2017 November Car of the Month

Sean's Mach 1

It was 2004, and 2 years earlier, my wife Cheryl and I sold my ’93 LX 5.0 reef blue convertible. Regret, regret, regret. That summer back in Orlando before 3 hurricanes hit us in a 5 week period, I was perusing eBay, checking ’71 to ’73 Mustangs. I previously owned 4 of them; 2 ’73 Mach 1s and 2 ’71 Mach 1s. I really wasn’t looking to buy but deep down, I was yearning to have a Mustang again. I also had a ’90 LX 5.0 hatch which I traded in for that new ’93 reef blue convertible. While browsing eBay for weeks, a ’71 Boss 351 out of New Braunfels caught my eye, then a beautiful red ’72 Q-code Mach 1, and so on, and so on. Then I came across 1F05M125783, and it was for sale not far from our place in Florida. I called the guy and set up a meet at his Mopar (!) restoration shop for that afternoon. He put it up on a lift and I poked around at it. Solid California car with no rust issues. Then we went for the test drive. I had never driven a ’71-’73 Toploader before. I loved it, nothing compares to having that Hurst T-handle. I told him I would pay his reserve price and get the cash ASAP and we had a deal. I picked it up the following Saturday.

This Mach 1 was ordered with an M-code 351-4V, wide ratio 4-speed transmission, Magnum 500 wheels (still on the car), Selectaire air conditioning, Mach 1 sports interior, tachometer, and console. It has a dealer installed AM-FM radio and intermittent windshield wipers. The spoilers and body side tape stripes must have been installed upon a repaint, but will remain until it gets painted in the future. Due to the options ordered, it is a “one-of one”.

I present the car as well-kept driver. I’ve only done a few things to the car in the 13 years I’ve owned it. I stripped and repainted the cowl braces and top dash panel. I also replaced the driver side door panel with a repro as it had the usual tear on the elbow rest. I located a very good original door panel that I will put on in the near future. I also replaced the fuel pump last year and had a new clutch installed. All in all, I have not had to do much to it in 13 years of ownership.

The car has received a 3rd place in a national show back in Florida and few other awards at local shows, but one of my favorite things to do is drive it to interesting local spots and watch people “discover” the car when it’s parked. The NPD Silver Springs show was a regular stop every year while in Florida, and I’ve also taken it to the Carlisle Ford Nationals via the Amtrak Auto Train. I plan on holding on to it for many more years and keep it in shape.

37th Annual Mustang and Ford Roundup - Thank you sponsors!

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Mustang Owners Club of Austin would like to THANK the following for Donations of Door Prizes, Goody Bags, & Raffle Items.

MOCA 37th Annual Mustang and Ford Round UP

Saturday, September 9, 2017
MOCA Sponsored: 
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This is the new date for the Car show. September 9th. Times are the same. Due to the change in our date we will accept pre-registrations as long as it is post marked by Friday September 1st. It will be only $20.00 for pre-registration and $25.00 at the gate. For those of you that have paid the $25.00 I will refund you your $5.00, but you will have to remind us when you register at the show). You can mail in your registration using the old flyer.

MOCA Sponsored Event
37th Annual Mustang and Ford Roundup
Saturday September 9th - Rain or Shine
The Mustang Owners Club of Austin (MOCA) is proud to present our 37th Mustang & Ford Round Up at Cabela's in Buda. 15570 IH35, Buda, TX 78610

The registration form is available here

The show will help support our charity SafePlace, now known as SAFE.

We’re going to be holding a dry goods/food drive for SAFE. Visit the website (www.safeaustin.org) to see a list of items on their Wish List.

Judging for twenty seven classes, two awards per class.
Registration 8:30 - 10:30 AM
Trophy Presentation 3:00 PM
For more information or questions please email:
carshowinfo@mocatx.com

General guidelines:
Entry fee is $20 for the first car and $15 for each additional car before 9/1/2017.
Entry fee after 9/1/2017 is $25 for the first car and $20 for each additional car.
Entrants may be DISPLAY ONLY with a $10 fee per car, FOR SALE signs $10 (must be ours) and Vendors $25 per space.

