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My Mustang Story
I told this story to Don and he encouraged me to tell my story to everyone. So here is my story of how I ended up here on the 71 73 Forum.

If you have not figured it out I am sort of seasoned. I graduated high school in May of 1972, May 19, 1972 to be exact. I remember the day well not just because I graduated but that was the day I took delivery of my 72 Mustang Mach 1. I went with my mother to the Ford dealership to place an order for my car a couple of months before. After many arguments with my Dad who wanted me to buy a Ford pickup. He finally relented and allowed me to trade the hand me down car I was driving, a 67 RS Camaro.

The Mach 1 just happened to come in of all days on the day I graduated making all 21 of my classmates think my parents "gave" me the car for graduation. They gave me the Camaro to trade. I paid $86.00 a month for three years for the new Mustang.

I ended up dating a beautiful girl in that Mach 1. She was two years behind me but we ended up getting married in 1973. We later moved from north Texas to Houston in 1975 where I got a job. We sold the Mach 1 in 1977 to a high school kid. I saw the car one more time about a year later and ended up stopping the kid to ask if he wanted to sell the car back. He said he would call me if he decided to sell but he never did. Never saw the car again.

So, I lost that original car but never lost that beautiful girl who went with me to Houston 300 miles away from our parents to start a new life together. When we had the gold Mach 1 my girlfriend had given me a little wooden rat that we hung from the windshield. I had completely forgotten about that until I got the 71 Mach 1 on December 24, 2013. Not long after unloading it off the trailer my wife brought me "Back of Rat", that little wooden rat that use to hang off the rearview mirror. We called him that because no matter how we tried to make him face us he would turn towards the hood to see where we were heading. That was Back of Rat. She handed the little rat and told me to put him in his place so I did. He still faces forward like he did 41 years ago!

My wife and I have been a team for 40 years of marriage. We had one daughter (two years after we got married in case you are wondering!) who followed me into my profession. (You will have to guess what that is)

My Mustang is more than a car for me. It is a time machine that takes me back in time. It is way more car than I could have ever bought back then which makes it even more special. My car with any luck will out live me. I am more than an owner of a classic Mustang. I am a caretaker who knows that one day someone else will get to enjoy it as much as I do.

What about you? Do you have a connection to your car that is very personnel? What is your story?
Great story! Thanks for sharing...I like the Mach photo, as I too have a Mach1 in that color.
Great story, thanks for sharing it"

Welcome from Ohio!
Very cool story, I enjoyed reading it...thanks for sharing
Awesome story! I got my Mustang when I was 14, now I am 32. It was my stepdad's car, and when he married my mom he gave it to me as a treaty of peace (we didn't get along so well in the beginning). I am grateful that he gave the car to me, it was the car that I learned about mechanics on and learned the mistakes and do's and do not's of repair on it. Unfortunately, some of them came back to bite me recently, but fortunately there are way more parts available these days than back then. For some reason, as many times as I have tried to sale my Coupe, it is still with me. So now, I am restoring her so that my son, who is two now, can have a nice car in high school. Even though Vintage then will be edge body Mustangs!!! So, not as good a story as the first, but a story none the less.

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- Nik
Great story. Living the memories.
I bought ours three weeks before we got married. I had spent some time looking for a cool car to drive us that day (meaning hiring somebody with their car to be the chauffeur).
So I happened to find our vert, bought it and we drove that car for our wedding, my brother in law acting as chauffeur while the wife and me sat on the back of the back seat.
Before we left for the ceremony we took delivery of many flowers and bouquets. On one of them there were two furry "things" for lack of a better term representing a bride and a groom. I put them on too of the dash and after 13 years they are still there.
Unfortunately I don't have a pic of them and the car is not here, so I can't show them to you.

Here's a pic I just took from our wedding photo album. I cropped it, so you can see the guys on the dash.
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Here's another one from the wedding album. It shows the car in its former unrestored glory with the flowers and stuff waiting for us to come out.
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All good stories! Thanks for sharing.


1971 Boss 351
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible
I'm glad you decided to share it. Good story! Now about that Back of Rat pic we want to see...

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
73 F-code Convertible, Planned: color TBD/Black top/White Int., 351C, 5-spd, 3L50.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
I think we need to start guessing at your profession.

I'll start out-are you a shrimp boat captain?

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"I love my Hookers!" and "Get some Strange" probably have a different connotation to non automotive enthusiasts!
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