Charter Members:  BARBARA & SONNY ALVAREZ
BARBARA - Birthday 08/02
SONNY - Birthday 08/30
Barbara Alvarez's 1992 HATCHBACK
This 1992 un-restored factory stock 5.0 GT hatchback is my daily driver with over
200,150 + original miles as of August 7, 2007. It has not been kept in a garage or
under a carport. It is driven and thoroughly enjoyed.
It is Ultra Blue Metallic with Titanium Gray lower section.
The only things that have been changed are the dash gauges, which were changed
to white (which I had done for better visibility). I also added an engine stabilizer bar
under the hood which really makes a difference when taking a corner. A few years
ago I had an exhaust leak, but I loved that sound. I didn’t do anything about it until
someone mentioned it, then I went to get new mufflers. I asked for some that
sounded like I still had a hole in my mufflers. They recommended Flowmaster and
they also changed my exhaust pipes to 2 ½” pipes. I really like the sound when the
engine starts. The only other thing that I changed was the air filter to K & N.

Here is some information on what my car came with:

                                              1992 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
BUILD DATE:  06/92
ENGINE:  5.0 HIGH OUTPUT V-8 WITH SEQUENTIAL MULTI-PORT ELECTRONIC FUEL
INJECTION 225 HORSEPOWER (SAE RATING) I HAVE A LITTLE MORE WITH THE
FLOWMASTER EXHAUST 300 LB. FT. TORQUE
TRANSMISSION:  AUTOMATIC 4 SPEED OVERDRIVE
FRONT SUSPENSION:  MODIFIED MACPHERSON FRONT SUSPENSION WITH VARIABLE
RATE COIL SPRINGS, LARGE DIAMETER STABILIZER
REAR SUSPENSION:  QUADRA-SHOCK REAR SUSPENSION WITH VERTICLE MOUNTED
SHOCKS, HORIZONTALLY MOUNTED HYDRAULIC AXLE DAMPERS WITH FREON-FILLED
BAG. 79” STABILIZER BAR, AND VARIABLE-RATE COIL SPRINGS.
STEERING:  POWER RACK-AND-PINION
BRAKES:  POWER FRONT DISC / REAR DRUM BRAKES
SAFETY:  DRIVER’S SIDE AIR BAG SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM AND 3-POINT
ACTIVE LAP / SHOULDER BELTS FOR ALL OCCUPANTS
Sonny Alvarez's 1972 Ranchero
We bought the Ranchero from a used car lot in 1984.  It was previously a one owner
and was in pretty good shape.  It was light pea soup green with a vinyl top that was
kind of in bad condition.  My wife Barbara, and I took off the vinyl top only to find that
it had a nice paint job under it. It showed that the paint on the rest of the vehicle was
faded, but still in good condition.  No major dents or body damage.  I decided to have
it painted and we chose a Dark Green Metallic with Silver/Gray Metallic, a couple of
years later.  I started taking it to car shows in 1989 and that began years of fun with
it.  A couple of years later, a friend of mine and I redid the headliner and seats.  In
1996, I had Rhino Lining installed in the bed.  That has proven to be a God send as it
is often called upon to carry dirt, bark, plants, garbage etc.  It also gets used for just
good old transportation, when we have a vehicle that has gone down.  In August of
1997 another friend and I took the Ranchero down to the metal and repainted it.  We
changed it to an Emerald Green Metallic with Silver-Gray Metallic.  Close to what we
had it painted earlier.    It has won quite a few awards since I have been showing it.  It
also has appeared in several issues of Cruiz'n Magazine over the years.

I take it to Ford Shows, Hot Rod Shows, Mustang Shows, All-Type Car Shows.  I like to
get out there, showing it and visiting with people that come over and talk to me
about it.  There are a lot of people out there that have had a Ranchero and have fond
memories and like to talk about them.  I get a kick out of some spectators that come
up to it and say “Nice El Camino”.  I finally found a bumper sticker that I put on my
dash that says “NO, this is not an El Camino”.  They see that and have a good laugh.

This is my baby, but, we also have several Mustangs in the household along with my
1988 Lincoln Mark VII.  Then there is the token Chevy Truck that our son Dan has.  My
wife, Barbara, shows her 1992 Mustang GT and my son, Dave, also shows his 2004
Roush when he can.  Dave also has a modified 1975 Mustang II Ghia coupe, which is
not presently on the road.  I guess that you could say that we are a car enthusiast
family.  I belong to several car clubs:  Mustangs Northwest, Washington Ranchero
Enthusiasts, Fly by Night Cruisers, Mustang Club of America and of course The
Renegade Mustang Club.  I enjoy driving it to shows all over Washington, Oregon
and Canada.

Sonny Alvarez
"STANGIT"