I had such good intentions when I started gutting the original suspension components out of the 1980 Ford Mustang Ghia that we call the Great Pumpkin. I had the spindles, the rear axle, everything ready to go, and by early April of last year, everything was out of the car except for the front struts and suddenly…I stopped all progress. And I mean stopped. From about mid-April until two days ago, I hadn’t laid a finger on the original Fox Body resident of BangShift Mid-West. The car hasn’t even been started since then, and there’s a reason for that you will read about in the photos below.
So, what caused me to ignore building my wife’s car? Distractions. First there was the Imperial’s transmission dramas. Then there was the work that went towards the Dirty Cougar before I sent it down the road to a buddy. Then there was the arrival of the Cruze, the summer work schedule, the oppressive heat, mowing, and the next thing I know, it’s turkey, presents, Auld Lang Syne and suddenly I find myself looking at two Fords, one that is sitting outside in the rain as I do work here and there, and one that is sitting in a nice and dry shop, gathering small spiderwebs. So, the new plan: if it’s sunny and warm out, the Rough Start Fox gets some work done. If it’s pissing down rain, the Pumpkin gets some love. And if it’s cold enough to freeze the nuts off of a Jeep, I’ll cave in and stay inside…my garage does not heat up well. But that’ll be a much more productive plan than the all of last year! Here’s some of the progress of the last couple of days and expect more to come down the pipeline quickly, now that I’m focusing on the Fords for a while!