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- Season 15: Episode 3
'69 Ford Mustang FastbackLarry RaganDavenport, IA.
Back in 1988 I rescued this 1969 Mustang Fastback from a salvage yard from getting crushed. I noticed that he just pulled it into the salvage yard and bought the car for $700 took all the interior completely out of it and placed it down on the farm in the hay barn for over 30 years while I was Raising kids and growing a family. My kids are grown now and I thought this is finally my time to get to build my dream car so couple years ago I pulled it out stripped it completely down and noticed the car had the typical rust in all the wrong places. so I completely rebuilt this car from the ground up.
I ended up cutting the whole front end off, replace the whole front end, cowling and firewall as well as the floor and rocker panels, torque boxes, lower frame rails and trans crossover I am currently rebuilding the back half of the car now replacing most of the sheet metal. I'm building a 521cid big block with a TREMEC T56 MAGNUM 6 speed.. I picked this project because I've always had a love for the 69 Mustang and had always dreamed of having one and after all these years of holding on to it I've literally had this car longer than I have my children and it means just as much to me. my goal is to try to have a rolling chassis by the spring and then start applying some paint and start bolting in the big block and the 6-speed transmission and I hope to be driving my dream car within a year. I love your show and I never miss an episode as well as having you programmed in on my DVR. 👍
- Season 15: Episode 2
69 Plymouth Road RunnerChris LeechFleming Island, FL.
This car was my mom and dads car. Remember riding around in it as a very young kid. Mom drove it as her car up until 1981. Back in the mid 1980's it was repainted and repaired enough to where it was drivable. My dad and uncle went through the engine. It was what car I really started to learn to drive a stick shift.
After I joined the U.S. Navy in 1987 the car basically sat for the next 20 years. Dad had some work done on it again, restored, it was painted and stripped down to the bare bones and put back together in mid 2000's and he had it and drove it for a few more years and really enjoyed it. Would tell me people would step out in traffic to see it and stop him. When I retired from the Navy back in 2012 and on my way home from California stopped for a week to see mom and dad he gave me the car and told me to take it home with me to Florida.
For the next few years I repaired all the little things that were not right and drove it whenever I could. Nov 2019 on a Sunday afternoon out for a little drive and running errands I got hit from someone who ran a stop sign and hurt the left front, just weeks after rebuilding the frontend. Luckily I had Hagerty insurance and they were awesome to get the car back to what it should be. Before It went to the body shop for that I fixed what rust was on the body(right rear lower quarter panel). Rebuilt the frontend suspension again, with its rare sway bar front lower control arms and I was able to find one. Then it was ready for paint because it needed entire paint done, the roof and trunk had the bad clear coat issues and it wasn't quite the right green.
Have been working on getting things fine tuned, have updated to MSD ignition box and distributor, phenolic carb spacer to help with heat, disc brakes on the front. Possibly going to add a sniper efi setup? Have had to redo seals for rear end, rebuild brake system, convert left side wheel studs so someone doesn't ruin them and also able to find lung nuts for new style wheels. I have had to replace lots of other things, speedometer gear, flush trans, replace all foam for interior, as they just recovered what was there. Found and replaced steering wheel, glovebox. They are never done, and my grandson is also involved with a lot of this, he's car crazy from day 1 he's almost 5 now and gets dirty with me whenever he can.
- Season 15: Episode 1
1991 Chevy SilveradoJonathan GarnLisbon, OH.
My story is a love story but not boy meets girl, at least not at the beginning that part comes later, its a story of boy meets truck. when I was around 12 years old I was with my father delivering gravel to some family friends when I saw this truck for the first time. I had always been I truck person and when I laid eyes on this truck it was love at first sight. Now fast forward 5 years I was driving past the owner of the truck's house when I saw it at the end of their driveway with a for-sale sign in it, I knew at that moment I had to stop and ask about it.
At that point in time, I was a 17-year-old kid and the asking price might as well been a million dollars, but thanks to my family I was able to get the truck. the first thing I did was put a 94 k1500 grille in the truck since I always like that grille better then the 91 style This truck and I have been through a lot together I drove it to high school, college, I went on my first date in this truck and several years later married the young lady and on our wedding day I drove the truck which is the second part of the love story.
But as the years went by the old truck started falling into a state of disrepair. For many years life went on and the truck sat in a lean-to and became a catch-all for lumber and car parts. I would often sit in and remember days gone by of my youth until one day I stood back and took a long look at the truck in its sad state and said to myself that I couldn't let this be the end of the truck and I's story. From there I dragged the truck out of the lean-to and started working on it. I tore it down to a bare fame and cab and built it back front that, I por-15 the frame, put new gm bedsides on it new doors and fenders too. I did all the bodywork and paintwork myself. It took 2 years to get it done.
I am 35 years old now and I still look at this truck the same way I did when I was 12, My wife and I still enjoy taking the truck to our local drive-in movie theater where we went on our first day almost 15 years ago. Some people may say its just a truck but to me its so much more, to me its years of memories. The first pictures are when I bought the truck when I was 17, the next is when I pulled it out if the lean-to years later, the next two are when I was working on it and the last is the finished truck.