1964 Ford Mustang: our shed

By: Phil Walker, Photography by: Phil Walker

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Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang
Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang
Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang
Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang

Uncle Phil's given our giveaway Mustang the works. No horses were spared

1964 Ford Mustang: our shed
Our shed: 1964 Ford Mustang

 

1964 ½ Ford Mustang

If there’s one thing I love more than driving cars, it’s servicing them. Actually, I tell a lie. Servicing is a pain in the neck – ask any mechanic – and I’ve serviced plenty of cars. No matter how many times you’ve done it, you discover someone’s borrowed your only 17mm socket – the one to undo the sump plug – which you drop in the oil pan. Beloved then tells you to watch your language.

But there’s a satisfaction of knowing your pride and joy has taken its medicine and eaten its greens, so to speak.

This ’64-and-a-half Mustang has made appearances at the Vic Hot Rod Show, Geelong Revival and more recently the Philip Island Classic. So, because one of you lucky buggers gets to take it home in a few months, I needed to give her a good going-over.

Our choice of lubricants was easy thanks to our mates at Penrite. They’ve used their high performance mineral oil HPR30, which has a 20W-60 viscosity. Many are familiar with some of the cheap and nasty 20W-50s out there, but HPR30 protects higher-strung old cars like our Mustang. Power steering received semi-synthetic HPSO fluid, their high-shear Pro-Gear 75W-80 went in the gearbox and the 85W-140 in the diff. I’ve always used Penrite gear in my own Mustangs and Corvettes and they’ve never let me down. Not once.

Outside we had the tried-and-true car care from Mothers to bathe the two-pack, clearcoat paintwork with. I used their ph-balanced car wash to get the loose stuff off, their spray detailer to gently remove any stuck bits like tree sap or bird dirt, and their ‘Reflections’ car wax which works miracles.

Their haze-free glass cleaner did the peep-holes, ‘Carpet and Upholstery’ was used for the carpeted footwells and the ph-balanced leather cleaner and conditioner ‘fed’ and now protects the leather. Their wheel cleaner also removed all brake dust from the alloy wheels – just don’t leave it on longer than 15-30 seconds.

Mothers’ Protectant will clean the dust off the dash, but I found using a second cloth wipes away any excess that can cause reflection on the windscreen.

It sounds stupid, but it’s easier to keep a car clean when it’s done regularly. But if you’re longer between scrubs than me, their clay bar kit, post-wash, will remove any other long-term grit, oil, bird-do and even CO2 dust without scratching your clear coat on top.

Your ‘new’ Mustang awaits, sparkling and keen to be driven. Grab a copy of Unique Cars and take it off my hands.

 

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