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Ronnie's New Toy - OFF TOPIC (Mustang GT)


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3 hours ago, ship said:

I put "Buick" mud flaps on my Reatta when I originally bought it.

 

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I like your license plate. I still have a TN plate that says "Reatta" that I had on mine for a while. Had to pay $60 a year extra ($60+24=$84 total ) to keep it registered so I got an antique tag that costs $0 per year as soon as I could. I'll probably get an antique tag for the Mustang next year when I renew my registration for it.

 

 

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18 hours ago, Ronnie said:

Boy racer isn't for me anymore. I think turning a Mustang into a personal luxury coupe would be quite a stretch. So I guess I will go for door number 3, old guy elegance. I might just stick with the plain vanilla theme and keep the stock wheels since everything else is stock. I have no intention of changing it by making a lot of mods. Unlike the Reatta, there aren't many mods I want to do to it. It already has most of the mods I wanted to do to the Reatta to make it my own. I'll probably just drive it and enjoy it.

I change my mind a lot. You never know about me. There's a possibility that in the future I might go from mild to wild and end up with something looking like this. There's a lot you can do with a white car to get attention. 🙂 I'm not ready for the stripes yet but I do like those five spoke chrome wheels. I'll probably buy some of those if I stumble across a set at a good price.

 

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MA is pretty rigid on what they call "vanity" plates.  It initially costs $50 to apply for the plates.  Then it can only have a max of 6 characters/numbers, characters first then numbers second and no mixing them up.  There is an annual fee of $100 every November to keep the registration of the vanity plates current.

 

 

 

"Special" plates; example, Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Cape Cod, Save the Whale, etc., and YOM plates follow the same rules but require re-registration cost of $100 every 2 years.  YOM plates have to be original with no re-paints. 

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7 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

I do like the sill plate stripe.  Maybe a thinner stripe(s) front to back.

 

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It is a pretty blank canvas and all colors will work with the white base, so only imagination is the limit. How about plaid 🥴 A lot of creative ideas using vinyl wrap might be a consideration? I am not sure it would be any less expensive than paint, but it isn't permanent if you change your mind and the white base color will have little or no shadow in the paint from sun exposure.

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After owning the GT for over month, I gave it it's first bath today. I waited until I got all the mechanical things done so I could do a really good wash job to get all the finger prints off from working on the car. It cleaned up really good but it really needs to be waxed to get it to shine like it should. 

 

I noticed a few tiny rock chips in the paint here and there as I washed it but nothing unexpected. I finally got some touchup paint that matches to take care of them. It was hard to find Crystal White touchup paint for some reason. After the touchups, the next step will be using a clay bar to make the paint as slick as a baby's bottom. Then a good coat of wax to bring out the shine. I don't think I will have to buff it like I did the Reatta to get it to shine. Clay bar and wax is what I did to the Mercedes and it turned out great.

 

 

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I guess most Mustang people would know this, but I just discovered that Mustang GTs like mine have a fiberglass hood and trunk lid. It also has aluminum heads on the engine. Ford did their homework on trying to save weight on a Mustang.

 

I drove my Mustang about 170 miles round trip on Sunday. It's a really good driving car and it is comfortable once you get in it. Getting in and out is about the same as the Reatta. Both are low to the ground which makes it hard on an old man to get in and out of. Most of the roads we were driving on was smooth, but we encountered a section of road where the cracks in the asphalt had been filled in with tar. On that section I could feel the ripples from the tar through the stiff suspension, and it created more road noise than my Reatta would have. The Reatta was a smoother riding car.

 

 

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  • 4 weeks later...

I finally got a front license plate I like. It's a replica of a blue Tennessee license plate like is on the rear of the car. I think the blue goes well with the bright white paint. I still want some different wheels but not in a hurry to get them.

 

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Looking good Ronnie! Didn't we see that mural with your Reatta?

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Yeah, I took some pictures of my Reatta there. It's a popular place in the center of town for taking photos of cars. The mural is there to remind people that Kingston was once called the "peach capital". Over a million peach trees were planted in this area. It was a huge industry that died almost overnight when a blight hit the peach trees and killed them. My house sits on land that once a peach orchard.

 

I always wonder who the old man in the mural is supposed to be and why he is looking so intently at the back of the young lady picking peaches. 🙂 

 

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18 hours ago, Ronnie said:

I finally got a front license plate I like. It's a replica of a blue Tennessee license plate like is on the rear of the car. I think the blue goes well with the bright white paint. I still want some different wheels but not in a hurry to get them.

 

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Shouldn't that be "MYSTANG"?😁

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Ronnie, I'm liking the car...maybe a set of chrome mags to add to the mix...

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21 minutes ago, ship said:

Ronnie, I'm liking the car...maybe a set of chrome mags to add to the mix...

Yeah, I agree that some chrome wheels are needed. Even though it has the "premium" wheels for that year, it has the same problem the stock Reatta wheels have. They look too much like hubcaps. They don't add much bling to the car. In my opinion wheels can completely change the look of a car. I'm just waiting for the right wheels to come along locally at a good price. 

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I was at my my friend Gary's house, my Mustang buddy, to help him do a little work on his Mustang that he drag races. I mentioned that I was wanting to get some nicer wheels for my Mustang. He walked to the back of his garage and started throwing some wheels into the back of my pickup. He said try these and see if you like them. I asked him how much he wanted for them and he said, "They're yours if you want them. I just need to get them out of my way." I won't be able to beat that price. 🙂 

 

They are really dirty from sitting in his garage for a long time. The tires are completely worn out so I will have to swap the tires off my wheels. The tires on them now are taller than the low profile tires on my car now. I cleaned one of them up and leaned it up against the front wheel of my car to get an idea about how they will look. They aren't chrome but they have a high gloss shine almost like chrome. What to you guys think of how they will look if I had them bolted on my car compared to what I have on there now (bottom photo)? Should I hold out for real chrome wheels?

 

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I like them.  Not chrome but certainly brighter than the current ones on your Mustang.

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Way better. Put 'em on and give them a try. As you said can't beat the price!

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Raining here so I can't wash the other three wheels today. I decided to install the one I cleaned yesterday and take a photo to see how it looks bolted on the car. I have to say it looks great compared to the photo I took a few weeks ago with the stock wheels. If the rest of the wheels clean up as good as this one they will be going on my Mustang.  I think I still would like chrome 5 spoke wheels better but these will do just fine since I'm getting them for free.

 

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Once after having all four on for a running month, you won't even remember about wanting chrome wheels.... chrome, what's chrome you'll say!

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I think they look dandy and an excellent addition👍

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I put new wheels on the driver side and left the old stock wheels on the passenger side, then pulled it outside and took a few photos for comparison. This sealed the deal for me. I will be swapping my tires onto the new wheels soon. I think I will be very happy with the wheels Gary gave me. Before I got my Mustang Gary said he would help me with parts if I bought one but I wasn't expecting this. I offered to pay but he refused take anything. He's a good guy.

 

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