Don Roy
October 1, 2006
Photos By: James Pickett

Young Mr. Stinson is a practical fellow, though. Equal attention has been paid to other portions of the car, and to excellent effect. The chassis sports a set of the now-classic 2001 Bullitt brake calipers with 13-inch cross-drilled and slotted rotors at the sharp end. The stern is kitted out with a set of 1995 GT brakes, both ends being fed from a 1995 GT master cylinder and balanced with a Wilwood adjustable proportioning valve. A set of MAC progressive rate springs, coupled to Bilstein HD struts and shocks, bring this cherry a little closer to earth and make sure that it stays that way. A set of custom, full-length subframe connectors, Steeda Autosports steering rack bushings and a set of Maximum Motorsports all work to ensure that this pony goes where it is pointed. Helping to ensure that this happens are a pair of Yokohama AVS 235/45R17 skins out front, with Goodyear Eagle 245/45R17 in the rear. The chromed 1999 Cobra 17-inch rims provide a visual exclamation point at all four corners of the Sonic Cherry.

When it comes to office furniture, none is outfitted as nicely as this particular mobile workstation. A pair of Cerullo XR seats, featuring custom stitching, look after the comfort of the primary occupants. When it comes to information technology, Autometer is the prime provider for this Pony. Phantom series water temperature and voltage gauges are featured in the A-pillar, while Ultralite vacuum/boost and air/fuel ratio displays do the honors at dash level. The custom dash pod was provided by Speed of Sound, LLC. Mach I billet pedals, an MGW shift knob and custom door panels round out the interior decorating. When it comes to tunes, theyare ably handled by a Pioneer EE8 head unit with satellite capability, feeding into a Kenwood Excelon 600 watt amplifier. Final delivery is courtesy of a Rockford Fosgate 12-inch HE-2 sub in the trunk, Infinity Reference speakers in the doors and JBL tweeters in the dash. Other high end bits, such as Stinger Platinum terminals and a Directed Audio 1 farad capacitor, support Dave's high quality approach.

Along the way, Dave has had plenty of help, in part because that's what the Mustang community does. One of the resources he mentioned was Dave Gagnon, whom he calls 'The Walking Mustang Encylopedia,' crediting him for his "never-ending knowledge on everything that possibly came up in my build of the car." Another mention goes to Joe Pelletier, "for teaching me to weld and paint for my engine bay project." What engine bay project, you ask? Well, look a little more closely at our photos. Perhaps you are transfixed by the polished underhood components, all of which became so at the hands of the Cherry's owner. Look behind the glitter and notice what you don't see - wiring, for example, as well as the myriad holes once used by Dearborn Assembly Plant workers to assemble and align the body of this Mustang.

A couple of winters ago, Dave removed the engine and cleaned out 12 years of accumulated grime. He then set about smoothing dings and dips, as well as filling holes, so that under the hood would look just as lovely as above the hood. When spring arrived, he was ready to paint and then put the motor back in place. We'd say that he did a fine job. It is also the part of the car that Dave is proudest of. He loves "...popping the hood at shows or the gas station when someone comes up and ogles it. They think it's just a hot looking 'Stang on the outside and that's all, like many others, but they really are in for a surprise when they see what it's all about."