We're in this series, and I haven't shown a single Mustang. At this point, I must admit that I'm not a big fan of Mustangs, first-gen Camaros, or Mopar E-bodies- sure, I appreciate them, but they just leave me a little cold. For that reason, I tend to say "Oh, I'll get back to that car later" when I see a 60s Mustang on Alameda's streets, particularly a six-cylinder example. However, from now on I'm going to give the hot-selling Falcon sibling its due, starting with this mean-looking '68 I spotted on the island's East End.
I've shot a couple of pretty Mustangs by now, of course, but a beat-up survivor is always more interesting to me. Therefore, you have to see the ugly one before I show you any nice ones; 'tis the nature of Down On The Street.
Don't you hate it when you're spraying primer on a car and you realize you've forgotten to remove or mask off the emblems? Aaah, what the hell- just paint 'em! It's much the same as a cheap landlord who paints all the switches and outlets in an apartment.
Yeah, the front body could use some work. Actually, I think all it needs in that department is a chain to keep the hood from flying open, plus maybe a huge fiberglass hood scoop (to go over the tunnel-ram intake this car also needs).
Some folks will tell you that you need all your lugnuts... something having to do with safety, apparently. Those same folks will tell you that missing nuts on a cheap universal slotted wheel is sheer madness, especially when you have two adjacent ones missing. But hey, this car parks in front of the same church at which we saw the 1977 Camaro, so maybe it benefits from some divine protection. I'd like to think the minister owns both cars, choosing to drive the Mustang when he needs to street-race the Evil One on the Highway To Hell and the Camaro when he wants to show his flock how sporty, yet sensible, he is.
Argh! The only thing this car really lacks is a 4-speed. Let's hope it has at least 351 cubes under the hood.
Sagging springs? JC Whitney to the rescue! These shackles aren't quite as extreme as the ones we saw on the '63 Chevy II convertible a while back, but they definitely make the already-funky handling of the 60s Mustang even more hoonworthy.
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