Thursday, July 28, 2016

2006 Mustang V6 Project

2006 Mustang Project

After the untimely demise of my pet 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis, I ended up buying a 2006 Ford Mustang. I originally wanted a 2004 40th anniversary Mustang convertible, but after two long distance trips in opposite directions, I learned that these cars have a severe rust problem. Most likely the copious amounts of salt used here in Indiana and Kentucky.

In searching through all sorts of classified ads I found a cute little 2006 Mustang on Craigslist in Greensburg, Indiana. I spoke with the owners and they were very honest about the condition of the car. They told me all about the fact that the previous owner had allowed their kids to spill stuff on the cloth seats, scratches in the paint and the need for brakes and tires. Mechanically they said that the car ran good and was properly maintained. Their reason for selling was the fact that after they combine their families   they have 4 children and really needed to lose the sports car and get a more family sized vehicle so they can take trips without driving two vehicles. All-in-all it sounded like it was worth looking at. Enlisting the help of my good friend, Stan Wright, his trusty Jeep, and my son, Kyle, we headed off  for the third time in two weeks to find a car.

When we arrived in Greensburg, we found that the Mustang did have a few scratches on it, most of which appear to be buffable. It came with 2 sets of wheels, the factory mags and a set of 17" custom mags. The interior, although a complete stained up mess, was all intact and functional. We decided that a test drive was in order. Despite having over 200K on the clock the Mustang rode like a dream, was tight, had no body noises and ran like a Swiss watch. My trusty co-pilot, Kyle and I decided that price negotiations should begin.  We looked over the car and made some notes about what immediate actions were needed to make her road-worthy and I offered the owner $2800.00. He accepted my offer, some cash & paperwork traded hands, and we were off in the little Mustang with Stan and his Compass flying in formation with us.

The "New" Mustang on her maiden voyage.

Classic 60's styling with modern technology!

Stan & Kyle appear to be happy about the Mustang!

As Kyle and I drove home, I was nothing but impressed by the way the car handled and drove.  I had driven a 2005 GT back in 05 when Stan and I built one up as a DARE car for the Sheriff's Department, but I did not really drive it much more than 15 or 20 miles. Like all of the other police cars we built it was just another car to run through the mill and go to its new officer. I was very familiar with taking the car apart though.

I decided on the way home that it really did need a couple of things to bling it up.
  • Louvers- Both side and rear window
  • GPS- Hmm...I know where a fairly new Garmin is that is collecting dust!
  • Back up Camera- Once you get used to one it becomes almost a necessity.  Plus with the louvers, it might be even more helpful.
The important things that had to happen first though are:
  • Tires- I am going to use the aftermarket 17" wheels and store the factory 16" wheels.
  • Brakes- Front and rear.....Nuff said
  • Air Filter-  K&N coming up!
  • Oil Change- Purolator BOSS Oil filter and synthetic 5W30.
  • Fuel Filter
  • Battery- Why not do a Yellow Top Optima?

So we got the car home and a quick trip to the auto parts store gets us all the brake parts and tune up parts we need! The brakes were very easy to change on this car.  I replaced calipers, rotors, and pads. Oil change was easy. Fuel filter...not so much! They buried it on driver's side under a panel held on with bolts and plastic fasteners. An interesting delay took place in the process because Kyle decided to have appendicitis in the middle of it all!  I had a really nice picture of him while he was coming out of anesthesia, but using discretion, decided against posting it..You're welcome Kyle.  By the way, an appendectomy costs right around $59K....Thanks Obamacare!

After I got back on track I took the car to Tieman Tire in Mitchell and purchased a set of Mastercraft tires. I like Tieman because they always have great prices and are very fast and efficient at installation.  I would bet these guys could beat a NASCAR pit crew! Oh and NO hidden charges!  I hate places that advertise too good to be true prices and then you find out that they also charged you $5.00 per wheel to take the lug nuts off, $10.00 per tire warranty, etc.

Here's the car at home with her new shoes.

The more I look at this car, the more I like its styling!

So I have ordered my louvers, a rearview mirror that has a back up cam and forward-facing cam, and seat covers. While out doing the yard sale thing with Debby, I found a couple of gems. One is an almost new carpet steam cleaner with upholstery attachments- 5 Bucks!  This will be very handy since the carpets and seats are in desperate need of deep cleaning. The second find a Sirius XM radio unit with dock and all...UNOPENED...3 Bucks!  Now I can listen to The Highway and Radio Classics!

The Mustang carpet cleaned admirably but the seats, although cleaner than they were, still are in need of covers.

Stand by for more details on these and more projects to come as we play with the new toy! It's not the Mustang I had hoped to own but who has $1.9 million dollars laying around!
TF-51 "Crazy Horse" my dream Mustang!  

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Thoughts about Southwestern Kansas

Garden City, Kansas

Garden City Regional Airport AKA: Garden City Army Airfield

In 2004 we took a little ride on our motorcycles that ended up in Colorado Springs, CO. This would become the first of many summer vacations spent with close friends traveling throughout this great nation. With two wheels on the ground and the wind in our faces we have been to some fantastic places. I point out the 2004 trip not only since it was the first but also because it is the one we always say it was a great ride with the exception of Kansas. The trip report on this adventure can be seen on Stan's world-famous eurekaboy website here. I specifically point this out because in the 104 degree heat on US 50 we refueled in Garden City, KS. I remember a lot of the scenery through that part of Kansas as being black and white and being quite akin to what I imagine the Great Depression looking like.

