One year Mustang anniversary
One year ago today, I brought the Mustang home. Apparently, it was nicer weather one year ago, too. I found it on Facebook Marketplace about 3 miles from me, and after looking at it on a Sunday, went and picked it up Monday morning. $5600 Ameribucks were traded for the privilege of owning a C code (289) 1968 Mustang.
One year later, the total out of pocket investment has swelled to $6255. That's a little misleading, as I was gifted the wheels/tires that are on it now. The steering rebuild, as well as the front disc brake conversion and rebuild of the rear drums was paid for by selling off some old Exoto 1:18 die cast cars. I had purchased quite a few Ferrari 1:18 F1 models when they used to routinely go on sale for between $79-99 a couple of decades ago. I sold a few on eBay, and they brought over $400 each. Not bad for sitting in a box in the basement for the past 15 years.
The list of work done thus far:
- Steering rebuild (inner/outer tie rod ends, pitman arm, roller idler arm, adjusting sleeves, Flaming River manual steering box)
- Brake rebuild (front disc, Kelsey-Hayes calipers, rear drums rebuilt, all hard lines replaced, master cylinder, proportioning valve)
- New hoses, belt, battery, miscellaneous small harnesses
- BFG T/A on Magnum 500 wheels
I've got seat belts on order to install, and I'm still deciding on what I want for suspension. I've run out of "free" budget, so now I've actually got to plan a little more. My wife has mentioned selling the 4Runner during the current resale value craziness to help fund it. Hmmm...
Kinda of like the Cougar, it photographs well. There is some rust, most noticeably, the torque boxes (ugh), and some by the rear sail panels. At this point in time, other than the torque boxes, I have zero intention of diving into body work. I'm just looking to have a driver/cruiser car. Eventually, I'll pull the drivetrain and refresh/rebuild. But for now, it appears I'm on my way to one goal, and that's to have the car available as a summer DD for local trips.
Mustang to Cougar comparisons? I won't get into looks (Cougar wins for me), but as far as condition, the Mustang wins. The previous owner liked this car and it shows, although they did make a few puzzling decisions on what/what not to repair. It runs much stronger than the Cougar, shifts better, steers better (I never did replace the steering box on the Cougar), and is overall a much better base to start with.
Yes, the back window has a Mustang etched into the glass. No I'm not replacing it.
Issues? Well, except for one, EVERY mail order has been wrong. Or significantly delayed. My first order took about 3 months to arrive for just basic parts. Received wrong harnesses, restocked pitman arm missing parts, restocked and incorrect steering box, bent wheel. Throw into the mix, the out of state title that was signed in the wrong spot, getting the title mailed to the sellers mother in South Dakota to get it signed, etc, etc. It hasn't been the easiest road so far, but hopefully it ends up worth it. My son really likes it and every time I fire it up, he comes out and jumps in. My project cars tend to live a three year life span in my care...we shall see how long this one lasts.
TL;DR I bought a Mustang a year ago, fixed it up some, and haven't sold it yet.
Chariotoflove last edited by
Good summary. These cars are lovely. No mystery why your boy is attached to it.
pos_camaro last edited by
@huzer Looks good! It sounds like it's been an exercise in frustration but the end results are worthy. Don't worry about the rear window. My first Camaro had a rose etched on each side of the rear window and "Camaro" etched very poorly across the top of the windshield, just in case somebody thought it was a Belvedere.
@chariotoflove He definitely has acquired an interest in cars recently. No idea where he got that from.
@pos_camaro That reminds me, I don't have a rear view mirror on the windshield, so I don't see the Mustang reflected in the mirror while I'm driving.
pos_camaro last edited by pos_camaro
You and Raul Julia.
nickhasanexocet last edited by
@huzer that wheel and tire combo is perfect.
@nickhasanexocet Thanks! I debated the same wheels I put on the Cougar (Torq thrust Ds), but I’ve always really liked the Magnum wheels.
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