All Vehicles MUST be Ford Powered.

There will be music and fun.

Remember to bring chairs and umbrellas.

The rules for the show can be downloaded here

Want to know what's the best sports car to get?

According to Matthew DeBord of Business Insider, it's the 6 speed manual 2017 Mustang GT 5.0 convertible. Want to know why? Click here to read the article.

Here's a picture of the beauty:

Mustang GT350 vs Focus RS - Who wins?

Can't make up your mind on which vehicle to get? Maybe this video will help you decide

Cruise to Fredericksburg - April 22, 2017

Here's a short video of the cruise:

10th Annual MOCA Spring Car Show

Thanks to all our sponsors and participants for making our 10th annual MOCA Spring Car show a success!

To view the pictures of the event, please click here!

Our Sponsors (in alphabetical order):

  • A-Line Auto Parts
  • Farmers Insurance – Brian Pugh
  • Hamilton & Associates
  • Inspire Fitness
  • Larry W. Smith – Personal Collection
  • Mustang Project
  • Morris Glass
  • Pro Modular Performance

The winners (in no particular order):

2016 January Car of the Month

Kelly's 1966 Fastback

Hello! My name is Kelly Hattori, and my 1966 fastback is the CotM. Boy does this car have a history… one that’s hard to encapsulate in a short readable document, but I’ll give it my best shot.
Meet Calamity Jane. This car has been a major fixture in my life since 2010, when I bought her as a clueless 19-year-old. I had set my heart on building a perfect vintage daily driver – despite not even knowing how to change a tire at the time – and Jane was the perfect starting point. Originally an I6 auto car with no options, a previous owner had long ago put in a hopped-up 289 V8 and a 4 speed with a 9” 3.23 rear. The body was more or less good (barring the passenger side floor pan, which it turned out wasn’t actually welded to the frame), the paint was great at 20 feet, and she ran and drove beautifully. This car came with no previous known history, a sad state of affairs which I quickly remedied.
I took this car and spent three years making it my own. The goal was to build a car that looked like a “dressed up” stock car with a very vintage feel but some stealth modifications for improved drivability. I added power disc brakes, a power rack and pinion, A/C, Fox Body Mustang seats (recovered to look like ’66 seats), 3-point seatbelts, fuel injection, better charging and wiring, subframe connectors, and a whole host of other smaller goodies. My “minor project car” turned into a full-blown restoration obsession. Somewhere along the line I befriended a master bodyman and painter, who fixed some minor rust issues and put on a show-quality paint job. I went from a know-nothing nobody to a genuine car enthusiast and hot rodder because of this car.
I declared the car “finished” on April 22, 2013. Three days later, I was rear-ended by a distracted driver going 40 mph faster than I was. Jane took care of me and I walked away without a single bruise. But she was in ruins. My perfect, beautiful car… destroyed. It was the worst day of my life. But I’m not one to let things sit, so I set about saving Jane. Insurance came through, my friend put Jane back in his shop, and on December 23rd she rolled out looking better than new.
I spent another 4 months going through a bunch of other minor wreck-related issues that needed to be remedied (for example, the entire rear of the interior had shattered). I put her back on the road for the first time at 1AM the night before traveling to the Mustang 50th Anniversary in Charlotte, NC – almost a year exactly after the wreck. We had a ball at the 50th! But I wasn’t quite satisfied with our “comeback of the year”, as it had been dubbed.
So that summer, I took a road trip. A really long road trip. A two-month-long, 10,000+ mile road trip that took me from one end of the US to the other. It turns out that camping out of a 1966 Mustang fastback is more fun than anything I could possibly even imagine. Jane was perfect the whole way round the country and I have countless photos of her against the best backdrops this country has to offer.
Since then I’ve moved a few times, and Jane always comes with me as my faithful road trip monster and daily driver. I rebuilt the engine this past December so it’s ready for a few more laps around the United States. This year, I’ll be headed up to Colorado for a couple of weeks in June and to Reno for Hot August Nights in August! Can’t wait.
If you’d like to read the long version of Jane’s story, check out my blog “A Map and a Mustang”.

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