A comparatively easy restoration ensued, with the rust-free body appreciated by the crew at Eastgate Auto Body, who did a bang-up job of stripping, prepping, and laying down a fresh topcoat in the original hue. This group also did the necessary interior painting and installed the new vinyl top. Mechanical issues were turned over to R&L Automotive, which determined that little more than cosmetics were necessary. The C4 transmission had been recently rebuilt, and the 289 checked out strong, requiring just a new timing chain, cleaning, and concours detail.
The end results are just as Tony had hoped for. While dry weather is hit and miss in the Pacific Northwest, he and Lorna enjoy a spin in their wellequipped hardtop when the sun shines bright. Decades since being penned, '68 Mustang styling does as much for Tony today as it did when he was living large in a Cougar. Could there be any better definition of timeless design?