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.”
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.
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
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.
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…
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!
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!
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.”
[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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.