Sam Joyner couldn't wait to order his Shelby GT500 back when the new Snakes were hitting the market in 2007. And he had just one color in mind: Windveil Blue.
Much to Sam's dismay, the color wasn't offered on Shelby's new Mustang and he couldn't find a new blue GT anywhere. With no luck finding his dream car, he tried to buy a white GT500 off of a local dealership's showroom floor and walked away when they wouldn't accept sticker price.
Shaken but not stirred, Sam took matters into his own hands and ordered a new '08 Windveil Blue Mustang GT in September 2007, and he decided to "Shelbyize" it his own way. With this whole build being his very own creation, the idea was to build a modern tribute to the '67 Shelby GT350 and GT500 Mustang, a year when both classic aftermarket Stangs were available.
With his ride still being assembled at Michigan's Flat Rock Plant, Sam went ahead and ordered 20-inch staggered Direct Cobra wheels wrapped with Nitto Invo tires, Baer 14-inch front and rear brakes with cross-drilled/slotted two-piece rotors, suspension parts, and Le Mans and rocker stripes. Sam also purchased a GT500 rear bumper cover, rear spoiler, Shelby-style sidescoops, and vents all painted Windveil Blue to match. Soon after, an Airaid cold air intake and an SCT Programmer were added to the stockpile of parts that awaited the GT's arrival.
Finally, a few days before Thanksgiving of 2007, Ford called with good news. His GT was finished and on the way. As you can imagine, his Stang didn't stay stock for long. To gain the '67 GT350 look, his package included a MMR front lower splitter, Shelby snake badges all around, lower rocker panels from a new '12 GT and matching painted mirror covers. Sam then ordered a subwoofer box and amps for the rear and four rolls of sound-deadener mat to keep it quiet inside the cabin.
This car drives very well and handles better than the BMWs at work all day, Sam says.
Along with the aforementioned mods, Sam went with a '12 GT500 Steering wheel along with the Shelby airbag and snake emblem, and he installed '12-model door speakers. The seats are covered with Roush leather and suede covers, while chrome accents the window switch bezels and surrounding switches.
The stock 281 just wasn't enough, so the mod mill was bored and stroked to 302 ci with help from Dennis Faerman from Faerman Racing Engines. Since that still wasn't enough to claim Shelby status, extra power came from a Hellion Turbo kit. This kit included a 67mm turbo, ceramic-coated turbine housing, blanket, and Hellion intercooler. All of that connects to the stock intake manifold and ported Livernois Stage 3 CNC cylinder heads. Today Sam runs at 12 psi but plans on 16-20 psi in the near future.
The aggressive rumble that accompanies that powerful V-8 comes from Pypes muffler-delete exhaust, connected to a Hellion mid-pipe and ported ceramic-coated headers. The GT has a one-piece aluminum driveshaft with a TCI ratchet shifter, along with a stock trans that's beefed up with carbon fiber clutches.
Helping with its menacing stance, the suspension of choice are progressive-rate Vogtland front and rear springs and Tokico D-specs giving it a 1.75-inch drop all around. It also has Steeda X5 lower ball joints and Sam installed Steeda adjustable sway bars and a Shelby strut tower brace, J&M billet lower and upper control arms, Edelbrock adjustable panhard bar, connected to a stock axle (soon to be replaced with Moser) and the gears are 3.31s, but 3.73s are on Sam's mod list. "I've been a Master Technician at BMW for 21 years,," Sam told us. "This car drives very well and handles better than the BMW's at work all day."
So far, the amount of money invested in Sam's ride ranges between $60,000 and $75,000 and counting. But with that he built a one-of-a-kind Windveil Blue GT with 569 rwhp.
Sam is no stranger when it comes to owning Fords, especially Mustangs. His past vehicles include a '74 Mustang II Ghia, a '74 Mach I Mustang II V-6, a '79 Cobra Mustang, an '84 Fox-body hatchback, an '86 Mustang GT, a '95 Mustang GT, and an '89 LX 5.0-liter Mustang. And that's not all folks—his current collection consists of this beautifully modified '08 GT, a '90 Saleen Mustang, and a white '94 Lightning truck.
"I came to Houston 20 years ago and always wanted to go to Royal Purple Raceway to try and get into Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords. I was the first person to show up for the True Street competition at the first show y'all had and have I've been hooked since," Sam explained.
When it comes to Sam's Stang life, thanks goes to two friends who are lost but not forgotten—Ron Kinsel, who helped him find his first "hot rod Mustang," and Palmon Lester, who gave him automotive training in high school. Also, thanks to Valton Coats, who taught Sam in high school about machining and fabrication work. Last but not least, thanks to Dennis Faerman for teaching and helping Sam with the engine machine work.