Today I drove my car home from the body shop. I have owned the car for going on 3 years now, and this is the first time I have driven it, and felt good about the way it looks. I drove it 5 miles home.... the longest the car has been driven since I have owned it. It was a feeling of pure lust..... I have never felt so free in my life. I pulled up to a stop light, and an older gentle man in a new convertible Seabring kept looking at it...... finally.... he turned down his radio and start asking questions about the car..... then right before I pulled away, with a thunderous screech of the tires..... he said "You have a beatiful car"...... The is the first compliment my car has received. The only thing left I have to do on the car, is put the bumpers, grille, etc together. I also need to purchase wheels, and I have decided on some Cragar SS's. It has a new front suspension, the rear is a little squeaky though. I am going to replace the rear shocks, and hope that solves the problem. In the mean time, I am going to locate a 9 inch rear end, with 4.11 Traction-Lok to put in.... and while Im at it, change the leaf springs. The only other thing I plan on doing right away is having the exhaust finished up..... and a new set of plug wires..... Then it will become my daily driver. I will try and post pictures tommorow............. It feels good to have a New-Vintage Mustang. This also reminds me about the guy I bought it off of...... He was very sick, and could only see out of one eye. He was a young man.... only in his early 40's. About a month and a half after I bought it from him.... he passed away. I promised him I would bring it by when I was finished..... so he could see it had been done right. I only wish he would have lived to see it.... some how today I felt he was riding next to me on the way home.
Here is a list of things I have done:
1. Car was put on frame rack twice.... The front frame rails were bent out 33 degrees.....
2. New Full floor pans.
3. New quarter pannels.
4. New deck lid.
5. New doors.
6. New fenders.
7. New headlight buckets.
8. New front and rear bumpers.
9. New windshield.
10. New back glass.
11. New fiberglass Shelby hood.
12. A HELL OF A LOT MORE I CAN'T REMEMBER!!
I think you should feel very proud. Not just for what you accomplished with the car, but how you remembered the PO who probably also loved that car just as much as you did today when you drove it home. Like you said, I'm sure he was right there with you on that drive home....
The car sounds awesome, hope to see pics soon =)
I think thats really neat what you said about the PO. Its neat to think sometimes about our cars, the stories the owners have had and their memories so many years ago. And we will continue on with these cars for many years, probably eventually sell them like the PO of your car, and they will continue on for many, many more years, making more memories.
That's a great story ... thanks for sharing it. The feeling you had today never goes away, IMHO. I feel the same way every morning as I walk out into my garage and fire up my '66. I can't imagine using something other than a classic Mustang as a daily driver any more.