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First time Mustang owner!

New to this forum, new to Mustangs and American cars in general. Found one online by coincidence four and half hours away from my location two days ago at night, it was apparently posted a few minutes before I saw it. I usually check for BMWs Benzes and Porsches but this Mustang showed up on top of the page before I picked the make and it caught my eye. Woke up the next day and made the trip and bought it. Seemed like a good deal even though I have zero clue about mustang values. The owner got it from an auction a few months back and literally had about 10 calls while I was seeing it. He showed me how many inquiries he had and it's a LOT. I did some quick research and it has the 2bbl engine which is rebuilt. I took it for a quick drive and it drove perfectly. Couldn't find any hint of corrosion anywhere and paint has been redone at some point and looks okay with a couple of paint cracks. Interior is perfect. I do have experience with euro classics so I checked all the usual common things that should be checked on any classic car and everything looks good. I'm waiting for it to be shipped now, hopefully it doesn't take long because I can't wait to dig deeper into it! I'm wondering how much they are really worth in such condition. Tried to find a similar spec one with the 289 and manual tranny but couldn't find anything comparable. Oh btw the dog leg first gear almost got me in huge trouble. I checked the marking and knew it's a dog leg. Drove it for 10 minutes without an issue and then while I was trying to drive it into the owners steep driveway, I put it in reverse and you know the rest, thank god nobody was behind me. I guess muscle memory can't be modified that easily . I had to change the battery on it because it wouldn't start without a boost at first so I bought a new one. When it was boosted the headlight worked but when I changed the battery they didn't anymore. Maybe I blew a fuse? Here's a video I shot yesterday
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 02:25 PM
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Nice car! Since the battery died, I would verify that the alternator is charging, then make sure you have clean, solid ground connections to the body and engine.
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Once you get it home it's time to really look at the underside. floors,rockers trunk extensions. Pull back carpet in toe board areas. Pour a 1/4 glass water in cowl vents in front of windshield. Look for it to seep through.
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Nice car! Since the battery died, I would verify that the alternator is charging, then make sure you have clean, solid ground connections to the body and engine.
Headlamps are kinda dim in the video, should be brighter. Check that the alternator is putting out enough to charge the battery and keep all the lights on.

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