First gen 'stang as a daily driver
This is my first post on the forum, but I have been creeping around for a while, picking up as much information as I could, usually finding the answers I was looking for. However, the nature of my new situation has me posting here now.
So here's the rub:
I am a senior in a D.C. area college, getting ready to head into law school next year. I've always loved the idea of driving a classic stang through the city streets, passing the monuments and the eclectic bars of Adams Morgan. It just so happens that my law school will be in the city, meaning this dream of mine will actually be something I can make happen.
I have always loved mustangs, with my grandfather and I building models of mustangs and even building a go-kart in the shape of the mustang. I currently own a 2011 5.0 that I have built up to be a pretty stout street warrior. However, as exciting as the 5.0 is, I find myself yearning for the timeless style of the first-gen classics. I am set on purchasing and daily driving the first-gen stang. I will aim to spend roughly 7-11k on a 289 model, preferably with a 4 speed already installed.
Before the actual question, here is some other relevant info:
For repairs and maintenance: I'm fairly competent with mechanical work, however, I know what I do not know but know the people that do know.
Insurance: Already have a policy laid out with my carrier, with the cost being similar to that of insuring my old e30.
Budget: I have been blessed with a great part-time job as well as a sizeable investment from a previous school's entrepreneur program in my business. While I'm very aware that maintaining older vehicles is pricey at times, I should be able to handle the costs associated with my decision.
Other vehicles: I have an '11 5.0 and a '94 80 series Landcruiser for the inclement days.
I also will never sell my '11 as it was my high school car and it has a very high sentimental value to me.
So now that my life story is out of the way, here are the nuts and bolts of my question:
1. Besides a disc brake conversion and electric fan w/aluminum rad, are there any other mods to make the stang a better commuter for near everyday use.
2. If you do/have daily drive the first-gen stang, what is it like? Are the increased costs worth it? Do the smiles per gallon outweigh the miles per gallon?
Sorry for the long first post.
Thanks in Advance.