The project's name is a reference to part of the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational course, the twists and turns involved in a car restoration project and getting back to driving the Mustang.
In my junior/senior year in high school, I wanted to buy my first car. A 60's Mustang was high on the list. In April 1987, Sandra saw a classified ad for a 1967 Mustang in Ontario, CA. We drove down to take a look and liked what we saw. On May 6, 1987, I purchased the 1967 Mustang Coupe for $2,850.00 from the original owner, 20 years after his initial purchase, with an odometer reading of 95,056 miles. The car was driven senior year in high school, through college, and two more years. In October 1993, after purchasing a new car, the Mustang was garaged in Southern California, with an odometer reading of 153,453 miles.
After talking with Jennifer, Jason, and Sandra, I decided it was time to get the Mustang running again. So let the jokes commence; it is a long story, but that is what happens with 35+ years of history between us.
Three things needed to get this project started; Get permission from Jennifer (wife), a space to work, and the Mustang in Northern California. Jennifer agreed to let me start down this road, woo-hoo! The garage was cleaned up and reorganized to allow for a workspace and storage. On September 9, 2019, Keith (father), Justin (brother), and I loaded the car onto a U-Haul car trailer. At 4 a.m., Justin and I started the drive up I-5 to Northern California.
Mid-day, September 10, 2019, the restoration started...
The Mustang may not be driven every day but will not be sitting in the garage waiting for a special occasion before it is taken for a spin, so this will be a Restomod project. A restomod is a classic car that has been restored and modified. Modifications will mainly be safety and handling related, and a bit of performance.
The 1st Generation Ford Mustang 1964.5 – 1973 - On Friday, April 17th, 1964, the world was forever changed with the introduction of an all-new breed of sports car. The Ford Mustang arrived in Dearborn, Michigan and created a pandemonium unlike anything seen by the Ford Motor Company prior to its introduction. Demand for the Ford Mustang almost instantaneously overwhelmed the company’s ability to produce the incredibly popular automobile. Feuds to purchase the car were common and created an incredible amount of hype that only further escalated the demand for this iconic sports car.
1967 Ford Mustang – The Ultimate Guide - The 1967 Mustang brought the first major redesign. Although it was longer and wider, the Mustang kept the same wheelbase of 108 inches. The grille opening was made larger to give the Mustang a meaner look as the rear taillight panel was concave. The fastback now reached all the way to the rear of the trunk, and on all three models you could find simulated panel scoops on the rear quarters.
The hood was available with two recessed louvers. Inside the louvers were turn signal indicator lights visible to the driver. On the sides of the car, just behind the front doors in the rear quarter panels were simulated side air intakes. This differed from the smooth indents and chrome pieces found on earlier versions and was an easy way to tell a 1967 Mustang from the rest of the crowd.