January 7, 2014

Bucket List Check Mark

Due to budget cuts, the Air Force Thunderbirds weren't allowed to perform the flyover for the Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs last spring. So when several World War II war bird owners volunteered to put on a show, I got busy trying to schedule a time to have some photos taken. On Memorial Day, my brother Jim Lindley, buddy Stew Harding, and I piled into my 1966 G.T. 350 clone and drove to the WWII Aircraft Museum. They said we would have to return after 5 pm when the museum closed. When we returned, the planes were out practicing, so when they returned it was like having our own fly-over with a P40 Warhawk, two P51 Mustangs escorting a B25 Mitchell, a Corsair, and a Wildcat. After they landed, they let me pull my Mustang in for pictures. This is something I have been trying to do for at least 15 years! One more check on the bucket list.

Jay Lindley
Falcon, CO

Longest Fastback Owner

I bought my 1965 fastback brand-new in February 1965 and took possession in March. I was wondering if anyone has continuously owned a fastback longer than me. I would like to claim the record, if possible. Is there going to be any special recognition for anyone owning a car for 50 years? My Mustang is in better than new condition and I drive it in parades.

Marv Jensen
Via the Internet

Congratulations for hanging on to your Mustang for so many years. Since the fastback was introduced in September 1964, there's a chance that someone has owned one for a longer period of time. In fact, at the Mustang 45th Anniversary Celebration in 2009, we met an original owner of a 1965 fastback but don't recall when he purchased the car. Kathy Miller is compiling a list of 1965-1973 original owners for a display at one of the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration events. Contact her at 64originalowner@gmail.com.

Tranny Vents

There's always something worthwhile in Mustang Monthly! For me, it was Jim Smart's "How to Understand and Identify Automatic Transmissions" in the May issue. Like most, I don't know how my automatic transmission works but I've spent a fortune fixing it! Last season while drag racing, my gearbox was spitting transmission fluid from the dipstick tube and now I know why – there's no breather on the main case or the tailshaft case! After reading Jim's article, I started looking for a mushroom vent but couldn't find one in either location. It turns out that when my transmission was rebuilt, someone swapped the main case for a newer model and mated it to a tail case without a breather. It's not a problem until you go fast and then ATF sprays out of the dipstick tube and onto the headers, which makes lots of smoke! The tailshaft housing is being swapped for a vented version and my gearbox should be good to go.

John Edwards
Via the Internet

Original Plaque?

I received a stainless steel plaque with my 1965 Mustang. It has a raised running horse glued to it along with the original owner's name and "Original Edition Ford Mustang" engraved into it. Was this a Ford item that came with the car when new? The car was originally purchased from Warren Anderson Ford in Southern California. My parents bought the Mustang from the original owner just a few months after he purchased it, so I know the plaque is circa 1965, just not sure who made it.

Mark Andrews
Riverside, CA

We've heard about these plaques but aren't sure if they were from Ford or supplied by Ford dealers. Does anyone have an answer for Mark? Drop us an email at mustangmonthly@sorc.com.

Jacked Up about Jacks

I just finished reading Marcus Anghel's article about Mustang jacks. It was absolutely superior – professionally researched, illustrated, and written. It is just the kind of stuff I like to read. Now I know even more about Mustangs!

Dick Steinkopf
Wilmington, NC

Love Those Survivors

I am the owner of a 1972 Mach 1 and always enjoy the features about "big" Mustangs (1971-1973). I was very excited to read Jerry Heasley's "Amazing Rare Finds" article in the June issue! Imagine finding an all-original, low mileage survivor! A car like this serves as a document of how they really were off the assembly line. Novices and restorers alike would no doubt find a treasure trove of things that were actually done slightly different than the restored examples often used for reference.

Keith Schurter
Eureka, IL MM

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