1966 Ford Mustang
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This 1966 Ford Mustang was originally Chris' mother's. His
father purchased it for her in late 1966 from a local auto mechanic
in Columbus, GA. He was working at the Ford dealer at the time but took
a lead mechanic job at the competing Chevrolet dealer but part of the
deal was he had to sell his new Mustang. Chris still has the original
window sticker which was found in the glove compartment when he started
the restoration. Chris turned fifteen shortly after his parents purchased
the car so this is the car he learned to drive. He drove it through
high school and periodically while he was in college. His mother continued
to drive the car until about 1980 and his Dad always complained the
she tended to have a lead foot. His father finally persuaded her to
let him buy her a more luxurious car and park the Mustang in the car
The Mustang stayed there for several years and
was not driven at all until Chris finally persuaded his parents to sell
it to him in about 1985. He drove it for about three years until the
engine started showing signs of serious problem, and since he could
not afford to restore it at the time, he parked it in his garage.
Finally, in July of 1998 he began the restoration.
Most of the work was done at "The Car Lot" in Champaign, IL except for
the final body work and paint. They agreeded to take their time and
do the job right. The car was taken down to the to the bare body (see
the last picture) any rusted metal was removed and replaced and then
the real work began. The engine was completely rebuilt including a long
block because the serious engine problems turned out to be a cracked
block. The metal parts of the interior were painted and all the upholstry
was replaced including the trunk.
The only non-stock items now on the car are
the radio cassette player and alarm system. He picked up the finished
car on May 23 of this year almost two years after they started the project
and he has been enjoying it very much ever since.
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