Don Roy
October 1, 2006
Photos By: James Pickett

Dave Stinson's 1992 Mustang GT convertible
Cherries are good for you. The dye that makes cherries red is known to reduce pain and inflammation. Cherries have also been shown to contain high levels of melatonin, which is a powerful antioxidant and important for proper immune system function. As it happens, the two main kinds of cherry grown in North America are Wild Cherries and Sweet Cherries. We were reminded of these fruity info bits when we first saw Dave Stinson's delicious 1992 GT convertible, because the car he calls the Sonic Cherry was both wild and sweet at the same time.

Dave told us that when he first brought this car home, it was "100 percent stock to the air filter and wires, with only 50K on the ticker." This 'vert replaced another that he'd had before - a 1987 econo-Pony that was quickly generating repair bills larger than its trade-in value. Now, Dave is a hands-on kind of guy and virtually all the work that has been lavished on this steed is his, with some significant help from his friends. He's learned a lot and is justifiably proud of the car. "Anyone can cut a big check to a speed shop and have them do the work, but that's not what the hobby is about," he says.

But, he wasn't always so much into the car scene. See, Dave grew up deeply immersed in sweet rides, courtesy of his father. "My dad was always building custom hot rods and cruisers, therefore I was always hanging out at all sorts of car shows and cruise-ins. There were always cars being chopped, painted, and customized at his garage and he had volumes of restoration and build pictures from years gone by." As can sometimes be the case, kids don't always think that what their parents do is cool. Thankfully, both for Dave and for the Mustang community, things worked out well in the end. "That instilled a deep love in me for cars although I wouldn't realize it until years down the road. But when it all came out, I went nuts!"

The signature Vibrant Red paint is complemented by the car's brilliant white interior and convertible top, but this is only just the beginning of a visual odyssey that consistently turns heads around town and drops jaws at car shows. As a member of the late Model Mustang Club of Connecticut, Dave enjoys hanging out with other members and cruising around the environs of Springfield, MA. You can see from our photos that this pony has good looks in abundance. Some of that comes from outside enhancements in the form of a Cervini's Stalker front bumper, their Stormin' Norman hood and Cobra rear bumper. Still, it would be a mistake to presume that Dave's Mustang is all show and no go.

Listen carefully when it pulls in and you'll hear the telltale signs of a Vortech A-trim supercharger, suitably equipped with a 2.95-inch pulley. This iron lung is connected on one side to an Anderson Ford Motorsports' 4-inch Powerpipe, SCT 90mm MAF sensor and Accufab 70mm throttle body. On the other side, it maintains intimate contact with a Typhoon intake manifold and Edelbrock Performer cylinder heads. Those heads are ably assisted in their function by Ford Motorsport's 1.6-ratio roller rocker arms and 42 lb/hr fuel injectors. A Walbro 255 lph fuel pump looks after feeding the pipeline, while a Crane Fireball ignition coil helps keep the home fires burning.

A commendable degree of attention has been paid to ensuring that this tricked out V8 will keep its cool under all challenges. The 2-core Fluidyne aluminum radiator is fed by a Summitt Racing high volume water pump, assisted when necessary by a billet overflow tank. An upgraded 3G alternator and BBK shorty headers were also added, along with a catted H-pipe, MAC Flowpath exhaust system and chromed Mustang LX tailpipes. That particular recipe delivers an estimated 380 RWHP. Before the heads, rockers and AFM Powerpipe were added, the Sonic Cherry had spun the dyno rollers.

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