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My Mother's 1966 Ford Mustang

1966 Ford Mustang

The Mustang

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The Mustang is a 1966 Ford Mustang with a 200 I6 and a C4 automatic transmission, and it was both my Mother's first car and the car I learned to drive on.

Although I've had many, I've always referred to this one as "the Mustang," because that's what we called it when I was growing up — there was but one, and this is it.

You could say it's the spark that ignited all of my automotive interests — which also happens to make it ground zero for Classics and Performance.

That it's a precious project to me goes without saying — it's an important part of my heritage, after all.

The Mustang is Springtime Yellow with a black vinyl interior, but, unlike my Grandfather's El Camino, it won't be staying original.

There are several reasons for that, but the most significant is that the engine and brakes are so underwhelming they're dangerous. It accelerates so slowly it makes getting on the freeway a questionable affair and it brakes so poorly that it's just inadequate in anything but slow in-town driving where no one slams on their brakes.

Instead, I plan to make an homage to my first car, the Original 351.

To that end, I will be painting it either Vintage Burgundy or something very similar to the burgundy that was on the car when I bought it. It will get the suspension and brakes upgraded to standard '66 Mustang V8 fare, just like the Original 351. And, of course, it'll be stuffed with a standard V8 powertrain, replete with a Type II C4 automatic and a 2-barrel 351W, just like the original.

It will also get 14"x6" Cragar S/S wheels and 205 tires — just like the original. Well, almost. The original had American Racing knock-offs with 195s on the front and 205s on the back, but I prefer 205s all the way around.

Although I'm not keeping it original, this is still an homage to the woman that raised me — it's just safer and will play two rolls. Like my Grandfather's El Camino, I plan to keep it unchanged — a fond reminder of my misspent youth that I can revisit anytime I get the urge.


Original 351 Wheel Title Image


My Mom's '66 Mustang and I have a long history together and Project: Homecoming is all about resurrecting this car one more time.

Updated: 9/8/19


Long Road

The Call of the Open Road

Around this time of year, the yearning to hit the open road gets intense for me.

Posted: 2/23/20

Gulf Oil Gas Station Circa 1979

Total Freedom

I love old gas stations.

Posted: 2/16/20

High-Performance Differentials, Axles and Drivelines Front Cover

High-Performance Differentials, Axles and Drivelines

Rear ends and drivelines are often poorly understood by automotive enthusiasts and professionals alike and author Joseph Palazzolo understands that.

In his book High-Performance Differentials, Axles and Drivelines he packs 144 pages full of interesting and relevant information on the subject.

If you're looking to understand your rear end or rear ends in general, then take a look at my review of High-Performance Differentials, Axles and Drivelines to see if this is the book for you.

Posted: 2/20

Ford 8.8" Ring and Pinion Gear Set-Up

Car Butts

I like car butts and I cannot lie.

Posted: 2/9/20

Road in Fall

Driving Uphill

Boy, howdy was I sick this week.

Posted: 11/10/19

Bored Boxer

Unexciting News

RV covers aren't exciting.

Posted: 9/29/19

Rusty Truck in the Desert


Change is inevitable.

Posted: 9/22/19

Cobalt in West Glacier Title Image

On the Road Again

I grew up with the open road.

Posted: 8/11/19

Cobalt on a Hill Title Image

Looks Like We Made It

There's a first time for everything.

Posted: 5/5/19

Original 351 Interior Title Image

Car Time

This time of the year has long been special to me.

Posted: 2/17/19

Happy New Year 2018!

My Speed Demon, the Prequal

Back in February of 2006, I revealed the existence of My Speed Demon.

Posted: 1/21/18

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Title Image

Camaro, the Best Ever?

I'm not gonna lie, the Camaro has never really stood out much for me.

Posted: 1/15/17

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