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…
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.
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…
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.
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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!
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.
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”.
Question: What is a Traction-Lok differential and how will it help me?
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.
Carl Edwards & Kasey Kahne chat w/ Richard Petty (From foxsports.com)
For one lap yesterday at the Daytona International Speedway, a 72 year old driver led the NASCAR pack.
Racing legend Richard Petty was back in a familiar position at the start of the Daytona 500 on Sunday. But rather than strapping into a ride stenciled with the fabled #43 and doing 200 laps on the Daytona oval, Petty piloted the pace car, a 2011 Ford Mustang GT.
Prior to the race, the record holding seven time winner of the Daytona 500 told fordracing.com:
“There’s nothing like the Daytona 500,” Petty said. “It’s one of the biggest races in the world and to be a part of it in this way is the next-best thing to actually being able to race. Who knows, maybe I’ll just stay out there for a few laps and see what those guys have got.”
At the end of the first lap, the green flag waved, and the field split around the pace car. King Richard eased the Mustang down pit row, and the strange race that followed, marred by long stoppages for track problem repairs, was underway.
2/25/10 update: Here’s a video from Ford Racing of the pace lap, and comments from Richard Petty – pretty cool!
Even before Roush Fenway Racing unveiled their entry into the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series, buzz was building about Ford’s official release of the deets and specs on the 2011 Mustang GT. When the presser was held for the No. 16 Con-way Freight Mustang this past October, it was clear that Ford’s marketing team was working overtime with its FRPP division and racing partners, such as Roush Fenway, to breathe new life into the Mustang brand. There was a potential Catch-22 though: would the CIA-level secretive work of Ford’s design and engineering teams match the enthusiasm of the PR effort? Muscle car junkies around the world waited for the word. Think of it this way:
Cue up your favorite road warrior music, and close your eyes for a moment. Take a deep, dual-exhaust cleansing breath. You’re standing in line at a world-class amusement park, waiting for your turn to board the newest and most awesome roller coaster ride on the property. Remove those earrings, eyeglasses, and loose jewelry. Anticipation, anticipation. You’re itching to be shot out of the barrel of a cannon. Now, open your eyes. It’s 2010.
Your ride has arrived — and it’s pacing the kickoff of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season this Sunday in Daytona…
Absolutely! No, they’re not a special color to match green Mustangs. But they are environmentally friendly! Most of the weights used to balance wheels these days are made out of lead. As anybody who’s ever hit a pothole knows, those lead weights can fall off your wheels. This means that not only are your wheels unbalanced, but there’s a big ol’ chunk of lead sitting on the street. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, until you realize how many millions of cars are on the road everyday, and how many of those are hitting potholes and losing weights.
Question: How do I know if I need to upgrade my 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!
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