 

Image from azdot.gov
Image from azdot.gov

Depending on where you live, you may see anything from 85 to 93 octanes when you pull up to the pump, but what do those numbers really mean for your Mustang fuel system?  Octane is the measure of a fuel’s resistance to knock, aka detonation.  The number on the pump is known as the “Anti-Knock Index” or AKI number, and is the average of the RON (Research Octane Number) and MON (Motor Octane Number).  The research octane number is obtained by running the fuel in a test engine under “low load”, controlled conditions and is typically a few points higher than MON.  Motor octane is found by running a preheated sample of the same fuel in a similar test engine at higher speeds with variable ignition timing, pushing the fuel to its limits.  These results are compared to mixtures of iso-octane (100 octane) and n-heptane (0 octane), giving them their octane rating.

Enter to Win AM’s Ride of the Month Contest!


We know our readers drive some freakin’ awesome Mustangs. So, every month, we want to help you guys show off your sweet ride.

Why should you enter AM’s ROTM contest, you ask? For the prestige! For the glory! For the Free T-shirt (and the gift card, too)!

Each month, one lucky grand prize winner will be featured in our newsletter and right here on our blog. The winning entry receives a free AmericanMuscle t-shirt, a $50 AM gift card, a certificate suitable for framing, and — clearly most important — thirty days worth of bragging rights . Not a bad deal, huh?

So, what are you waiting for? Here’s the 4-1-1…

Contest Details:

  • We’ll pick one winner each month out of the completed submissions from the previous month. (example: April’s Ride of the Month winner will be chosen from the entries received during the month of March)
  • Each entry must be made on the form below. Any entry submitted through another method will be disqualified.
  • Entries must be original and yours.
  • All entries must be time stamped before midnight on the 25th of the month.
  • We’ll contact the winner via email for your t-shirt size and shipping address.

Give us your best shot. Take a picture of your ‘Stang, fill out the form below telling us why it’s so awesome, and get ready to be the next official AmericanMuscle Ride of the Month!