Courtney Barber
September 25, 2017
Photos By: Rob Kinnan

It’s no secret that the automotive industry needs the younger generations to be interested in cars, hot rods, and technology in general in order for our industry to continue to survive. So it’s refreshing to find younger people that love Mustangs or any kind of car. We found that in Frankie Waters.

Frankie was the first winner of our Tony D. Branda Generation M contest a year and a half ago and when we got to know her and her parents, we discovered that she’s the real deal. At the time of the Branda contest she was 12 years old and had a 1967 Mustang fastback that she was building with her father Travis, and getting really involved in and dirty with. It was only a matter of time until Frankie and Courtney Barber of Team Mustang Girls found each other, and that leads to this week’s Mustang Girl Monday.

You’re about to see a bunch more on Frankie and her Mustang, as we are putting together an amazing video (and story for the January 2018 issue of Mustang Monthly) of the surprise we popped on her, and the following parts installation. But you’re going to have to wait for that. This week’s Mustang Girl Monday is about Frankie and her Mustang.

Here’s Frankie’s words, after having just installed a Mustangs To Fear interior in her fastback. “Right after I finished installing the quarter panels, trap door, headliner, trunk kit, and wired in the speakers, I found out that Courtney was going to do an interview with me! I thought that would be the perfect time to show off my interior because all of it fit so well and looked amazing. Little did I know, it was going to be a LOT more than just an interview!

“On Wednesday, Courtney came all the way to my house in California with the Editor of Mustang Monthly, Rob Kinnan, along with a film crew for the interview. I was so excited! But at the end of the interview, she revealed that she also came for another reason—to surprise me with a suspension and a rack and pinion presented by Kellie Colf of Speed Direct, as well as a steering column and a steering wheel from National Parts Depot! It was a dream come true!

“After the interview we loaded my car on a trailer and we headed to the TEN Tech Center. Once there, we unloaded it into their garage. This facility was way cooler and bigger than anything I could’ve imagined! When we put my car on the lift I was eager to get working…so we got started immediately! Everything was bolt on, which made things very easy, and there was nothing that I wasn't able to do.

“So first we installed the rack and pinion. We installed most of it on the first day. There was a hole in the frame that needed to be welded closed. When they asked me if I wanted to weld it, I happily said yes (I think it surprised them)! So I went ahead and welded it shut so we could attach a bracket. After I bolted both brackets to the frame, I could then attach the rack and pinion by bolting both sides of it to the brackets. Then we loosely bolted the metal plate to the rack and pinion. Throughout the day, Courtney helped me understand the parts and how to install them, and we had lots of fun along the way. On the second day we got everything done. All we had to do was connect the heim joints to the spindles (Courtney and Kellie taught me what heim joints are!). Next, we installed the Vector Series suspension. The last thing we did was put the steering column and steering wheel on. This was awesome because it was the last few steps. After that I put the steering wheel on I thought, "All this is going to look amazing!!" So the last steps were to screw in the levers for the blinkers, adjust the steering wheel, and then make the steering wheel straight with the tires.

“This whole experience was a dream come true. Not only did I have an interview with Courtney, but I got the chance to meet Rob and Kellie, along with some great people from the TEN tech center and work alongside all of them on my car. I learned so much more about my car thanks to all of them, and had an absolute blast throughout the entire process.”

Again, you’ll see more of Frankie and her Mustang shortly right here, on Mustang-360.com, and make sure to check out the January 2018 issue of Mustang Monthly for the full story.

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