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1969 JASON WOODS FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE

ďI CALL IT RAVEN BECAUSE ITíS BEING AN UTTER B...Ē

Igot it at the start of this year, down in Melbourne.

Iíd been looking for one for ages. I was watching this one, so I went down one weekend to have a look at it. It was a little bit exxy in terms of price, but it had a lot of stuff going for it. So I bought it, got it sent up here, and then the fun began Ė working out whatís what in it.

For example, the steering column isnít an original Mustang column, itís a hot rod column. So someoneís done that, upgraded the brakes, upgraded the clutch; itís got more modern technology to stop it and change gears and whatnot.

It was an automatic, and now itís a 5-speed. Those are the main differences I can find in the car, just those mechanicals. Everything else is pretty original. The engine is a 302 out to a 347. I believe itís the original engine, but I canít get anywhere near the engine number. The paperwork has the engine number on it though, and the chassis number, so thatís what Iíve been going off.

Iím now going to call it Raven because itís being an utter bitch. It doesnít like being called a pony. Letís go through the issues: Weíll start with the clutch. The clutch went and we changed the master cylinder, but it got air trapped in there somewhere.

Then the pedal; there was a pivot point with a few linkages Ė we replaced it with a tie-rod to have a more constant clutch. The Holley was shot, so it has a new one.

The extractors, too Ė they were for a 302 engine but that wasnít the issue, the issue was the different steering column change, which meant they had to get extractors from a completely different car.

So they put them on, which meant the car has about 30mm clearance from the

ground. The steering column meant the original extractors wouldnít fit, so I have to get the new ones cut up to give me some more clearance.

The there was the ignition problem; it was getting hot, and didnít want to start, then sometimes it would, then it wouldnít. Then I wanted to burn the bloody thing. So we put a new coil in it, and electronic ignition in it.

The guy who brought it into Australia went to the US on a working holiday Ė he was a car enthusiast.

He already had a high-end Range Rover and an Aston Martin and some other cars.

He went to Mecum Auctions not planning on buying a car.

But he did. He brought the Mustang back to Victoria but I ended up buying it from a prestige car sales joint Ė it was parked amongst all the Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

It was registered in Texas not long ago, so Iíve kept the Texan sticker on, as well as the Victorian one. I like it as a bit of history for the car.

We donít have the stickers in Queensland anymore, though.

What I like about the car is that itís old school.

I wanted something that looked different. Itís not like a Ford or Holden today where you could buy either and they look similar. You also havenít got all the electronics on it. Itís a car. Itís a classic.

Sometimes kids walk up to it and ask me, ďHow do you open the door?Ē Even the windows, they look at the winder and you get, ďWhereís the button?Ē

I hope to be able to use it for special occasions too, like formals or as a wedding car.

Not to be paid, just for people I know.

Valuation

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1965 CORRINE MILLS FORD CORTINA

FIRST CAR GOALS

Igot the car two years ago in November from Ballina.

It was my first car, so I named it Tina. When I was 14, my sisterís boyfriend at the time had a MkII Cortina and he said to me that he wanted a MkI. I asked what they looked like and he showed me a MkI Cortina, Iíve wanted one ever since.

This one is all original except the paint. That was redone 17 years ago because it was scraped by a forklift on the roof. The engine is the original 1.2, and it hasnít been rebuilt either. Iím hoping to use a lot of the same parts, but make it more reliable. At the moment itís not very reliable, so I want to fix that. I do want to put bigger cams in it, and be able to drive it for longer without it overheating. Iíll probably repaint the engine bay the same colour as the body, because it never got resprayed so itís still the original colour. It drives well on the highway, but you have to drive slower because of the 4-speed. It sometimes overheats, and it doesnít keep up with the other cars on the highway very well. It gets driven on the weekends, maybe every second week.

Itís not hard to look after; I love with my dad and he helps me out a bit. Itís usually parked in the garage next to my sisterís car with a cover over it. We take it out when it needs a drive or thereís a car show on.

During the drive back from Ballina it overheated, because it hadnít been driven for a while. So we put a bigger radiator and a bigger fan on it just so it didnít heat up as much. The first fan was like a tiny airplane propeller, so itís got a fairly massive one now. Aside from the overheating problems there hasnít been much wrong with it.

I like it because itís different to a lot of other older cars. Iíve grown up with old cars before, and when I saw this one I knew I liked it.

For example, other Cortinas have chrome grilles, but this oneís steel. Itís just different.

Valuation

An original, good condition example could fetch upwards of 20k.

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