In this Fan Car Friday post we will be taking a look at a fun 1968 Mustang. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners.
Ty purchased this mustang in 2009, at the ripe old age of 14. He was originally going to purchase a F-250. At that age many of us would want a fun truck that would be able to keep pace with us. Especially because during highschool most of our friends would be stuck driving around their Aunt’s old minivan. Luckily for Ty, the seller went back on his word and sold it to someone who showed up before Ty could deliver the cash. So, like many of us, after having our hearts broken by something (Or someone) he went out that day and got the coolest and sexiest thing he could. A classic Mustang.
The 1968 Mustang is a no-brainer for many of us. Its the classic all American muscle car. Instantly recognizable, loved by many and it turns heads wherever it goes. After a bit of searching Ty found his Mustang and a guy who was able to pull it from a field that was slowly swallowing it. Having an all original, numbers matching car with the original paint is great. But, having the privilege of bringing a classic back to life is pretty great too.
Almost since their inception people have been taking the 6 cylinder motors out of their Mustangs and replacing them for more power. The fact that Ty has the original straight 6 is something that is a little special in its own right. What wasn’t special is all the major rust issues that existed throughout the car.
But with a little, well actually, a great deal of hardwork, Ty has been fixing that issue for the last 8 years. The front valence, battery tray, inner aprons, entire floor panels, you name it. Everything has been replaced so that there’s not even rust within 10 feet of this car.
After replacing all of the rusted out metal, what comes next? Ty went on to rebuild the engine, convert it to a 5 lug and completely rewired the entire car. And the paint, he did that himself too. Given his resources, the execution is incredible. It all works.
You may not be able to see your reflection in the paint. You may not be able to see perfect body lines or gaps. But once you start looking at the car you see this Mustang for what it really is, a car. Not a trailer queen, not something that is only kept in a garage and sees the light of day when it isn’t raining and it’s going to a show. You instead see something that you wouldn’t ever be worried about driving in any form of weather, something you wouldn’t be worried about leaving outside overnight, something you wouldn’t be worried about letting your friends borrow. Something that would make David Ash (The man who helped to make the mustang a reality) smile.
If you know your Mustang then you’ll notice the little details Ty put into the car to make it his own. He relocated the gas cap to the trunk, shaved off the emblems, shaved off a bit of the trim and added a few other touches you can find by taking a long look at the car.
Everything you see about this car was something Ty did himself. He didn’t just pay some shop to do everything for him. He was 14, he was still young and had the time to do everything himself. He had a little bit of help from his grandfather with the engine, that’s something that adds to the good memories with the car though. No matter how you look at it, the car is done well. Its something Ty will always have fond memories with and something we hope he will always be proud of.
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