There is a very large class of people that own 65/66 Mustangs that, as far as I can tell, anyway, have been, for the most part, ignored entirely. They don't really want that 100 pt. show car that is so nice and was soooo expensive that they're afraid to drive it, they also don't want to make their car capable of achieving warp factor three. They just want this car that they dearly love to be able to cruise around smoothly and reliably, without having it dump them out on the side of the road or have it start making weird noises or belching out big clouds of funky-smelling smoke. And I think, truth be told, that this is by far the largest class of Mustang owners. They take their car to some technician when what they actually need is a mechanic, and this, frequently, does not work out very well at all for the owner. They don't want to re-engineer the entire car, they just want someone to fix what broke. These are the people that I am trying help out with this blog. Some problems require a little bit of back and forth, as in, "Try this." "I tried that and it didn't change anything."
" Oh. well, you probably need to try that." " I tried that and it helped, but it still isn't quite right." "Now you need to try this...." If you go to http://www.allfordmustangs.com/ and then go to the classics forums, you will be able to do that with a pretty hefty gathering of some very knowledgeable people that also happen to be very friendly. None of that ridiculous one-upmanship, no flaming or abuse, none of that stuff. Just good, solid advice from people that know what they are talking about.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Standard equipment on the 1965 Mustang

This subject seems to come up occasionally, so, here is a list of things that Ford felt were noteworthy as standard equipment on the 65 Mustang.
1)   120hp 6cyl engine
2)   3-speed manual transmission with floor mounted shifter
3)   Alternator
4)   Long life Sta-Ful battery
5)   Automatic choke
6)   Self-adjusting brakes
7)   6000 mile or 6 month oil filter
8)   36,000 mile or 2 year coolant/antifreeze
9)  Fully aluminized muffler
10) Galvanized main underbody members
11) Parallel action electric windshield wipers
12) Dual sun visors
13) Front arm rests (rear arm rests on convertibles)
14) Color keyed carpeting, front and rear
15) Color keyed steering wheel with sports horn bars
16) Cigarette lighter and front ash tray/rear ash trays on convertible only
17) Automatic courtesy lights and glove box light
18) Front bucket seats
19) Padded instrument panel
20) Full wheel covers
21) 5-ply convertible top, manually operated, vinyl coated in black white or tan.
22) Turn signals
23) Front seat belts
24) Fresh air heater/defroster

It is actually quite amazing just how far cars have come since then. Imagine a manufacturer today mentioning that their cars come with turn signals, a heater, front seat belts, and sun visors. None of that stuff was required in 1965. Parallel action electric windshield wipers? Awesome!! What will they think of next?

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