Car of the Month - Dec 11
Ernie Greene's 1973 Cobra Jet Mach 1 Mustang
It was due to Mustangs Northwest that this car found us. The original owner's daughter was trying to sell the car, as her mother could no longer drive. She had been told to get a hold of someone in the club, and went to MNW's website. At the time, I had my email up on the front page as a contact for the Cruise for the Fallen, and she inadvertently thought that it was the main contact for the club. Leaving work one day, I received a mysterious email asking if I knew of anyone who would be interested in a '73 Mach 1 Mustang. At first, I thought it was a joke; my husband Ernie loves the '71-'73s, and a Mach would be one of his "dream" cars to own. I even called a few friends to say "nice try"...but it wasn't a prank.
After the daughter sent us some dark photos of a dirty, gold-colored Sportsroof, I asked for the VIN to verify the Mach's heritage. Ernie just about died when the VIN revealed it wasn't just a Mach; it was a 351 Cleveland Cobra Jet. I made arrangements to see the car, and in early December 2010, we took a road trip to Burien.
Parked nose-in in a carport for about 9 years, the Mach was a cat-hair-and-cat-puke, dirt and pollen-covered time machine. The daughter explained that her mom had ordered the Mach direct from Ford, deleting the front & rear spoilers. We were amazed at how well the car had survived, even if you take into account the repaint due to an accident. Her mom's daily driver, the car had only 107,000 well-cared-for miles.
After 6 weeks of negotiations, we made a return trip to pick her up. Amazingly, she started right up, and drove onto the trailer under her own power! Since then, we've given her new rims and tires, Pertronix ignition, full tune-up and new brakes, fuel lines and tank. Everything except the a/c works, including the original Philco radio that ALWAYS plays '70's tunes!
Ernie loves his Mach (monikered "Ginger"), and gets stares and comments whenever he takes her for an outing. She's a wonderful cruiser - not like her brother Sparky - so we hope to take her on some road trips next year.