|Eric Tucker's 1968 California Special|
car was parked in a driveway. I was not sure what it was.
I knew that it was not a Shelby. This was in the summer
of 1990. I contacted Ford but at that time all they did
was send me stories from magazines. I then kept after the
owner and finally he sold it to me. It had good
fiberglass and all of it was there. The car had one small
spot of rust, light front sheet metal damage, no grille,
or Lucas lights. The car was Lime Gold with a black
stripe, but the person I bought the car from painted it
blue, everything had blue paint on it. It had blue house
carpet on the floor, and ugly high backet bucket seats
with purple cloth. I did a title search and talked to the
second owner. He told me that it was a California Special
and that he had bought it for his daughter in 1975 but
she didn't like it.
The person that I bought the car from had a roll bar in it and a reverse lock out and planned to race it. He had bought it years before. It still had his 1977 high school tassel hanging from the rearview mirror. I now have a Marti Report and letter from Ford.
The car had a GM radiator in it and the person I bought the car from cut it up so that the radiator would fit and drilled holes in the radiator support core for big hood pins. I replaced the core and the battery apron and put in a 66 Mustang A code 289 and a Mustang 4 speed trans. I have replaced the steering, suspension, engine, transmission, brakes, and interior myself.
In April of 2008 I removed the 289 and installed a rebuilt 351 Windsor.