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Guillaume69

1969 GT Sportsroof

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Bonjour Y'all!

 

I've been reading you for a while. Got myself a profile a few months ago. And today, I decided it was time to step out of the closet. I did get a lot of really good info and ideas along your threads, and now I will post my own experience, as it might help someone else in turn.

 

To start, let me tell you that I am French, born and raised in Paris. I'm Air Force active duty and got a 3 years tour in the US (Hurlburt Field). So the family and I moved to NW Florida almost 2 years ago. We enjoy ourselves there.. People are crazy, but so friendly as well!!

 

I bought the car (9F02H222550) in 1995, with my very first pay checks as a young LT: $5,000... Found it in Switzerland. It's a DSO 44 (Twin Cities), so not a real export. Drove it like I stole it for almost 15 years. It was my daily driver. Almost 80,000 miles... Did a lot of stuff on it, to it keep safe and fast. But mostly kept it original. As all 69 GTs, I believe, it came with a 351W-2V and a 3:00 in the rear. It has the GT package, obviously and powered front disc brakes. Period. Manual transmission (Toploader 4), manual steering, and no AC. A real car for real men!!

 

Because I drove it in all kind of weathers (rain, ice, snow, etc.), I started to get concerned about some rust points showing here and there on the body.

And one morning, I received my orders for Florida. Told my wife car was coming. And it did. We brought it back here, to its homeland. You need to realize what an accomplishment it was for me to be able to drive my beloved Stang here. And to make sure it would be a memorable tour, I decided to restore it while we're here. A frame up type of restoration, sand blasting, rotisserie, the whole shebang! I started taking it apart a year ago. It should be painted within the end of this week. And goal is to drive it north to Charlotte NC for the 50th Anniversary. We'll see.

 

As I was stripping it down, I realized it is all matching. Engine and tranny. I will post some of my pics here, on this thread.

 

And I almost forgot: Merry Christmas!

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Welcome to America. I'm retired US Air Force myself and spent a lot of time at "Herbie" going through some of the Spec Ops Orientation courses back in the 80's/90's. Loved the "Redneck Rivera" area. Should consider going to the NPD Silver Spring's Show 9-10 January 2014. Lot's of really cool Mustangs there in attendance. Hope to see you and your Mustang in Charlotte at the 50th. Good luck on your restoration.

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Welcome, and Merry Christmas!

 

Looks like you have a great history with your GT. Once you get it restored, you will be able to continue enjoying it that much more.

 

I am also (ex) USAF, but was always sent in the other direction (Kadena, Hill, ...) fun times, and meat a bunch of nice people. I wanted to go to Europe, but never got the chance.

 

Keep us informed on your restoration progress when ever possible...

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Fyi...Not all gt's had a 351...the gt package was availble with all the engines...please post more pictures...my car is blue with the same wheels but not mounted yet...

 

Thanks guys.

 

I guess what I meant was there were no "M"coded 351-4V GTs in 69. Is that right?

 

Those Torque Thrust wheels are awesome on the 69.

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