Pony Up – A 518-Horse Supercharged Beauty

June 10th, 2010

Most muscle car fanatics are loyal to one brand and will defend that brand no matter what the cost. For James Goode of Garland, Texas, ownership of this air ride equipped and supercharged 2005 Mustang Pony convertible was merely a right place at the right time endeavor. Goode is a retried football coach and a few years back while still coaching football, he had what he calls a “cardiac episode.” In anticipation of bad news from the doctors Goode sold his 2004 Corvette ragtop and settled up his bills. Fortunately the doctors came back with good news and Goode was in the clear, but his prized ’04 ‘Vette was already down the road.

After a handful of follow up visits to the doctor, Goode was given a clean bill of health and was in the mood to put another hot rod in the garage. His wife Kay said no to another’ Vette, but one day while out driving around they passed a Ford dealership and James fell in love with a torch red Mustang GT Pony convertible. A deal was struck and James began to do little upgrades on the car for relaxation and as a garage hobby. After meeting Randy Gibson, owner of Dallas Mustang Performance/Restoration, the car went from a mild Sunday cruiser to an all out asphalt assault vehicle with big ponies and a stance that was designed to impress.

The 518-HP, 5.1-liter V-8 is stuffed with the best go-fast goodies and wears a Vortech V-2 supercharger to up the tire-blazing experience. The engine was also detailed for strong show presence.

To take the nosebleed stance out of the car, an Air Ride Technologies air suspension system was tailored underneath and 20-inch chrome ZR wheels capped with Toyo P255/35ZR20 pavement skins finish off the lowered stature. For more comfortable deceleration and accelerated control, Baer Brakes Systems 16-inch rotors and Baer Claw calipers bring the 20s to a quick stop.

Twenty-inch ZR wheels are bolted over Baer Brakes rotors and calipers and the whole package does asphalt punishing through Toyo rubber.

Like most muscle car fanatics, James did not stop there and commissioned Dallas Mustang to dress the factory 4.6-liter to the nines with a .030 overbore, a forged crankshaft, forged MAHLE dish pistons, Mod Max 4340 steel connecting rods, a Blow By Racing Stage 1 camshaft, and Blow By Racing CNC cylinder heads. The engine was topped with a Vortech V-2 supercharger and delivers horsepower music to the air through Steeda 3-inch headers, Bassani X-pipe with high-flow catalytic converters, and a Corse GT exhaust. This entire 518 HP and 485 lb.-ft. of torque are transferred through the stock five-speed transmission equipped with a Ram Power Grip heavy duty clutch commanded aggressively by James through a Steeda Sport shifter. A Steeda 3-inch heat extractor hood flows additional air to the Vortech supercharger.

To add some show to match all of the go Mike Testin of Best in Show Collision/Paint in Dallas whipped up a clean paint scheme, including black and silver draped over the factory torch red. The subtle graphics were bordered by yellow pinstriping artfully applied by James Crawford. After the car was painted, clearcoated and polished to a brilliant shine, the interior and audio were completed for the grand finale.

The Air Ride technologies air controls are nestled in the dash for easy adjustability.

The stitching pros at Morris Custom Upholstery in Mesquite, Texas, blended red and black leather for a loud and obnoxious cabin. Custom consoles were crafted by Distinctive Automotive. For cruising entertainment, besides the 500-plus-HP on tap, James relies on a custom audio system installed by Omar Medina of Extreme Audio in Garland. A Panasonic Strada head unit delivers musical selections to a Sound Stream 400 amplifier and onto the eardrums through a pair of 10-inch Soundstream subwoofers.

Ever since James’ car was completed, he and his wife Kay have been enjoying showing and cruising it around Texas. James sends out special thanks to Dallas Mustang for putting together such a fine car. It looks like James may have moved over from the Chevy camp because this blue oval ragtop looks like the work of a pretty serious Ford fanatic.

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