In an attempt to bring you, our valued customer and friends, a look at some of our best Mustang stuff before the holidays, I rallied our video guy and headed out to our warehouse, Santa suit and all. I can definitely say it didn’t go as planned. In fact, it went from good, to bad, to worse, in no time flat. Nonetheless, here’s a look at the start of our first-ever 12 Days of Giftmas Video Gift Guide.
To say bigger is better is nothing new. To say that bigger means better service and better selection is something worth talking about.
I’m happy to report that we have just moved our entire inventory of Mustang parts into a new 110,000 square foot warehouse just down the street from our corporate complex in Malvern, PA. More than doubling our previous space, we’ve got 2,704 part numbers today, with more parts being added every day. In fact, with more warehouse space, we’ll be able to add hundreds of new Mustang parts we’ve had our eyes on for a while.
Operated by more than 35 AmericanMuscle staffers, this new state-of-the-art facility is stocked with loads of cool toys, like three forklifts running at full steam, dawn ‘til dusk. And the whole thing is run by cutting-edge software that keeps AmericanMuscle.com inventory levels up-to-date and on the money 24/7.
Check out this cool time-lapse video of the move in action.
4 Days in just 68 seconds.
The SEMA Show is like no other car show on the planet. Though supposedly just for those working in the industry, enthusiasts have little challenge landing credentials to the four-day Vegas event. For 2009, the show resurfaced from a gloomy 2008 with a slew of Mustangs front and center as the leader for hot new products and crazy high-budget customs.
This year I joined the team from AmericanMuscle.com to head west to Sin City for a look at the latest Mustang mods to hit the market. From matte black super stealths, to ready to race and in-your-face road masters, clearly Mustangs are the perfect choice to make virtually any show, street, or track performer.
Here are just a few of our favorites:
The Mustang Corral was invite only, and very impressive.
Four weeks. Four SCT Tuners. Four winners. Not too bad, if you ask me.
As we said from the start, your odds of winning an SCT Power Flash Tuner with us were better than winning the lottery (at least $10k), getting struck by lightning, becoming President (of the United States), finding out you are actually a superhero, or getting lucky with Britney Spears.
If anyone reading this actually won the lottery, became President, or any of the others during our giveaway, and did not win an SCT tuner, please tell us about your good fortune. We love good fiction. In the meantime, we’d like to congratulate our four lucky winners, and everyone who entered.
Week 1: Jake Stahlecker, 2008 GT Coupe
Week 2: Nick Thompson, 2003 Mach 1
Week 3: James Carr, 2008 GT/CS Coupe
Week 4: Dean Casanova, 1998 V6 Coupe
Stay tuned for more great contests coming soon on our blog and AmericanMuscle.com.
An aftermarket exhaust is a great place to start when modding any car. A complete system can add an extra 40 hp at the rear wheels with a tune. Our tech article on understanding exhaust systems is a must-read for any first-time modder. Before I get into the nitty-gritty of exhaust systems, here are some important points everyone should know about aftermarket exhausts:
- Purchase your headers and mid-pipe from the same manufacturer – some manufacturers sell products that only bolt up to their own, or OEM, exhaust components.
- Long tube headers sometimes require oxygen sensor extensions, but always require a new mid-pipe (shorty mid-pipe).
- If you choose to run an exhaust with no catalytic converters you will need to re-tune the computer to get rid of the check engine light.
Secret Santa Winners!
Congratulations to our fellow Mustang Fans for finding St. Nick in the AmericanMuscle Blog. Here’s the list of winners:
$100 Gift Cards: 1st two to find all 12 Santas
Ismael Ramos 2009 GT/CS
Ulises Adame 2005 Coupe
$50 Gift Card Winners
Ernesto Rodriguez 1998 GT Vert
Nathan Sell 2007 V6
Rebecca Bauman 2006 V6 Pony Package
Ryan Schwartz 2003 Mach 1
Jon Olson 2004 GT
Matt Newlon 2000 V6 Coupe
Houston Ludwig 2006 V6 Pony Package
Jason Winsett 2006 V6
3 Santas are hiding in our blog.
Find one for a chance to win 1 of 8 $50 AmericanMuscle.com Gift Certificates. Find more Santas to better your odds of winning. There are 3 Santas hiding at one time, and 12 Santas in all.
$100 gift certificates to AmericanMuscle.com will be awarded to the first 2 people to find all 12 Santas.
Contest ends December 20.
- Find Santas hiding in the pages of our blog and write down their secret messages.
- Return to this page to enter up to 3 secret Santa messages.
- Santas will change periodically. There are 12 Santas in all.
- The first 2 people to find all 12 will win $100 gift cards instantly.
- Contest ends December 20. Winners will be announced here on December 22.
As a V6 owner myself, I understand how frustrating it can be trying to modify a V6. While there is not as much aftermarket support for the V6s as there is for the V8s, there are still plenty of performance parts out there. Supercharger and turbo kits are available for V6s now. But if you’re starting slow or don’t have quite that much to spend I would recommend these three modifications first: a cold air intake, upgraded exhaust system and a tuner.
Top 3 V6 Mods That Add Horsepower
Cold air intake systems by themselves can add 8-10 horsepower to your car and are relatively inexpensive. A K&N FIPK V6 Intake kit would be a great option for any Mustang v6 owner due to its simple bolt-on installation and instant results. If you’re not looking to spend $200-$300 on a complete intake system, a K&N Drop-In Replacement Filter is a less-expensive alternative that will still net you a good amount of horsepower. Plus, a v6 aftermarket intake or filter can be cleaned and reused, so you’ll never have to buy another filter, saving you money in the long run.
The countdown is on. Soon AmericanMuscle will deliver better, faster, more affordable style for your ‘Stang than ever before. Check back on October 26th as the leader in Mustang parts launches the next evolution in Mustang personalization. Oh, It’s gonna be BIG!
We pride ourselves on the fact that many of our employees are Mustang enthusiasts, just like you. Looking around the parking lot, we’ve got more Ponies than a Texas rodeo. Many AmericanMuscle staffers spend their weekends at the track or local car shows, or in the garage installing their latest purchase, because working here does have its benefits.
Two AmericanMuscle employees that share our taste in performance are Karen Baum and Dave Kaeck. Between the two of them, they have owned a total of 15 Mustangs. These customer service reps are just a couple of AmericanMuscle’s on-the-phone Mustang experts. They’re also drag racers who recently took their AM-prepped ‘Stangs to a filming of SPEED TV’s ultra-popular Pass Time game show at Maryland International Raceway.
Filmed on location at many of America’s favorite grass roots drag strips, Pass Time challenges two contestants to “guess the time, win the cash – it’s that easy,” according to show host Brett Wagner. Playing against famed Texas-based racecar chassis builder Ken “The House” Herring, contestants attempt to predict the 1/4-mile drag times of 10 random cars that pull up to the line in front of them. After each run the player with the closest time wins, and the player winning the most money at the end takes the entire $2,000 pot.