1966 Ford Mustang GT Hardtop - Mustangs In Paradise
In Hawaii, Mustangs Are A Year-Round Experience
Wanted: Boss 302Pearl City's Kenny Iboshi grew up in the '60s reading all the car magazines he could get his hands on. Being a Mustang enthusiast, he had always admired the Boss 302; but, as a teenager, there was no way Kenny could afford one. The years passed and finances improved; but, even after retirement, Iboshi was still looking for that elusive Boss 302. Then he met a guy at the local swap meet who said he might have a '70 for sale.
"My heart raced. I could feel my palms sweating," Iboshi said. "I went home and couldn't sleep thinking about that car. The next day, I was on the phone trying my best to convince the guy that he had to sell the car to me!"
Iboshi's perseverance paid off. Once the owner felt confident the Boss would be in good hands, everything fell into place.
"I'm the seventh owner," Iboshi told us. "It was originally sold in Arizona, and remained there for many years. It's Calypso Coral, which we call 'orange' over here. I've always liked that color."
Iboshi's Boss remains mostly original, right down to the Magnum 500 wheels, Shaker hoodscoop, Sports Slats, and Drag Pack Boss 302 engine, having been restored in California by its previous owner before he moved to Honolulu. While Iboshi likes to show his Boss, he likes to drive it even more. "The adrenaline rush I get whenever I jump on the gas is like no other."
Wahiawa: Wonderful Mustang"I've owned over 100 different cars in my lifetime, so I guess you could say I'm a car nut," says Wahiawa, Oahu's Phil Hanson. A few years ago, after getting the bug to buy another Mustang, Phil stumbled across a Tahoe Turquoise '66 coupe and bought it within 10 minutes.
"The first thing my wife said when she saw it was, 'What a piece of junk!'" Phil laughs. "Granted, it was pretty rough, but I could see the possibilities. The original 289 was still running, and it still had the factory California smog equipment. More importantly, there was almost zero rust!"
Over the next couple of months, Phil dismantled the coupe and got it ready for M&W Auto Body & Paint's Alan Watanabe to spray the two-stage Sikkens Tahoe Turquoise metallic with clearcoat.
"While the car was in the paint shop, I bought a new interior from Mustang Salvage & Auto Parts in California. I travel quite a bit through my work, so I was able to purchase a new front valance and a set of wheels at a California swap meet. On a trip to Florida, I purchased a '66 Top Loader four-speed. It's amazing what you can declare as 'luggage' if you're extra nice to the skycaps! Just about everything else was purchased from either Mustangs Unlimited or RestoreMustangs.com."
With ideal weather practically year-round, Hansen's '66 is driven on a regular basis. The car is also shown, recently taking a First Place in the '64-'66 modified class at the Mustang Madness & All Ford Show. "I'm most proud of the fact that, with the exception of the paintwork, virtually everything else on the car has been done by myself and my wife, Cynthia," Phil says. "She doesn't think it's a piece of junk now!"
Mach-WonderfulIn 1999, Andy Partika noticed a primered '71 Mustang fastback in front of a local automotive repair shop in Kailua. "I found out the car was owned by an enlisted man in the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor, and the car had been sitting there for months."