11-13-2010, 09:55 AM (This post was last modified: 11-13-2010, 09:58 AM by Widowmaker00.)
I thought a cool thread would be for us to tell the stories of how we got our mustangs.
I worked for my dad doing ceramic tile since I was a little kid and saved all the money I ever made.
It started when I was 13 yrs old. I bought a 1957 chevy stepside pickup with big plans (prostreet, blown bigblock) for $125. The truck was in rough, rough shape and me being young was unaware of the $$$ it was gonna take just to get the truck on the road. When I was 15 my dad asked me since the truck wasnt going to be done in time for me to drive it to school what kind of car I wanted to get, so I decided a mustang, any mustang, would be a good choice. After searching in car traders for a few months I found my car, 1972 Mach 1, rebuilt 351C, rebuilt trans, $3000. I went to go look at it and realized I had seen it before, we drove buy it on our way to a underconstruction housing development probably 100 times, and it was always sitting in the corner of this guys yard, with the engine out of it. Apparently this guy and his brother started to restore it, and just ran out of money. The car was gutted, only what was needed to drive was there. No interior, no grill or bumpers. Well to my surprise the guy had already bought a slew of new parts and just hadn't installed them, including a new grill (a standard one) a new headliner, and boxes and boxes of other stuff. The car ran like it was brand new, and was rust free. Perfect.
It still took a couple years for me to put it together, but I had it for my entire junior and senior years in high school, it was my only car and daily driver for 6 years. I have to thank my dad for giving me a job and teaching me to save money, because of that, I always had the most badass car at school.
Oh I had to sell that old truck because we moved and didnt have enough room for it anymore, but as soon as I am stationed in the states again I plan on seeking it out and buying it back.
My first mustang that I had was a 71 sportsroof 351c. Used.My father helped me buy when I was 17. I drove it till I was27-29 married and times got hard for me and my wife so I had to sell it.Well about 25 years latter I was looking at 71-73 mustangs in a magazine And told my wife I sure missed my old 71 mustang.She said go fine one so here I am latter in life with my 71 Mach 1.
Our Mustang Coupe was originally owned by my Grand Parents. Bought new in 1972 and driven for a while by them as well as my Dad and Aunt. When my Grand Father died, the car sat until around 1984 when my Dad brought it home and put it in his garage for storage. My Dad and I just decided to dig it out and start a resto around March 2010. We got the Mach 1 more or less as a play toy to help with the frustration of slow restoration, but it also ended up being a bit of a distraction to getting the 71 Coupe done! LOL!
11-13-2010, 01:02 PM (This post was last modified: 11-13-2010, 01:02 PM by Hemikiller.)
My first Mustang was a '73 Grandé' that I bought in '89 while in college. I found it in the local classifieds, the Bargain News. It was about 30 miles away, but was dirt cheap at $125. My Chemistry teaching assistant took me down to see it and I ended up getting it for $75, plus a $35 battery from K-Mart. $5 in gas and I was on my way home. I drove that car for two years, rebuilt the engine, transmission and suspension. I got rear-ended on the highway and bought a 71 sportsroof with the insurance $$.
My current 71 Mach was sitting at a local auto body parts store, Auto Body Specialties. They would take cars in on consignment and this one was there for at least a year. I bought it and a parts 71 Grandé in Sept 2001 for $1100. I had to drag it onto my trailer and tow it back to my shop. I bought it mainly for the fact it was a very original almost untouched car with minimal rust (for CT), and I like the color. I still had to do both floors, cowl and trunk floor, but the quarters are still original.
When I was 14, my Mom changed careers and was attending classes at Salt Lake Community College. One of her classmates (and good friend) had a Grabber Yellow '71 Mach 1... and of course me being 14, it was the coolest car in the world. Then he let me drive it once... Game Over - I will have one of my own someday.
Fast Forward to this past July, when my Jeep is almost done and my pal just scored a 1963 1/2 Galaxie 500 XL via Craigslist (Dallas). Well... now I'm jonesin' for a project car of my own and started poking around. On San Angelo's Craigslist, I found mine listed @ $2500. Then a few weeks later, dropped to $2250. Then I found his ebay sale saying he'd take $2000. I went to visit and talked him down to $1600 (the engine's seized and the car is really in horrible shape after all).
A few days later, I found a nice '71 in Dallas for $3500 that actually looked great and ran fine... which I should've gotten instead. But I'm committed to getting this one back together, so I just have to keep at it. I'll be able to honestly say that this is 'my' car when it's all said and done.
It's been an eye-opener since I started tearing into it. But, I'm still optimistic in seeing replacement parts are not as expensive as I was expecting - although a little disappointing that the '71-'73s don't have as much reproduction support as the pre-'70 models. It's also just finding the time to work on it - I'm down to about 1 day a week, providing something else doesn't come up.
My mustang was orginally bought from Friendly Ford in 1972 by a woman that worked at Nellis Air Force base. She drove it till she died.
It sat in the base parking lot for a couple weeks till Kelly Beardoll noticed it and tracked down the woman's sister and bought it. He completley rebuilt the motor but not much else. He drove it for a decade and parked it indefinaly around 2000.
I came across the car because my buddy lived across the street from him and I spent alot of time over there in high school. After staring at it for all 4 years of high school and intentionally driving past it on the way to my parents house for another 5 years, my soon to be wife at the time and I noticed a for sale sign on the house prompting me to ask for it. I actually found his son first, who seem relieved that it might get sold, and he gave me Kelly's number. I talked to him for about a week up untill my wedding day and bought the car the day after we got back.
Since then I've slowely repaired the the engine and am now replacing the leaf springs. All it needs now is tires, paint and interior.
A couple of my buddies in high school were really into Mustangs (in particular, 67 fastbacks). That got me started on Mustangs and when I was 15 (1983) I found a nice 67 fastback with no rust and brand new interior. The paint was pretty nice too but was a little oxidized. I bought it for $3200. I drove it everyday until I was about 21 and then sold it because my girlfriend at the time had a brand new car and there was no place to park my Mustang at the apartment complex.
Fast forward to more than a few years ago. I was looking at Mustangs on craigslist Denver every single day looking at vintage mustangs that were either way out of my price range or simply rust buckets. I never was a big fan of the 71-73 Mustangs when I was younger but more and more I was starting to really like the way they looked. One day, I was on craigslist, and spotted a 71 fastback for sale. I jumped on it. It was probably only on craigslist for about an hour when I called the owner. I drove over to his place and gave it the once over. I saw that it was only a base model 302. It needed floor pans, cowl, quarters and a new interior but the 302 was partly built already with an Edelbrock manifold and carb. It had hooker headers and a custom dual exhaust. It ran really good. So I bought it and have been working on it ever since. New aluminum heads and a Comp Cam went in and I did the interior in a short amount of time. Now I'm just saving up for the body work and paint.