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1967 Convertible, original owner

120mm

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Greetings from snowy Iowa!


(obviously not a recent photo)

I'm the original owner of a 1967 convertible. It's a 6 to 8 conversion with Unisteer manual rack, '94 5.0 roller which I built myself, 1970 8 inch rear with 3.0 to 1, CSRP disc brakes and original everything else, including top. I most recently installed a "man pedal" and replaced the C4 with a Toploader. Picked it up new, in 1976 from a Ford dealer. It'd been wrecked on a test drive, repaired, and languished at the dealership for 9 years, to be used for parades and as showroom floor eye candy. Because of that, it has 38XXX actual miles on it.



I've owned 6 mustangs, total, including a couple interesting ones; a '65 test rig that was never intended to be sold by the factory, and one of the earliest Hipo's manufactured, which went to a museum somewhere, despite being basically a VIN tag glued together with Bondo and rust by the time I got done with it.

I work overseas as an aviation maintenance contractor at the current time on a four month on/four month off basis, and I'm thinking I need a vintage race car, and am wondering if I should go '65-'66 Mustang Group 2 coupe resto-mod. I want something that will be fun to drive and just a little mad.

Thanks for letting me join and I look forward to learning a lot.
 

Horseplay

I Don't Care. Do you?
Oh, boy do I know someone you need to talk to. Our resident house-husband, Mark ({.}). He's sure to show up here soon. He's also in Iowa and has a 66 fastback he races...not well...but he tries.

Welcome to the Fix!
 

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I'm Abby. Abby... Normal, that is.

Some people say to think "outside the box." Crap, I don't even know what box they are talking about.
 

KBMWRS

What did the moron say today?
Donator
Soooo.......Abby Normal wants our help in spending his money on a race car. We can do that.

Welcome. My son is working on his A&P now...hopefully there's some work out there.
 

120mm

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Most of the time military aircraft mechs are burned out with working on airplanes. I believe it's because the hassle of being in the military and the scarcity of actual A&P type work. At my new job, I pull a part, and replace a part. That isn't really mechanic work, imo.

I hope your young men keep up on their continuing education once they leave the military.
 

Horseplay

I Don't Care. Do you?
Most of the guys that exit the Marines at least seem to migrate to positions at Lockheed and such. They have the most experience on the new jets and have good luck finding work. My kid has already got something lining up for himself now he tells me. Getting the license just helps to progress the career and broaden the opportunity field, I guess.
 

JP. Emerson

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Greetings from snowy Iowa!


(obviously not a recent photo)

I'm the original owner of a 1967 convertible. It's a 6 to 8 conversion with Unisteer manual rack, '94 5.0 roller which I built myself, 1970 8 inch rear with 3.0 to 1, CSRP disc brakes and original everything else, including top. I most recently installed a "man pedal" and replaced the C4 with a Toploader. Picked it up new, in 1976 from a Ford dealer. It'd been wrecked on a test drive, repaired, and languished at the dealership for 9 years, to be used for parades and as showroom floor eye candy. Because of that, it has 38XXX actual miles on it.



I've owned 6 mustangs, total, including a couple interesting ones; a '65 test rig that was never intended to be sold by the factory, and one of the earliest Hipo's manufactured, which went to a museum somewhere, despite being basically a VIN tag glued together with Bondo and rust by the time I got done with it.

I work overseas as an aviation maintenance contractor at the current time on a four month on/four month off basis, and I'm thinking I need a vintage race car, and am wondering if I should go '65-'66 Mustang Group 2 coupe resto-mod. I want something that will be fun to drive and just a little mad.

Thanks for letting me join and I look forward to learning a lot.
Interesting. Got any photos when new?

JP
Ford Muscle Magazine
jpemerson.com
 

120mm

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Interesting. Got any photos when new?

JP
Ford Muscle Magazine
jpemerson.com
My mom might. Physical photographs, which I'd need to scan in. I know I never took a picture of it.

Oddly enough, I took one picture of one of my cars (the Hipo) but last time I looked, I failed to find it.

I am really regretting that now. :(

Drew
 

Horseplay

I Don't Care. Do you?
Most of the guys that exit the Marines at least seem to migrate to positions at Lockheed and such. They have the most experience on the new jets and have good luck finding work. My kid has already got something lining up for himself now he tells me. Getting the license just helps to progress the career and broaden the opportunity field, I guess.
In typical Fix tradition a bit of a thread hijack. My boy is now a Lockheed Martin employee. He's still got a bit of time left in the Corp but close enough he was eligible for them to make him an offer which he accepted. Makes dear old dad happy and proud. So far the young man who told me he had a plan for himself keeps progressing to the next ladder rung. His mother must have done something right. :p
 

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In typical Fix tradition a bit of a thread hijack. My boy is now a Lockheed Martin employee. He's still got a bit of time left in the Corp but close enough he was eligible for them to make him an offer which he accepted. Makes dear old dad happy and proud. So far the young man who told me he had a plan for himself keeps progressing to the next ladder rung. His mother must have done something right. :p
Lockheed and Northrup Grumman are definitely top of the heap, employment wise. I've subbed for both, but never worked direct, though it'd be cool to.
 

KBMWRS

What did the moron say today?
Donator
Quick advice for working at LM....get into Savings Plan and 401k ASAP...and never touch it. Usual BS and politics in a big company but the range of work is amazing and at the end....like me...a nice pension and savings.
 

FordDude

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Seems that you and Dylan have taught me something. You can learn a good trade in the marines. But with any service you need to plan ahead and think about you are being trained for and the value on the outside world. Question is where is the LM that he will be working at?

fd
 

Horseplay

I Don't Care. Do you?
He'll be in Phoenix. After 6 years in Yuma he makes the big move east a couple hours drive! My mom (his grandma) lives about 15 minutes from where he will work and live. She is ecstatic as seeing he and the family will be so much easier now.

I have to tell you, my opinion on the potential a military enlistment can bring has grown. It's like you wrote though, Tim, it has to be really thought out in advance. You might remember when Dylan first decided to join he and I went 'round and 'round about it. I fortunately got him to at least listen a bit more which led to him choosing his MOS leading to this latest phase in his life. Not unlike the "real" world, making the right decisions on paths to take and skills to learn and experience matter. One big thing the military can provide is a broad network of friends and associates that a smart person can utilize to help with the next steps. Couldn't be prouder of the boy. He'll be able to provide for his family and live a nice life if he keep son doing as he does. All without spending $100k on some degree. Which by the way he will NOW be working on. Paid for in large part by Uncle Sam because, again, he planned ahead and took advantage of signing up for and investing in that available program when he enlisted.
 

KBMWRS

What did the moron say today?
Donator
At my time at LM I worked on programs dealing with Sat ground stations and the Sats themselves. Look up SBIRS in the old interwebs and see only a small part of the program.
 

Horseplay

I Don't Care. Do you?
That's cool stuff, Mike. Thanks for sending me down that wormhole. Lost some sleep time last night reading. Seems the Air force believes the bad guys have the ability to knock out the current units so a "next gen" is being funded. Which probably really means already set to go.
 
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