Kale and Evelyn Epperson’s 1999 and 1973 Mustangs
My interest in Mustangs began when I was a child. I always wanted my parents’ 1965 coupe. With my parents’ tight grip on the car, I began searching for one of my own. The first Mustang I owned was a 1966 Metallic Blue Coupe, followed by two convertibles – a 1985 and a 1993. Currently, Evelyn and I have three Mustangs, a 1999 “35th Anniversary” Coupe, a 1973 Fastback and the third, Evelyn’s daily driver, is a 2003 Dark Shadow Gray “Pony Package” Coupe.
My 1999 “35th Anniversary” White Ford Mustang Coupe is my daily driver. Club member, Barrett Determan, helped me find this car when he worked for Joe Cooper Ford in Yukon. With the crazy gas prices, this 3.6-Liter car does the job nicely. When driving this car, my club spirit shines as she drives down the road showing off her Ford pin striping and large club logo on the back windshield.
When I feel the need for speed and horsepower, I jump into my 1973 Ford Mustang Fastback with its 351 Cleveland V-8. This vehicle is my “Fixer Upper” with black primer and newly welded floor pans. When I found this car you can say I got it at a steal. My 1985 red 5.0 GT Mustang Convertible was an even trade for this diamond in the rough. With a couple of spark plug wires changed to the proper firing order, I drove this beast home - overheating, backfiring, and smoking worse than a train. Once this car was at its new home, a simple changing of the points and a new thermostat helped this Wild Horse roam again. I am transforming this rust infected creature into a Mach I clone after the Mustang in the original “Gone in 60 Seconds” movie. “Eleanor” will have a screaming yellow paint job and a bold black strip down the middle and lower sides.
What is in the future of this Mustang owner? Those 2006 Pony Package Mustang Convertibles sure look nice. Hoping and a dreaming you can say.
Submitted by Kale Epperson