Jim Smart
August 1, 2009

The car needed a fresh look, something that would thrust it beyond the average notchback. When the body shop Chris had been working with got very busy and short on storage space, Chris had to pick up the car and put it in storage. "I was out on a motorcycle ride when I saw the sign for Stang-Aholics and decided to stop by," Chris told us. That's when he decided to haul the Mustang out of storage and turn it over to Ron and Ryan

Stang-Aholics took Chris and Emily's hardtop, stripped it down, and went to work with the same passion exhibited on their fastback. On top is a '67 Shelby hood dovetailed into an Eleanor-style front fascia. Stang-Aholics molded in subtle fender flares to bolster this ride's character. We like the Sylvania HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlights, Hella Optiluz driving lamps, and LED taillights.

The Ford Racing 351 GT-40 crate engine was a lot of engine for the money when Chris ordered it-385 hp with a two-bolt main short-block, GT-40 aluminum heads, and M-6250-A351 hydraulic camshaft. Chris finished it off with Hooker long-tube headers, Mallory ignition, Edelbrock dual-plane Air Gap intake, and 750-cfm Demon carburetor.

To get his 351 into the power band, Chris went with a tough and dependable C6 transmission with a B&M Holeshot torque converter and Hammer ratchet shifter. In back is a Currie 9-inch with Detroit True-Trac, 3.25:1 cogs, and 31-spline axles. Brakes are 12-inch Wilwood discs with four-piston calipers. Check out the Boyd Coddington 17-inch five-spokes with Falken tires.

Inside, Stang-Aholics outdid itself with ProCar Elite leather bucket seats in gray and Auto Custom Carpet 80/20 blend plush pile. Brushed aluminum yields a high-tech look along with a Kenwood KVT-719 DVD stereo and navigation system. To pump up the vibes, there's a light-dimming JL Audio system, white-face Auto Meter instrumentation, Spal power windows, Lokar billet pedals, and Grant Heritage Diablo steering wheel.

"Ron and Ryan are great salesmen," Chris adds. "I had no chance of having a simple car." He's embarrassed to admit that something he intended to drive wound up as a trailer queen. "I'm getting a little braver these days and drive it whenever weather and local roads cooperate," he laughs.