GRAHAM CAIN'S2013 Ford MustangV6 Premium 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

Graham Cain's 2013 Ford Mustang V6 Premium 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
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2013 Ford Mustang

V6 Premium 2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M)



Horsepower305 HP
Torque280 LB-FT
Curb Weight3501 LB
DrivetrainRear Wheel Drive
Engine Size3.7 L
Transmission TypeAuto
Top Speed115 MPH
Zero to Sixty5.9 Seconds
MPG (City/Highway)22 avg. MPG

The Story

Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? Many of you may know this car as "Thunder," my "HeyThisIsGraham" YouTube Channel's mascot, but you may not know the story behind! This is it:As cliche as it sounds, I had dreamt of owning a Camaro or Mustang all of my life. My dad was into the german cars but for some reason the wide and aggressive lines of the 60's muscle cars always had my heart. I started saving for a car at a very young age, telling myself that I'd get myself an American icon one day. In high school, I got my license the second that I turned 16 but at that time I was sharing a not-so-iconic 2012 Ford Focus with my mom. However, after about a year that situation just wasn't cutting it for either my mom or me so my dad and I started the search for a third car. I joked relentlessly about getting a Mustang, claiming that "I can afford half of it!" but he would go back and forth on the idea, not sure that it was a worthy investment. His back and forth mindset was utterly torturing me. What's worse is that he even took me to test drive a few 2013 models (the first one Blue, the other Black) before flipping back around and saying that we couldn't buy one. I gave up hope and started scrounging for lesser automobiles online until one night I came home, opened the garage door, and found the beautiful blue Mustang that you see above, and the very first Mustang that I drove, sitting there in the family garage! I couldn't believe it and still owe my dad everything for the surprise of a lifetime! If it weren't for this car, I probably wouldn't be where I am today! It has taken me to so many unique and beautiful places; helped me meet my wonderful girlfriend through our local Mustang Club; and It was my first car review on YouTube and the reason that I continued following that new found passion for filmmaking! I owe a lot to this car and even more to the man who gave it to me, my dad!Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it?It took me a couple of years to finally push the button on my first mods but once I did, I figured that my Mustang already had the looks so I decided that handling and noise were to come first! I purchased the Ford Racing N-Springs to lower her an inch and added the Borla S-type axle-back exhaust to give her a sporty and muscly tone! It was the right choice! She sat lower, like a sports car should and had the sound to match! Now, just about 3 months later came the custom wheels. They're factory Performance Package wheels off of the new S550 Mustang GT. The moment that I saw the style, I was in love. I had to have them but the factory black color wasn't going to cut it for me, not on my blue car. to fix the problem, I had them powder-coated a gunmetal gray and it brought not only the wheels but the entire car to life! She finally felt like a unique machine! After another 6 months or so, I was bitten by the bug. It was time for more to change. I decided to give her a bit of a facelift, but it had to be unique of course! It couldn't be something that any ol' regular Joe could just buy off of the shelf. I told my girlfriend about my ideas and for Christmas/my birthday this year (they fall very close together), she purchased every part that I needed for me (I'm a lucky guy)! The job started with a factory GT grille, from which I removed the standard black surround. I then took a factory V6 grille and ditched the insert (this was the old grille from my lady's ride). I kept the silver/chrome surround from that grille; however, the fit and finish wasn't perfect between the GT insert and V6 surround. I had to do some cutting with the Dremel and after much blood and tears, I managed to make the GT insert fit the silver V6 surround and it looks like it was meant to be! Now I just needed to add some pizzaz... To do that I added some 125mm LED halo rings that I wired to the running lights! It looks amazing but It's still not quite enough for me. I added the Roush Performance lower grille delete. This install required quite a bit of cutting but it was more than worth it! The look is epic and completes the front end look that I was going for... at least until I add a chin splitter!Next on my list of changes was the backend. I decided to hold off on a spoiler for now and instead added the Boss 302 rear diffuser which, in my opinion is a must for the 13-14 Mustangs! I decided to do this mod after adding the front grilles. I felt like the back needed an attitude adjustment to match them! This part requires more cutting of a perfectly good bumper but it really is more than worth the change! It really makes the backend look aggressive!Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck?The custom S550 GT wheels definitely offered the the biggest bang-for-buck. After the powder-coat they definitely give my car an extremely unique look and on top of that they improved the car's performance, offering extra realestate for bigger and better rubber! I went from 18"x8" to a staggered 19"x9"/19"x9.5" setup! How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share?I've had a dream of how I would like for my car to look and perform since the day that I got her! Since that first day, I've been checking the boxes off of the list one mod at a time! My one and only tip for modifying your car is to take your time with everything, whether you're cutting up your bumper for a grille delete or rear diffuser, or installing lowering springs and shocks! What are you planning next?Upgraded shocks and springs are up next! My stock shocks are on their way out and the handling is suffering because of it. It's time for a nice change. After that, I'll be slapping some new sway bars on the front and rear and then we'll be back to the next aesthetic mods. Those will be the GT500 spoiler and Boss 302 chin splitter!What’s been the biggest challenge with this build?The grilles and halo rings were a full day job. They required a lot of measuring, cutting, wiring, fitting, and refitting. It was a nice challenge though and well worth the work! 

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