How do you know it’s time to move on from a project car? When it sits in your garage, and while you think about driving it, it doesn’t bother you at all that you don’t. That is where I am with my 95 Mustang GT, hence, it’s time to sell it and move on.
I’ve owned this car for six years now, and for the first four, I pretty much spent stupid amounts of time and money trying to “unfuck” it. Oh sure $4,500 for a Supercharged Mustang with a dyno sheet that showed 390 horsepower at the wheels sounded like a good deal, it had some good parts, but then reality came to town. In the first four years of owning the car I replaced, well, let me run down the list for you:
mass air meter
and had to rebuild the transmission after I grenaded it.
Oh sure it now makes 452 wheel horsepower now, I can roll into the throttle in fourth gear at 30 miles an hour and light the tires up, it will sit and idle in traffic, though with no A/C it isn’t ideal, and if you wanted to, you could take it on an 800 mile road trip and be fine. But for me, it’s lost the magic. When you live 200 feet off of Woodward Avenue, in the heart of where people cruise up and down it all summer, it’s great to bring it out and make a few laps. It puts a smile on my face to roll into the throttle, but after about 20 minutes I’m ready to put it back in the garage.
This has been a fun car, and I’ve enjoyed my time with it, but it’s time it had a new owner. It’s the perfect car for the Midwest where curved roads are few, which is not to say it doesn’t turn or brake poorly because it’s fine, but it’s not a road course or autocross car, it’s for cruising the roads and heading to test and tune or grudge nights at the drag strip. If you’re interested here’s the link to the Craigslist ad for the car.
What’s next? I have a few ideas, just not sure which direction I want to go, another build, or something that’s just going to mostly fine as is.