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1977 Ford Mustang Cobra II & 1996 Ford Mustang Convertible - Pony Express
Farrah FollowerI just saw something on TV that prompted me to write to you guys. While watching the TV show, E! True Hollywood Story, I discovered the Farrah Fawcett story. About midway through, they featured a photograph of Farrah dressed in white shorts and a white cut-off shirt, sitting on the hood of her '77 Cobra II. Wow! To me, this photograph was even more striking than her famous '76 poster. This has to be one of the coolest Mustang II photos in existence! It would be cool if that photo could somehow be reproduced as a limited-edition poster. Anyone interested in Mustangs (II or not) would like this photograph. It's a classic!Jay RobertsLos Angeles
There's a II under her?
Wanna Feature?I've been a subscriber to Mustang Monthly for many years now and have enjoyed many of your articles, e.g., tech, editorial, and so on. I've participated in four Pony Trails, and I am a very active Mustanger from Utah. Yes, we have nice Mustangs out here too!
In April 1999 I drove with the Mustangs in Motion to the 35th Anniversary in Charlotte, North Carolina. During that trip, I was fortunate enough to meet Mustang Monthly's Senior Editor, Jim Smart, and had some great times with him. Last April, I trailered my newly restored '66 K convertible to the Mustangs Plus show in Stockton, California, where Jim did a photo shoot on my car. I met up with him in Bellevue, Washington, in July 2000, and he asserted that an article had already been written.
I've been waiting patiently, month after month, hoping to see my car in the magazine. I realize it takes time to get car shots in the magazine. I just received my Apr. '01 issue and was again disappointed. At this point, I'm wondering what the problem is. Did the photos not turn out? Is my car the wrong color? Did I put some fiberglass pieces on a K convertible that would prevent the car from being published? What are the criteria to have a car in your publication? I may be a little biased here, but I believe my car is every bit as nice as most cars I've seen in your pages throughout the past 20 years. A response would be greatly appreciated.Mike EppersonSalt Lake City, UT
Well, Mike, your convertible is still in our files, and we hope that getting your Bullitt in the magazine this month will soothe your angst. As far as criteria, it really boils down to such things as the number of cars like yours in our files, (currently, there are 12 '65-'66 convertibles waiting to be featured).
Cars that stand the best chance of getting in are the ones that are more rare on the show field. The '69-'73 Grands, plain-Janes, and oddballs always catch our eye. Also, it depends on what we're out of-right now, it's '67-'68s and '69-'70 non-Mach 1 anything. The '71-'73 ranks are also hard to fill. Though there are some nice cars out there, many fall short of what we look for in a feature. Look for an article in the coming months on how to build a car that's feature material.
Ok? OkI've been subscribing to Mustang Monthly for about three years now, and I enjoy the magazine very much.
I'm the original owner of a yellow '67 Mustang convertible with a black ragtop. It has a 200ci I-6, three-speed manual transmission, and about 315,000 miles on the odometer. I also own a dark green '96 Mustang convertible with a tan top. It has a 3.8L V-6 and an AOD. It has about 85,000 miles on the odometer.
I've made very few changes to either car because I enjoy them in their original state. It's been interesting to read about the various changes to the Mustang throughout the years; my son and I discuss these changes.
He has a '66 hardtop that runs a 200ci I-6 with an automatic transmission, as well as a '69 hardtop equipped with the 302 2V and an automatic. He also owns a '90 convertible with a 302 SEFI.
The thing that bugs me about Mustang Monthly is the failure to thoroughly explain what the items are when you use only initials to describe things. You've been working on the technical stuff for decades, but I have trouble following you since I'm not into technical things that much, and when you abbreviate something and use only initials, I don't know what you're talking about.
