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Post  rsv1cox Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:54 am

A month late and slightly wrinkled thanks to an inattentive 18 wheeler driver that rear ended the covered carrier that these two 1965 Mustangs were in.

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Somehow the models inside the cars were undamaged except for the tail section of the "Dago Red".

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The interiors of both cars remained mostly intact, amazing considering the exterior damage.

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The convertible may be savable, but I doubt it.  Uni body.  The fastback is gone.  The plan is to strip all useable parts, find a decent body and transfer the parts.


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Post  crankbndr Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:01 am

How did you get Carroll Shelby to sign the glovebox on the fastback? He is one of my favorite racers, an American icon.
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Post  rsv1cox Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:09 am

crankbndr wrote:How did you get Carroll Shelby to sign the glovebox on the fastback? He is one of my favorite racers, an American icon.

Probably he was at one of the many car shows that my son attended.

Yesterday there was a program on PBS about vintage racing. Shelby was featured. Quite a guy.
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Post  TDbandit Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:44 am

"Cry's" I hate it when I see classic's get crunched up like that. There's so much loving work that goes into cars like this that it almost like loosing a member of your family when something happens to them Crying or Very sad
Man i'm really sorry to see that. Maybe you can do something with the convertible hopefully but the fastback..."sighs"
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Post  Marleysky Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:15 am

That's just cruel!Crying or Very sad  Mustangs to me are like Cox planes. Been around them since I was a kid. First wife's second car was a '65 with a 289 3 speed. She bought it cause she liked the wire wheel covers with spinners, like the ones in the James Bond film. My next door neighbor bought and restored a 65 convertible. Started out as a newlywed and by the time he got her road worthy their three kids just barely fit in the backseat.   If your son is a good mechanic and likes bodywork, he sure has his work cut out for him.   Btw, did he "Call Saul"? Or are the insurance companies working together to minimize your loss?


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Post  rsv1cox Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:58 am

Yes, pretty good wrencher.  He cut his teeth on a "K" code fastback in his teens.  Built this fastback from the ground up over the past several years.  He did all of the work himself except the paint.  It was as sorted and clean under the car as the was the interior.  The convertible is a two owner.  All original with the original Mustang handbook, visible on the seat in the interior photo.  Been in their family for seventeen years.  

Four insurance companys involved.  No need to call Saul yet.
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Post  Admin Sun Jan 18, 2015 5:10 pm

HOLY $#*%! Crying or Very sad This is terrible! I love classic cars, especially the early Ford Mustangs. It hurts to see classic cars all crumpled up like that. I wish the best for you.

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Post  pkrankow Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:02 pm

I'm not a mustang guy, but a nice old car, particularly an iconic classic, is still nice.

Heartbreaking.

I really hope that "property damage" was all it was. Still sucks.

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Post  Kim Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:37 pm

Yeah...sucks on a world-class level....HATE to see that !
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Post  RknRusty Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:29 pm

I read about it when the wreck first happened. It's painful to me seeing what happened to those beautiful machines. Not only because the Earth is running out of Mustangs, but it's the excitement and love, the blood, sweat and tears that those two cars were made of. Not just some super rod that was custom built by a California specialist and purchased for a quarter million. If that was the case, I would have just said, "Too bad, sorry about that." And I would have meant it, but not like this. I wish him luck with his next builds.
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Post  roddie Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:18 pm

As bad as this looks.. I'm an optimist. There are plenty of Mustang bodies out there. Looking at these two cars, I see a LOT of salvageable parts.. and the interiors are mint. Trying to find all those interior pieces again would be expensive and time consuming. The fastback's doors and side-scoops don't look bad. Taillight lenses don't look broken. It's drive-train may only need seals and U-joints replaced. The drive-shaft can be checked/re-balanced. Some suspension parts, wheels, tires, brakes.. etc. are probably fine. It doesn't look like any of the glass is broken either. Rebuilding will still be a lot of work.. but a lot of the work is already done in obtaining the hard-to-find and real expensive parts.
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:12 am

The convertible suffered the least damage but the once taunt top now isn't indicating interior structural damage. However it has the only broken glass (windshield) of the two cars.

Fortunately, all of the OEM glass and glass trim on the fastback is salvageable. One of the lower scoops is missing, probably laying by an Indiana highway. The rest are ok. Small mercies.

We are hoping that the drive trains are ok with just roddies concerns to be addressed. We can't touch them until all of the insurance issues have been resolved, but I'm itching to get started.

I built that Sterling Fledging (blue and yellow) sometime back in the 1980's. It still has the original Enya engine. I believe it's the model that my son learned to fly R/C on although I did have a pre-built Lanier at the same time.

Thanks for all of the kind words. They are just cars, but......I know the work that my son put into that fastback all to be brought to an end through a series of unintended events.

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Post  WingingIt74 Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:29 am

Oh man sorry to hear that... I like old cars and truck too. Here is the truck we put together as a tribute to my late grandfather, who was the one who shared his love of flying with me. I hope everything works out with the insurance company.... still so sad to see....
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Post  getback Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:43 am

DAMMIT! DAMMIT! Man that's really depressing , I am not a lot on Fords myself but those cars were nostalgic a piece of History . Well all has been said and I hope things work out for you and your son . Nice planes . Eric
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Post  Cribbs74 Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:31 am

Plenty of convertible bodies, but finding a 65-66 fastback won't be as easy.

Lot's of good parts to use still!

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Post  KariFS Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:44 am

Breaks my heart to see Classic cars in accidents. Fortunately nobody was hurt physically.

They actually make new 64-65 convertible bodies for Mustang. A bit pricey at 15k but that would be a brand new body. And there was an article in the web somewhere about a fastback body conversion, maybe that would be a way?

Expensive repairs in any case, I hope the insurance people will work with your son.
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