Really, it was Gordon's son who made the process so rewarding. "My son, Brian, was two years old when I bought the car," Gordon says, "so he has grown up helping me with the restoration. At first he would pass me tools, and as he got older he would help me restore parts."
Between the two of them, Gordon and Brian performed all the restoration work them-selves, except machining and balancing the engine components (a task handled by Dave at Genuine Parts Company in Seattle), rebuilding the FMX tranny (which was managed by the folks at Aamco), and applying a fresh coat of Calypso Coral (sprayed on by Huddleson's Auto Color World).
Today Gordon and Brian bask in the glow of a job well done and hard fought. They like to take in shows and display their handiwork, but the most fun comes from the good ol' highway cruise. Of course, Brian has his young eyes firmly set on the Mach 1's key ring.
"Now, he takes his friends to the garage, removes the car cover and shows them 'his' car."
So, perhaps in hindsight, had Gordon not divested himself of that first Mach 1, he and Brian may never have enjoyed bringing a vintage Mustang back to life, or spent the quality time together that all parents long for these days.
Like we said, it was for the better.