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Doug160

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Here's my ride: a 1968 Mustang Fastback that I rescued out of a field in 1986. It had no drivetrain in it and was sitting on blocks. I dragged it home and started tearing it apart. Then I made a career change in 1987, got married in 1988, bought a house in 1990, and had 3 children from 1991-96. So the Mustang sat in pieces for more than 20 years while I could only dream of what I wanted to do to the car (keep it stock, a Shelby clone, an Eleanor, maybe a Bullitt). There was nothing special about the car. It was originally a 289, 3-speed and the drivetrain was gone. So I had a blank canvas to start with. 

Finally, in 2009, I made a commitment to start working on this car. It took the next 5 years for me to get it on the road. I did all the work myself in a 1-car garage, including the paint. I decided to build a custom Bullitt. I built the car to drive and show.

It has a 351W pushing about 400hp, a modified T45 / 5-speed transmission, 3.50 limited slip rear, modified Shelby style suspension with rack & pinion steering and more. Probably the most noticeable feature is the paint. The car was originally Highland Green Metallic which is the same color as the original Bullitt. I wanted something that was close to the original color but I wanted it to "pop". I ended up painting it with PPG's Bushmaster Green which was made for Ted Nugent's Bronco and painted on a couple of Gearz episodes. 

Here's a few before, during, and after pics:

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Doug,

Thats a bunch of hard work.  You obviously have passion.  And it shows.

I love the color you chose.  With the black interior, it all just comes together really nicely.

I flat love that last picture.  It is super.

THX
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Doug, Nothing much more than "WOW" covers it. That last picture, like Jim said is amazing. You could make that into a poster. Thanks for sharing your story. Maybe it will inspire those drinking their morning coffee and staring at a lump under a cover (I mean a car not in their room) to get out there and get it on the road. That reminds me, I have some brake lines to flair. Mike 
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Doug160

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Thanks for the nice comments. It was truly a labor of love.
A guy I work with does photography on the side and has a very artistic eye. He's the one who took the last picture. For Valentine's Day my wife had it made into a framed poster for my garage.
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