Larry Ashley’s 2005 Mustang GT
Larry Ashley is a car nut, through and through. Perhaps he has to have owned the same amount of cars as his age, 46. Since turning 14 and getting his first car, a ’66 Mustang, Larry has personally owned over 40 vehicles. This doesn’t include building hundreds of other vehicles for companies he’s worked for.
A vision will come into his mind – something that inspires him. He then acts upon that, purchasing bone-stock vehicles and turning them into wicked cars. He’s done every style out there, from lifted trucks, imports, VIP cars, muscle cars, and everything in between. You name it, he’s probably had one, and the baddest one out there. A true visionary when it comes to cars.
The downside to this, is he’s always tweaking, modifying and then selling off the vehicles for his next inspiration. One day he decided that he wanted a new car – something fun but wanted it to stay a stock, reliable driver. After selling off another car, he picked up this bone stock 2005 Mustang GT. “Then I started look online at other cars and inspiration struck. I did what I said I wouldn’t do, modify the car.” At first, the modifications were simple. Things like a spoiler for the rear, and other minor cosmetic upgrades.
But the snowball effect happened. You see, Larry works for TMI Products. They manufacture some of the baddest off-the-shelf custom interiors you’ve seen. They look like fully custom interiors, but you can buy them and install them yourself. When the time came to expand his product line, Larry’s inspiration struck for this ‘Stang. “I didn’t like the way the factory seats looked. Everybody loves the GT 500 seats, so I wanted to find a way to take a stock seat and make it into a GT 500 seat,” Larry told us.
This involved stripping his nice stock seats down to the frame, taking them into the R&D department, and making all new foams and upholstery dubbed the High-Back Sport XR Series. But now that he had developed a bad ass new seat for TMI Products, he couldn’t stop there. He then developed a suede headliner and matching rear seats. To finish off the rest of the interior he installed a Grant Revolution steering wheel, Late Model Restoration chrome knobs, parking brake cover, pedals, cup holder and a few other goodies to help dress up the stock interior.
With the inside of the car looking amazing, he turned his attention to the outside to make it equally as wicked.
After installing the rear spoiler, Larry knew that the exterior of the ‘Stang needed more to look cool. He started by installing a set of 3D Carbon headlight splitters and quarter panel scoops to give the car a more sinister appearance. Then a set of Spyder smoked LED tail lights and projector headlights were installed.
To lighten up the car and make it look even better, a Trufiber fiberglass CXT1 front bumper with carbon fiber chin spoiler was installed, and a set of LG109 side skirt splitters as well. A Trufiber carbon fiber A61 ram-air hood finished off the look.
At this point, Gatorwraps took the car and wrapped the entire car with a custom wrap consisting of Matte Blue Metallic and Matte Dark Gray, giving the car a completely custom look from the original Sonic Blue.
Stance and Wheels
The killer stance you’re seeing is compliments of a complete Air Lift Performance air suspension system, with 30-levels of dampening adjustment. In order to upgrade the handling a bit further, Larry installed a set of UMI Performance sway bars, front and rear, along with ProForged tie rods and bumpsteer kit.
The wheels are a set of Vossen CV7 Matte Graphite wheels, 20×9″ in the front and 20×11″ in the rear, respectively. To make the car stick to the road a set of Continental ContiSport Contact tires were installed, 255/35 in the front and 285/30’s in the rear.
Stopping all the ponies is a set of SSBC brakes all the way around with 13″ rotors in the front and 12.8″ rotors in the rear.
Making The Horses Sing
The heart of any muscle car is it’s engine. Larry originally had some wild plans for this, but decided against that in order to keep the car his daily driver. That doesn’t mean he didn’t add a few upgrades under the hood though.
Performance Distributors coil packs increased the spark, while a K&N intake and filter increased air flow. A Jet Performance Power-Flo throttle spacer and air sensor helps manage the air, along with one of their programmers to fine tune the computer.
CGS Performance installed a Flowmaster American Thunder series exhaust to let those horses roar. Topping off the performance was a Centerforce dual friction clutch and Centerforce aluminum flywheel with a Hurst short-throw shifter to top it off. A yellow-top Optima battery ensurse the car fires up every time.
“I always have more ideas floating in my head,” explained Larry. “I promised myself to keep this car together and just enjoy it as much as possible,” continued Larry. Who knows when inspiration will strike again, and the car will be taken to the next level.
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