Kristian Grimsland
Associate Editor, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
March 19, 2014
Photos By: AmericanMuscle.com

The '60s and '70s were an exciting time, filled with American muscle cars that were loud, powerful, heavy, and rude.

Obnoxious, some might say, but that was the greatest part about them. They demanded attention, nothing else. Muscle cars were built to be driven, take a beating, and lay down rubber at the touch of a pedal. In the late '70s to early '80s, automakers were under strict EPA restrictions and emission laws. No longer were the days of big-block engines and high-horsepower vehicles cruising the streets.

It's taken a while to see high performance implemented again into street vehicles, but now automakers have brought us more than we could ever imagine. Enter Ford. The Ford Mustang has trailed on for 50 years, enduring its own ups and downs, but remaining continuous on its journey as America's favorite ponycar.

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To share its passion, two of the aftermarkets biggest players, AmericanMuscle.com (AM) and Modular Muscle Design (MMD), teamed up to build a show-stopping menace—a premium '14 Oxford White Mustang GT, aka Project MMD.

"MMD wanted to build a new Mustang to show off its latest parts and designs," says Shane Lesky social marketing specialist at American Muscle. "The team at MMD asked us for assistance in the horsepower department, as they easily had the exterior looks covered. We ended up building the entire project together step by step at our AM headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania."

The project began in October 2013, leaving only one month to transform the ordinary Stang into something completely unique before the 2013 SEMA show. The Mustang was built in three stages. In Stage 1, they installed a matte black Boss-style roof decal to help accent the white. They also installed a staggered set of matte black Forgestar F14 20-inch wheels, wrapped in Nitto Invo tires, and overhauled the suspension with an Air Lift Company suspension kit. To square off the final stages of Stage 1, AM had the entire car fully vinyl-wrapped in a Matte White finish.

When asked about the new suspension, Shane told us, "The handling of the MMD car is excellent. I was in for a treat when first testing the air ride. It's truly impressive how functional the suspension can be when adjusted for sharp turns."

Stage 2 was dedicated to appearance. MMD offers an extensive line of pre-painted parts for many S197 Mustangs. Taking full advantage of its pre-painted parts line, MMD got to work by installing its GT350-style window covers, hoodscoop, headlight splitters, satellite radio/GPS antenna cover, and ducktail spoiler. Also for the exterior, MMD installed a set of its retro-style mirrors, sidescoops, taillight trim, and Boss-style foglight deletes.

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While MMD wrapped up everything in the looks department in Stage 2, Stage 3 was dedicated to performance. Thanks to AM and the Bama Performance team, installation of a Vortech 20th Anniversary, black-finish V-3 Si supercharger kit was a breeze, and stock power was a thing of the past. On the rollers, Project MMD cranked out an impressive 589 rwhp and 480 lb-ft of torque on 8 pounds of boost.

"The 5.0L Coyote was definitely asking for more boost, but Bama wanted to keep it below the 600-rwhp mark as it still has a stock short-block," said Shane. "This has me thinking there could be a forged short-block in Project MMD's future."

The last bit of Stage 3 included the installation of a Snow Performance Stage 3 boost cooler, and a Ford Racing Performance Parts Boss H-style mid-pipe. MMD also added an exhaust-delete rear diffuser and decklid blackout panel.

With everything wrapped up by the first week of November, the AM and MMD teams were ready to hit SEMA. "SEMA was a big hit for us this year," Shane explained. "I saw tons of people checking out the car and asking questions. I definitely think everyone enjoyed seeing the project."

"The MMD Mustang has a little bit of everything to offer," Shane explained. "It's a well-rounded sports car that can be driven every day with excellent street manners, has killer exterior styling that turns heads wherever you go, the power to become a track rat or use for a Sunday cruise, and of course, a fully- adjustable air ride suspension that accommodates for whatever you need. It's exactly what the team at MMD set out to do."

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As much as we all relish in the memories of the old muscle car days, maybe it's time we start embracing the future. Ford has done great with the modern-day muscle car, the Mustang. Today, it offers a bit of everything. It's smooth, classy, and tame. However, it looks better than ever, is still loud, more powerful, and to some, still rude and obnoxious. As stated before, that's the best part about it, and it's here to stay.

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