Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 1, 2009
Photos By: Jerry Heasley

On July 31, just 104 days after the car arrived in Tyler as a beat-up old Mustang, the convertible was cosmetically completed. Five days later, photographer Jerry Heasley photographed the finished Pay It Forward Mustang for this article as it was being delivered to Ft. Worth for its debut at the Yellow Rose Classic Car Show. The car will be displayed at the SEMA Show in November to promote its sale at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 18-24. Proceeds will go to the East Texas Mustang Club's charity of choice, the East Texas Crisis Center.

"It was formed in 1979 by one of our members' wives, Dawn Franks," Chesley explains. "They offer shelter and counseling service for victims of family violence, something that's really needed."

Scott Drake had the vision and the Mustang Club of America supplied the regional groups, but it was the East Texas Mustang Club that took on the challenge of restoring a forlorn '66 Mustang convertible for charity. And they did it in just over 100 days.

"There's nothing like the heart of the volunteer," states Scott Drake. "I just provided the cars and the parts. What a great bunch of guys."

Editor's note: The East Texas Mustang Club has created a website devoted to the Pay It Forward project, with many photos to document the car's restoration. Check it out at

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East Texas Mustang Club Volunteers Danny Alexander Mitch Ardoin Lindsey Brantley Craig Chesley Ray Coleman Jerry Christopherson Jim Ellise Eddy Franks Bob Ground John Haigler Dan Hardiman David Hartsell Jimmy Hayes Jim Jacobs Les Jeffcoat Phil Lehart Larry Oliver Robert Owens Harry Ott John Pritchard Rod Reed Art Scott Eddie Siler Brian Van Arman Jim Voit Mark Whitt

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