SVO 2009-03-20

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The Ride Home… and a New Dog

The car was found on Craigslist in Wichita Falls Texas, about a two and three quarter’s hour drive from where we live. I talked quite a bit with the current owner and found out the history of the car to some degree. He had owned it since 1990 but pulled it off the road in 1999 due to low power, turbo “whine” and smoking. Originally a California car, he had moved to Wichita Falls over the past few years and had kept the car under a small carport in his back yard.

This had been good for the car as it was overall protected from the elements but it’s rear was exposed to the sun thus some sun and slight hail damage on the back side. I looked over the car the best  I could. The turbo was in the hatch area and the car was a bit in shambles on the inside but it appeared to be all there. The seller was firm on his price but he did have a valid Texas title for the car in his name so the deal was made for $1500 and we proceeded to load it up on the trailer.

She was a bit ugly with the missing outer turn signals and the ugly black steelies but the car looked pretty rust free, the doors worked great and the turn signals were inside the car including the really hard to find passenger one. Along with that were a brand new Ford in the box pair of rear tail light lenses that went with it.

Li – Our New Puppy

While I’m out working hard to get a new “horse” in our stable, my wife is out looking for a new dog. She actually called me on the phone while we were loading up the car to ask how things were going and when I said I bought the car, she said she bought a dog. Quan Li Ponder, or “Lee” was there to greet me as a little furry ball of love when I arrived home and has been our little furry friend ever since.

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1985 Mustang SVO

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I have always liked and wanted an SVO Mustang from back in the 1980’s when I bought my first 1986 TurboCoupe and learned about the SVO car. However they were way out of my price range and were hard to come by obviously. Interestingly sometime around 2009 I saw a set of nice SVO wheels for sale in the local craiglist listings. The guy said $75 this week or they are going to be scrapped. I didn’t HAVE an SVO Mustang then but for that price and the thought of SVO wheels being junked I thought it was worth it just to have them so I bought them.

Having the wheels on hand my interest in the SVO cars was reignited and I started searching around for what might be available. I joked with my wife that I had a set of SVO wheels, I needed a SVO car to go with them. In the spring of 2009 I ran across this car for $1500 in Wichita Falls Texas. Ironically the car was MISSING the SVO wheels so it seemed a perfect match. 🙂

After the rebuild, repair, and cleanup around 2010

Automobiles and Projects

My ’69 Stang and Son’s ’66 Galaxie

I’ve been interested in cars from the very beginning like many little boys I guess. Always loved my Hot Wheels at a very young age and loved all things with wheels.

List of the Cars and Projects – Current and Past

1969 Mustang Coupe

Currently owned – Owned this car this 1974, my first car when I was 15 years old. Summary and pretty complete rebuild diary of the work done over the years.

1985 Mustang SVO

Currently owned – Purchased in 2009 as as broken down non runner, has been together and running since then.

Will be migrating the old site page soon to here.

1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

Currently owned – Purchased in 2007 as a junker, it’s kind of still a junker but not as junky, if that makes sense.

Will be migrating the old site page soon to here.

1989 Ford Ranger

Currently owned – Needed a 4×4 and apparently another project the Ranger came along for $400 and not running. Long term I have a 1993 Explorer 4×4 chassis, engine, and driveline that is the long term upgrade. For now it’s running and working good enough with it’s old clacking 2.9L.

Will be migrating the old site page soon to here.

1966 Ford Galaxie

The Gal in 2015 after arriving at our house.

Currently owned – My son started getting interested in another old car project while in college and we found this old Gal for $500 as a long term project for he and I. Since then he’s had a beautiful baby girl, started a new career, bought a new house for his family and the Gal lives at our house. Slow progress continues however.

1994 Mazda B4000

Before the 30″ tires, etc as Dad drove it

Currently owned – My father purchased this truck new in 1994 for a commuter vehicle and to have a pickup. He drove it as his main vehicle until his passing in 2004. The last time he took our son Austin out to buy a toy before he couldn’t drive any more was in this truck. My mother passed it on to Austin in 2017 for him to drive. He added some 30″ tires and wheels like the Ranger has on it and put quite a few miles on it. Even today however, it still only has about 95k on the odometer.

In 2019 Austin needed a bigger truck to get his family in so I bought the truck from him and will be using it for a nice driver often. Plans are to put some 2007 Mustang wheels and tires on it and lower it back down as I already have the 1989 Ranger as an off road truck.

More content coming soon.

1991 Mustang GT

Sold – Austin’s first car – sold long ago but it was a very nice FoxBody.

1995 Nissan 240SX Project

Sold – First father / son car project with Austin. One wrecked red car, one white roller ends up with one fun car in the end.

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