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    Default 33 Years ago today I bought my 79 Mustang Cobra. My story

    It was in November of 1986 and my father saw this car at Whitt's Auto Sales in Madison TN. He told me to go by and look at it.

    I remember it being in the front of the lot with a neon yellow with black letters 45 degree 'Automatic' sign in the driver side window. I loved the car at first sight. I was 19, who would not love a red Mustang, well at any age

    The car cost $3200, Dad gave me a $1000 to put down on it, and I payed the rest, $40.00 per week. I still have every receipt. I remember this being a hard time in my life, not knowing what to do with my life. Growing up, being a man, not being a kid anymore. A lot of hard decisions. The Mustang brought happiness to me. I think God places things in our lives when we really need it and I am sure this is one of them.




    This is the earliest photo I have of the car. Taken back in 1986 on Vintage Kodak film.
    The white Mercury Topaz next to it was my High School girlfriend's car.






    I had no idea at the time the car did not have the factory decals. I was in elementary school when this car was new. I did some research later on and corrected it.

    The used car dealer repainted it - the same 2P Red and 1C Black but the decals and pin-striping were not correct so I changed them.





    Day of purchase

    I felt so proud to drive this car, people would stop me and say what a nice car it was.

    I remember driving home one night and there was snow on the road. I slid off right into a ditch. It did not damage the car but I thought to myself I am going to wreck this car.

    So I bought an 86 Dodge Colt, I had just paid off the Mustang, and paid $100 a month for it. I drove the Colt for 8 or 9 years. I remember reading in Car Craft, that said "Every ding you get in your daily driver is one less on your nice car" that always stuck with me.




    Here is a picture of the Dodge Colt the day of purchase.

    Well I needed a place to store my Mustang. I could not afford a storage place. God came through again. My Uncle had a detached wood garage that he said I could use. He said he never uses it. Well thanks to Uncle Cordell I was able to keep the Mustang in his garage for almost 12 years! That time got me through college, apartment living, and until I could finally have a house with a garage. I would not have been able to keep the Mustang without his generosity. He has since sadly passed but I always like to give him credit and always will!




    Uncle Cordell's old house. Notice the wood garage in the back (see Blue Arrow). It was a shared garage and the owner to his left cut their section out. (This picture was taken after my Uncle Cordell passed)

    I had shown the Mustang at a few shows but nothing like a MCA event. I became an MCA Gold 79-93 concours judge so I could learn how to restore this car more properly.

    I knew I had always wanted to restore it to a concours level but could not afford it at the time, still saving

    So, what I have been doing since 1987 is buying a NOS part a month. There were some times when I could not buy parts, but I have a lot of parts. I also asked for parts for gifts. In 1988 I got a NOS Dash Pad for Christmas. I joined eBay in 1998 for the sole purpose of finding parts. It use to be a lot easier. I could get NOS parts for a song. Now they are getting harder to find. I know I could have bought a finished car for the amount of parts and restoration costs. I just want to make this one a show winner. It has been a part of my life for 30 years! We are like a team.


    My first NOS Part purchase



    Some of my NOS parts stored away. I am always looking.





    My goal is to show it at MCA events once a year in the future and bring my family. One day I hope to give this car to my child. Keep your dream alive. Mine has been going on for 30 years now. God bless


    Last edited by 79mustangcobra; 12-18-2019 at 01:21 PM.
    1979 Mustang Cobra 5.0
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    Stock never goes out of style
    MCA #70281 - 79-93 MCA Concours Judge
    Proverbs 3:5-6



    My Mustang Story
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    Love this cobra, great story with the car too! cant wait to have mine repainted and have the bottom back to black.

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    very cool story!!! i wish i could and plan to own mine long as well!!!

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    Nice to hear of other long term owners. It's going on 24 years for mine so I understand what you mean about a team. Wish mine still looked that good though.
    1984 Mustang GT owned since 1991 (first car). Mercury Mountaineer GT-40P engine, some suspension mods, currently undergoing a five lug SN95 brake upgrade and more suspension mods. Some minor body and interior mods have been done as well.

