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Welcome to Mustang Club of Tampa

MCT Members:

Spring is in the air… It’s time to uncover the Mustang and let’s get cruising!

There are many events going on. For an up-to-date list, see the website and the Pony Express for a complete list of known events. A couple that are supported by the MCT:

We have a Cruise-in to Rusty’s Restoration shop in Port Richey. We won’t have a cruise to Rusty’s, but we all can meet at Rusty’s. Donuts and Coffee provided. Then we are planning a short cruise over to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch.

The Suncoast show is coming up. It is a great family event sponsored by our Sister Club in Pinellas.

The big show!  Bill Currie Ford and Children’s Cancer Center are hosting with the MCT, the 2nd Annual Pony Party Week-end. Free event / Free Food / Free Music / Free Cruise for the Kids. All you need to do is show up and take a cruise around the building. To date, each cruise is worth $85.00 to benefit the Children’s Cancer Center Fund.

Lastly, I want to thank each and every club member that participated in the Officer Kondek benefit show in Tarpon Springs last week. The Painters report-ed that it was a big success and all were moved by the out-pouring of support.

Mark Borkowski, President president@mustangcluboftampa.com

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Speed Dating Mustang Style!

Two Boss 429 Mustangs @ 1-10-15 Silver Springs Show!

The Wall Street Journal

The New Ford Mustang Proves Muscle Cars Aren’t Dead

Automakers like Ford, Chevy and Dodge have found they can achieve blazing performance and still meet higher environmental standards, writes Dan Neil. Get ready to burn rubber responsibl

 

By

Dan Neil

Updated Oct. 10, 2014 9:49 p.m. ET

 

IT WASN’T SUPPOSED to be this way. Tighter carbon-emission standards around the world and higher fuel-economy rules in the U.S. were to mean the end of muscle cars, or at least affordable ones. But, pleasant surprise, cars have actually gotten stronger, quicker, faster. Overall, performance is cheaper, more efficient and reliable than ever. It’s the Golden Age of Horsepower, and the horses are eating diet hay.

 

Do you like acceleration, Johnny? Dodge will sell you a Challenger SRT Hellcat with 707 hp and an eight-speed transmission, a car that will lay down 11-second quarter-mile passes until they turn the track’s floodlights off. A roaring Mopar fever dream. Chevrolet purveys a 580-hp Camaro ZL1 with Recaro seats, six-speed manual and a clutch, offering a top speed of 184 mph. Some exotic European brands are selling “megawatt” cars, with engine outputs of more than 1,341 hp.

 

Interactive: The New Fast

 

All of these cars and engines have one thing in common: forced induction. Instead of breathing at atmospheric pressure like the rest of us, these engines are force-fed air through spooling, high-velocity turbines, either turbochargers or superchargers. Combustion-wise, the effect is like turning a leaf blower on a bonfire.

 

From Ford to Ferrari, Audi to Volvo, auto makers are being obliged to move to smaller, forced-induction engines to make power while still lowering emissions. As they do, the character, the sinew, even the sound of performance is changing. And nowhere is the effect more striking than in the Ford Mustang, with its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. It’s kind of the New Fast.

 

(The rest of this article can be found on the bottom of the "Club News" section of this website)

 

 

Ready to Build a Brand New 1965 Mustang Convertible?

 
For those you longing for vintage styling, the 1965 Mustang convertible returns with all-new Ford-approved body shell. Actually, you can build a 1964 ½ through 1966 Mustang convertible using this foundation, and nearly every part needed to build an all-new car is available from Ford-approved classic parts suppliers.

To build a restored Mustang using the new shell, the powertrain, suspension and brakes, the electrical systems, the interior and trim can either be bought new or transferred from an existing car to the new body. For a restoration part to be approved by Ford, suppliers must meet or exceed the fit, finish and quality of the original. In order to keep classic Ford-built vehicles on the road, Ford allows parts suppliers access to original technical drawings, blueprints and specifications for parts.

The new body shell not only can save restorers time and money, but enable them to build a strong, well-engineered classic. “Instead of spending money fixing rust and welding in new panels, restorers can now simply transfer their powertrain, interior and trim parts onto the new body shell,” said Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration Parts licensing manager.

The 1965 Mustang body shell is constructed of higher-grade steel than the original, said Jim Christina, vice president of Dynacorn International, the Ford-approved company that is manufacturing the body shell. “We use a modern universal automotive-grade steel that is actually stronger than the original, and modern welding techniques along with more welds to strengthen the body.”

The 1965 body is in production now and can be delivered by freight truck to any address. The 1965 Mustang body includes the doors and trunk lid and all the sheet metal from the radiator support to the taillight panel except the hood and front fenders. Those items are available separately. The 1965 Mustang body shell starts at $15,000.

America’s love affair with the original Mustang is still going strong after nearly 50 years. Debuting in April 1964, the original Mustang sold more than 1.2 million units – including more than 174,000 convertibles – before its first redesign in 1967.

The new body shell can be made into a 1964½, 1965 or 1966 Mustang, based on the powertrains and trim parts added to it. It is the third classic Mustang body shell now available to restorers. The other two are the 1967-68 and the 1969-70 fastback bodies.

Ford-approved Mustang restoration parts can be found at www.fordrestorationparts.com.
Source: https://social.ford.com/our-articles/cars/mustang/ready-to-build-a-brand-new-1965-mustang-convertible/

Stolen Car Returns 30 Years Later

 

A California woman was reunited with her classic Ford Mustang nearly 30 years after it was stolen, when a man tried to register the muscle car at a Department of Motor Vehicles Office.  Lynda Alsip of Hollister said she couldn't ask for a better Christmas present than the return of her forest-green 1967 Mustang, the Monterey County Herald reported Monday, December 22nd, 2014. "I never thought I would see it again," she told the newspaper, standing in a tow yard next to her car in Salinas. "It's like winniing the lottery." She bought the car for $800 in 1985 when she was 17. About a year later, it was stolen outside her Salinas apartment. Authorities were investigating whether the man who tried to register the car knew it was stolen.

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