LLR Member – Ronnie06llgt
Hi fellow LLR members, my name is Ron Wendling (Ronnie06llgt). I’m from Medicine Hat, Alberta which is a desert area in the extreme SE corner of Alberta. I’ve been a member of the LLR since March 2011 and have owned my 06 GT ‘vert since new.
Why Legend Lime?
After driving 5 all black GT ‘verts and 1 zinc yellow ‘03 GT ‘vert, Ford finally re-introduced a color from the past that I have always loved (even though I was a Mopar guy back then) and I knew was going to be a keeper for me. The 2005/06 model years were available in Legend Lime, a color from the 60’s, and I couldn’t wait for my lease to run out on my ’03 so I could place my order for my ’06 limer.
What’s My Limers Name?
I call her Lil’ Cindy, named after a special person in my life. My order was placed August 2, 2005 and Lil’ Cindy was conceived. The good people at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan plant assembled her with great care and attention to detail and, on September 13, 2005 Lil’ Cindy was born a Premium GT ‘vert and rolled off the assembly line as number 16,332 in the production sequence. After Rodeo Ford in Medicine Hat, Alberta received her and added the Shaker system I was able to take my pride and joy home October 25, 2005.
My List of Mods?
In the spring of 2010 Lil’ Cindy began a transformation to give her more power, better handling and a clean, stealthy and unique look. While retaining the natural aspiration (NA) aspect of the engine she was given a new Steeda cold air intake system, a larger BBK throttle body, Steeda under drive pulley, Bassani high flow catted x-pipe, a more aggressive sounding pair of Bassani Racer axle backs and a JLT pcv oil separator. The engine’s computer was re-tuned on a Mustang dyno using a Diablosport Predator flash tuner. Her heart now beats much stronger, with 355 bhp and 375 ft-lb of torque.
Suspension and handling, although acceptable in stock form, needed upgrading to handle the higher performance. The 17” wheels were replaced with Black-painted w/brushed aluminum deep dish Bullit wheels, 18x9” up front and 18x10” out back. The new wheels are shoed with 255/45ZR18 Goodyear F1 supercar tires up front and 285/40ZR18’s out back and mounted with Gorilla chrome locking lug nuts. The rear lower control arms, the upper rear third link and the panhard bar were replaced with Steeda performance chrome moly parts. And finally, the car was lowered nearly 2” using Steeda ultralite springs all around. Wheel hop is now a thing of the past; traction, cornering and body roll are much improved with very little sacrifice in ride quality. She now handles the new level of horse power with ease.
Finally, Lil’ Cindy’s appearance was transformed, both inside and out, to give a low, sleek, speedster look with several very unique features. She was given a matte black chin spoiler, matte black painted hood, rear deck spoiler and rear deck back panel. A black billet GT fuel door, black 8” aerial and black taillight trim kit were added. The big, bulky stock side mirrors were replaced with the Agent 47 retro style mirrors, enhancing the overall retro look Ford originally had in mind. Then a Cervini Type II style bar and a 2-piece legend lime speedster cover was added over the convertible top boot and rear seat. The fog lights were tinted legend lime, the front turn signals tinted smoky black and the brake callipers were painted legend lime. To complete the exterior look, “4.6 High Performance GT” badging was added to each fender to announce her as a modded GT.
Inside the goal was to provide a unique contrast for the all black interior. The dark charcoal leather seating area inserts and head rest faces were replaced with legend lime leather inserts. A dark charcoal padded console arm rest cover was added with silver “GT Mustang” embroidery. Satin billet trim was added to the power plug, cup holder bezel, door lock pins, ebrake handle and map light accent to match the factory satin trim of the interior upgrade package.
Lastly the underhood engine bay area received a styling makeover. A 6-piece Shelby billet engine fluid cap set was installed on the oil fill, coolant, power steering, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid and dip stick. The hood prop rod was removed and black hood struts were added. Steeda machined billet A/C fill cap, strut tower covers and strut tower nut covers were added. The valve covers were painted legend lime and, to add a very unique touch, the shaker system engine cover, CAI tube, main rad cover, fuse box cover, power steering reservoir top and brake fluid reservoir top were finished in a black mystichrome type paint treatment. To complete the eye catching engine bay area, legend lime rad extension covers were added to give it a finished appearance that flows into the body color but maintains the contrasting matte black hood lines.
What’s My Favorite Mod?
It is very difficult to name just one favorite mod, but if I had to pick my number 1 favorite is the Cervini Speedster Tonneau cover, followed closely by the Cervini Style Bar and the Agent 47 mirrors.
Future Mod Plans?
Future plans include Ford Racing hot rod cams, shorty headers and Weapon X COP coils and re-tune to try for 400 bhp. I am also thinking about deleting the rear spoiler and refinishing the trunk lid.
My Current Mileage?
Lil’ Cindy has never been my daily driver, so most all her miles come from going to car shows and cruises. Currently she has logged about 20,000 miles. My road trip to Eureka Springs May 2012 and then on to the RMMR at Steamboat Springs will add another 5000 miles before I get back home.
My Most Memorable Moment With My Limer?
I get lots of comments at shows about ‘what a great color that is with the black accents’ and people always want to know about this color. But I think my most memorable moment is still coming, that will be to see it next to 20 other limers at Eureka Springs. That will be a picture to frame forever.
My Overall Thoughts About My LL?
All of my Mustangs, dating back to 1993, have been great cars and not one of them has given me any trouble, but this one couldn’t have made me happier. I realize that the ‘05s had a few bugs to work out, and I thank all of you for persevering and helping Ford to fix all the issues so that when my ’06 rolled off the assembly line it was perfect and remains so today.
My Meet Plans for 2012 and beyond?
I am going to make the trip to Eureka Springs in May, spend some time in the area and then work my way across Oklahoma, Texas, into New Mexico and then to Steamboat Springs for the RMMR in June. I am also going to the International Mustang Meet held in Winnipeg, Manitoba this year Labor Day. There are several local shows that I attend as well.
How Did I Find The LLR?
I found the LLR while searching LL production data, liked what I saw and joined. Since then I have never regretted being part of such a great group and am truly looking forward to meeting some of you soon.
When Life Throws You Limes, Drive One!