February 2018 “Stang of the Month”

 Shy Cummings Classy 65 Coupe

I have had a love of mustangs since around the age of 11. I started gaining an interest in cool cars but did not really know very much about them. I would sit in my room for hours and draw what I thought a cool car would look like and they would always look like a Mustang! Over time I gained knowledge about cars through tinkering on my own cars, reading magazines, and talking with friends etc. and gained a love for cars, trucks, and pretty much anything with an engine! But through all of that, I have always had a really big soft spot for the Mustang. My personal favorite is the original ‘64 /-’65 look. That car in particular has been my dream to own for as long as I can remember. I did not think that due to the prices that are often accompanied with these cars that I would ever be able to own one.  I had always thought that I would probably one day buy a Mustang and would be very excited about it, but would likely be a little disappointed that it is not really the one that I actually wanted.

One day last summer in mid June, I went to look at a job ( I am in insurance restoration). This particular job was to help a previous customer figure out what to do with the estate of her late brother whom had left her and her sister in charge of his estate. This estate was full (very full) of an assortment of collectibles, garbage, and items that needed to go to Good-Will. I was there to help them figure out what we could do to help sort and complete this task. While I was there we went out to the garage and I set eyes on what I knew to be my favorite car!!! I was instantly in love! At the same time I couldn’t help but feel like there is no chance that I would be able to attain this car. I asked them what the plan was for this car and they said they were going to be selling it. I asked what they knew about the car, and they said that it was their brothers favorite car and he had owned it for a few years, they didn’t know how many. The one thing they were not sure about was that he had lost the keys to the car about 7 or 8 years ago, and it had not been started or moved since! The car was in great shape and I tried not to let myself get too excited as there was not much of a chance, so I went about my business figuring out the job. Over the next week or two I couldn’t help but think about and talk about that car! So much that my wife, 5 daughters and a few friends kept prompting me to call them and make an offer and see what happens! Finally I got the guts up to call after doing a ton of research about what to expect with a car that has sat for that long. It looked like it could be just fine or really bad, or a mixture of both! I decided I would make an offer for what I could afford explaining what I had learned. Initially they said they were expecting to get more for it. I told them I totally understood, and that If they changed their mind I would of course be interested. I was kinda bummed out but thought this was probably how it would go. However two days later, I got a call out of the blue, it was the sister saying if you want it you can have it at that price, I let her know that I would be over in a couple of hours!!! I went there with a friend to tow the car home and we looked it over and decided we thought it might be able to run! We checked and changed some of the fluids installed a new battery, and hot wired the car to find it started and ran!!! Needless to say I was ecstatic! I drove the car home, and have been on cloud 9 ever since!

My wife and I decided it would be our 21st anniversary present to each other.  There are lots of little things that need to be touched up/repaired and some items that I plan to clean up and or upgrade, but overall I have a great little driver that we get out as much as we can!! I am loving being a part of the Mustang club and look forward to a part of the different events to come this year, and look forward to meeting many of the members and learning much more about mine and many of the other mustangs out there!!  

See you out there!

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