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It's not unusual to get a little attention while driving these old cars and I try to be gracious about it even when someone is an idiot. Hell, the attention is a big reason to bother owning it - it's fun.

But last Friday morning I was driving it to work and it got downright weird. Twice. First, I was at a light where two six-lane roads intersect, and a dude two lanes over in a truck starts yelling out his window "I have a sixty five--" and immediately a car stopped between us. The light turned green instantly, I took off, and laughed for half a block.

I've had some version of that happen at least 50 times over the years. But then two miles and 5 minutes later was the real absurdity. I was in the middle lane, stopped at another VERY busy intersection daydreaming and listening to the radio. All of a sudden there's a guy standing in the road talking to me through the passenger window. I hadn't seen him coming at all. Panhandlers work this particular intersection all the time, and that was my instant assumption. But this dude was dressed business-casual and had gotten out of his car, a couple cars back, to ask me what year mine is and another 10 seconds of generic talk. I was so shocked I don't even remember what he said.

Any other live ones out there?
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I think folks out there have latched onto the mythical number of "64.5". From talking to the various people throughout my travels, so many have owned one, had a family member who owned one, friends, acquaintances, etc. Makes me believe that more people have owned the famous 64.5 Mustang than there were actually produced.
 

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Believe me, you are a LOT more likely to run into "weirdo car guys" when you are a youngish chick driving a hot rod... a LOT

Fortunately, I really only seem to run into those problems outside of Austin. In town, everyone is real cool and I tend to get the normal thumbs-up or "nice car" comments. But boy, anywhere else I've gone... **** gets so weird sometimes. I do think that people have gotten worse about it since the start of the pandemic, probably because everyone collectively lost some social skills, so I try to keep that in mind. I consider the "oh I have/had a Mustang just like that!!" comments to be totally innocuous - people just get excited about that stuff. But even before 2020, I have had some very bizarre interactions. Mostly related to people reacting to my gender in combination with the car I'm driving. I guess marriage proposals and dudes twice my age propositioning me still bothers me less than dudes who feel the need to tell me (mostly incorrect) facts about my own car, though.

Honorable mention goes to the time that I was at a local hot rod hangout sitting at a picnic table eating dinner, and some random guy sat down to start a conversation with me (which was fine, happens all the time). The weird part was when some OTHER guy sat down at the same table, and ALSO started a conversation with me... while completely ignoring the first guy. Then they both attempted to hold a conversation with me, AT THE SAME TIME, while ignoring each other. Eventually I decided that was too weird for me and I got up and walked away.

Some days I have no idea why I picked this hobby 😂 Fortunately most people I meet are lovely!
We can only imagine the number and type of weirdos you encounter Kelly. A lot of us have daughters your age, and I hope you're now carrying some sort of self defense. Lots of bad guys out there. Most folks thought Ted Bundy was a swell guy, until, ya know...
 

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Back in the 80"s my wife and i were driving on our way to the Oshkosh air show in my "Home built Moon Crawler".
Going through Milwaukee in the pouring rain, blue lights appeared in the rear view.
I thought "what the hell, in this rain storm" are you kidding me!
A state trooper hauls me over and walks up to the vehicle and I ask him whats going on and he replies "nothing sir what is this"? I just ain't never seen anything like this and wanted to get a good look at. after about 5 minutes of conversation he asks where are we going, I tell him, to a hotel just up the road a few miles. He says stay close and follow me and gives us a flashing light escort to the hotel.
One of my better and most interesting law enforcement encounters.
 

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After doing an engine swap in one of my cars and having noticeably louder exhaust added to it, everyone now seems to want to race me. Anyone from a VW Bug to the guys in their Subaru WRX's, even kids in their parents minivan or station wagon. I typically always have someone approach me at a gas station and talk about my cars, or they talk about their car/project, or they just stare at it, etc. I've had people try to follow me home just to talk about my car, which was definitely a bit odd and I stopped a block or two away seeing that they were following me. I've had people tailgate me trying to keep up, or race, and one kid tailgated me for a couple of miles and then yelled out the window at me when I turned "that's a bada$$ mustang". Some people b!tch about how loud the car is, while others say it sounds amazing. I had one good looking early 20's year old woman ask me if my car was a Camaro.

