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 66 Mustang

Here is a list of the noteworthy standard equipment that came on the 66 Mustang.

1)  120hp 6 cylinder engine
2)  3 speed manual transmission with floor mounted shifter
3)  Super diamond luster enamel
4)  Alternator
5)  Long life Sta-Ful battery
6)  Automatic choke
7)  Self-adjusting brakes
8)  6000 mile or 6 month oil filter
9)  36,000 mile or 2 year coolant/antifreeze
10) Fully aluminized muffler
11) Galvanized main underbody members
12) Parallel action electric windshield wipers and washers
13) Dual padded sun visors and arm rests
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) Rocker panel moldings
21) Full wheel covers
22) 5-ply convertible top, manually operated, vinyl coated in black, white, or tan
23) Turn signals
24) Outside rearview mirror
25) Back-up lights
26) Emergency flashers
27) Front and rear seat belts
28) Fresh air heater/defroster

Wow. An even more impressive array of standard equipment than that of the 65 Mustang. In 66 the back-up lights, outside rearview mirror, and emergency flashers were standard equipment, along with front AND rear seat belts.

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