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    Great story. I've really regretted letting go of some of the sentimental cars that I've had, but sometimes life happens. I hope to run into you one day, I'd love to see that cobra!

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    Nice story David. I like to hear about cars that have been kept original and reading the owners pride in keeping them that way forever without a thought of ever selling it.
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    Nice story man. I love that car. Is the pic when you first bought it or current?

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    Great story and a beautiful car!

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    I like the long term owner stories. I to have the dream of passing the 86 vert to our son.
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    Totally awsome that you hung on to the cobra for 28 years! Great story too!! Chad

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    Great story and great car!
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    What a nice story David! I remember when I first bought my Cobra back in February of 2000 and I didn't even have internet back then. I knew it was a special model because I had never seen one before but had no knowledge of them at all. In April of 2001 I finally got a computer and began my quest to find info on the internet. Your car was the only one that I found back then and it was the same picture that you posted above. I remember saving it to my computer and I kept looking at it all the time for inspiration while I was building mine. While I took a much different approach than you by resto-modding mine, I still appreciate the stock ones immensely. Like you, I will never part with mine and I hope that in another 14 years, I'll be at the 28 year mark while you're at the 42 year mark!
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    Thanks brother Pete and All for your kind words! I hope all your 4-Eye dreams come true too!
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    1979 Mustang Cobra 5.0
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    Stock never goes out of style
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    Proverbs 3:5-6



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    David -

    I love your Fox story! I realized that I had never seen the interior of your car, so I looked at your photo album. Vaquero interior (my favorite) and automatic transmission...I'm so jealous! Keep up with the terrific work on the restoration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini1999 View Post
    David -

    I love your Fox story! I realized that I had never seen the interior of your car, so I looked at your photo album. Vaquero interior (my favorite) and automatic transmission...I'm so jealous! Keep up with the terrific work on the restoration.

    Hi Bryan. Thanks for the kind words. The picture looks grainy. It is actually Red. I like the Vaquero too


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    1979 Mustang Cobra 5.0
    2P Red and 1C Black

    Stock never goes out of style
    MCA #70281 - 79-93 MCA Concours Judge
    Proverbs 3:5-6



    My Mustang Story
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...71#post1688371

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    cool story...I'm starting that journey as well on my 86. Maybe 20 years down the road I'll have everything I need. thanks for the inspiration.

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    Great story. Thanks for sharing. I wish I could tell a similar story about a long car relationship. Maybe someday.
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    very nice car and love the story. ive only had mine for almost 9 years but I hope to never part with her.

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    David, great story and well told. Your sentiments and pride show through clearly. You are a great contributor on this forum.
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    29 years ago today.
    1979 Mustang Cobra 5.0
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    amazing to have a car that long

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonysilver82 View Post
    amazing to have a car that long
    It's always funny to me that people think that. Keeping cars forever is what my family has always done!
    1984 Mustang GT owned since 1991 (first car). Mercury Mountaineer GT-40P engine, some suspension mods, currently undergoing a five lug SN95 brake upgrade and more suspension mods. Some minor body and interior mods have been done as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 79mustangcobra View Post
    29 years ago today.
    That's cool, congratulations! At this point it's now a member of the family.
    1984 Mustang GT owned since 1991 (first car). Mercury Mountaineer GT-40P engine, some suspension mods, currently undergoing a five lug SN95 brake upgrade and more suspension mods. Some minor body and interior mods have been done as well.

    2004 GT convertible, 2001 Taurus LX, 1994 F150, 1950 F-1 Ford Pickup

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    Congrats on 29 years and the journey you have had with your Cobra! Very Cool!

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    Thanks everyone for their kind words! It amazes me I have been fortunate and blessed to have been able to keep the Mustang this long! There were some close calls over the years. It is a special thing to tell your kids that this was my car when I was a teenager.
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    1979 Mustang Cobra 5.0
    2P Red and 1C Black

    Stock never goes out of style
    MCA #70281 - 79-93 MCA Concours Judge
    Proverbs 3:5-6



    My Mustang Story
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...71#post1688371

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