COTM

2017 August Car of the Month

Ricky's Mach

As we all reminisce about our younger days and the awesome cars we had, I too joined the Mustang “in" crowd, again. Around 2003 I had decided to get my hands on another Cobra Jet. I had no idea of the difficulties I would have finding a 70. I was searching for a 1970 CJ Mach, due largely to the aluminum rocker paneling that looks so cool. As I proceeded I discovered that there were only around 2000 R codes for 1970, where there were 10,000 produced for 69. The challenge was on! The car I found was factory blue on blue with A/C, power brakes, and power steering, and VERY complete. Acapulco blue was not my favorite color, but since the interior was blue, I knew that was very rare. The blue Mach was found on a farm 45 miles north of Houston in a little place called Normangee.

So my wife and I hauled this thing from Normangee to Lubbock, (attention from spectators was flattering), we get the car home, and after a couple weekends of very light surgery (broken valve springs), I got to drive it on the country roads. It was a pure stock 428 CJ, and ran just the same. WOW, what an experience. And then… the painful restoration began. Part of the process was to get a Marti report, and to our total surprise, we had a 1 of 1 CJ Mach. BONUS! As the next few years dragged on, I completed everything myself except the body and paint work. After I put the all new blue interior in the freshly painted Acapulco Blue body, it looked better than I could ever had hoped. Now blue is my favorite color. And my maiden voyage? The MOCA annual Ford roundup show in 2008!

2017 July Car of the Month

Daniel's Cobra

I found my Cobra back in 2002. It is black with gray leather 1970 built April 16, 1993 and sold through Shamaley Ford in El Paso, TX. The original owner had installed a 347 and blew the engine so it was parked for a few years. His financial situation at the time allowed me to purchase the car for only $2000 to include the additional speed parts but it only came with one original wheel and 3 spare tires. I brought the car home, started cleaning and removing components that were no longer working and making a list of replacement parts needed. It took 4 months to get the car running and get the cobwebs out. I drag raced the car for a few years and then tried my hand at autocross. After the car was in good running order, I had the car painted in 2006. The restoration went into high gear after the paint with NOS wheels, and a multitude of new interior and exterior parts. It has a new Ford racing 302 short block with the stock cam, intake and AFR 165 aluminum heads. BBK Long tube headers, x pipe and Magnaflow mufflers help her sound great with 3.73 gears for quick acceleration. I installed front seats from a 2001 Cobra and an FR500 steering wheel normally for an SN95. Our move to the Austin area from El Paso, TX has also proved to be a very welcomed increase in power due to the elevation change. Thankfully the A/C blows ice cold so I can keep cruising in this central Texas heat!

2017 June Car of the Month

Brain's Highway Cruizer

This is my 2014 Mustang GT Premium w/Track Pack and Roush Axle Back Exhaust. She is called "The Highway Cruizer" because we've made plenty of highway trips to the east coast. I love driving her and after even the longest days at work, there's nothing more rewarding than a cruise along any open road. I'm hoping later this summer, we will get to take the ultimate cruise to Southern California and visit with some relatives.

2017 May Car of the Month

Frank's Red Rocket

The car was originally owned by my daughter who was married to a Ford dealer in Laramie, WY. (She's still married to the same guy but he's no longer a Ford dealer!) So, I am the second owner of this beauty and took delivery just 10 days before the 50th anniversary Pony Drive Across America from Mustang, OK to Las Vegas International Speedway in April 2014. That trip was a good opportunity to evaluate my new purchase and I discovered a good road car with a forgiving shifter and decent gas mileage (when my right foot behaves!). I've put 12K miles on the car since I acquired it and try to drive it weekly, with the top down, of course! "Red Rocket" will be journeying to Overland Park, KS (Kansas City) for the 2017 MCA Grand National show in August. Join us!

2017 April Car of the Month

Mitch and Cecilia's CC

HOW TO WIN A MUSTANG IN THE COLOR OF YOUR LIPSTICK By Mitch Moore
How lucky can a guy get – the car and the girl with the lipstick to march?


Geez – LIFE IS GOOD!


Check out the ad that Ford placed back in the day (see pic). How cool might it have been to win a car in the color of the girl’s lipstick.


Well, that didn’t work out too good for me at the time, but…..


Time has a way of working magic!


CC’s favorite saying is “What I’m looking for is looking for me.”


I say, “what dominates one’s thoughts becomes reality.”


Either way, having a 60s Mustang has been on my mind since the summer of ’64. Sure guys of 9 years old love cool cars. It’s as true today as it was then. I saw one for the first time when the Mom of a friend of mine at the Southwest YMCA in Houston drove up to the Y to pick him up that summer in her new green Mustang. I was smitten to say the least.


Fast forward a bunch of years. Google searches for help with this led me to ClassicMustang.com and Mark Logan, President and CEO of SW Dynamic Motorsports LLC. I have to say without Mark I imagine I might have settled for something that wasn’t 100% what I wanted.


Long story short, Mark found my 1967 Mustang in Mariposa, California. He had professionally inspected and negotiated what is certainly a better price than I could have on my own and had it shipped.


Soon enough it arrived in Dallas where Mike Grubbs of Grubbs Mortor Sports spiffed it up. Mainly we added front disc brakes and factory in-dash air conditioning as well as a period looking radio and speakers in the kick panel. To the eye, only the speakers might reveal that something had been changed from the way it was originally delivered.


For inquiring minds, it is painted the same Candapple Red as it came from the factory and has the same 289HP power plant. Interestingly, I have th original owners manual which has not only the owners name and address, but also the date of sale, which incidentally matches the date on the Marti Report.


The current picture of my Mustang is a recreation of the original ad I mentioned above. I guess one can never truly go home, but in my minds eye I still see that ’64 Mustang every time I see my ’67 Mustang. Pretty cool, huh? Yeah, I got way, way lucky – the car and the girl !!!

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