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Good morning, y'all! This is the oldest picture of me online

This is 20 years ago last Summer. In two years there would be stripes on the hood and an American flag attached to the top of the radio antenna.

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@djsundog I love it, but I recognize I don't have the time or money for it anymore. I would sell it, but only to another parent/kid team that wanted to put the work in.

@checkervest I deleted the sad part, haha. It’s a great picture and this time of my life was really good

@Thomas aww, you're giving me mustang feels. I owned a beat-up '66 coupe for a few years when I lived in CA, never had the time/facilities/know-how to do it justice

@ItsTheManOnTheMoon I drove mine every day for around 10 years until too many things went wrong for me to scrap it together. Everyone should drive a classic car at some point in their lives

@Thomas mine had a rebuilt 302 and rims from a '97 mustang that made it look like a matchbox car (thanks to my brother-in-law, who worked at a hot rod magazine and was able to finagle it into an article) but it needed a new interior and body work, and I lived in an apartment and it just never happened. We left it with brother in law when we moved cross country, then he moved and I never definitively heard what happened to it, probably got sold for parts

@ItsTheManOnTheMoon I'd love to restomod mine. Modern suspension and engine. The engine compartment of that 68 is *massive*. Built to hold a 428 Cobra Jet engine. I'd need a new transmission and rear end as well. Would not be cheap

@Thomas missing that car more than I have in a long time, even though I know I never would have been able to give it a complete re-do. To say nothing of it being a complete safety deathtrap.

@Thomas That is definitely true! It was a lot easier for 20-something me to not worry about it than 40-something me

@ItsTheManOnTheMoon that's right. Me driving it was fine, but I'm not sure I would pass it on to my son. As much as I want to, it has no airbags, lap belts, 0 other safety features. I installed a firewall behind the back seat to give an extra 20 or 30 seconds before the whole thing bursts into flames if the car gets rear ended

@ItsJenNotGabby @Thomas It was repainted by some previous owner, when you opened the trunk you could still see the factory "Silver Blue" paint in a couple of places. Not sure if the aftermarket paint job was supposed to be "Sapphire Blue" but turned a bit green over the years, or if it was just custom. (I'm giving my past self some serious side-eye for taking potato resolution photos, even by 2000 standards)

@ItsTheManOnTheMoon @ItsJenNotGabby we kept mine factory Wimbledon White but added stripes on the hood louvres to match a car from the 1968 Mustang TV commercial.

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