The video speaks for it's self....
The video speaks for it's self....
I've thought a lot about starting a semi - regular vlog type thing on you tube. In my head it would have cool shots of the car driving, and be filled with interesting content. Stuff that would make people come back again and again. In reality, I'm not sure this would work out at all. Lets look at a few things.
One, I'm nothing pretty to look at. Jeremy Clarkson is better looking than me, and he ain't no Tom Cruise, Carey Grant or what ever dream boat you can think of.
Two, and speaking of Clarkson, I can't speak. well I can, but the delivery of the words never sound the same as the way the sound in my head right before I butcher them.
Three, location. Have I mentioned I live in what I consider a dull, dreary, uneventful and stagnant island? Unless of course you like shopping, then the skies the limit with more shopping than you can imagine, because thats all anyone seems to be doing. Did I also mention that to get off said island you either have to pay or travel out of your way to avoid the tolls. The same goes for getting back on the island. Lastly don't get me started on the lack of infrastructure provided to allow masses of people in all sorts of motor vehicles to move on and off the island, which means waiting in traffic.
Four, time. A lot of time is needed. First, you have to spend time shooting the video, and then time editing the video, so it looks like something a half blind and half deaf idiot would want to watch.
So with just those four points above, it sounds like I've talked myself out of doing a video thingamajig. Maybe not. cause these ideas are still rolling around in my head and I'm half mad enough to try....maybe...someday.
Yes I know i spelled "Two For" wrong. My little play one words, but this Thursday, I give you two cool articles from The Mustang Source. The first is Classic Mustang searches, and the second is a photo line up of the usual suspects. Happy Thursday!
Hard to see those two word in the same sentence. Slow, Mustang. It is true, over the years there have been, many slow, underpowered Mustangs. Checkout the article I found over at The Mustang Source
1. 1964 1/2 Mustang with 170ci six
There is no denying how good those first Mustangs looked, or how dependable the Falcon sourced straight six is, but what it isn't, is quick. With just 101 hp, 156lb-ft of torque, and having to tow around about 2500lbs, the little motor has its work cut out for it. Consumer Reports road test of the base motor, with a 4-speed manual, only managed 0-60 in 16.8 seconds, and the automatic would add several more seconds. Still, Not many people would turn down a good deal on an early Ford pony car because it was slow. From 1965 onward the base motor was the 200ci six, and you got an extra 20 hp, but acceleration was still stately.
Interesting story I found over at The Drive , perfect for throwback thusday?
ust when you think there can't possibly be more hidden gems stashed in barns and garages around the world, something amazing pops up as if to say, "you ain't seen nothing yet." So while the 1970 Ford Mustang featured here for sale may not have starred in any famous movie chases, it still has pretty remarkable secret up its sleeve—"factory" all-wheel-drive, making it quite possibly the only droptop 'Stang so equipped in existence today. It's in rough shape after sitting in a barn for decades, but can you really put a price on a piece of pony car history?
If you're confused right now—there's no such thing as a factory AWD Mustang, right?—it's worth revisiting an important but largely-unknown chapter in the model's history. The Mustang became an overnight success after its launch in 1964, and Ford engineers had to figure out how to keep that momentum going with fresh ideas to expand the line. Meanwhile, a small British company called Ferguson Research had spun out of tractor manufacturer Massey Ferguson a decade prior with the goal of designing the first full-time AWD system for road and race cars.
So in December of 1964, Ford shipped a couple of notchback Mustangs over to England to see if Ferguson's technicians could put it all together and create the world's first AWD pony car. The "Ferguson Formula" system was pretty crude compared to today's computer-driven wizardry, with a planetary center differential and a chain-driven front shaft creating a 37:63 front-to-rear torque split. The cars also gained the company's experimental Maxaret anti-skid braking setup, a mechanical forerunner to the ABS of today.
Though performance and handling were greatly improved—Classic Cars got ahold of one for a driving review in 2000 and compared its sure-footedness in the corners to an Audi Quattro—the modifications required to make everything fit were just too expensive and Ford ultimately decided not to pursue the partnership or develop an AWD system of their own. However, Ferguson continued to test their technology on a whole range of cars, including more Mustangs, and the system later found its way into the Jensen FF, the first production car offered with AWD.
And here's where things get murky—officially, there are those two prototypes, plus a couple 1969 fastbacks, including one built for a Ferguson executive with the 428 7-liter V8 that survives in showroom condition today. So where does this convertible fit in? Being a 1970, it would have been for a private customer, not part of the Ford partnership, and appears to be the only droptop converted to AWD. It's hard to know for sure without an official build count or seeing it in person, but it would be pretty hard to fake one of these.
With all that in mind, its frankly terrible condition after spending decades in a Dutch barn is all the more heartbreaking. The high-riding front end plus a poor internet translation of the listing seem to indicate both the engine and front drive unit are missing, and tracking down those parts or a wrecked Jensen FF to source from would be a tall order.
Then there's the omimous "Ask" price. We know what that usually means... but still, we hope someone finds the time and resources to rescue and restore one of the world's most unique Mustangs.
Found this cool photo on Tumblr the other day. Some people may find this picture a bit upsetting. Mustang II's being born.
Ever wondered what it would be like to have a track day at the Nurburgring? Check out this video.
Quick update. Incase you hadn't heard the sync 3 update to version2.2 has now been officially released. Head over the the ford sync site and check it out. As I type this I'm staring at the screen which says "updating". We'll see what happens.
Update 4/28/17: no luck yet, best I can tell is it is very picky about USB drives.
Update 4/30/17: still no luck. I guess I'll hold off a bit longer until Ford can figure out the problems.