Stella Project Car: The Acquisition

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A man, a hundred dollars, and a Mustang.

Many parents have a dream of working on a project car with their children. The family that wrenches together stays together, right? Things like finances and time always seem to get in the way however. This weekend I learned that it takes a village to realize your dream of a project car.  Thanks to many people’s help I was able to convince the most important person in my life that this project was a good idea. After fourteen years my wife and I were finally on the same page about this. It was an inexpensive project car and the timing was right for my family.


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Last Wednesday a thread was started on Google+ about a $100 Ford Mustang. It’s owner had driven it off and on for six years and wanted to see it go to a good home. He was willing to take less money to sell then to see it scrapped. So I took him up on his offer. Next was to call my friend with the F-150 and travel 200 miles to pick it up. Sunday morning early we left to go pick up the unknown property. What was known about this Mustang was that it would need a motor but otherwise was mechanically sound. Rust was supposed to be minimal and I was told to expect a truly worn out Mustang with nearly 200,000 miles on the clock.


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What I found was a 1990 Mustang GT 5.0 that had been used up. Her owner told me her name is Stella. This Mustang hadn’t been worked hard but it had spent it’s life on the road without much in the way of cosmetic maintenance. What I saw is the potential of bringing it back to life. I’m looking forward to knowing  that when it’s back on the road it will because of the work I had put into it.
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Images: Copyright 2012 Hooniverse/Wayne Moyer

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