Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Today the trucking company showed up with my oh-so-cliché-midlife-crisis mobile, a 1969 Mustang convertible that I recently purchased from a good guy in Pennsylvania. I made a trip back east a couple weeks ago to hand over the check, transfer the title and drive the car a bit, and then painfully left it there to wait for a vehicle transport company to pick it up and deliver to Oregon.

The car made a long and round-about trip all over the country, and it got pretty grungy while in New Mexico thanks to a dirt road construction zone detour in the desert. I used to live there, so I understand. The soil in the desert, if you can call it that, is very fine and it gets into the air and can find its way on and into everything. When the car came off the truck today, it looked so dull and gross I almost couldn't stand it. But, after two complete washes it looks quite a bit better. It will need another good hand wash and them some detailing and a good wax, but it looks pretty nice already. These pictures were taken after the second wash and a hand-drying.

69 Mustang convertible top up left 69 Mustang convertible top up right 69 Mustang convertible top down

Most of my day was spent on the car: Receiving it from the back of the truck, washing it the first time, getting title and registration taken care of at the DMV, fueling up and washing it again, driving to town and giving some friends rides, stopping by the 60's-style corner soft ice cream and burger place with outdoor tables in the town I live near, and driving home on twisty-turny roads through the woods. It's a powerful, cool sounding and fun-to-drive machine, without a doubt. It's several years since I owned a convertible and I forgot how much fun and how relaxing it is on a nice day to just put the top down and drive. Add the raw power of this car's engine, and wow... A pretty darned good day, if I do say so myself.

And a bonus, which I only discovered when I got it home tonight: It fits in the garage with just about 12 inches of room to spare, nose to tail. Phew! Looks like I need to relocate some shelves.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2008 20:51:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg, awesome looking car! Hope you enjoy it.
John Walker
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 21:19:18 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Congrats Greg! Looks really good!
Thursday, 19 June 2008 07:03:54 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Haha you Did buy it! I was wondering =)
Dave M
Thursday, 19 June 2008 13:11:56 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
WOW! What a NICE machine! That is really a great looking car! CONGRATS!
Friday, 20 June 2008 05:00:42 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
GH: Looks like I need to relocate some shelves

Got to thinking lastnight, if you don't want to relocate shelves, I have an extra space in MY garage!
Tuesday, 24 June 2008 06:08:58 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Nice.... :-)
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