Profiles

Darlene and Joe Andreola

2002 Stage II Roush Mustang

Darlene and Joe purchased this beautiful   Mustang at Kenny Ross Ford South. The car features billet pedals, white face guages, cold air induction, Roush badging, 18" x 9" front wheels with 8" x 10" wheels at the rear, all in chrome, and a Hurst T-handle shifter.

 

Scot Cameron

1970 Boss 302

On May 5, 2001 my dream came true when I was able to purchase my 1970 Boss 302. I have been wanting one for almost 25 years. I did my research and found it in Columbus, Ohio. This was a dealer, Signature Auto Sales, that specializes in Boss, Machs and Shelbys. I had eight Boss's to choose from and of course I had to have a shaker hood. Their website is Bosscars.com if anyone wants to browse. We drove to Columbus with an enclosed trailer and hauled a Grabber Green Boss home. After getting it home, I cleaned, pampered and replaced worn odds and ends. I forgot how it felt feeling the rumble of raw horsepower again and being behind the wheel of a true muscle car. I feel in another world driving it. I can't explain the feeling. I wish every Mustang lover could have the chance to drive a Boss sometime. A couple of months later after I got it, I went to StarCity one Thursday night not knowing what to expect. It was the first time I took it to a cruise. That was the night that I met Joe Trecki. We started talking and he introduced me to some of the members of TCTC. They asked if I wanted to join and gave me an application. To me this was a great way to get to know other Mustang enthusiasts. I know, some of you are thinking "Why did Joe ever talk him in the first place?" Sorry, you have to put up with me now. Joining TCTC was the best thing that I have done in years. I have truly met some of the greatest people in the world. I want to take this moment to publicly extend my thanks and appreciation to all of you that have helped me with my car and for just being my friends, Thanks! Well back to the car. It's not perfect and its not concours condition, but it sure is a lot of fun. Maybe in a few years I'll have it repainted to remove the flaws, but until then I'll enjoy driving the wheels off of it. It has 116,000 documented miles from the original owners manual and is still running strong. I have been told that the cam was replaced years ago. Other  than that, its extremely stock. The hp of the Boss was grossly understated by Ford for insurance reasons at the time. Ford rated this engine at 290 hp. When several of us were at Carlisle last June for the Ford Nationals, we talked with some of the Boss owners about horsepower. We were told that the actual horsepower was 400-425. Of course nobody knows how true that is either. I guess I'll have to find a dyno. In closing I would like to thank my mother for making this purchase of my dreams possible. God rest her soul.                     

John & Luann Habjanetz

The Habjanetz family have been members of the club since the summer of 2000 & own a total of 5 different models of Mustangs. They enjoy going to the car cruises & other club events together. The biggest problem is deciding what cars to take.

John owns a fully modified 1970 grabber green Mach1 & a 1970 Grande. A friend previously owned the Mach 1 & was willing to sell the Texas car for less than $2,000. John has worked several years to get his car in the condition that it is in today. The engine is a 1969 302 with 9.5 to 1 compression. It has a magnum 292 hydraulic cam with roller rockers, triple valve job & a weiand tunnel ram with 2 Holley 450 cfm carbs. It also has an electronic ignition, headers & side pipes. The drive line consists of a 4 speed top loader transmission & a 430 detroit locker rearend. He acquired the Grande after one of his customers in Clarion had mentioned that he wanted to get rid of his wrecked car from Virginia. It is basically restored back to the original condition with the exception of the roof. John didn't care for the checkered vinyl roof so he left it off. 

Luann has her 1968 Deluxe painted bright atlantic blue. Her car was originally from North Carolina & was first seen by a close friend who passed up the deal from a private owner. There were only 9,995 of these cars made in 1968 with all of the options. Luann's car had been her everyday driver until about 2 years ago when she decided to restore it.
Michelle just recently purchased a polar ice 1981 Mustang. A friend of the family was neighbors with the original owner. The man didn't want to put any more money into it & was willing to let it go cheap. She is still deciding on any customing that she may want to do to it.

Jennifer got her medium blue 1991 Mustang LX after members of the club (Stanley & Mark) saw it while they were out looking for a new race car. Jenn has started to customize her mustang  with a han
o, we would love to have it featured here.

