Friday, August 12, 2011

More Photos from the Austin Round Up

No need to show the entire car
and give it all away -
Get up, get out and go to the
next car show that's in your area
and see cars like this for yourself! 
2011 Ford Mustang 5.0

Mustang Project

Hertz Mustang

Two Mustang II's
Looking forward to being at the next car show -
hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Austin Round Up 2011

Going to car shows is always fun and exciting,
especially when there are so many Ford Mustangs!
It's a chance to not only view classic cars, project cars and newer models,
but also to meet the people that restore and care for these cars.

So much effort goes into finding the vehicle itself, parts, tools
and then finding the time to put it all together.
There's almost always a back story to how the car or truck came to be...
whether it was passed down thru the generations or
bought from a friend of a friend who knew a guy.

It's great how some folks have restoration photos
going back to how they originally found their car, rusty, dented
and without an engine sometimes, all the way to showroom shine.
It shows the dedication and hard work involved in restoring a classic.

It was a bright, sunny and scorchin' hot day in Austin,
so a big "Thanks" goes out to all those who showed their cars,
and those who were there to appreciate them!

Here are just a few photos from today's
MOCA (Mustang Owners Club of Austin) car show in Austin, TX.
Click to find out more about MOCA

Fastback Ford Mustang
'67 Mustang Fastback

TX DPS Ford Mustang..driven all the way from Houston
TX DPS '89 Ford Mustang driven in from Houston

Terlingua Racing Team Ford Mustang
Terlingua Racing Team Ford Mustang

Custom Ford Thunderbird
Custom '58 Ford Thunderbird

More photos from the car show will be posted soon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Clean Chrome Rims

Chrome Mustang Rims

Now that the clutch & shifter are complete, it was time
to give some attention to the exterior...mainly the dirty rims.

Over the last few months these rims had
accumulated a layer or two of grime - yuck!

Even after a thorough washing & drying,
there was still a haziness on them.

Looking around, I found the polish
and a microfiber towel.
Applying some elbow-grease 
sure does help, too.  

Make sure to use a cleaner and/or polish that
is safe for your, read the label!

There was a major difference-
No haziness... just shine!
Oh, the reflection! it rain.
Just my luck.

Update: It misted a little bit in the morning!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mustang Clutch

I've had this Mustang for the last 8 years or so and
it had finally lost its "get-up and go", which meant
that the clutch began slipping, so it was high
time for a new clutch to be installed.

If you have a weekend with good weather,
and all the tools and parts needed and a friend or
two willing to help, then this project could probably
be completed within a day or two...

Here's a look at a few photos
from our weekend project-

1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 Clutch
1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 clutch
After the transmission was removed, 
this was the view from underneath the dirty beast.
The tranny had a coating of grime 
that warranted a trip of its own to the car wash. 

1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 Fox Body
1987 Ford Mustang 5.0
Don't let the beautiful weather fool you...
It was breezy, but HOT with 90ยบ+ temps.

Removing the clutch
Removing the old clutch
Since the old clutch was toast,
and toasted, it was slightly difficult to remove.
A little elbow grease was applied
and it gave way...

Old Pressure Plate
Worn Pressure Plate
These two photos show how bad this clutch was...
with the grooves being worn in
from the heat generated. 

Old clutch

If you're starting off on a project like this,
be sure to have the little things that
matter on hand, like....
- penetrating spray, like PB Blaster
- soap, like Fast Orange (for yourself)
- shop towels
- flashlight
- brake cleaner
- engine degreaser
Keep in mind that even though you bought
all the parts, you still may need to
rent some tools from an auto-parts store.

It's a good idea to call ahead to make sure
they have the tools you'll need and to place it on hold.
Once you return the rented tools,
they'll credit you back -
so keep your receipts!

Having these items on hand will save you
the trouble of going back and forth
to the store when you could be
moving on to the next step of your project.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Let The Light Shine

As a birthday gift, I received new,
OK my Mustang 5.0 received a new set of headlights!

I don't mind receiving car parts as gifts...
It's so much better than going to a spa
and/or getting a mani/pedi
wasting a day away.

At least it's something that will be
used and appreciated for much longer
than one day.
Below, you'll see the transformation
from old, faded, yellow headlights to
new, updated and bright one-piece headlights!

1987 Mustang 5.0 with 6 Piece Headlights
Original 6 Piece Headlights
1987 Mustang 5.0 with Signal Light Removed
Removing One Piece at a Time - Signal Light Gone
1987 Mustang 5.0 with Signal Light & Headlight Removed
No Headlamp

1987 Mustang 5.0 with All 3 Pieces Removed
No Side-Marker....

1987 Mustang 5.0 with New One-Piece Headlights
Completed - One-Piece Headlights

1987 Mustang 5.0 One-Piece Headlights at Night
Mean Lookin' Lights at Night
These have made quite the difference when driving at night!
The old headlights didn't allow the light to travel
very far since it was diffused by the fading, yellowing plastic.
Now, I can see much more, further ahead,
making night driving safer for me.
I must note that the gift was from my husband who
installed them pretty quickly - after cleaning up the wiring
(hey, it's an old car!)
And, he found them right here in Texas at

**This is my own opinion/experience and was not compensated for this post**

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Old Radiator

Corroded Radiator from 1987 Ford Mustang 5.0

I'm thinking this was the original radiator
from the 1987 Ford Mustang GT....
you know, the one that was replaced last November,
because it had begun to leak
at one of the seams, causing
the car to overheat.

What to do with an old radiator?

Take photos, ha-
The photo was taken in January,
but much of the corrosion had
already taken place while in the car.

Next up for replacement... the clutch!
The fun never stops, huh?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Wintery Weather

1987 Ford Mustang GT passenger mirror all iced up

On Feb 4, 2011 we had a snow day!
The first one in...well, too long, LOL

Covered in ice and snow, the
Ford Mustangs stayed put for the day.
No sense in putting them in danger
with all the other non-snow drivers out there.

Of course, once the sun hit the
snow and ice, it was all over.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cold Temps

Frosty Mustang 5.0

This photo was taken 2 days after Christmas.
It's a good reminder to check-out
a few things on your car when
there is a change of temperature.

Check the air pressure in the tires,
antifreeze (if you haven't done so already this winter),
windshield wipers and windshield wiper fluid.
Might as well check the brake fluid and the oil too,
while you're under the hood.