Scott Erickson's '06 Mustang GT
Scott Erickson's love affair with the Mustang began at an early age. By the time he was 3 years old in 1966, he could point them out on the freeway or in a parking lot. That attraction for the first-generation Mustangs continued when he was older. "I had a roommate in the early '80s that had a '67 fastback and she let me drive on a regular basis," he recalls. "I loved that car!" It wasn't until 1995 when the SN95 Mustang was introduced that Scott came close to finally putting a Mustang in the garage. "We wanted to buy a new Mustang GT, but after going to the dealer and testdriving one with my knees pressed into the dash, I decided that it was too uncomfortable of a car for a 6-foot, 3-inch-tall driver."
The thought of purchasing a Mustang remained dormant until Ford introduced the S197 Mustang. "I first saw the concept car at the 2003 L.A. Auto Show," he recalls. "It was a red convertible on a revolving pedestal that had an immense crowd all around it with camera flashes coming from all angles. The car was stunning." It wasn't until three years later, however, that Scott and his wife Regina actually purchased a Mustang. "We actually had no plans of buying the car," Scott remembers. "We were out looking for a new Ford Excursionto replace our Expedition." Not finding the vehicle they wanted, Scott and Regina were about to leave the dealership when Scott suggested that they should take a quick look at the Mustangs on the lot. Scott and his wife both told the salesman that they had no intention of purchasing a Mustang, but the salesman sensed that perhaps this was the vehicle they really wanted. He gave them the keys and told them to start it up. After letting them listen to the V-8 and sitting in the leather seats, he suggested they go for a short drive. Needless to say, Scott and Regina left the dealership driving their brand-new Mustang, a Performance White five-speed GT.
The Process Begins
Since Scott's wife needed the new car, it was his intention to keep the Mustang relatively stock so that she could use it as a daily driver. However, those good intentions quickly evaporated almost as soon as they got the Mustang home. "We got back from the dealership at 9:30 p.m., and I was online looking for custom stuff until about 3 a.m.," Scott remembers. "I had the car at the exhaust shop at 10 the next morning." That first mod, a Magnaflow exhaust system, was the start of what became an obsession. Scott became afflicted with a disease common to many Mustang owners: the mod bug. After adding a few more custom parts and entering their first car show, Scott and Regina made the decision to turn the Mustang into a full blown show car.
With visions of the Mustangs of his childhood in his mind, Scott began drawing up various designs of what he wanted the Mustang to eventually look like. He couldn't seem to find exactly what he wanted in a complete body kit and wanted something unique that no one else would have, so he began piecing together individual parts to get the look he desired. "I especially loved the look of the Shelby GT350s and 500s, and began looking for pieces that resembled those cars." His search resulted in the addition of a Classic Design Concepts chin spoiler, a Cervini's rear ducktail spoiler, an Agent 47 lower grille with brake cooling duct, 3dCarbon headlight splitters, and several pieces from Street Scene Equipment, including a grille with center foglights, sidescoops, and rear valance. Stripes were next on the agenda, but again, Scott wanted something unique that no one else would have. "I didn't want two stripes, especially in red or blue, as I knew that look would become 'dime a dozen,' and I wanted the car to really stand out," he said. He finally decided on a triple-stripe design painted in Titanium Metallic Gray. As a final touch, thin red pinstripes were added for an extra bit of color.
At this point Scott decided he'd had enough "show" and was ready for some more "go." He began researching the best way to add power to the Three-Valve V-8 and decided on Whipple's high-output supercharger system. In keeping with the show car theme, he ordered the polished version. For installation and tuning, Scott turned to Adam Montague of ST Motorsports in San Bernardino, California. Using a Diablosport Predator, Adam dyno-tuned Scott's Mustang to 465 rwhp and 437 rwtq at 10 psi of boost. "That Whipple awakened the demon in this car," says Scott, who now has no qualms about opening up the hood at car shows.
Scott's Mustang was attracting enough attention from impressed onlookers at car shows that several manufacturers were interested in using his car to promote their products. Trufiber was the first to come on board, providing Scott with one of their custom fiberglass hoods. While various versions have been on the car, the current model is the Trufiber GTS2 hood with a functional ram air system that delivers fresh atmosphere to the air filter. The hood lends to the retro appearance that Scott initially envisioned and provides a more aggressive look as well. He netted a second sponsor after he lent his Mustang for a photoshoot at Raceline Wheels. They were so impressed with the car that they made Scott a custom set of 20-inch, two-piece GT wheels painted to match the stripes on the car. New tires were needed as a result, and Dunlop provided a set of SP Sport Maxx tires, P255/35ZR20 front and P275/35ZR20 rear. While Scott had no complaints about the Magnaflow mufflers, the folks at MAC Performance Products convinced him he needed a full exhaust setup and fitted the car with ceramic-coated shorty headers, off-road Pro Chamber, and their axle-back system. They also supplied the polished radiator cover and fuse box cover to match the supercharger. Finally, Saleen provided much-needed stopping power with their 14-inch big brake kit. Hardcore Mustangs in Santee, California, provided support in the form of installing the aforementioned exhaust system and brake kit.
