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So my 14 year old has finally realized there won’t be a shiny new Boxter or Z3 in the driveway for her 16th birthday. Ever since I got my 66 prettied up and back on the road, it’s been growing on her. Lately, she wants to take it everywhere, especially if there’s a chance of being seen by her friends.

We’ve been talking about the idea of getting a 6-popper coupe and restoring it for her. Last night on our way home we stopped by the local classic car dealer to browse, they had a handful of Stangs, including one 66 6 cylinder coupe in need of cosmetic restoration. The dealer, of course, wanted way more than it was worth, but it sure got my daughter going! Now she wants to go to all the Stang shows with me this summer, learn all the different years, body styles and options, and start a serious search. This is VERY VERY COOL!

Now I do have some concerns. Although she’s incredibly intelligent, she’s got the attention span of a gnat and will likely bore with the restoration after 5 minutes with a sanding block. I don’t care, I’ll do the whole freakin thing myself and still call it “our project”. Also, safety is a concern. I’d probably be best off going with a 67-70 because of the safety features, but if we do go the 65/66 route, I’d spring for high back seats, steel trunk divider, shoulder harness, collapsible steering column, disk brakes etc.

Hey, it’s all just dreams for now, but I’m pretty pumped about the idea and so is she. Hmmm … do ya suppose we should clue SWMBO into our plans?


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Daughters who like cars are cool! My daughter has an 89LX with some big meats, the 5.0 HO, a 5 speed, and a Borla cat back system. I hate to admit it, but her car is way faster than my GT! When her friends come over, especially the boys, they always want to see Dad's GT, but her reply is always "but mine is faster!" Enjoy!

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Hopefully she'll stay interested in the project!! There's only one way to find out!! Good luck on the hunt!!

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I am in the same position with the same thoughts!..But instead of an I6 like I want her to have she has eyes on my 66 289. (or a 2001 gt). I need to find one cheap enough that she can aford it, and gas. Also if she gets bored with the resto not much money will be lost.

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This is sooooo cool! My daughter (15) started getting really interested in my coupe when I was picking out sound systems. All of a sudden, she is into C&W and, although I am an Oldies lunatic, this has got to be MAJORLY, MAJORLY, MAJORLY better than rap.... I will encourage C&W (keep thinking about the alternative...)

Dan
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My second daughter inherited the 70 coupe I drove for seven years after I bought another daily driver. She never really bonded with it, it was always just "Mom's old car." When old enough she first leased a new Escort then traded it in on a new truck. Now she's the only one in the family without a stang. But a new boyfriend who thinks stangs are awesome, has her thinking a 67-70 FB/Mach might be kinda cool.
Hubby restored several cars with our son who now owns four of his own. It's definitely rewarding getting the kids involved.
The oldest daughter started with 6 cyl 66 coupe her Dad fixed up, now she drives a black 93GT called "NYTMARE"

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That sounds pretty cool, I hope I get to build a car each with both my son and daughter when they're of age...I sure hope they catch the Mustang bug when they grow up. (but gas will probably be $5.00 a gallon when they grow up so maybe we'll be restoring an SVT Focus).
 

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My 16 year old daughter loves Mustangs but the 66 coupe is too hard to drive with manual steering and brakes. Like I would let her drive it anyway. Therefore the 84GT Turbo. After driving it for a while she commented that it seemed a lot faster when I drove it. ( adjustable waste gate he he) Big difference between 100 HP and 250. Then she figured out what the "engine donor car" really meant! She didn't want to drive it anymore.

She now drives a 96 V6 coupe, still with a 5 speed. I raised her well.

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