50 Years Ago This Week

Fifty years ago this week, Ford Motor Company, including a guy in marketing by the name of Lee Iacocca, brought to market a car that sold reasonably well, and still does: The Mustang.

In those halcyon days of proper American companies, I was a Dodge truck guy and a Buick (I still love the 63-65 Rivieras) and Chevy car guy but, it was a pretty cute car. My buddies tended to refer to it as a “Muskrat” in derision as we really prefered things like Impala SS’s and such but it wasn’t a bad car, by any means.

1966_red_Ford_Mustang_convertible_front_side

1966

Although they expected it to sell about 125,000 units, Ford’s bean counting types weren’t very excited, they thought it would pull sales from their other lines, and probably it did. It pulled sales from nearly everywhere else as well, it sold 418,812 units in the first year, for a profit of over $1 billion dollars (yes, with a ‘B’).

The 1969 Mach 1 may have been the best of the early models it was sure a looker at any rate, and it moved along, if not quite Mach 1, still it was pretty quick.

 It would pass most things, other than a gas station of course.

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1969 Mach 1

And that brings up an interesting point, that ’69 above put more pollution into the air, sitting in the driveway turned off, than this one does at 60 miles per hour.

2015 Mustang

2015 Mustang

One of the neat things is that for 50 years, the Mustang has stayed pretty much true to its original vision, and not turned into something else. And you know, the last 6 years or so has turned me into a Ford guy, simply because they’re still an American company, not owned by the government or the Italians or something.

Happy Birthday Mustang!

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32 Responses to 50 Years Ago This Week

  1. Indeed the new Mustang is sweet, at least the GT! Back in the day, I had a Austin Healey 3000, when I got to England. And now in America, I bought a new Chev Impala SS, a few years back. My wife has a Mini-Cooper, too small these days for me. Though my wife does not drive her car as much as she would like. Yes, we Brits from our generation liked cars too! How bout an old 60’s Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, and an old 30’s Brough Superior 100? (T.E. Lawrence style) Ough, big bucks today!

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    • NEO says:

      Hah! I loved Triumph motorcycles, although you’ve got me on the Brough. I was (and am for that matter) pretty fond of Aston Martins though.

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      • I know a Brit in Newport Beach who has a V-12 Advantage? Btw, my bother and I have a 2005 Vette in his garage. He is 51, but I pay the insurance, due to my age. He wants to road race it! I said after ya buy my half! 😉 I am still wanting that old military Stinson or Cessna! But our dreams die hard don’t they, especially as we age!

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  2. the unit says:

    Triumph TR-6 for me in….well about ’73. Boy did it have acceleration problems though. Advancing to racing RPM from idle at stop light. STP did wonders to the linkage though for temp cure. Never fixed the problem though. Had many good times and have many good memories.
    Finally traded it in for Jeep in ’76 after painting it with a few cans of spray paint from what ever stores were like Home Depot back then. After a few rain storms the dealer called to say they didn’t appreciate my DIY methods. Let the dealer beware.

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    • NEO says:

      Well done, Unit! I’m glad somebody won with a dealer. TR-6 was a nice little car, after I had made the contortions to get my (admittedly bulky) body in, it was pretty neat. Then the problem of falling out of it. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        I meant WD-40. My linkage is slipping. Used STP too though. And PEPTO-BISMAL.

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        • NEO says:

          Went right by me, because I have used STP for that. 🙂 WD-40 in my experience is mostly good for attracting dirt, and I use it rarely. Pepto-Bismol is another story 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          You’re right, as for lube WD-40 has evaporated at least by the next day. That must effect CO2 levels? I’ve got old 326 I haven’t cranked in ten years, my mechanic of thirty years says lube through spark plug holes with power steering fluid and turn over before try to crank. Getting ready for EMP. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, he’s right. Dad used kerosene for that, but it was cheap in those days. Yep after an EMP event, you’ve got a chance with a point ignitions, none of the new ones will live. Try for a mechanical regulator too.

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        • the unit says:

          Oh Yeah. My dad poured in a gallon of kerosene in drained crankcase and ran a minute. Drained, put in new oil and go on. That was ’50’s, mostly before and mid. We had only car in town that made it to a100 thousand miles. ’53 Merc. BTW. Not recommending nowadays however.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, that’s the old method for cleaning sludge. Dad also said it wasn’t bad for shooting in through the spark plug holes on a stuck engine, although if we were planning ahead we would get a gallon of Aerokroil which is the absolute best penetrating oil, last I knew one could order it on the internet (pretty much only). Not cheap, but about 25% better than PB Blaster.

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  3. the unit says:

    Well these comments may have helped others. I did me. 326 is on hold. Going to get Aerokroil to free up pulleys on my old MTD mower needed now to cut Florida grass gone berserk.

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    • NEO says:

      Good deal, hope it’s as good as it used to be! Should be, it’s mostly an industrial product, which is where I found it.

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      • the unit says:

        Local AutoZone website says they have spray. I gonna try it.

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        • NEO says:

          Good plan. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          BTW. Noticed your and CL’s comment over at CC about diminished comment @ RN. I think folks are so overcome by just such a smidgen of smidgens, they can’t gather a gaggle (msm term for Bundy supporters) to say a lot right now.

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        • NEO says:

          I suspect you’re right. That’s why were not seeing much of Jess here right now, she’s avoiding politics, and I’m not doing as much either, for that very reason.

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        • Btw, NEO, I get in enough trouble with my conservative Judeo-Christian theology, so I try to leave my conservative politics, though of course somewhat British aside. Though it doesn’t always work, because they are close together! 😉

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        • NEO says:

          I hear that. Most of my Christian stuff goes to the AATW, just as most of Jess’ political stuff comes here. It seems to help the clarity of vision, although we both change up on occasion. 🙂

          And the Brit perspective is often useful as well.

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  4. the unit says:

    I noticed you and Fr.Robert into classical music. You may have miss this @ rare.us where Neal Boortz and Herman Cain lurk.
    http://rare.us/story/burlesque-dancer-twerks-to-beethovens-5th-and-its-awesome/

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