Although, I think the question that I get most is "what year is it, a xx right?" Of which they usually say something like a 1962 or a 1969, when I've got a 1965 as well as a 1968, so not even close to being either of the two suggested years, and I usually mention that the mustang wasn't even produced until 1965. One guy pulled up alongside me at a light, revved up his motor, of which I forgot what kind of car he was in but I knew he wanted to race. There wasn't anyone behind us, so I turned off my car and took my hands off the wheel to not allow him to think that I was going to actually try as it was a car I'd have no issue winning against. Other times that will happen and if I'm in the right lane, I'll just make a right turn instead of going forward, etc.
 

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Last Friday I had an old hag cut me off and proceed to brake check me since I was too close to for her liking immediately after she cut me off. She then began slowing down to a crawl once the road turned to one lane and tried trapping me behind her. Sucks for her because I bolted outta there before she got out of her car. Gave her a nice ear full of WOT sweetness.

Some people are really happy to see these cars and others seem super bitter and go out of their way to try and prove a point. Sucks for them, I'm driving my dream car!
I've always considered people in general as being "reactive" as opposed to "proactive", especially around here and even more so with regards to driving habits or styles where they're more of "reactive drivers" as opposed to "proactive" ones. Imo, most people that I see driving don't have a set way that they drive on a consistent basis where they're always for example staying to the right except to pass and/or generally always doing 5-10 mph over the speed limit, or however it is that they typically drive. They pretty much just drive not paying attention to others around them and will only react when others are driving in a different manner, then adjust accordingly to what the other vehicles are doing. For example, they could be in the fast lane on the freeway doing 10 mph under the speed limit with 5-10 cars tailgating them and 2-3 lanes to the right being wide open. Then if you go to pass, they'll see you doing so and then they will speed up. If people kept to the right except to pass and did at least 5 mph over the speed limit then we'd likely not have any road rage issues, backed up traffic, accidents and so forth. Or at least the number of those things would be considerably less.
 

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Have you heard from her lawyer yet? You will probably be held responsible.
Nope [emoji56]

This was 2017. If she hasn’t tried to go after me for looking so damn good (haha), safe to say that she probably wont.

I did have some good conversation about my car with the firefighters and lone police officer after the ambulance left. The primary reason for these guys lingering was the police officer’s cruiser broke down, so they were just hanging out with him.

As I got ready to leave, the firefighters egged me on to do a butnout… i looked over at the cop, looks me dead in the eye and says “what am I gonna do, chase you????”

My favourite burnout ever done.


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And then there is someone always trying to get the car for free..... :ROFLMAO:

Full disclosure, the person that posted this is an acquaintance that just happened to be out dining while I was in the area.

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Back in Oct 2019 I was driving Josep's newly purchased '73 F100 from Seattle to my home in Texas. At about 2:00AM I stopped at a convenience store/gas station in Price, UT for gas and coffee. The F100 was the only vehicle in the parking lot and I was the only customer in the place. As I was sitting there drinking coffee a young couple (mid-30's) came in, looked around, walked over to me and asked "Are you driving the F100"? I looked around to see if maybe somebody else might be in the store who could be driving it and said "Yes, I guess I am". The guy asked "What year is it?" and I replied "73". The girl started jumping up and down, pumping her arms and screamed "I WIN!". The guy proceeded to tell me that they made a bet in the parking lot concerning the year model and the girl obviously won the bet. They said " Beautiful truck" and left. I guess they were driving by and saw it sitting at the pumps and had to stop and ask.
This is the F100 at a different gas station.
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My car is unfinished sitting in the garage. Pretty much mocked up though. Here's the view.