With the overall look of the Mustang finally coming together, Scott turned his attention to the smaller details. Starting with the exterior, he added a Moroso hoodpin kit, a billet shorty antenna, clear front signals and rear side markers, and painted mirror covers from Pacific Motorsports. Wanting to continue the color scheme he had created with the stripes and wheels, Scott painted the throttle body and valve covers red and added a set of Samco Sport silicone hoses in the same color. Although the interior is relatively untouched, some brushed aluminum pieces from Scott Drake and billet trim pieces from Action Artistry helped to brighten things up. A Hurst short-throw shifter with the classic white-ball shift knob was also added to bring the retro look inside.
While Scott's Mustang is relatively close to the version he sketched out the night he and his wife took the car home from the dealership, he still has a wish list of upgrades that he wants to add in the future. First up is a beefier clutch to replace the one that has been in the car since new. "The poor stock clutch is taking a beat-down," says Scott, who admits he is constantly tempted to mash the throttle. He also wants to put more time into the interior and is currently looking for some custom seats and a new sound system. While the supercharged V-8 isn't lacking in power, Scott would love to send the Mustang back to ST Motorsports for a forged rotating assembly so that he can turn up the boost.
Even though it took several years for Scott to get a Mustang in the garage, it was worth the wait to have the Mustang of his dreams. His love of both the classic and current Mustangs is further proof that Ford has done a fantastic job with ensuring that the Mustang carries on its heritage from generation to generation. He would like to thank his wife for letting him take away her car and transform it into what it is today, as well as his kids for letting him play with his own toys.
Scott Erickson's '06 Mustang GT
- 4.6L 3V Modular V-8
- Whipple high-output twin screw supercharger, 10 psi
- 465.1 rwhp, 437.2 rwtq
- Fluidyne high-volume air/water intercooler
- Mac Performance mirror polished stainless radiator cover
- Mac Performance mirror polished stainless fuse box cover
- Samco Sport red silicone coolant hoses
- Pi-Thon polished billet hose locks
- Scott Drake billet aluminum fluid caps and dipstick handle
- Diablo Sport Predator handheld tuner w/custom tunes
- Hurst Competition Plus short-throw shifter w/classic white Hurst ball
- Mac Performance 1 3/4-inch direct-fit, ceramic-coated headers
- Mac Performance 2 1/2-inch off-road Pro Chamber
- Mac Performance 2 1/2-inch stainless axle-back exhaust
- Front: Stock with Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs
- Rear: Stock with Eibach Pro-Kit lower springs
- Front: Saleen Speedlab, 14-inch slotted disc, four-piston caliper
- Rear: Drilled and slotted rotor, stock single-piston caliper
- Front: Raceline GT2 color-matched to stripes, 20x8.5
- Rear: Raceline GT2 color-matched to stripes, 20x10
- Front: Dunlop SP Sport Maxx, P255/35ZR20
- Rear: Dunlop SP Sport Maxx, P275/35ZR20
- Speed of Sound dual gauge pod instrument pillar
- AEM digital wideband air/fuel ratio gauge
- Stewart Warner Vac/Boost gauge
- Scott Drake brushed aluminum shifter bezel
- Scott Drake brushed aluminum map light trim w/buttons
- Action Artistry A/C knobs
- Action Artistry inserts
- Action Artistry headlight switch
- Action Artistry drink holder bezel
- Ford Performance White base/clear paint
- Chrysler Titanium Gray Pearl Metallic stripes
- red pinstripes
- Trufiber GTS2 ram-air
- heat extracting fiberglass hood
- Saleen HID headlights
- 3dCarbon headlight splitters
- Street Scene center fog Speed Grille
- clear Corner front signals and rear side markers
- CDC classic chin spoiler
- Agent 47 lower grille w/brake cooling ducts
- Pacific Motorsports painted mirror covers
- Street Scene lower side scoops
- Street Scene lower rear valance
- Cervini's ducktail spoiler
- CDC sequential taillights/turn signals
- billet short antenna
- Moroso hoodpin kit