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People tend to know better then yourself
#1
It's been a while since I've been here but I had to get this of my chest.

I've been a proud 1972 Mustang Fastback 250ci 6cyl for about 3 years now. I live in Beernem Belgium Europe, so as it is my daily driver, I see a lot of jaw-dropping and pointing in the streets.

I don't know how it is in the states, but when people talk to me about the Mustang, not owning one themselves, most of them act like the know a lot about it. I always find this kind of strange, because I don't encourage them in doing so. Some of them even talk about owning one themselves but I know when they are lying almost after one question.

I don't pretend to know everything about them, but in this three years, and some years prior owning my car, I have done a lot of research about classic Mustangs, so I figure, if you don't know anything about it why pretending you do to someone who owns one??? It amazes me every time.

So I had to share some of the best baloney I've heard in those three years. All happend for real and by different persons. Here they come.

A=me B=other person.

B: "I owned one myself back in the days"
A: "Cool, what model was it"
B: "1958"
A: "I bet it was an unique piece" (walks away)
_
B (not knowing I had a mustang)= "I own a 1973 mustang"
A: "Cool what engine does it have?"
B: "A V8"
A: "Nice, what size of V8"
B: "euh... 3.5 liter"
A: "Strange, my 6 cylinder has 4.1 liter..."
B: "yeah, but Mustangs have different engines"
A= (Facepalm)
_
B: "Is it a Mach 1 or a Mach 2?
A: "Just a fastback"
B: "No man, its definitely a Mach 2, you should look it up."
_
B: "Nice car, I had one some time ago"
A: "Cool, what model was it"
B: "oh, it was the one from 1972"
A: "What a coincidence, as is this one!
B: (turns around and walks away)
_
B: (A salesman) "Nice Mustang you have there on your driveway.
A: "thanks!"
B: "I've had an earlier model myself back in the days"
A: "that's cool, what model"
B: "a 1982 Hemi"
A: "Interesting..." (didn't buy anything just because he lied about that)
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B: "A V6?"
A: "No a straight 6"
B: "They got you by the balls man, thats not an original engine then. They only sold them with V engines"
A: "If you say so"
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B: "Man, that car isn't a Mustang man, a real Mustang has a V8"
A: "Is that so? So I assume you drive a V8 Mustang?"
B: "No"
A: "So How do you know then how one feels like?"
_

Those were the most akward conversations I had about Mustangs. Sometimes I think I must be looking stupid or something.

I had a lot of passionate conversations with real ex-owners too, you can feel the energy when they talk about it. Also a lot of people just appreciating the car and giving the thumbs up, or asking questions. I don't brag about my car, I really don't, so I really really hate it when people try to belittle me with lies.

Anyone can relate to this, or am I really looking stupid? Smile
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#2
I share your pain, for sure. Some people are clueless.

Doc

[Image: 6y14ea.jpg]

Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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#3
Usually I just play along semi laughing inside, to be honest with you I didn't know anything about these cars and I've been a Ford fanitic for over 30 years. These are awesome cars with alot of mystery surrounding them with so many combinations that were offered. I like it that way.

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#4
rofl

No joke, I get the same 2 questions every time somebody asks about the mustang.
Usually in this order too.

Question 1: "what year?"
Question 2: "Is it a stick?"
I appreciate your enjoyment of it, but literally every time? Come on.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, you sure as Hell don't have time to do it right the second time.

Dutch uncle
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#5
Hi There,

You will find that you will get this baloney element to some extent, from certain people, from any country of the world as such. I think it comes down to human nature, because we do know for sure that our cars have a big wow factor to them as we get around on the streets, so you will get some people for example who approach you, who are impressed with your car, but want to feel important themselves as well, and so will invent stories to bring themselves up to your stardom level too as such. Some people also want to bathe in and share you glory as well, and so bullshit on to bring themselves into your arena so to speak. As frustrating as this can be, i would try not to react to it too much if you can. Run with the good feelings you get by owning a lovely car, soak up the admiration when it does come along,genuine or not, and focus on enjoying talking to people who genuinely know about our cars.

So remember, when your driving around in our '7173 Stangs, think of Iggy Pop, and see yourself as a VIP!!dancebananaTongueTongueTongue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AElqmoO3gt0

Just my two cents worth!Smile

Cheers,

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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#6
What annoys me in the UK is the first question people ask is always "how many miles to the gallon does it do?"
They NEVER ask if it's fun to drive and rarely ask if it's fast. Sometimes I tell them its "30 smiles to the gallon" but they often mis-hear. So now I say it's adjustable. When they stop going "Errr...?" I point out that pushing the pedal on the right down a long way makes it do less. Then I usually tell them that I didn't buy it to drive like a granny.

Also there are people who tell you that you should convert it to right hand drive as you can't possibly drive from the left on our roads. These people have NEVER owned a LH drive car.
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#7
Good advice Greg.

It's been a while but I've heard everything from "Nice Camaro" to "that is not a real Boss". I engage them for just a quick minute to see if they are really knowledgable but mistaken OR a complete ignoramus. The latter I try hard to walk away from asap. The others are usually willing to listen. One has to be careful to not sound like a know-it-all. People can take you that way when you are confident in your answers. I try to always say - proof's in the documents but even those are not perfect. We do our best to keep it real.

You know and learn because you have researched and studied so much!

Enjoy your cars!

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#8
Austin Vert;192328 Wrote:Hi There,

You will find that you will get this baloney element to some extent, from certain people, from any country of the world as such. I think it comes down to human nature, because we do know for sure that our cars have a big wow factor to them as we get around on the streets, so you will get some people for example who approach you, who are impressed with your car, but want to feel important themselves as well, and so will invent stories to bring themselves up to you stardom level too as such. Some people also want to bathe in and share you glory as well, and so bullshit on to bring themselves into your arena so to speak. As frustrating as this can be, i would try not to react to it too much if you can. Run with the good feelings you get by owning a lovely car, soak up the admiration when it does come along,genuine or not, and focus on enjoying talking to people who genuinely know about our cars.

Just my two cents worth!Smile

Cheers,

Greg.Smile

That is a very philosophic but understandable way to put it. I do remain polite most of the time. But they don't know that by lying or pretending to know better than someone who actually owns a Mustang, they put a wall between me and them never to be removed again. If they were curious, and would like to learn about the car, they would stand more chance feeling the shine of my stardom rofl

No seriously, a lady came to my house the other day, a bit shaky saying here husband really loved my car and it was his birthday shortly. That husband had talked to me before about how he really genuinly loved my car, no other bullshit.

So I surprised him on his birthday at his home and did a roadtrip with him and his wife to Bruges, the nearby town where I dropped them off for a drink. The lady asked what she had to pay. I said it was my pleasure. So, him being a chef at a restaurant, invited me and my wife for a dinner at their place soon.

Thats how interesting relationships start, not by lying or being a know-it-all.
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#9
I can tolerate the ignorant, I cannot tolerate those that bring arrogance with their ignorance.
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#10
1972MustangSVH;192337 Wrote:I can tolerate the ignorant, I cannot tolerate those that bring arrogance with their ignorance.

A very true and profound statement. Amen

Doc

[Image: 6y14ea.jpg]

Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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