I imagine many of you have already seen this but if not, from the current Hagerty News:
The Mustang was introduced by Henry Ford II (affectionately known as "Hank the Deuce") on April 17, 1964, at the World's Fair in New York. A pretty big anniversary considering that the Mustang has been with us ever since, and it's touched so many lives over the last 50 years. For the Bowtie and Mopar fans who are sitting this one out, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week...
Taking a page out of the Model A handbook, I converted my 1965 Mustang coupe into a one-of-a-kind, trophy-winning classic with the addition of a Rumble Seat.
A regular attraction at local car shows and parades, the "Mustang Rumble" is a unique creation.
And fun too!
I have long held the opinion that a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback is one of the most beautiful cars ever created. One of these days when I get done with my T speedster I'll graduate to 60's muscle and I'll have me a '67 fastback but with a supercharged 428 and a T-56 manual tranny. It'll be so fast that women's clothes will blow off when I go by.
Hey Bob, that's a cool coupe you got. I really like the rumble seat. Does the trunk close? My dad and I restored a '65 GT that was that same Rangoon Red, but ours had a red interior. Pretty neat car, we bought from the a lady in Atlanta who'd had it parked in her garage since 1978. It had every option you could order on a 'Stang in '65 except for A/C and side-view mirrors. Even had the $250 center console even though it was a manual.
When you get your '67 Fastback I want a ride! I've never been in a car "so fast that women's clothes will blow off when I go by". Sounds like FUN!!!
Henry, I'll be glad to give you one. When I get it done grown men will weep when they see it, and it'll definitely be that fast. Gloss black with pearl racing stripes, it makes me drool just typing about it. A supercharged 428 with Trickflow heads and electronic fuel injection will create so much horsepower and torque that they won't really be tires so much as asphalt crayons. I found some rims and tires I really like though and if you're behind the car it'll look like the whole rear end is nothing but two huge tires with a differential between them. It'll have chrome Shelby Cobra side pipes that run along under the doors and dump out in front of the rear tires. It won't even be a car so much as a rolling, fire-breathing-sex-dragon of a ride. I don't have the words to describe the awesomeness I have planned. People all over my neighborhood will know when I crank it up and the cops will be so afraid it'll take months before they stop scambling the chopper every time I go to Sonic or the grocery store.
My wife has always been fond of the Mustang, here is her 66' coupe, it is fun to drive.
The Mustang is also very popular here in Australia, even I almost like it!
Bob Robb, love the conversion but here we call them a "dickie seat".
Seth, I think your holding something back. Tell us what YOU REALLY THINK of this dream car. :-)
I rode shotgun in one from Alabama to Chicago and back on a weekend. Only my tailbone made contact with that miserable cheapie seat. It was nothing but a cut-down Falcon.
Fast cars are a drag. If you want a babe magnet, drive your T Speedster. The slower you go, the more attention you get.
I've been told by old car guys that my T roadster is a "chick magnet". Nope. It's an old car guy magnet.
I ordered my 65 March 17. It took exactly two months to get it. The list was $3,200.00 I paid 2,800.00, clean deal. Originally I was just going to order the High Performance engine with 4 speed transmission to put in my 55 Ford (which I still have). When I priced it out, I found that I could buy the whole Mustang for just a little more, so I did. It is a high performance, has 26,000 original miles on it. When my niece was 12 years old, I taught her how to drive it. She did well with the 4 speed, and smoked the tires a couple times.
Dan -- 50 years from now, your car could be one of those "amazing 100-year-old barn finds" we all get so excited about these days.
Mike, You may be right. If that does happen, it will be an amazing study for anyone that wants to restore one to original. Very few minor things have been replaced. The most major was the shock absorbers. A friend of mine bought a 65 Shelby brand new. He drove it a year, then prepped it to race (the car is still around). He put new Konie shocks on it before he started to race it, he gave me the original Konie shocks and I put them on my Mustang. Mine still has the original exhaust on it.
Hey Dan have you spent any time straightening the hood/fenders/headlight trim/doors? I can't see all of the gaps very well but yours looks VERY good in the pictures. As they were just slapping Mustangs together then often the final fit of those adjustable parts wasn't very good. The '65 my dad and I did was atrocious when we got it. As neither of us are 'body' guys, it took several days in the evenings to figure out we needed to start with the hood, then fenders, then doors.
