Jeff Ford
November 1, 2001

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The Concours/stock market has never been better in terms of stuff. There are more parts out there to make that '65-'93 Mustang a gleaming jewel in your Mustang crown than ever before. And more people are getting into the act of restoration-even on the late-model Fox chassis front. Though many, as of this writing, are complaining about the slowing economy, many resto shops are two and three years out on restorations. Plain and simple, sometimes a restored Mustang is a good investment.

They're coming. No, they're here. The Modified market is growing by leaps and bounds, whether you like it or not; heck, an entire cottage industry has sprung up around the modified late-model. In fact, unless you live in a rusted-out fastback in Abudabi, you'll have noticed the subtle shift toward this in the vintage market. This change has come about because the average person wants the Mustang he or she drives to be an extension of him or her. Therefore, some in the hobby are more interested in personalization than a correct nuts-and-bolts restoration. But the problem we see in the hobby is not so much the modification of cars, but the fact that many don't go far enough and some, well, some go too far.

The question is, where are you? Are you a resto person or a modified person? This article will help you figure that out.

Quiz
What kind of Mustanger are you? Are you the modifying kind? Or do you just stick to the way Ford did it? Take our quiz and find out. Answer as many as apply.

1.Lots of chrome
a. lets me know it's a stock, high-performance Ford V-8, and that's OK.
b. turns my crank.
c. does nothing for me.

2.Torq-Thrusts belong on
a.a '65 Shelby.
b. anything.
c. the new Bullitt car or maybe an '01 GT.

3.Mustang II front suspensions should be
a. on a Mustang II.
b. anything with a running horse.
d. what do I care, I own a late-model.

4.Fuel injection
a.is for those late-model guys.
b. is what all modified cars should aspire to.
c. is the only way. Carbawhat?

5.Bias-ply tires look good on
a.all vintage cars.
b. a trash heap.
c. Bias what? Gimme some sticky Yokees or BFG Z-rateds on some Cobra Rs, baby!

6.Flames are cool when applied to
a.burgers and dogs.
b. my car.
c. the exhaust of a twin-turbo 5.0

7.Stock suspension
a.was good enough back then and good enough now.
b. belongs on a trash heap.
c. makes me think of high-water pants aka geeky; drop that bad boy on some Eibach springs and we'll talk.

8.Driving my car
a.is not an option, too many new old stock parts could be damaged on the road.
b. is the best way; when and where.
c. Is it; trailers are for race cars.

A-type personality. If you answered only A to all of the questions, you're a Concours guy and can never be cured. Anything other than stock is a waste to you.

A/B-type personality. If you answered with a split between A answers and B answers, you're an A/B type. A/Bs are a happy lot that likes it all-almost. You can enjoy the entire show, but shy away from the "young guys and their 5.0s."

B-type personality. If you answered with almost all Bs, you're a B type. Bs aren't happy with what Ford did and typically can't see why anyone would suffer with the factory equipment. They can appreciate the stock stuff, but aren't interested in having one that way.

C-type personality. You look at life and figure old cars are for old farts, which makes us wonder why you read this mag in the first place, since it's mostly geared toward the vintage market. However, we would like to thank you for buying our magazine.

A/B/C-type personality. If you circled all of the answers, you're a Mustang enthusiast who is the happiest of all. You live and let live and like the whole shootin' match.