After searching for several
years for a low mileage, showroom condition '85 I came to the conclusion that I
was not going to land one for anywhere near the original sticker price. I
had just about given up and considered buying a $1000 rust-bucket '85 GT
w/T-tops in Medium Canyon Red locally, when I found a pretty darn nice
convertible on ebay that was only about 5 hours away. I won the auction
after talking with the person and clarifying that I was only bidding with the
intent to inspect, and ONLY buy it if it was as good as advertised and with no
suprises. We both agreed on
that, so I won the auction and proceeded west with trailer in tow.
After a nice test drive and
about 60 minutes of thorough inspection I decided this car was a legitimate low
mile survivor and would make a pretty
nice canvas to start a minor restoration project from. Not that it needed
much, but I want to make it concourse condition at some point in time. It
only has 39k original miles and for the most part is unmolested.
on incorrect 16" Pony wheels when I brought it home, but I quickly acquired a set of
correct 15" factory 10-holes and spent a lot of time over the winter sanding and
polishing. I also found a decent used set of Goodyear Eagles to finish off
the rolling stock.
It had an MSD ignition
module installed with upgraded plug wires & cap that looked out of
place from an original perspective. So I kept my eyes on ebay and
wound up with a NOS Ford Motorcraft/Duraspark Ignition Module, and I found
a set of factory replacement Ford Motorcraft plug wires. After that
the only think left under the hood to convert back to stock was the
Energizer battery, which I was lucky enough to find a Ford Motorcraft
battery at my local dealer.
The door panels had speakers
cut into them as most people tend to do with these cars. Within a few
months I had removed them and taken them into a reputable upholstery shop in
town and had the backing board filled in and the lower carpet section recovered
with the factory look. They turned out damn nice!
The aftermarket radio was
also quickly pulled and the opening covered with a OEM Radio Delete
Plate. Since this car came equipped with a standard AM/FM (non
premium, dial type tuner) I took my time looking on ebay for a
replacement. I ended up buying a few used radios to end up with all
the install brackets that I need, and found a NOS 1985 AM/FM Radio in
Mustang Times - so now its time to get busy in the garage and get my
factory original radio installed. My plan is have the factory tunes
in the dash(nothing to get excited about), but have a sleeper system
installed in the trunk and in the console that gives me Satellite Radio
along with MP3 connectivity, driving a hidden head unit, amps and sub
system in the trunk with full range speakers mounted behind the rear seat
- which I plan to convert to a fold-down seatback to let the sound escape!
At some point down the road it will need to be torn down
and professionally repainted (I'd give it a 7 or 8 out of 10 in that department), but for now it is a fun little ride - and my wife
has always wanted a drop-top!
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