Carl & Trish Orangis

I purchased my first Stang in 1968. It was a 1967, "Lime Gold", 3 on the floor, 6 cylinder coupe with 19k miles, and a pricetag of $1,800. I needed the car for school, and wanted somethingboth economical and fun to drive. However, after landing ahigh-paying job with the gas company($456 per month) in 1970, I was ready for something different! Don't get upset now, but my boyhood dream was to own a corvette (ya gotta remember, the Vette was conceived 11 years prior to the Stang). With the checkbook in hand, I went "Vette" hunting. Needless to say I could barely afford the car, the insurance blew me out of the water. The next OBVIOUS choice was the Stang. My first stop was Cliff Heath Ford. I figured I could get a loaded Mach I for less than a stock Vette, and the insurance rates would certainly be lower. Unfortunately it would take approximately 3 months to get it delivered. I didn't want to kill the summer waiting for a car, so I tried other dealerships, and basically got the same story. So…. I went back to Cliff Heath Ford, and actually got a salesman who really cared about my situation. He asked me if I had researched the Boss 302. I did, but that 290 HP rating wasn't exactly my idea of muscle car performance. He sort of snickered and said he had a new "Grabber Orange" Boss 302 in the back lot which I could test drive. The car was strictly stock with .350 ears, and dog dish hubcaps! The price tag was approximately $3,700.00.

After stalling it the first time I let the clutch out, I was ready to take the car through it's paces. We pulled out on to Route 19 and Mr. sales Guy gave me the ok to get on it! Oh my! The top end speed of this car seemed unapproachable! That engine was crying for more! The potential of this car scared me and the salesman as well. Upon returning to the dealership, I turned over a signed check and told him to fill in the blanks. Ok, insurance time. I told dad to contact his insurance guy, to write a policy for a 1970 Ford Mustang, 8 cylinder, manual transmission, VIN no. yata, yata… Since it was late Friday, I wouldn't get the rate info until Monday . As I was walking home from work (I still lived with my folks) I saw my dad sitting on the front steps with a forlorn look on his face. His exact words to me were "someday you kids will put me in my grave". Insurance for the Boss was rated HIGHER than the corvette due to the documented horsepower ratings on the "race prepared" Boss which ranged between 460-560 HP. Thank you very much Larry Shinoda and Bud Moore! The insurance company conservatively rated the Boss at 375 HP, and I was quoted a rate of $2000 per year! Since I was blowing off 396 Chevelles, GTO's and Vettes, I couldn't dispute it. Once the word got out on this mystery motor and of course the disconnected rev limiter, even the Z-28's were leery to race, especially after the Bud Moore Boss cars took the 1970 Trans-Am Championship! It got boring on those summer Friday nights cruising through McDonalds, Eat n Park and Danny's with nobody to race, although I did get a run for my money from one of those Cutlass W-31's.
Go figure.

Now for something really stupid. With 27,000 miles on my Boss, I traded my Boss in for a 1972 Grand Prix. However, I never stopped thinking about that car and always hoped I would at least see one at the cruises. Then, in the summer of 2000, Trish and I were at a cruise at the Washington Mall. Behind me, I heard a familiar "Time Bomb" ticking sound of the solid mechanical lifters which actually gave me the chills. There it was, a 1970 red Boss 302. The owner, from Ohio, had just completed a three year restoration. At that point I started my quest, and in March of 2001 I found my current Calypso Coral Boss 302 nestled in Grove City. My strategy was to dicker like an Arab horse trader and come away with a killer deal. Of course when he opened the garage door and started it up, I passed out, regained consciousness, and once again gave he man a blank check. With only 63,000 original miles, the
ticket was a bit more than the $3,700.00 I had shelled out in 1970, but this car is a bit louder...and faster. Ironically, I purchased the Boss on March 2 (3/02). Now I'm not a gambling man, but I wonder what the lottery number was that hit that
day? I'm afraid to check.

Jim & Susan Stoker

 Up until 1988, the fastest thing I had ever driven was a 1980 Cadillac Coupe de Ville with a 396. I thought the thingGT was fast when the carburetor actually used all four barrels. I had stationed in New York with a farm boy friend of mine from Wisconsin. I remember driving my 84 Cavalier Type 10 to the used car dealership to pick up his new car with him. A 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo SS, raised in the ear, with Yosemite Sam airbrushed on the hood stepping out of flames and flags. I thought the car was the greatest thing. Man did it seem fast.. A 305 Chevy with some mild bolt ons. We went driving four lane city roads nightly, racing and laughing. One day, we got our doors blown off. I looked at the car pulling steadily away from us, and remember the words….Damn Mustang!

I looked at him and asked, "Was that really a Mustang?" It doesn't look anything like my uncles car. We got talking about it. I knew my uncle's 1970 Boss 302, which I had been trying to buy since I was eleven, was nothing like this Fox body car that had just eaten us up. So, a new bug had bitten. Over the next few months, I'd checked 18 dealerships between New York and Pittsburgh. Not many dealers wanted to talk to a 19 year old about a Mustang GT. I was disappointed that they no longer made T-tops in the car, but when they told me it was because of the accidents they had caused at high speeds, I accepted it and kept looking. My father had snuck me an insurance value book that explained the expense to the dealership for every feature you wanted on a car. I figured out my price and shopped every Ford sign I could find.

