Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
March 28, 2014

Short Times

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Letting Go

Wow. I just read your Test of Time column and it really struck a chord with me. I'm currently trying to decide if I should sell one of my three Mustangs—or heck, even all three of my cars—and maybe get a new pony with the dough. I had been eagerly awaiting the new 2015 before deciding; now that I have seen it, I think my mind is somewhat made up. I can't bear the thought of owning a Mustang that has a rear quarter-window that looks like an Aston Martin or my buddy's Hyundai Genesis. So, the '15 is out of the question.

Then I thought about how I felt when the SN-95 came out and I did a double-take—remembering that it was pretty shocking to me too but I later found love for it. My dad's '95 S351 clone reminds me of that on a daily basis. But I just don't like that quarter-window on a Mustang, to the point that it practically sent me into a rage! So, for now it is off the table and a '14 is looking better all the time. Right? Heck yeah!

I've been wild for the new 5.0 for a while now, but then I walk out my door and gaze upon our current collection, the record stops. One is my first Mustang I bought just before my daughter was born 10 years ago. It's an '84 GT convertible with a 5.0 and stick, which I have spent the years restoring and modifying. It's Mineral Gray with a black top and black interior, and just looks sweet on Bullitt wheels and a Stormin' Norman hood—not to mention the sound it makes. You've gotta love a nice cam and GT-40 heads! It's simple, carbureted, and fun to drive.

Then there's the wife's '93 Calypso Green convertible. It's also a 5.0 with a stick, but it's mostly stock and in crazy nice shape with a set of Bullitts also. She loves her car by the way, as she is also a Fox nut at heart.

Last but not least is our Charcoal Gray '04 GT that I dropped an '01 Cobra motor into several months ago. It rolls on 17-inch FR500s in black with polished lips and 10.5-inch Nitto drags in the back. It's also nice and well-maintained, so naturally, it's a favorite of both of ours and gets the name "our" car. Sure, we could sell it and keep our Foxes, but with it goes my only mod motor on the lot, and boy do I love the way that Four-Valve screams! Not to mention what a turbo or terminator swap could do for it. Or should I put the Cobra motor in my Fox?See, there's my problem. I have an incurable Mustang affliction ...

The previous statement is the whole reason for even considering letting go of any of these cars. I just have too many to keep up! Since my dad's SN is included in my stable of Pony's to maintain and modify, I have found myself a bit consumed with four cars. There is always one, or sometimes two, down due to either mechanical repairs or modifications or both. So here I am, surrounded by the entire generation of cars that I grew up dreaming about. I am now 34 years old and can't help but be attached to these cars.

The '86 5.0 my sister bought new was the landmark for me, so the first Mustang I fell in love with was a four-eye. Since then I have followed along with excitement of what our Pony cars have been through over the years, but still fondly remember the days of the Fox era. Something about those cars just screams fun to me. They are just nice enough to be a daily driver but raw enough to be a blast to drive around town.

So what is a Mustang guy to do when having so many cars is not practical on the pocket book? Would I have more time around the house if I just had one new Mustang to modify and play with or would just simply selling one of these be sufficient to lessen the load? To top it off, I have a feeling my wife and I would be arguing more on whose turn it was to drive it that day if we only had one new pony. Maybe I should stick with what I have, get a shot for my Mustang modifying addiction, and call it done!

Oh, and regarding the cars we love. It's all about what you grew up with! My friends who are about 10 years younger than me are all about the New Edge-and-up cars and think Fox and SN-95 cars looks cheesy. Then you have my daughter's generation that thinks the Fox cars are awesome because they are old! At least her friends do anyway. I'm not sure if that will be the norm in years to come, but I am enjoying the attention from the younger crowd around here. It's possible the Fox may always stick out even to later generations to come. Who knows? It's all just horseplay for now! Oh, and about that shot ...

Thanks for the good reads every month!

Steven Bateman
St. Amant, LA

Wow, Steven, I thought I had it bad. You obviously need some counseling. Seriously, I do think it is possible to have too many cars. Of course, that really depends on your bank account and available free time. However, I know how distracting it is to juggle several cars at once. Inevitably something has to give, whether it's one of the cars or your household responsibilities. At least it sounds like your wife is supportive of your Mustang habit. Anyway, if you are asking for advice, I suggest paring your fleet down to one Fox and getting a newer Coyote 'Stang. Two cars are manageable, and you can enjoy the raw Fox and refined Coyote depending on your mood. Good luck with your decision, and thanks for reading.