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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mustangs in Finland on April 12, 1964

I have been hearing about how the Mustang was shown in Finland before it was in the U.S. for quite a while, but never had any tangible evidence to support this until now. A very nice man named Janne Nieminen sent me the scanned copies of the appropriate pages of an article in Keskisuomalainen, which is a newspaper that is still active today, with the date of Sunday, April 12, 1964, and there it is, big as life, the Ford Mustang. The article was about a car show which had just happened there. A lot of people might not care too much about something like this, but, I've always been interested in the history of this car that the whole world loves, and have always been a stickler for getting the details right. It strikes me as significant that most people think that the Mustang was revealed at the 1964 World Fair in New York on April 17th, and that is simply not correct. Here is a Mustang on display in Finland on April 12th.

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