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Old 09-16-2014, 06:48 PM   #1
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Talking New to both FORD and MUSTANG

Where I'm from, 2 kinds of people drove mustangs... ******bags and their fathers. There came a time when I required a vehicle and the local area yielded no better result than a 2001 Mustang GT, auto, 101k miles, tastefully lowered and Flowmaster thunder cat-back.

I purchased the car. Was told the owner was a hot rod builder, and the car looked clean. For a 14yr old vehicle, it was clean.

Soon after close of sale, things became apparent: seller was a hot rod builder, but that didn't mean he maintained his wife's car with same level of care. Car stuttered hard in low end of 4th. Queried previous owner and was told 'it's been doing it for a while, but it doesn't throw a code, just shift using O/D.'

I started searching the problem and read about plugs and coils. That the coils could go bad without throwing a code and might as well do plugs.

Removed old coils, looked like A$$! The springs were falling off the top w/no motivation. Then pulled out the plugs. Holy STUFF. They hadn't been replaced in 4 years, come to find out, and 2 were pretty effing rusted. None contained anti-seize, which I thought was standard operating procedure?!? Diligently cleaned the top of the engine, caked with grime and debris.

After the car started running right, I started to feel this strange sensation when I talked about her to my friends. Started to refer to it as 'her'. I started to take pride in figuring out and fixing my car. I have put about $700 into the car, post-sale, and the only upgrade is that I reused a MOMO shifter I had to rig into place w/OD relocator. I literally dremel'd the circumference of the shift lever to fit.

So now that I have fixed the girl, added new door hinges, fuel filter, idle air control valve, shifter, radio, coils, plugs, new inner door inserts and a few wax jobs... I think I'm becoming a Mustang fan. I feel the shift in opinion, as the local guys have started to wave these days... It's sort of a big deal! The increase in blood flow when the sun hits her just right, doesn't hurt either!

I'm enjoying my GT, and it look forward to meeting others of the same mind.
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Welcome. I knew and cared about absolutely nothing related to cars until I got my first Mustang. Now my Mustang is my main hobby and all my friends and family know it. To top it off, I'm studying for engineering currently in college.

Its great to be a part of this.
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Same here, ever since i had my mustang, I was thinking on learning more about engineering and leaving computers behind.
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My original choice of study was software engineering. Mechanical and software have very similar prerequisites and I haven't finished them yet, so technically I could go either way, just haven't made a solid decision yet.
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Welcome. I knew and cared about absolutely nothing related to cars until I got my first Mustang. Now my Mustang is my main hobby and all my friends and family know it.
I was in the same boat. Drove a 2001 Camry as my first car for the first 6 years. Decided it was finally time to upgrade and test drove a 2014 v6. Bought it, and now fascinate myself with learning about cars and modding.

I used to think it was a waste, now I see that it is tons of fun. Some of my friends hate the fact that I bought a '******y' Mustang. When I upgraded the stock exhaust to the borla s-type they couldn't understand why I'd try to become an even bigger '******y' Mustang owner. If only they could understand the fun and joy lol.

Welcome to the Mustang world! Post up some pics of your newly acquired sweetheart.
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Thanks for the replies! I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't care about cars before. I knew how to do things, but never looked forward to swapping parts

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Welcome!

Sounds like you rescued that GT from a previous abusive owner lol.

Its amazing how much your car will teach you if you're willing to learn.
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...Some of my friends hate the fact that I bought a '******y' Mustang. When I upgraded the stock exhaust to the borla s-type they couldn't understand why I'd try to become an even bigger '******y' Mustang owner. If only they could understand the fun and joy lol.....
Sounds like you need new friends...
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I'm enjoying my GT, and it look forward to meeting others of the same mind.
I've owned some sort of Mustang since 1970. Welcome to the family.
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I've owned some sort of Mustang since 1970. Welcome to the family.

I feel bad for ever wishing something like this, but there's been numerous times over the years where I've wished that I was 22 years old back around 1968 lol. I love the cars from the mid 60's to maybe 74.


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Thank you all for the welcome! So far the car has vastly improved, due to Mx upgrades.
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I feel bad for ever wishing something like this, but there's been numerous times over the years where I've wished that I was 22 years old back around 1968 lol. I love the cars from the mid 60's to maybe '74.
Don't feel bad, I do that all the time. 1969 was my senior year. LOL!
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