A 700-Plus Horsepower Pavement-Pounding Mustang Tribute

September 2nd, 2011

Text and Photos by Travis Noack

People build all-out pavement-shredding muscle cars for all sorts of different reasons. Some build them because they’ve always dreamt of owning one in high school and years later they finally have the financial ability to do so. Some do it as a status symbol and some do it just to be able to command a bunch of horsepower and experience the pin-your-back to the seat torque. But what about building a muscle car for a completely unselfish reason altogether? Building tribute vehicles to honor our American heroes that fight for our freedom is nothing new, but each project dedicated to the efforts and sacrifices of our young soldiers is a testament to how truly awesome their work is.

A few years ago Sam Scarborough of Loganville, Georgia, decided that his horsepower and customizing addiction could best be served by rolling something that honored the soldiers who so bravely fight for our freedom. He hooked up with Steve Sanderson of Sanderson Customs and Conversions (http://www NULL.sandersoncc NULL.com) in Dallas to build this ‘07 Mustang STRYKER edition. The STRYKER name was derived from the Stryker Light armored vehicles and Stryker brigade involved in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At the heart of the Stryker is a Kenne Bell twin screw polished supercharger resting atop the D.S.S. Competition Products Level 10 Race-prepped block kicking out more than 700 pavement-pounding ponies. The block was balanced and blueprinted to racing tolerances and filled with DSS Forged Pro-X Series 3-V pistons, H-beam rods and capped at the bottom with billet aluminum mains and ARP main studs. A COMP Cams XE253 camshaft gets the Blue Ovals voice heard. A 3.73 gear was added to the factory rear differential to take all of the abuse the blown modular can throw through a five-position gearbox.

To set the Stryker in attack position Sam commissioned Godfather Customs and Joe Dog Customs to put the Sanderson spoiler and side skirts in the weeds using a complete Ridetech air suspension system. Set over a chromed set of American Racing Shelby Razor wheels mounted on BF Goodrich Radial T/As measuring P255/35ZR20 front and P275/35ZR20 rear, The Stryker means business with its chiseled form and gravel-grabbing stance.

Mike Desold expertly crafted the patriotic paint scheme with the red basecoat sprayed by Fhady Khoury.

After the car was set in the weeds and packed with an arsenal of performance, the Sanderson crew made quick work of adorning the body with its signature styling updates, including the signature side scoops, fender vents, rocker extensions, front bumper/valance and dual scooped hood as well as their signature aluminum grille with custom-machined STRYKER emblem. Once the body modifications had been made, Fhady Khoury of Sanderson’s Customs and Conversion sprayed the custom-mixed Sanderson STRYKER Red to set off the Mustang’s envelope. To top off the red and complete the American pride theme and soldiers’ tribute, Mike Desold designed and airbrushed the American flag with the stars and stripes waving proudly over the top half of the car with a tribal band break right at the beltline.

Inside the STRYKER delivers a high performance experience with charcoal and silver leather two-tone seats accented with the STRYKER Texas rattlesnake logo and Steve Sanderson’s signature on the headrests, combined with billet knobs and competition boost, oil and volt gauges. The Ridetech suspension is adjusted on the fly via the dash-mounted digital controller.

The STRYKER ‘07 Mustang was built to honor the memory of Stewart S. STRYKER and Robert F. Stryker; both were killed in action and received the Medal of Honor. The ‘07 Stryker and matching ‘67 Mustang STRYKER are rolling representations of the sacrifices these soldiers and millions of soldiers make every day to battle for our freedom.

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