Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
December 1, 2012
Photos By: Jorge Nunez
Readers of Source Interlink Media websites picked Jennifer Seely's "High Gear" as the design for the "Powered by Women" 2013 Mustang GT Build.

When it comes to working on Mustangs, maybe we guys should take a few lessons from the ladies of the SEMA Businesswomen's Network. Of course, we know better than to put two women in the same kitchen at the same time, but it appears that up to 40 women can work in the shop together with no problem. That's what happened when volunteers from the SBN spent much of last summer building "High Gear," a '13 Mustang GT, for their Power by Women project.

They have the t-shirts to prove it: "A woman's place is in the garage!"

"You know women are working on a car because they actually have the instructions out and are reading them," laughs SBN "crew chief" Kellie Colf. "We were also complimented for our cleanliness and for putting tools back where they belong. And of course, there was always food on the work bench."

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Sponsored by Ford Motor Company and Mustang Monthly's parent company Source Interlink Media, the SEMA Mustang Build: Power by Women project was created to bring awareness to the females working in the automotive aftermarket and to encourage more women to pursue careers in the industry. Ford provided the '13 Mustang GT; the SBN provided the volunteer women who modified the car at the Source Interlink Media shop in El Segundo, California.

"There are a lot of women in the automotive aftermarket," Colf adds, pointing out that many of them work in administrative or PR positions. "But a lot of people don't realize that most of them can turn wrenches too."

The project started last spring with a design competition—by women, of course—that was voted on via Source Interlink Media websites, including Ford's Jennifer Seely created the winning design, "High Gear," describing it as "A luxury Mustang concept inspired by international products in categories such as jewelry, couture clothing, and architecture."

After talking with Colf, we've got to say that it sounds like the women were much more organized than men. First, they placed SBN volunteers into teams—powertrain, undercarriage, exterior, etc.—based on experience and skills. Then a week was scheduled to complete the work in each of the various build segments.

The Mustang's arrival at the SIM shop set the project in motion. The powertrain team jumped into action first, going under the hood to install the Edelbrock E-Force supercharger and other underhood components. On week two, the undercarriage team arrived to upgrade the suspension and install the MagnaFlow exhaust system. The interior crew added a Kicker stereo system and other upgrades on week three, leaving some of it partially uncompleted until after the body and paint work at L&G Enterprises, where custom painter Theresa Contreras covered the factory white paint with Liquid Satin Black Candy. The Mustang then returned to the SIM shop for a final week of assembly, detailing, and a photo shoot before the car's debut at the SEMA Show in November.

Colf, who many Mustang Monthly readers may remember from her time with Eaton Detroit Spring, spent most of last summer overseeing the project as crew chief. Overall, she says the entire project went smoothly. "No tools were thrown and there was no swearing. If there was a problem, we put down the tools, stepped back, and calmly figured out how to fix it."

Hey guys, maybe there's a lesson in there somewhere.

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High Gear Specifications

Edelbrock E-Force 5.0L supercharger kit
Ford Racing billet coil covers
ARP fasteners
Classic Tube StopFlex stainless braided hoses
Flex-a-lite electric fan and controller
Trufiber carbon fiber radiator cover
K&N air and oil filters
Royal Purple fluids
California Pony Cars underhood covers and gas strut hood lifts
MagnaFlow exhaust system
Advanced Clutch Technology clutch kit and ProLite flywheel
Moser Engineering differential cover, C-clip axles, bearings, and wheel studs

H&R Springs coilover suspension
hiteline USA adjustable control arms, Panhard bar, rear chassis brace, and four-point adjustable sway bars

Katzkin leather seat covers, shifter boot, and door inserts
Creations N' Chrome custom interior inserts
Ford Boss 302 shifter and sill plates
Roush Performance pedals
Lloyds floor mats
Design Engineering carpet underlayment
Kicker sound system

Body & Exterior:
L&G Enterprises custom body and paint
Creations N' Chrome exterior accents
Oracle Lighting headlights and fog lights
Ford Pony grille
3D Carbon body kit

Forgeline Motorsports wheels
Pirelli P-Zero tires, P265/35ZR20 front and P305/30ZR20 rear
Wilwood disc brakes

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The Mustang then returned to the SIM shop for a final week of assembly, detailing, and a photo shoot before the car's debut at the SEMA Show in November.

Team Members

Vehicle Build Chair: Rose Kawasaki, Exports International
Vehicle Build Crew Chief: S. Kellie Colf, Colf Creative Resources
Project Vehicle Coordinator: Sherry Kollien, Ford Motor Company
Design: Jennifer Seely, Ford Motor Company
Build Consultant: Marla Moore, Hypertech
Quality Assurance: Jennifer LaFever, Roush Yates Racing Machine

JoAnn Bortles (team leader), Crazy Horse Custom Paint
Julia Johnson, Skyline College (instructor)
Samantha Whitfield, Health/Fitness/Nutrition blog
Dr. Karen Salvaggio, Thunder Valley Racing
Stephanie S. Justice, Source Interlink Media
Elana Scherr, Hot Rod magazine
Julia Cyr, Hot Rod magazine
Raquel Rangel, Skyline College (student)
Kirstin Stone, Turbosmart USA

Mollie Lewis (team leader), All in the Wrist Auto Repair
Coelette Chenier, MagnaFlow Exhaust
Kristen Wright, MagnaFlow Exhaust
Kelly Martin, Weathertech
Laurie Paolone, MagnaFlow Exhaust
Liz Miles, Holley Performance Products
Rebecca Olavarietta (suspension), Roco 4x4

Theresa Contreras (team leader), L&G Enterprises
Kristin Watson, Creations n' Chrome
Sara Morosan, L&G Enterprises
Lisa McCarley, Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company

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Wheels and Tires
Christina Alongi, Pirelli Tire

Kristin Cline (team leader), CIE Studios
Rachel De Barros, Gearhead Diva
Genevieve Saxton, Skyline College (student)
Michelle Perez, Skyline College (student)
Liza Sheen, Kizuna Kustomz
Jessi Combs, TV personality

Product Procurement
Susan Carpenter (team leader), JR Products
Nan Gelhard, Summit Racing Equipment
Christina Kwan, Kwan International Media and Marketing

PR Task Force
Camee Edelbrock (team leader), Schiefer Media
Zan Martin, Martin and Company Advertising
Tracy L. Teuscher, The Buzz Maker!

After most of the modifications were completed, the High Gear Mustang GT moved to L&G Enterprises, where custom painter Theresa Contreras prepared the body and 3D Carbon body kit for Liquid Satin Black Candy paint.