Eight months later, Fred married Sue and the couple headed off on their honeymoon in the Mustang. Later, the Mustang brought each of their two children home from the hospital.
In 1978 with 138,000 miles on the odometer, the Mustang was parked. At the time, Fred envisioned restoring the Mustang in the near future, a project that was delayed for 25 years. Think of it like the plumber with leaking pipes; Fred couldn't get started on his Mustang because he had so many others to work on in his shop. Prior to the Mustang's 40th Anniversary (not to mention his own 40th wedding anniversary) in 2004, Fred and his team at Glaziers Mustang Barn went to work. It took a year to restore the hardtop.
Fred and his restored '64½ Mustang hardtop were featured in the December 2004 issue of Mustang Monthly.
You can't say that Jack Blakely hasn't gotten his money's worth out of his yellow '64½ hardtop. To participate in the Original Owner Display in Birmingham, he drove it from St. Helens, Oregon, a trip that saw the odometer flip over to 420,000 miles. "The duties have varied over the years, from fun car to family car to work car. I still drive it a lot. It has never been in a show until now."
Powered by the 260 V-8, Jack says the car has always been reliable, durable, and flexible. Now retired, Jacks refers to the Mustang as a "time machine," saying it has created many family memories. "There are too many to list. As 'senior moments' increase, some would be lost forever if it wasn't for family."
After all these years, Jack still has his priorities straight: "The credit goes to my wife Marie for buying the car in the first place. The credit for keeping it running goes to me."
The Graduation Gift
Kathy Miller with husband,...
Kathy Miller with husband, John
After graduating from Poland Seminary High School in Poland, Ohio, in June 1964, Kathy Miller had a surprise waiting for her when she arrived home with her parents, Ken and Lois Mitchell. "In the driveway was a brand-new Prairie Bronze Mustang coupe," Kathy says. "My mother had bought me a watch, but my dad had bought me a Mustang!"
Kathy says her base-model hardtop with the 170ci six-cylinder and automatic was the first Mustang sold at Gough Ford in Struthers, Ohio. "It didn't have power steering or brakes, air conditioning, or even a radio so I used some of my graduation money for an AM radio."
The oldest of eight children, Kathy would be the first in the family to attend college, leaving later that summer with her Mustang for Ohio State University, where she received a degree in Commerce and Business Administration in 1968. That same year, she married John Miller. Kathy entered into a real estate career and used her Mustang to chauffeur clients.
Several years ago, oldest son Nate restored the '64½ with help from his father in time for the Mustang 40th Anniversary Celebration in Nashville. The experience led Nate to open his own restoration shop, Buckeye Automotive Restoration in Berlin Center, Ohio.
Last year, Kathy's Mustang was invited to participate in the Willistead Classic Concours d'Elegance in Windsor, Ontario, where she won Best of Class for the '58-'65 American Luxury closed class. The car also won a Gold at the Mustang Club of America's national event in Indianapolis this past June, qualifying it for the Conservator Class.
Kathy never dreamed that she would still own the Mustang 45 years later, but admits that she's a pack rat. "I hate to get rid of anything," she says. "I still have my graduation watch too."
Just like the Brochure
At Birmingham, Harrel McKinney forgot to set his alarm clock, so he missed our Saturday morning photo shoot. However, you couldn't miss Harrel's Wimbledon White '64½ hardtop that was featured in the middle of the Original Owner circular display.