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I am curious. How many here are father / daughter projects and what are their ages? My daughter just turned 16, but she got us started seriously looking almost 3 years ago. So far, she is really into the restoration process. She wants to learn how to weld and paint. She already knows mechanical things like disassemble. She is even pretty good at getting things back together again.
 

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I have two daughters (4yrs and 1yr). The 4yr old is "helping" me restore my 67 coupe. Yesterday she "helped" clean the car with a wire brush. Good thing is it's the start of the restoration, so nothing was damaged. She says she wants to drive it when she gets older. I'm sure we will build something together when she and her sister get older.

67 V8 coupe (been in the family since 72)
 

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My daughter's 14, and starting to develop an interest in old Stangs. Whenever I need to drive her someplace, she wants to take the 66, especially if there's a chance she'll be seen by her friends!

I'm curious, is the Stang you're restoring with your daughter hers or yours? I think my daughter would be in to helping with a resto, but only if the finished product belonged to her. Also, did you do any safety mods to your 65?

DanM
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"Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education" - Albert Einstein
 
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I have to tell you from experience, there is nothing more memorable than a father/daughter restoration. I inherited my love of cars from my dad...he always had a project going, mostly '55-'57 T-birds, but also cars like his 1912 Willys Overland and a Riley (don't remember the vintage). I bought my '56 Nash Metro as a project for my dad and me, knowing that it would be his last restoration. We spent every Saturday together during his last year and I was able to take him for one ride in the car before he passed away in 1996.

Was that car ever precious to me, as were the memories we made, but mostly it was the time we spent together.

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Wish he were here to see my Mach. He would love it! How I miss him.

Jill(CA)
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When my daughter turned 16, I convinced her that we should get a 67 coupe for her to drive. Well, we looked around for about 6 months and I got a lead on a one owner, original coupe with a 289 and auto. When we examined the car, I could see that outside of cosmetics, it was in wonderful condidtion. We bought the car and she and I set about fixing the minor dents and refreshing the paint. I installed all new brakes (lines, hoses, drums, shoes,etc,etc). She took and passed her driving test in the Mustang and was soon using it for school. As the weeks went by, I got more an more paranoid about her and the car as her high school parking lot was famous for mishaps. Eventually, it got the best of me and I reclaimed the Mustang. To soothe things over, we bought her a used Escort with very few miles (tape, air, etc.) which she used all through college. After graduation, she became a Computer Scientist with the Defense Department and traded the Escort in on a 2000 SVT Contour. If I change her oil, she may me drive it around the neighborhod! Of course, she always reminds me about the Mustang that I took back.

66 Fastback
85 GT Hatchback
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This is the car she was looking for. I wanted a '67 or '68 fastback but she wanted the '65 convertible. We finally found a red convertible with white top and interior. She has already said it will not be for daily driving to school as some kids have no respect for nice things. We are debating about disc brakes, 3 point belts, etc. It will have a trunk divider which does very little good on a convertible. I already bought TCP subframe connectors so it will probably be extensively modified in the interest of safety.
 

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I am 14, and my Dan and I are working on a 69 Mach 1 right now, which you can see in my signature. It's been great so far. I really recommend doing a father/son/daughter project.
Sean

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[color:blue]1969 Mach 1-in restoration</font color=blue>
[color:green]I got my stang on April Fools day. I wonder if that means something....</font color=green>
 

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My daughter was 17 when she found and called about the 69 Grande. It is mostly her car, except the mean old dad wouldn't let her take it out of state for college! Now she mostly just asks how it is and will everything be back on it and running at the end of June when she comes home. I think she has lost most of her original ambition to assist with rebuilding and restoring. She just wants to drive it. Always beware when your daughter says "Did you know that it will go over 100MPH on May School Road"!!

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My daughter spent countless hours in the garage rebuilding my '66 coupe, and learned to love Mustangs in the process. She even shot the paint on the hood when we went to a fiberglass hood. About the time we finished mine, she was getting her license, so we bought a '69 coupe for her which is her daily driver to high school now (and is the envy of the school). Now we have a '65 coupe project that my 16 year old son and I are building. Father/kid projects are fantastic. It teaches them about cars; they learn to love them, and respect them.

If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always get what you've always got

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Our Mach 1 is tecnically my daughter's car. She bought it with the intention of fixing it up and racing it. When we were in the middle of redressing the engine compartment, she got in there with a wire wheel and got dirty. Same thing when we replaced the front springs. You should have seen her when she crawled out from under the front end! She generally drives it at the track and does a very good job. This year we'll be taking her 2-year old son with us to the track for the weekend. She lives about 60 miles away now so cna't help work on it much, but she is never afraid to get dirty to help get something done.

Jim Gates
72 Mach 1 - 460, C6
65 Olds 4-4-2, 400 ci, 4-sp
71 Dart Swinger 340 - Project in the queue
 
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