Dena and I have a 1965 Mustang which was assembled in August of 1964. It was a plain Jane when we bought it but added the stripes, driving lights, dual flow masters and a pony interior. The engine is stock 289 with a 2 barrel. Sounds great and good on gas. Fun little cruiser.
I have a 65 GT "future barn find" Its been in the family since 72. Its the first mustang I drove and I liked the way it steered and handled. I went shopping for another mustng in the mid-70's and could not find one that drove as nice. A couple of years later I figured out what the "GT" stood for.
Word has it that Ford will be making a total of 1964 special
50th anniversary Mustangs to mark the occasion.
I didnít hear what body style, but it seems they took a convertible
apart and reassembled it on the top deck of the Empire State Building..
I never owned one but the State of Washington was kind enough to buy me a new 86 and let me drive it around the roads of Eastern Washington for a couple of years then they bought me a 89 and I had it for four years. Not many cars at that time could out run them.
I had a 1965 Mustang years ago and always like it's styling.
When Ford came out with the 05 Mustangs, to me they brought back the look of the original Mustang.
But nothing is better than a Mustang Shelby GT! We own 1 of only 6K made in 07.
Here's my 26 Pick Up and my wife in her 07 Shelby GT
Seth, The car is as it came from the factory. No body or paint work has ever been done on it. The fit of the sheet metal is excellent. The paint quality on it is very good. I had a 66 GT Fastback, and can say the same about that. My brother in law bought a 67 Fastback new, the fit on that was was also excellent, but the paint quality wasn't as good. I am referring to the paint in the door jam areas on his car. I had a body shop in the seventies, and did body work on quite a few of them. Where I ran into problems was: the replacement sheet metal, it was always a problem getting the panels to line up. Especially the front fenders. I think that was because so many were produced the dies were worn.
James you had the first year of fuel injection right?
Seth,I wish I knew where my nieghbors 69 Mach 1 got to. There was the neighborhood boy that was known for driving anything to fast. Somehow, he got a hold of a 69 mach 1 that if the cops saw him, they didn't even bother trying to chase him.They would just drive by his house later and either give him a ticket or a warning.The only time he got caught he blew a tire and went off into field.The hp clocked him at 129 mph not 2 minutes before. The car was supposed to be red but the only way you could tell is if he rubbed it down with kerosene before he went "cruising" the mall.I had my crown vic interceptor to 125 and that was enough for me. This mustang would go much faster.Reason I know is my old interceptor was used by the local town and the deputy that used to drive it chased Robbie in that mustang with it. Came close to catching up but never did.
Yes the trunk closes and the only thing that gives away the fact that there is a rumble seat - oops, dickie seat, sorry Paul - is the original Model A steps on the rear bumper and fender.
The upholstery matches the interior perfectly, and people ask if the seat was a factory option!
Dan - maybe that was part of the problem: we had to replace one fender because the old lady said at some point her husband ran into the car with the lawn mower. It was crunched up pretty good and had rusted and just wasn't worth the effort.
Mack - the '67 is my favorite, because of the way the roof slopes all the way to the back, but it isn't as big of a car as the '69. However, I really like the odd years, 65, 67, 69 and wouldn't mind having any of them. I always thought it would be cool to have a 65 and make a Shelby clone out of it, but with a 351 Windsor. I'd change the side stripe to say "GT 351". As for speed - I've been studying up on it and the setup I want should have NO problems getting well up over 800 HP and 800 Ft-lbs of torque. 0_0 That plus some smart gearing, good wheel/tire combo, and an eye for keeping the car light, and I shouldn't have any problems making some 'vette drivers feel inadequate and the occasional Italian driver feel like they spent too much money. My ultimate goal is to have a car that looks very stock on the street, even more stock when you sit inside, but will go over 200 mph at the track.
Dan - that is super cool. I noticed the "correctness" of the seat upholstery immediately. You already answered my next question which was going to be how you get in and out.
Sorry meant the last part for Bob, just got turned around while posting.