OWNER: Michael Rossa
Mustang Sally is her name. I adopted her back in 1974. Hang on for
the ride! Stock was ok, but customized is the way to go! As you see
her today, the body modifications are: car lowered two inches,
fiberglass mold on fender/quarter panel flares, fiberglass trunk lid
with spoiler and
matching fender extensions. The R-Model front apron is a
reproduction of the 65-66 GT350 racing apron with a large radiator
opening for extra cooling, also ducting for cooling off front
brakes. Functional pro stock
hood scoop delivers maximum airflow to the engine. 1971 Cuda hood
locks and a rear valance with custom louvers.
ONCE A HARDTOP, NOW A CONVERTIBLE! The open air cruiser
installation: nine piece laser cut quarter inch steel assembly was
welded into place to re-enforce the floorpan. It strengthened the
& front/rear seat boxes, this joins them all together to form a
Torque boxes (3x6) were welded to the inner wheelwells behind the
fron tires, joining the front of the rocker boxes to the front
subframe. A pair of 2½" thick-walled square tubes. Frame rails
connect the front subframe to the rear subframe. 3 Point roll bar.
The convertible top was installed in 1995. Mustang Sally is powered
by a V-8 engine with 302 cubic inches of galloping power - 400
ponies to be exact! The motor is connected to a NHRA Lakewood
(centerforce clutch), should it ever decide to throw a shoe.
"Horse Talk": horse shoed up to a Ford toploader 4-speed Hurst
competition short throw shifter. Racing driveshaft with two Lakewood
safety drivesaft loops (front and back). Drive shaft connected up to
a Ford Posi 8" inch with 3.55 gears. Leaf springs hold Sally in
place with Cal Track fully adjustable racing traction bars with Koni
shocks. Behind her rear end lies a 16 gallon Fuel Safe racing fuel
cell, filled with racing oats - 114 octane!
Wheels: American 5-spoke Torque Thrust D's, fully polished aluminum.
Front wheels14" x 7", rear wheels 15" x 8½". Front tires 215/60 HR14
and rear tires 265/50 HR15.
Her Saddle (interior): we used the finest upholstery available
today. Sally's exterior reveals a thick coat of lacquer (28 years
young), accompanied by yellow and red flames.
Her Rear (exterior details): A blacksmith (workmanship by Marlin
Premo) designed to Billet aluminum tail lamp bezels, which
compliments the aluminum Cobra fuel cap.
Sally's last touch is a custom exhaust system (Sanderson Shorty
nickel plated headers) with 3" collectors and 2½" crossover. Hooker
areo chamber mufflers 2½" inlet with 3" outlet (stainless steel
complete her package!
Michael Rossa regularly attends Mustangs Plus car shows, so
if you would like a closer look at his Mustang Sally, be sure to
make it to our next show!