Jim Stoker's Mach 1 R

Finally, Cliff Heath Ford on Rt. 19 Answered the call. I gave them what they paid for the car, plus a $250.00 profit and they sold. They had to trade a Thunderbird Super coupe to a dealership to a dealership in Pottstown, Pa. For the one I wanted, but a few days later the call came in. "we have your car, but it'll take a couple of days to prepare it for you." I wouldn't hear it. I drove to the dealership that night and picked it up. They told me all the things I had to do to make it road worthy, and the first stop was my then girlfriend-now wife's house on the way home. I have to admit, it was interesting learning how to drive a five speed on the hills from Rt. 19 to South park, but worth the learning experience. After visiting Sue, I drove the car home and gave it a kerosene bath. Yes, kerosene. They use it to wash off the protective coating that they had had placed on the cars for their stay on the sales lots. I prepared the car and drove it near 400 miles back to New York the next day. That poor car was raced daily for a year. I think I put 33,000 miles on it that year, racing up and down my driveway, and all around town. Not to mention the frequent trips back to Pittsburgh. My wife learned how to drive a stick on a terror filled ride around Century III Mall's parking lot, that nearly made me the proud owner of a slightly used concrete light pole support.

A lot has changed since those days...  While looking at other cars online, I came across a 1969 Mach I, R code for sale. Two short drives to Ohio later I was the proud owner. The owner of the car had lied about everything accept the color of the car. I learned a lot and continue to learn. Since then, I've picked up a rat trap '86 convertible, then the 2008 Shelby GT/SC below, and the wife got her own 1999 GT convertible in Chrome Yellow to enjoy.  

Shelby1 Sue's GT1

 

GT3

Rick & Deb Appenzeller

Here is a picturerick and deb 1970 of Debbie and me in 1970. Deb was still in high school. The car was my 1969 Ford Torino GT. It was a 351 with an automatic.

We purchased our 2010 Mustang last June of 2011 from Ohio Valley Ford in Moundsville, WV. After a few weeks of looking on-line I went to see what they had. They checked around and within 15 minutes found one in an auction in Tennessee. It was exactly what I wanted; Torch Red in color with a Premium V6 and most importantly of all a convertible! I added the Ford hood scoop and the Magnaflow dual exhaust early last Spring to bring the looks of the 70's back.

I found out about our club on-line while searching for mustang clubs. The rest is history. It is nice meeting such nice members and how we are all Mustang crazy. We are looking forward to going to more shows and participating in a Pony Trail cruise which we, unfortunately, missed last time. One of our favorite things to do is put the top down and go for ride. Either to the Pittsburgh area, Holmes County, Ohio Amish Country or up or down the Ohio River on Rt 7.

 

My wife, Debbie, and I have been married since ‘99. We live in Martins Ferry, Oh, which is across the Ohio River from Wheeling, WV. We live only two miles from the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino. No we do not go there. Lol. She is a car enthusiast as much as I am and likes to go to car cruises too...

Appenzeller2

We enjoy quiet time at home with our 3 cats. We have had 2 for 4 years now that we rescued from Petsearch out of Washington, Pa. Our other cat is a pure breed Maine Coon that we got from a breeder near Akron.

Chuck & Karen Taylor

Rescued from a salvage yard in Massachusetts in 1980, the 1970 convertible underwent a 4-year exterior restoration, replacing both rear quarter panels, lower door skins, installation of a 1976 250 I6 engine, C4 transmission, and a repaint.

In 2005, I brought it to Pittsburgh, where I began a mechanical, structural, and cosmetic restoration that included: complete suspension replacement (front and rear), 8” 3.55 4-pinion locker differential, sub-frame connectors, interior replacement (carpet, dash pad, and TMI Sport II upholstery), new floor pans, inner rocker rails, front and rear torque boxes, a period-correct 302 with performance upgrades, performance C4 transmission, ceramic-coated headers, 2½” MagnaFlow® dual exhaust, 4-piston power disk brake conversion, 15” Magnum 500 wheels, new custom 3-layer convertible top, custom 4-speaker sound system, sequential LED brake lights, Mach 1 grill, Mach 1 hood scoop (with integral LED turn indicators), Mach 1 gas cap, Mach 1 hood locks, Mach 1 rim-blow wood-grained steering wheel, Mach 1 tail panel, Mach 1 door panels, deluxe wood-grained dash panels, deluxe shifter handle, custom dash-mounted quartz clock, “Rally Pack” gauges (tachometer and volt meter), and a stock floor console with custom insert (with cup holders and 12V power outlet).

 

Nathan and Amanda Parker