In 2009 I had the chance to return to Garden City for business. I was on the ground in Garden City for 3 days. I had a great time in G.C. and the event I held was very successful. I met some good people. As I write this I am sitting in the Denver International Airport waiting on my flight back to Indiana after spending another two days in Garden City. Once again another fun and successful event in Garden City.

So I guess this a retraction and apology of my prior view of the area. I flew into Garden City this year on Great Lakes Airlines same as last year. When I got on the ground the police officer I spoke with last year recognized me immediately and greeted me by first name. WOW! The Kansas sky was as blue as any I have ever seen and the grass and fields were vividly green. I arrived in and was greeted by the Janice Olson and the staff of Nature's Way Health Foods like a member of the family returning home. We talked about what are respective families were doing and the overall general state of things.
Nature's Way Health Foods

On Saturday, 1 May we held the event at Janice's store. Although the event was supposed to start at 1 pm I went ahead over the the store and got an early start. Janice and her staff had already done most of the prep work I normally do prior to an event because they felt they had all week to get things set up and ready to roll out, whereas they thought that I would be all jet-lagged. What a crew! Storm Dennison showed up at around noon and we got on the radio with K95 for a few hours. I planned on going to the Crazy House to buy a genuine Kansas cowboy hat but as we talked on the radio I found out that Gallagher was in Dodge City that night. After we got off the air Storm gave me a ticket to the show, so I knew that the cowboy hat was out the window. As the event progressed it became apparent that this year's event was going to be better than last year's. One thing that really made an impression on me was the number of people who came into the store because of event we held there. But the largest impression that was made upon me was the number of people that came in and said, "Hi John". They remembered me from last year! These people are amazing!

Storm Dennison and I polluting Kansas airwaves!

So after spending the day at the store and closing an hour late, it was off to Dodge City to see Gallagher. While I was hanging around trying to figure out how to steal Storm's cowboy hat I sensed someone right behind me. I glanced over my shoulder out of habit (and old habits do die hard!) to see who was there. No problem, just a short guy in a black and white striped shirt. What! Turn around stupid! That's Gallagher! I managed to get a few minutes to talk with him and even get a picture! The show was spectacular! At 63 years old he is just as hilarious and limber as always. His videos are classics but in person he is PHENOMENAL! A 45 mile drive back to Garden City and a trip to Taco Bell for some long overdue food and it was time to pack up and get some sleep before flying home in the morning.

A comedy legend! Oh and Gallagher.

I arrived at the Garden City Regional Airport to fly to Denver early. I cannot help but notice that the airport is a thriving entity here with Great Lakes flying in and out, a healthy general aviation crowd, and several aviation-related businesses. They even have an on-site Italian restaurant! Hmmmm...Why can't Bedford, Indiana think this far past their noses?? Always a question have I. I think the Gallagher show took hold of me last night, I am questioning everything this morning.

My favorite way to fly. The Beech 1900 D

So, as I am waiting for the airport to wake up, I decide to read the local paper. Hmmm again, what's this, the local high school's broadcasting classes took 42 of 73 awards at the state level in competition. The Sheriff of Lane County is retiring after 35 years, the city council is looking at renovating and revitalizing another historic area? What no gossip or speculation? No outright character assassinations?? What kind of newspaper is this? Fair Reporting of the news? Man, what a concept! HMMMMMM... should our local newspaper take a clue?

Okay, so it is almost time to fly. TSA and the local PD have arrived. TSA greets all 8 of us going to Denver with a bright and chipper, "Good Morning folks, we'll start checking everyone through here in a few minutes." as opposed to, "line forms to the right, have your boarding pass and photo ID ready. :(".
Garden City from the air.

Well I am back home now and have time to finish this up. It is amazing how my opinion has changed about Kansas. The people there are solid, respectable folks and I have no doubt that if the lights went out tomorrow and all of the technology that we have came to depend upon fails these are the people that have the ability to survive. These are the folks that are truly the backbone of America and I am glad to have been able to spend some time with them.

Friday, November 30, 2007

New Arrivals!!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome Miley and Leland

Well our family and extended family has got lots to brag about now. Our second granddaughter was born on the 28th of November. Johnny and Savannah are the proud parents of a brand new 2007 model baby girl. Miley Elizabeth weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. As grandparents we were there to check and make sure all of the features and parts arrived intact. I am proud to say they did! It always amazes me at how small newborns actually are and try to remember all of our kids when they were that small, which I cannot. Birth, yes. Size, no. anyway here are a couple of pics of the grand new arrival.

As you can see everyone seems to be happy with the outcome and in the true spirit of grandparents, we can now spoil them and then send them home!!!! Ashton cannt wait to get home for the holidays to see her new niece.

Also our good friends, extended family members, motorcycle riding buddies, and all-around good guys had their first grandson as well a few days earlier on November 24th Mike and Lisa received a special package named Leland. Leland was, according to the proud grandparents 6 pounds 3 ounces and 18.5 inches long. Here are a couple of pictures of the soon to be spoiled grandchild with the newly annointed grandparents:

You can tell from the pics that neither is very happy at all!!!! It was fun talking to Mike on the phone last night grandpa to grandpa....... Just remember Mike I have seniority. I mean I do have five. Alexis,Tallin, Aiden,Brayden, and now Miley you need to catch up! HEHEHE!

Well that is the news for now and I will endeavor to keep the posts coming at a bit more reasonable and timely rate.

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