Please make sure that every article has a full description of each item. If you must abbreviate something or use only initials for an item, please create a legend. All of your readers aren't Ford master mechanics and engineers with 30-plus years experience on building/rebuilding Mustangs or whatever.Irving B. Stanton Jr.Bedford, VA
Well, Irving, we're going to do something PDQ about the problem of us using abbreviations such as N.O.S. and EFI. But even in your letter, you're using abbreviations, such as ci and 3.8L. GORK why we all do that but it must come from some military MUBAR (we don't use the less PC one) that we've seen in our storied past.
What you'll find is that we try to set up the pages with the phrase such as God Only Really Knows followed by the abbreviation (GORK). After the initial explanation, we then go on using the abbreviation. Hopefully, we're doing this more often than not. We can understand your plight, so we'll endeavor to be a little less free with the abbr. And a little more explanatory, OK?
Busted!I've been a subscriber to Mustang Monthly for about eight years and look forward to every issue. Fords have been a part of our family since 1958, and I presently own a '70 Boss 302 (picture enclosed). Since taking this picture, I've put a Shaker hood on it. The real reason I'm writing is because of your article, "I Hear You Knockin'" in the Dec. 2000 issue (page 44). On page 45 you mentioned that the pop-open gas cap was part of the GT group in 1967; it wasn't. It was part of the '67 Mustang Exterior Decor Group.
You also wrote an article on another '67 GT in the Oct. 2000 issue ("Well, See...," page 76), and on page 78 you showed a photo of the car's rear with the standard-type cap with the GT inscription. I didn't just rely on that though. In 1967 my mother owned a GT with the Exterior Decor Group and it was mentioned in the Group. At the time we were looking, I also saw GTs without the Group and they still had the standard cap.
Thanks for taking the time to read my letter. Your magazine is great, and I know you'll keep up the good work.Don VogtChicago
Busted! Sorry about the misinformation.
Mach It To MeI've subscribed to your great magazine for 14 years and have really enjoyed your coverage. The tech articles have helped me accomplish an underhood cleanup on a 62,000-mile original Calypso Coral '70 Boss 302, a total restoration of a Candyapple Red '69 390 GT, and a total restoration of a Raven Black R-code '69 Mach 1 which was completed in January 2000. Thanks to your technical staff and to Bob Perkins for his Resto Roundup information and some great new old stock Boss 302 parts.
At the present time, the Mach 1 is my favorite with its shark-like headlights. It is a fun, fast car to drive, and I love the looks it receives from admirers as I drive by. I like '69 Mach 1s so well that I've started a local '69 Mach 1 registry to get as many of them together as possible at car shows in our area. The Northern Utah Mustangers Association (NUMOA) sponsored a May Mustang Madness show on May 12, where we were able to get three Raven Black R-code Mach 1s together side by side. We received a lot of interesting comments such as, "Are you guys brothers?" "Do you know each other?" and "How come there are three of them?" The owners of the cars as shown in the front view: left, Neil Anderson of Nibley, Utah; middle, Gary Stewart of Kaysville, Utah; and right, Kevin Grimes of Layton, Utah.
If you live in the intermountain area (within 200 miles of Salt Lake City), have a '69 Mach 1, and would like to join the fun with other owners, e-mail me at email@example.com and I'll get you into our registry.Gary StewartSalt Lake City
Medicare PowerI e-mailed you in the past about doing some photography work for Mustang Monthly, but I'm actually e-mailing you for another reason this time. Were power windows available on the '65 Mustang? You're the only Mustang expert I know who can tell me. I want to know if it was an option in 1965 because President Bush mentioned in a speech that we need to update the Medicare policy (with the whole discount card for prescription drugs) to improve with the times and how a lot has changed since then. He used the Mustang as an example, saying, "The '65 Mustang didn't come with power windows," and our Medicare program that started up in 1965 should be advancing like the Mustang. I don't know if he was right, but I thought they were available that year. If he's wrong, well, that's one more thing they can make fun of him for!Jennifer Engdahlvia e-mail
Looks like George did his homework. The Mustang didn't get power windows until 1971.
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