Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It's enough to make you cry


13 comments:

Robert Fowler said...

I should have been buying and storing some of those cars back in the early 70's. Some of them are worth a small fortune now.

drjim said...

1967 Ford Mustangs came pre-rusted as standard equipment.

If you lived where it was damp, rained a lot, or they salted the roads when it snowed, you'd be lucky to get 5 or 6 years out of one as a daily driver.

I'll be the one for $195 was more iron oxide than iron.....

Bobo the Hobo said...

@drjim, truer words have not been posted. We're restoring a 68 Mustang - the engineering by Ford should be considered a crime against humanity. Love the lines and the car is fun but boy howdy, did those pony cars rust!

drjim said...

Mine was so bad my buddies all called it my "RUSTang"!

The other scary thing about them is the top of the gas tank is the floor of the trunk.

Drop the tank, and you no longer have a trunk, just a large square hole!

I didn't believe it until I lifted up the trunk mat the first time and saw what was under it.

I used to carry big, heavy, pointy stuff in there, so I cut a sheet of 1/2" marine plywood to fit the trunk and protect the tank.

Still, I loved that little car. 289 2V, C4 auto, and with the dual exhaust I put on it after the OEM system fell apart I got 20MPG in it.

Keads said...

Heh =) I'll be over in the corner talking to myself.

hiswiserangel said...

When I bought my '65 Mustang back in 1984, it had spent its entire life in the arid Texas Panhandle. I paid $1600 cash for it, money I'd been saving since I was 12. There wasn't a spot of rust on it. 289 V6 automatic (shut up, I never learned how to drive a stick). Some sadistic bastard had painted the body a metallic brown and installed a tan vinyl top. The seats were covered with crushed velvet Indian blanket print seat covers. I loved that car.

J Bogan said...

50 dollar GTOs during the gas crisis...Electra converts at 100... No one wanted to feed them when gas got up to a buck a gallon!!! Those WERE the days.

drjim said...

Don't forget the $1000 *pristine* big-block Corvettes!

J Bogan said...

Then I bought my first XJ12.... Single digit gas mileage was painful, but the drive was so nice...It was under a grand, under 10 years old....Nice car for a long haired kid...

Stretch said...

Dad bought a '67 Mustang fastback in '69.
Yes, he still has it.
85 years old and still going to shows and cruse ins.

Corey 1 said...

When dad came back from Vietnam he had a 69 Camarro for 2000 bucks. grandpa picked it up at the dealership new

Anonymous said...

If that 68 LeMans is a rag top it's just like my first car. Bought it in 78 for $300. Nice car, when I got it anyway. I was a lot harder on equipment back then. I ended up trading it to my cousin for a 69 Cutlass, he still has the Pontiac. Everyone should own at least one convertible in their life.

David Martin

Anonymous said...

i always had faulty "car DNA"...vehicles were just transportation...a way to fetch and return girlfriends, get to school and football practice, and pull trailers to haul horses and cows.... metal, plastic, glass and rubber...never could wax poetic about inorganic materials....always thought I was a retro born 100 years late....

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