5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
2007 Ford Mustang GT - Work And Play
Manny Galvan helps customers build dream ’Stangs—creating his own was just for fun
Some guys can't help but take home their work on weekends. In his case, though, it's not such a bad thing. During the week, Manny Galvan works for Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas, Nevada, handling their specialty Mustang sales. On weekends, he spends his time in the garage working on one of his Mustang projects. "I always look forward to Sundays working in the garage on the Mustangs," he told us. "It's a remedy to calm nerves or escape everyday stress."
Manny's passion for Mustangs goes way back to his childhood when he helped his father work on them. "I've been involved with Mustangs my whole life," he says. "I've liked them since I was a young kid, and working on them with my dad was all we did when I was growing up." The father and son's longest project is a '67 Mustang that they have both been working on for 20 years. "It seems like that build will never end, but I guess we don't want it to end," Manny jokes. "It's a lifetime experience that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world."
Manny's latest project is a Tungsten Gray '07 Mustang GT. As you might expect, his daily work provides plenty of inspiration for his own car. "My job was a huge influence on the way I built my Mustang," he tells us. Having seen just about every Mustang modification, Manny also knew that he didn't want to build anything like he'd seen done before. "I truly wanted to have something unique," Manny says. "I didn't want to be like everyone else or a replica of something."
Starting with the exterior, Manny combined several body components from a variety of manufacturers to get the look he wanted. "I couldn't make up my mind on the different body kits available," he says. "I wanted something streamlined and simple, yet race-inspired." Manny started by adding plenty of carbon fiber to the car for both form and function, including an adjustable front splitter, rocker extensions, and side mirrors from APR Performance, as well as a Shelby GT500-style hood from Extreme Dimensions. He also integrated front and rear fascias from Street Scene Equipment, added Agent 47 NACA ducts in place of the rear quarter-windows, and fitted a subtle ducktail spoiler from Classic Design Concepts. As a final touch to make the car unique, he had custom stripes hand-painted the full length of the car.
While the exterior of Manny's Mustang certainly stands out, the interior is like nothing we've seen before. "We spent so much time to make it all work just like OEM and keeping it unique," he says. "The blend of those two things was difficult. People always see the outside and are amazed, but once they come around to look inside, they are wowed!" Nearly every aspect of the cockpit is changed out in favor of custom pieces, like the hand-stitched door panels, one-off Alcantara suede dash, and the custom-built fiberglass subwoofer enclosure that replaces the rear seats. A close look also reveals an attention to detail, like the gloss-black finish surrounding the instrument panel, LED lighting throughout the cabin, and even a suede headliner.
Adding to the racing theme, Manny added Sparco Milano leather seats with four-point race harnesses, a Sparco suede steering wheel, and a dash-mounted Classic Design Concepts three-gauge pod with Auto Meter gauges. He also went all-out on the stereo system, installing an Alpine 7-inch monitor mated to a custom iPod dock, the aforementioned subwoofers, and two sets of amps, mounted behind the front seats and in the trunk. Speaking of the trunk, there's also an NOS intercooler spray kit that can be activated via buttons on the steering wheel.
At this point, you might think Manny's Mustang to be all show and no go, but one look underneath the hood reveals otherwise. A Kenne Bell 2.6-liter supercharger sits prominently above the Three-Valve V-8, and a Ford Racing 62mm throttle body and a Techco cold-air intake with 100mm mass air help keep plenty of air moving through the twin-screws.