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People across the street walking their dogs see it and always say what year etc. It's going to get bad once it's out on the road I guess if I get this with it sitting in the garage in raw form.
But anyways one guy came over and said he knew of someone who had a Fastback SS. I said you're thinking of another car. Then he says he used to be a cop. And this one time they were parked and eating. Got a call that a Mustang and Camaro were speeding doing 160ish and coming their way. So they fired up the police truck with headers and saw the cars coming.

They chased them down blowing past them doing 202 MPH and the cars went off the side of the road. And they were only in 3rd gear. Had two more to use if they needed it. :ROFLMAO:

This guy went on and on and I'm thinking can't you see I'm working on my car. Say a few words and carry on. But nope. This guy just kept going on babbling.
 

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Fortunately, I really only seem to run into those problems outside of Austin.
I can't wander into Austin without a good weirdo experience. Outside of Travis County I tend to get a lot of people who "had one just like it" and they're religiously armed with an arsenal of bad specifications. Get folks who had a 67 "Mark 1" equipped with a 3 on the tree, 63 fastback with the original 383 under the hood, 78 Boss 302, I could go on. The 70's fried a lot of brain cells :ROFLMAO:
 

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Not much of a weirdo story, just a story about how people react. I bought the car last year from some horse stables(yes, I bought a Mustang from some horse stables.) out in the Hamptons. It was about an hour and a half drive back home. So, I am driving carefully and somewhat slowly. (never had a classic car before). I am in the car with my son and my wife is following me in a car behind me. Then the hand gestures start. First of all I didn't realize how many positive reactions you get driving a Mustang around. But there are so many different hand gestures and all good. I was getting the thumbs up gesture, then I was getting the miltary salute. I got a few waves. I got a couple of people pointing at me or the car. But my favorite was the hang ten shake. The one where the thumb and pinky are extended, and the hand is "wagging" back and forth. It was pretty cool being a celebrity for a little bit.
 

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Like others, I've gotten the typical reactions in my 65 convertible... Thumbs up, nice car, I used to have one (yeah, right!), and "I'll buy that from you" (to which my normal response used to be "sure, $25k and it's yours!"). But my best is not a "weirdo" story, but a cop / fellow mustanger story!

Back in '85, I was moving from So Cal to Denver in my first Mustang, a 65, 200, coupe. It was loaded to the gills with a full trunk and the passenger and back seats stacked to the windows!

Leaving a rest area on I-15 or I-70 somewhere in the Utah mountains, I hit the bottom of the ramp at about 100 mph (it was downhill) just as a Utah highway patrolman was pulling over someone else. He pulled me over too (I don't think he know how fast I was going, but he knew I was going fast)! He got to me first and I met him at the back of my car with license and registration in hand. For you younger folks out there, it used to be a "courtesy" to meet the cop behind your car (now you'd probably get shot!).

As he approached, I noticed him sizing up my Mustang, which had Bondo and primer where I had been doing some body work. Instead of the normal "do you realize how fast you were going?", the first words out of his mouth were "what work have you been doing on your Mustang?" We proceed to talk at the side of the road for almost 10-minutes about all the things we were doing to our Mustangs (he had a 69 coupe).

He forgot about the other guy he had pulled over, so he we had to end the conversation. He apologized for having to give me a ticket since he had already called it in. He wrote me up for 65 in a 55, which cost a whopping $25 and didn't go on my record!
 

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I guess while at the gas pump, you seem more approachable. I had a guy in his 20’s approach and ask me if the car was “all metal”. I had to ask for clarification. He said that he was into conspiracy theories and went on to explain that when all of the computer chips in modern cars suddenly (an inexplicably) fail simultaneously, that only old all metal cars (pre computer chip) would still be able to be driven. You know? I had never thought about that apocalyptic scenario. Lucky us with these fine old “all metal” cars.
 
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