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!

My Mustang Fotofix: Snowed in ‘Stangs

As you’ve probably heard, the Northeast has been hit by not one, or even two, but several snow storms over the past few months. Newscasters are throwing around goofy words like ‘snowpocalypse’ and ‘snowmageddon’. There’s been laughter, panic, and a lot of shoveling. There have also been great pictures of Mustangs in the snow. Thus, for this installment of the FotoFix, we give you snowed in ‘Stangs. Since AM is always happy to showcase employees’ vehicles (see our 2010 calendar for proof), we thought we’d share some pics taken by employees this go-round.

If you look closely, you can see this Mustang’s mirror and antenna trying to escape the snow.

Married to Mustangs

Mustang ring

Love is a wonderful thang. When you find love in all the right places, it can be a lot of fun, as a pair of Mustang enthusiasts in Florida recently discovered. And their mutual love of Mustangs apparently sealed the deal:

Ford Mustang lovers Vickie Sue Kilpatrick and Ronnie Cox found the perfect way to mix two loves — they got married at the Bozard Ford Lincoln Mercury dealership in St. Augustine.

…At the conclusion of the ceremony the Coxes were introduced as man and wife.

The band kicked in.

The song that launched the marriage: “Mustang Sally”.

Differential Differences

Question: What is a Traction-Lok differential and how will it help me?

A clean looking differential

Picture Courtesy of MustangHeaven.com

Answer: This is a great question! A differential upgrade is practically a requirement for anyone looking to tear it up at the strip, so let’s start with some basics: the differential (aka “rear end”, “rear”, or “pumpkin”) is that roundish thing that sits between your rear axles; it’s responsible for transferring power from the driveshaft to the rear wheels and allowing the wheels to spin at different speeds when going around turns. With a job that important it’s easy to see why having a bullet-proof rear is so crucial for serious racers.

What Kind of Spark Plug is Best for My Mustang?

Component Confusion Part I: Spark-ing Controversy

Question: How do I know if I need to upgrade my spark plugs?

Answer:

NGK Iridium IX Performance Spark Plugs
NGK Iridium IX Performance Spark Plugs

These days it seems there are ten different spark plug variants for every one vehicle application – what’s up with that?  What happened to the days when a car had more cylinders than spark plug options?  When I started researching this topic I soon found myself up to my eyeballs in new and different spark plug technologies and pages upon pages explaining how they would indeed make your car better, faster, and stronger.  Many brain cells were sacrificed trying to distill the abundance of information into something concise and effective but fear not!  Those little neurons didn’t die in vain!

It’s Never Too Cold to Modify Your Mustang!

For most of us, the weather has turned pretty hostile. And while working on your Mustang in the middle of a snow storm may not be a great plan, the cold weather doesn’t mean that your ‘Stang has to stay penned up in its corral until spring. There are plenty of easy mods you can do in a few hours when the weather happens to give you a break.

Universal Winter Preparation

Image from justinmatson on Flickr
Image from justinmatson on Flickr

Whether you’re in California or New England, these tips for winter preparedness will serve you well.

  • Check your tire pressure. The change in temperatures will affect your tires, and they need to be properly inflated in order to grip the road. Not sure what your tire gauge should read? Check the side of the tire or the driver’s doorjamb for the recommended psi.
  • While you’re at it, check your fluids. It sounds like a minor thing, but making sure that you have the correct amount of washer fluid (one that’s designed not to freeze in cold conditions or includes a deicing agent is ideal), coolant, etc. will not only help your ‘Stang cope with the cold weather, it’ll help prevent maintenance-related breakdowns.
  • Wash your car, preferably about once a month. Instead of looking at all the road salt that’s crusted on your car and thinking ‘well, that’s gross!’, take it to your local car wash. If you’re doing it yourself, make sure you clean the undercarriage, too. It sees its share of salt and is just as vulnerable to rusting as the body.
  • Consider a car cover if you’re not going to be driving your ‘Stang for a while. It will protect your investment from the snow, salt, slush, and environmental contaminants until you’re ready to hit the open road again.

What Do I Need to Lower My Mustang?

Question: I want to lower my Mustang; do I need anything other than lowering springs?

Answer:

Lowering springs are one of our biggest sellers, and if you want to slam your Stang to the pavement and tighten up your handling they’re undoubtedly the way to go, but installing just springs could lead to a slew of other problems down the road.  Check out our article on suspension basics and terminology, it will help you visualize what’s going on with your suspension from stock to slammed.

A Shocking Revelation…

$200-$300 for a 1”-2” drop seems like a steal, but in a few thousand miles your OE shocks and struts will be crying for help – aftermarket shocks/struts are a must.  Lowering springs are shorter than factory, so they compress the factory shock/strut beyond what it’s designed to handle. The additional pressure will eventually break through the seals, resulting in a “blown” shock/strut.  Lowering a car over stock shocks/struts causes the suspension to react uncharacteristically and can result in bottoming out and/or loss of control of the vehicle.  Tokico HP shocks/struts are a great match for any aftermarket spring and would be my recommendation for a daily driver or non-track car.  Adjustable shocks struts are great for street/track use, but keep in mind that they do not change the ride height – they allow the dampening to be fine-tuned for race applications.

AmericanMuscle Sends Mustangs to Troops

Not everybody can be home for the holidays. It’s sad but true, especially for the people who are deployed far from home while serving in the military. There are a few ways to help deployed military personnel make the best of their situations, including sending care packages. Two of the members of ModdedMustangs.com, a forum AmericanMuscle has worked closely with for years, decided to put together care packages for any deployed member of the forum who would like to get one. The organizers, Bob and Brandon, have both been deployed themselves, so they knew exactly what would be most useful and most appreciated.

Several members stepped up to the plate and donated cash or supplies, and AmericanMuscle was among them. We decided to send radio-controlled Mustangs, since the folks getting the packages hadn’t seen their ‘Stangs in a while. They were our favorite contribution, but we rounded things out with some coffee, beef jerky, and other provisions that are generally in short supply when you’re overseas. Other donations followed the same pattern and mixed the fun and the practical, too.

AMs donation to the care package for the troops
AM's donation to the care package for the troops


Happy 87th Birthday, Carroll Shelby!

Carroll Shelby is an icon in the Mustang performance world. Today, he’s celebrating his 87th birthday. His main goal in life has simply been to move faster, whether it was in the airplanes he’s flown or  the cars he’s raced. Shelby’s legacy is one defined by the many roles he took in the automotive world and by the legendary high performance Mustangs he created.

Carroll Shelby
Carroll Shelby - Image property of carrollshelby.com

Shelby has worn many hats over the years, and one of the very first was an aviator’s cap. He was a flight instructor and test pilot in Texas during WWII. When he returned to civilian life, he started farming chickens and driving in local races, often neglecting to change out of his work clothing before a race. The odd racing uniform didn’t seem to discourage major racing teams from asking him to drive for them.

Shelby’s racing career lasted from 1952-1960. During that time, he raced for some of the most famous teams of the era, including Cad-Allard, Aston Martin, and Maserati. In the 1959 season, he and Roy Salvadori won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is one of the racing world’s most grueling, challenging events. Shelby’s racing career ended shortly after this win, however, because of health reasons.