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I buy and sell HO scale trains on Ebay as a hobby, to pay for my Mustang fetish. It has worked out to be more profitable than I could have ever hoped for. For the first time in my life, I can definativly see the coming completion of my 1969 Mustang.
My love of the Mustang was spawned in my mid-teens (1984-1986) when I had a paper route. One of the last houses on my route was on a dead end street. At that dead end was a tree line with a farmers field just behind it. Between the trees and the fiels was a line of old cars. The leading car was a flat black 1970 Mustang coupe. Just behind it was a metalic green 69 fastback shell, which was missing the entire front clip. I asked the farmer how much he wanted for the cars and he told me $100 for the black one since it was a whole car and $50 for the green one. I remember the look of the long cougar-like tailights on the fastback with the distinctive snake emblum on the gas cap. When I went home and asked my dad if I could purchase them, he said NO. Shot=rtly after that, the cars were gone. It was not until about ten years later that i learned the green Mustang was a 1969 Shelby GT 500, that i could have had for $50.
I can not even begin to express how baddly I want them BOTH on the road. I have purchased 5 parts cars for the 69 in the past 2.5 years. I currently have it at a restoration shop. It will be finished next spring..early Summer. I plan to have it painted in the '69 BOSS 302 paint with the Ford 2007 Grabber Orange as the base. It is not a boss, not even close..
I started with a bare naked shell. Nothing on it.. not even a plastic wire harness clip or wheels. It originally had an in-line 6 (but not when I got it). It now has a '69 351W w/ a stock 4bl carb, fmx <acronym title="transmission">trans</acronym>, delux interior, instrument cluster with the tach (only avaliable on the big blocks), disc brakes, ac, power steering, 9" rear end, rear spoiler wing and the rear window louvers (still need the lower front spoiler). I just purchased a new Holley special edition 650 carb which was meant to be used on the 68 Shelby GTs to replace the old and tired Autolite.
My 67 fastback I purchased this past year and it is currently in storage. For $2,300. It was a whole car minus 1 fender and a headlight bucket. It needs all new tin and a windsheild, but is otherwise complete. It came with a L6, but I have an extra entire V8 drivetrain, suspension and engine w/ 9" rear end, as well as a power steering system for it. The interior is a delux black and near perfect, with no tears in the seats. I plan to make it look like the one in Gone In 60 Seconds. a Shelby GT 350 Clone.. I might go with a darker smoked-gray exterior color though.
My wife hates both my trains and my Mustangs! She will not let me work on the 67 until we are in a new house.