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Old 07-22-2013, 12:53 AM   #1
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Who or what got you into mustangs?

Who or what in your life Influenced your choice of owning a mustang? Ill start. My dad always had a picture of a 69 mach 1 428 cobra jet that he bought new in high school unfortunately I never got to ask him about it before he died. Later from his brother I found out he traded his 67 390 s code fastback for it! I guess I can say mustangs always been in the blood so what got you into mustangs?
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My dads factory 5 cobras when I was 7 I've been a ford person ever sense
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:21 AM   #3
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My dad worked on cars for 30 years. Annd hes always told me stories of his 67 coupe with a 289 that he blew up so he shoe horned a 351 cleveland in it. He traded that for a 68 fastback 2+2 390. Ive loved mustangs since i was a lil kid. I really liked the sn95 and the new edges and especially the 64-70s. I have always loved the low rumble. Even though i hated loud noises when i was a kid.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:06 AM   #5
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My very first car at age 16 was a green 67 coupe. 6 cyl 3 speed stick. It was literally the car driven by an old lady to church in excellent shape. This was 1976. The cost $250.

Then a 68 red coupe 6 cyl auto $350. Drove it everywhere for 2 years.

Then traded for a 70 fastback, red 302 V8 auto $900. Always wanted a Shelby GT-350 so I painted it white with blue stripes. Added side pipes, rear louvers, a 4 point roll bar, working hoodscoop. Sold it for $1700 and bought a 76 Saab. Made a tuner out of that before there were tuners back in 80. It had a very low front air dam, Kyb shocks, water/alcohol injection, Porsche wheels, and finally I added a Porsche styled whale tail spoiler.

Sold it for $3,000 and bought a brand new 82 HO Boss is Back 5.0. Black, T-Tops, TRX suspension, Rear window louvers, 4 speed. I paid $11,2000 for it. Had to sell it less than a year later due to a divorce.

Bought a 78 Saab Turbo, professionally restored by a Saab hot rod mechanic. New bigger Turbo, Leather wheel, sunroof, deep airdam, Saab Aztec wheels, Non DOT approved high performance tires, Bilstiein shocks, water/alcohol injection. Very fast. I painted it Porsche India Red, basically arrest me red. Only cost me about $3500.

Got the urge for a muscle car so I bought a 1970 Mach-1 351-C 4V, Hurst 4 speed, working hood scoop. Originally dark green with flat black hood and stripes from the factory I painted it Shelby White with blue stripes. I got at best 12 mpg with it. It had a Holley 780 double pump carb. I paid $1500 or $1700 for it. Restored but painted the different color. Kept it 2 years. When my baby was born I sold it in 1987 for $2800. I still miss it very much. Needed a baby safe car, so we leased a new Saab model 900 3 door. Big mistake, first selling the Mach-1 and second, NEVER lease a car. I basically ended up paying for it 2x. Paid lease payments of like $229 for 5 years. Then went way over the allotted mileage. Had to pay a $6600 buyout.

Fast forward 25 years and several cars, Saab, Escort, Ranger, Volvo. I really got the bug for a fun car. My baby just got married and I just turned 50. I wanted to buy a 82 RX7. Was only $2400 then reduced for quick sale to $1200. My wife was convinced I'd be killed in it. She said find something more modern with airbags. So a scan of Craigslist found my current baby a 96 SVT Cobra. Black with all of the goodies. The owner really pampered it. Always kept in a heated garage, always maintained with Meguiar's products, never in rain, only 37K miles. Also he always used Royal Purple products. He was trying to sell it during the heat of the recession. Went from $12,500 to $11,500 to we bought if for $10,500.

My car loves have always been Mustangs and Saabs. My unfulfilled dream is a classic Shelby GT-350, I'd settle for a 65-66 Mustang Fastback with a Hi-Po 289 and 4 speed and a Porsche 911. I figure if I live long enough I'll be able to afford a modern Shelby.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:37 PM   #6
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Two of my Aunts had a Stang and so did my Uncle.
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Found a fast car for a good deal so i researched them and fell in love with them :p
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Eleanor and the s197 model design ...
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:59 PM   #10
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Well my dad died when i was 4 and my mom had a guy she dated in high school thats was a mechanic and basically was like my 2nd father, he had a 69 fastback GT for his first car and he was a ford man and still to this day influences me on decisions on cars and life, he put the ford mustang blood in me and damn proud of it
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:40 PM   #11
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I just picked the Mustang out of the 3 pony cars.. just like I picked Charmander out of the 3 starter pokemon in Pokemon Blue on my Gameboy 15 years ago
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I just picked the Mustang out of the 3 pony cars.. just like I picked Charmander out of the 3 starter pokemon in Pokemon Blue on my Gameboy 15 years ago
That's great hahahaha

I'm a ford guy. My first car was a 1995 f-150, clean with work done. I bought a Ford Focus ST earlier this year, and ever since I can remember I've always wanted a Mustang. It's really the only car that has been getting better every year.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:25 PM   #13
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My dad would only help me buy a mustang as my first car so mustang it was, 88 gt full bolt ons RIP
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:05 AM   #14
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My aunt did.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:15 AM   #15
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The first car I ever drove on a public road was a '69 Boss 302 that my youth pastor owned. I was 13 and finally talked him into letting me drive it. He agreed under the condition that I wouldn't mash the loud pedal. Subsequently, the first car I ever lost control of was that same Boss 302.

We went over some railroad tracks and I was going slow (5-10 Mph). As soon as we were over them, I mashed the gas, hit gravel and before I knew it the car had swapped ends. We ended up about a foot away from a ditch with the front of the car less than a hand width away from a utility pole.

