And Then There Was One…

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Automotive Related, Documentary, Previous Builds
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I said goodbye to my 69 Mustang this week. Bittersweet to say the least. I’ll save the metaphors and just say after 6+ years and a lot of memories, it was time to move on. 

We shot our last scene with her on a beautiful moonlight night almost two weeks ago… she was supposed to leave the next day. Two weeks later – and a few “snowpocalypses” in between – she finally went on the trailer this Friday.

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I’m incredibly grateful for the Mustang. Not only for the car, but also its presence on screen in the documentary. The very first footage we ever shot for this film was an interview in front of it! (Used in our original Teaser Trailer.)

Not only was it in the first footage we shot, but after the Z build became such a debacle, the Mustang really filled the void and became my go to car for the film. And if I’m honest, it had better screen presence than the Z ever will. I mean, it’s a 60’s muscle car after all, you couldn’t make it look bad if you tried.

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Any true car guy will tell you that when you build a car, it becomes a part of you, almost like having a child. You put your everything into the build, and in many ways becomes a reflection of you. The Mustang gave me all that and then some.

I learned so much while building the car, and will forever have that knowledge moving forward. The car was with me through two relationships, both good times and bad, and I’m grateful I’ll have the film footage (and a completed film at some point) to look back fondly on it someday.

But the truth is, I just never used it. It sat in the garage collecting dust more times than not. Couple that with the changes I’ve made this past year (and continue to make), and all the good (and bad) memories the Mustang carried, and you can understand why I made the decision to finally move on.

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I put the car on eBay, half expecting it wouldn’t sell…. A muscle car for sale in the middle of winter? Yea, not going to happen. I figured I’d at least start the process and see if there was any interest in the car. Three days later she was sold. 

The outpouring of love for the car was a really nice surprise. Many folks wrote to say how much they liked the car, and that they really appreciated my craftsmanship. I was getting emails like crazy and a lot of interested parties, but nothing concrete. Then I woke up one morning to find someone had hit the Buy It Now. I was stunned.

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I couldn’t believe what I was reading: “Congratulations Jason, your 1969 Mustang has sold.” I honestly freaked a little. My first response was, “What the hell have I done?”

But the new owner wrote me the nicest email, and I knew she was going to a good home with someone who would appreciate her as much as I have. I’d like to share a section of it here: “Hello Jason. I just purchased your Mustang. Thanks for being so obsessive! I have looked at thousands and thousands of Mustangs online. There was only one other Mustang that I came across that came even close to the quality craftsmanship you put into this car.”

“…I’m very impressed with your attention to the details. I am not a very handy person, so I’m always amazed when I see true craftsmanship. If I had abilities like that I would always have a project car going. Too cool. I looked at so many Mustangs and by far majority [were] “lipstick on a pig,” shiny paint over a rust bucket, 40 year old engine… so anyway, keep up your blog, I plan on keeping up with it too.”

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It was a cold rainy morning the day I met the transport driver. I watched with mixed emotions as he loaded her up on the trailer. I think part of me was still in shock that this was actually happening. 

It’s never easy saying goodbye, and I’m not going to lie, I teared up a little. Not because she was about to leave my life, but because of all the memories of 6+ years with her. It was a great ride, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I only hope the new owner loves her as much as I did.

Jay

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