Don Roy
October 1, 2006
Photos By: James Pickett

All this hard work has consistently been recognized by others. The Sonic Cherry has brought home multiple Best in Class and Best Mustang awards, from its appearances at the Maple Grove NMRA event and several Fun Ford Weekend events. More than a dozen other trophies from local clubs and events line the shelves of Dave Stinson's residence. Being recognized by your peers is gratifying, but there's plenty more planned for the future of this Pony. Already in the works is an original 1993 Cobra intake manifold that has been treated to the extrude honing process, as well as a trip to the chrome plating spa. An upgrade to a new S-trim Vortech unit is also going to enable between 12 and 14 pounds of boost for the Sonic Cherry. There likely is an SN95 electric fan coming shortly, and a built automatic transmission by Lentech or Art Carr is actively being considered.

Of course, future plans aren't just for this Pony. Dave has a pretty good grip on the reins of his future and told us - "Next up is to get into school for Computer Information Technology, buy a house and some more Mustangs! At this time I'm planning either a sleeper Notchback with an '03 Cobra drivetrain or a '67 fastback to be restomodded." It sounds to us like there's a bunch of cherries in Dave's future!

1992:The Rarest Of The Plentiful
It often seems that the Fox Mustang generation was among the most prolific over the last four decades. Certainly, when you go to a car show, Mustangs built between 1987 and 1993 are hugely popular. In its 12-year production run, around 1,750,000 of these Ponies were sent out into the world. From that generation, not even 500,000 were GT models. In 1992, just over 20,000 GTs were built, but the actual number of convertibles isn't well documented. Typically, convertibles represent about one-third of total Mustang production, so we could hazard a guess that Dave Stinson's Sonic Cherry might be one of about 6,500 cars originally produced. Of course, no Fox-bodied convertibles were built until 1983 and volume production didn't start until the next year.

In recent years, convertibles have enjoyed a resurgence. Mustang claimed the title of Convertible Sales Leader last year when sales of 44,065 drop top Ponies were reported by Ford. This represented an increase of over 11,000 from the prior model year.

Dave Stinson's 1992 Mustang GT convertible

Ford 5.0 liter V8

Engine Modifications
Vortech A-trim Supercharger with 2.95" pulley; AFM 4" Powerpipe; SCT 90mm MAF, Custom chip and tune; Edelbrock Performer cylinder heads; FMS 1.6 Roller rocker arms, 9mm Ignition wires, 42 lb/hr Fuel injectors; Typhoon Intake; Accufab 70mm throttle body; 3G Alternator; Crane Fireball igntion coil; Kirban Adjustable fuel pressure regulator; Walbro 255 lph fuel pump; Fluidyne 2-core aluminum radiator; Summit high flow water pump; Billet overflow tank; BBK shorty headers, catted H-pipe; MAC Flowpath catback exhaust, Chromed LX tailpipes

1995 Cobra Rear Axles; FMS 3.73 Gears

Ford 2001 Bullitt brake calipers, 13" Rotors, 1995 GT spindles/hubs, 1995 GT rear disc conversion, 1995 GT Master Cylinder; Cross-drilled, slotted, zinc-washed rotors; Wilwood adjustable proportioning valve; FMS braided stainless steel brake lines

Dave Stinson's 1992 Mustang GT convertible

Cervini's Stalker front bumper cover, Stormin' Norman 2.5" hood, Cobra rear bumper; Vibrant Red Paint; Design Concepts Cobra wing; Custom fiberglass cowl; Diamond clear headlight set; 1993 Cobra tail lights

Cerullo XR seats with custom stitching; BBK White face gauges; Autometer Phantom gauges in the A-pillar, Ultra-Lite gauges in the dash; Custom dash gauge pod from Speed of Sound, LLC; Ford Mach 1 billet pedal kit; MGW billet "GT" shift knob; Custom door panels; Custom Sub/Amp enclosures in trunk; Kenwood Excelon 600w amp; Rockford Fosgate 12" HE-2 sub in trunk; Pioneer head unit; JBL tweeters in dash; Infinity Reference speakers in doors; Stinger Platinum terminals; Directed Audio 1-farad capacitor

Bilstein HD struts & shock absorbers; MAC Progressive Rate Springs (1.5" drop); Custom full-length subframe connectors; Steeda steering rack bushings; Maximum Motorsports caster/camber plates

Wheels And Tires
1999 SVT Cobra 17.8" chrome wheels, with Yokohama AVS 235/45R17 in front, Goodyear Eagle 245/45R17 tires in the rear

300 RWHP, 330 RWTQ before addition of the heads, rocker arms and Powerpipe.Current estimate is 380-400 RWHP