1965, 1968, and 1970
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This all started in September 2004. My father-in-law
and long-time Mustang enthusiast was visiting. He was on Ebay checking
out local auctions. He convinced me that I should bid on a Mustang 1965 convertible.
I placed my bid with less than an hour to go on the auction. We all
then went to dinner. When we got back, we saw that I was out-bid. My
wife shot off an email to the seller to contact me if the sale didn't
go through. My father-in-law left town and all was forgotten.
Well......almost. Until I got the call from the seller asking if
I was still interested. I ran down, made an offer, went back the next
day with the cash and drove home with this respectable driver.
I drove it for a couple of months, then decided to have
it painted. Then the fever took over. I had started dreaming of all
the things I could do to the car. I started buying parts and planning
a pretty extensive build. But the problem is, I was hooked and had to have a Mustang to drive
while the convertible was being completed. So, in February 2005, I
was on Ebay and saw a 1968 Ford Mustang California Special that piqued my interest.
I had a price in mind, but wanted to wait and see what happened in
the auction. After about the second day, of a 10 day auction, the
car was very near my top price. So I forgot about it.Well.......almost. I just happened to be on Ebay in the final minutes
of the auction and noticed that the price hadn't increased very much.
I placed my bid in the final 5 minutes. AND I WON!!!! I ran down the
next day with cash in hand and bought the car before the Owner changed
his mind. This is what I drove home.
I love this car. It is a "C" code car that runs really
well. I fixed a couple of items that needed attention and installed
a decent stereo system. I drove it for a few months, then I started
dreaming of more power for it. I had picked up a Holley 174 blower
along the way and had plans to put it in the CS when the convertible
was complete. I purchased a forged piston short block with a custom
grind cam set up for a blower. I then purchased some heads with dual
springs. Then sometime in August I blew a head gasket. This was the
perfect excuse to make the swap!Well.....almost. You see, the convertible was ready for assembly.
It required my full attention. The California Special went on the back burner. But
alas, I didn't have a Mustang to drive anymore. That just wouldn't
do. So, I went back on the hunt with Ebay. I purchased this 70 Ford Mustang Mach
1 Cobra Jet in Indiana and had it by Labor Day. The car has 66K original
miles, with original interior and drivetrain. It runs great. I don't
intend to do anything to the car.
Now back to the convertible. I'm just about done. I still need to
decide on a wheel and tire combo, but I'm pretty proud of it.
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specs on the 1965 Convertible
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