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mwjscn

TMO Intermediate
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Maryland
Some images of where SkySpec stands now:
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I was one of the first demo-batches for the BMR watts link and got a stupidly low price to try it out. It's still on the car, but I wouldn't suggest it and definitely moving to a Cortex unit. The way it attaches was attractive for when I started wrenching, but now I feel more confident in my skills to make more in-depth modifications.

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Blowfish bracket supporting a Steeda Tri-Ax shifter. The Steeda shifter was purchased in 2010, back when there really wasn't any other offering available for a short-throw since the engine/trans combination was brand new. I have an MGW on my list of things to get. In view is also the Corsa X-pipe. In combination with the Xtreme axlebacks and an otherwise-stock system it makes a wonderful sporty sound (read: not noise) that is quiet at cruise because of their destructive phase design in the muffler (I work in audio/video media, so I geeked out over how it was accomplished).

The glass roof is probably what most sets it apart from any other GT on the road. I fully understand why it's not ideal for road racing, but... it's great for attaching camera gear!
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Bill Pemberton

0ld Ford Automotive Racing Terror
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Love the camera mount shot, as I have never seen that done before and not sure about whether some groups would allow due to safety precautions , but sure is an interesting concept. Beautiful machine and obviously it has been a rewarding father and son project over the past decade. Working and tracking with my son has given me some of the best times of my life and I am sure you can echo that sentiment. Looks like you have plenty of go fast goodies and imagine your next modification is in the area of tires/rims. You can find plenty of info on a couple of Sponsor sites ( Apex and Forgeline ) and there is a convenient link to TireRack that does benefit the site to a small , but very beneficial degree.

Thanks for posting SkySpec! Even though I worked at a extremely large Dealer Family that has three Ford Stores I have never actually seen a glass roofed Mustang! I imagine you get a ton of response at Cars and Coffee or the like, because your Mustang is quite rare and though not a limited edition it's numbers give it the same provenance!
 

mwjscn

TMO Intermediate
27
43
Maryland
Thanks Bill! I'm glad my Father brought me in on the project from the start, since it has turned into quite the unique experience. The camera mount was a test during an autocross event, but I would only use a significantly smaller action-camera (GoPro, etc) if I was road racing since I agree on the safety concern. I definitely have some Apex SM-10s in 19x11 on my wish list.

Believe it or not, we originally wanted a California Special, but the engineer who designed the CS-specific wheel package didn't draw them to fit the Brembo calipers (which was instantly a no-go) and the dealer was unable to substitute a different wheel package on the order sheet. So we ended up getting a 401A, Accessory Package #5 (to get the pedestal spoiler and side scoops), and the then-California Special (Boss 302 wasn't out yet) front fascia to complete the look. The glass roof is truly special and definitely a favorite of mine, and you're right that it is unique (I've only seen a couple others, mostly due to attending Mustang Week a few times which greatly increases the chances). If I read the take rate report for 2011 correctly, it said there may only be 1,500 other GTs sold with it for that model year.
 
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