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Im really getting back some great information from you guys and all of you seem like really nice "peeps" <--- teenage californian for friends/people. I think that by giving you guys more detailed info on what I want to know will help you even better at helping me.

* i love convertibles but I'm "worried" about how I'm going to protect my car from jealous vandalizers. . .other than using good common sence, what can I do?

* What type of brake system would be more dependable to look for? I've heared that todays synthetic brakes don't match up to what older model breaks used to be.

*How original do you mean when you say original?

*For a 65-66 coupe what is the usual price range for a show condition or sort of show condition model? and a convertile?

*If I'm really interested in a car for sale. . .what type of questions should I be asking the owner?

*and last but not least.. . Is there any of you in the surounding 310 - 323 - 562 - 818 or 626 area in califorinia that would be willing to go check out some cars with me to find a really good buy?

I appriciate you guys alot and I hope to become one of the family here a VMF.

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A very nice dependable 65-66 convertible will probably run $12,000 on up.

As far as originality goes, that's not as important in a car you plan to drive. Kinda like dog shows. Some folks like their mutt, and can't imagine paying $1000 for a dog, others like pedigrees and wouldn't think of owning a backyard-bred neighborhood dog.

Most 65-66 Mustangs will have manual drum brakes all the way around. The brake pedal is big enough for two feet, and there's a reason for that. But if the brakes are in good working condition, you should be fine. Just don't expect them to work like they do on Dad's Suburban.

See if there is a local car club in your area. It is CRUCIAL that you get a person that is familiar with older Mustangs to help you evaluate a car. There are a lot of areas that can be costly to repair and/or dangerous, that most people wouldn't notice. For convertibles, it's even more important that they be carefully inspected.

I would encourage you to go drive a classic Mustang and make sure you really want one. They are unlike any modern car. You get a great feeling rolling down the road, but there are a lot of little things that remind you that it's a 35 year old car.

Have fun shopping.


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Hi, you seem to be in the So Cal area so to see some price comparison check out http://reclcler.com Search autos...mustang ... etc. remember these are asking prices. You could also go th the Knotts show and look and talk to people there. It will be on the 21st of this month. look around a lot and maks sure you are getting what you want the first time.


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Mayra- You asked about the details surrounding the Knotts car show. There is an admission fee, but I'm not certain how much. If you call the park and ask about the show on the 22nd, I'm sure they can tell you. I doubt that it is a whole lot of money. There will be at least a dozen VMFers (including a few women) either showing cars or checking out the cars being show - so you'll have no problem 'networking' with other SoCal Mustang people. Going will give your folks an opportunity to see what a great hobby this is and meet some of the people involved. I gotta think that will help them come to the right decision about your involvement.

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As superficial as it sounds, be sure that the car is "pretty". By that, I mean to you personally. Find a interior/exterior color combination that you really like - If you don't love what you've got, you'll always desire a change!

Also, look for rust. Being in Southern California, it's not quite as hard as other places, but you will save LOTS of money in the long run if you aren't dealing with rust repair. The most obvious places are on the floorboard near the doors.

About your convertible being subject to vandelism and worse, I usually just leave my top down or if the weather is bad, I will leave the car unlocked. I do put a steering wheel to brake pedal lock on it, but that will just deter an "honest" thief. If they want your car, it'll be gone. Get your car appraised and insured for AT LEAST replacement value. Do not put an expensive stereo in it, or it will get stolen. I'd rather replace my stock / semi-stock radio that gets stolen, then a cut top AND a radio.

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Convertibles are really nice (especially since you live in SoCal) but they have some drawbacks:

1) Much more exspensive to buy

2) Vulnerable to anyone with a pocket knife

3) Many have rust problems (due to leaking top over the years)

4) Of course more dangerous in a roll-over situation

Of course convertibles are really cool and a lot of fun, but you also have to consider those things. A coupe is going to be a lot cheaper. One thing you will definitely want is disk brakes on the front. The original brakes on most of these cars are not anywhere nearly as safe as today's cars. Mustangs can be easily converted over to disks with an kit from Stainless Steel Brakes Co. or by using a setup from a 77-79 Ford Granada. You will also seriously want to consider adding A/C! Climate control is important. I drove my stang daily in the Florida heat for 5 years and it was a Godsend when I got a car with A/C and a working defogger/defroster. Of course A/C can also easily be added with kits from Mustang Suppliers for about $1000.

Lastly remeber that driving a 30+ year-old car is going to have it's quirks. These cars don't drive like new ones, which is part of the appeal I guess. Sometimes the blinkers will work sometimes they wont, sometimes the car will stall in traffic, sometimes the windows may leak, etc. etc. Some folks don't consider these things with they buy a classic car and end up dissapointed. I'm not trying to dissuade you from getting a classic Mustang, rather just trying to fill you in on the things you need to know.

Good Luck!

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I think that grabberblue had a typo. The site is http://www.recycler.com That is like the first place that I go to in the morning when I fire up the puter. Now this site is for Californians only! No one else is allowed to look and take the great deals away from us. //haha fd

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Mayra ~ comfort is something you really need to think about before you buy any vintage car. When I got my 1956 Nash I couldn't believe how noisy and rough-riding it was; always sounding like it was about to fall apart, even though it was sound.

I just bought a 1969 Mach 1 that is identical to the one I had in 1971 when I got out of school (oh, I'm dating myself). Anyway, in those days my hubby had an old VW, and when we wanted a quiet, comfortable, luxury ride, we took the Mustang. Nowdays, when I want a quiet, comfortable, luxury ride I leave the Mustang home and take the Lexus!

Just be prepared to hear squeaks and rattles, and to feel like you have no shocks compared to modern day vehicles.

Good luck in finding your dream car...

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Maybe its because I worked 22 years in Air Force intelligence gathering, maybe I have gotten REALLY cynical in my old age, or maybe I REALLY do have Alzheimer's - but seriously - this thread and the ones before it from IWANNAPONYDADDY sure smack of Bishir (James). Again, I am probably WAY off base, but that sucker has gotten REALLY good at disguising his "pranks" on the rest of us. I know he has gotten some pretty good ones in on the Bossman without me even suspecting. Anyway, just disregard this reply, that is of course, unless, naw it couldn't be...........

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Naw it's not me Bossman. I don't see where the joke would come in. Anyway if she really wants a convertible she can by my car for 10K. I would really like to get a fastback.

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Don't want to be out of line here, Bishir, but your wife is a babe.. hehe. :)

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You should consider finding a Mustang with power steering. Manual steering can be a bit of a bear sometimes, especially at low speeds with big tires. I converted my PS to MS (MS is tighter) and my wife can't budge the wheel.

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ha ha ha!

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