From that point on, I knew rear wheel drive with a limited slip and an american V8 were the greatest things ever.
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I didn't think a 2010 Viper was $ 40,000.00 more car than a 2011 Shelby.
& I was on my 3rd Ranger, all of which gave me good service......bought the Shelby.
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What other car can give you muscle, design, quality, confidence, and a great price compared to others?
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My old supervisor drives a '04 termi and I know I drive his old gt
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After dumping a lot of money and time on my last BMW I lost to a pretty much stock 5.0 2011 and a week after I was behind the wheel of McQueen
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:32 PM   #20
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nothing specifically that I can remember, dad was always a ford guy so I guess I just followed in his footsteps. I wasn't even infatuated with mustangs until shortly after I got mine . . . was all downhill from there (or uphill) whichever you consider it
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I was 19, looking to buy my first car. Ended up with a 2000 3.8L mustang. Silver. Rusty. And crusty. I loved that car more than i love my current GT. something about a new edge that just gets me. I'm so in love with the body style it's ridiculous. I just don't have the same infatuation with the newer styles. Probably because i can't afford em just yet. But man, since i got my GT. My whole family reps mustang gear. My dads actually looking at an 02 GT with a terminator swap in it as his Midlife crisis vehicle. He thinks my 02 fairly stock GT is fast... I think he's kill himself in one with a termi swap.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:49 PM   #22
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Saw this when I was 15 fell in love with the look of those year mustang finally saved enough bought an 05 GT
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Saw this when I was 15 fell in love with the look of those year mustang finally saved enough bought an 05 GT
that's great
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I was next in line to get one because of my family. My gpa, dad, 2 cousins, uncle, and 2 cousin in laws all have mustangs. Our family reunion is a mustang meet lol
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My uncle and his friends got me into these monsters at a younger age!!! His is the red one in the pic his friend has a 88 convertible Maclaren and his friends son has a 5.0 notch (his son use to be a ricer) lmao glad he snapped out of that

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Old 08-09-2013, 08:54 PM   #27
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First car I drove. Got started in mustangs at 16. Going to work with my father for the next 3 years in his 66 mustang conv 289 3speed auto. When the S197 came out in 05 just had to have one. Reminded me of my father 66.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:42 PM   #28
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10 years ago I wouldn't even consider a mustang. I must confess and tell you I'm a bit of a car snob. Here's a list of some of the cars I've owned.
2006 M5
2004 anniversary 911
2002 M3

I was a partner in a business for a long period of time and then the economy collapsed in 2008 so had to downsize. A friend of mine convinced me to try the 2010 gt. I wanted to save money so i reluctantly took it for a test drive and purchased it the same day. I've always been a huge car guy and heard good things about the newer mustangs. I traded it in 14 months ago for a loaded 2013 gt and been hooked ever since. Long story short if Ford can turn someone like me into a Mustang fan than they must be doing something right.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:06 PM   #29
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All the males on both sides of my family were mechanics and I have been into cars my whole life. I have always had a love affair with the Mustang and its allure.

I have never been in the market for one due to long travel distances for many of my previous jobs, so the V8 wouldn't work for economic reasons and a V6 just wouldn't do.

In 2012 I fell into some money, and get this, after years of talking about Mustangs, my wife suggested that I get one while I have the chance to. All I had to due was to be able to cram two small kids in the backseat. Done and done.

Now I am the proud owner of a 2008 Silver Metallic Mustang GT, complete with a 5 speed (must have). The upgrade/modification process has been slow, but I have been replacing Stock parts as they go with better equipment, such as Bilstein rear shocks, J&M lower control arms, etc. CAI and tuner and Flowmaster Outlaws are next inline to grace the Stang.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:17 AM   #30
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I wanted to go fast :p

Looked online and saw that ford was releasing its boss 302
The mustang boss is what really made me love mustangs!!
And from there it's gone downhill :p
More of a fanatic now XD
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A commercial when they released the 05 I knew I had to have one, I wanted a GT, but I had to have an s197 vert so I settled on a V6.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:38 AM   #32
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My mom did - she came home one day with a brand new black 1982 Mustang GT when I was 13. Funny that my dad was really into cars when I was little (he had a number of bad *** cars and bikes and ever a rail dragster at one point but by the time I was old enough to know much about cars he was driving things like a Crown Vic (and drove like a little old man) and my mom was into the performance aspect and taught me how to really drive.
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Many factors:

- Grew up with old '60s and early 70s Fords and GM. If you are as old as I am, after 1972, Japan started kicking our a$$es in the car market. It went down hilll from there. I know because I was a mechanic back in that period.
- My cousins all had built Mustangs, My uncle had a custom order 429 Torino GT.
- Ford didn't take any bailout money.
- The American auto industry woke up. I looked at a mustang after reading Consumer Reports and came to the conclusion that its as good or better than the ricers I've driven over the years. I still look under the hood and say, yea, this is tight like a Japanese car. I cringed buying ricers, most of them are ugly and mediocre.
- Coyote engine. Fantastic piece of technology.
- I'm a software engineer. When I found out its programmable (tunable), and I can add bolt-ons, no brainier.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:54 PM   #34
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Grew up in the 60's and '70's and the great muscle cars were all around. Was looking for a fun car to replace the motorcycle this year so I did the research on what was available. After checking the American and foreign offerings I picked the Mustang:

Still love the old '60's designs and the 2013 Mustang hit a sweet spot to me
Reasonable price
Burns regular gas ( fun s/b affordable too if possible)
Big enough to carry stuff needed for a road trip (1 to 3 week) The roadsters I looked at were very tempting but a tad small on this issue
Performance specs are quite good for a v6
Parts readily available and less pricy.
Tons of mods available when the budget permits
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