Hello fellow CM lovers,
First, apologies for the melodramatic post title and long post. But people say and do crazy stuff when they're grieving.
My almost 80 father purchased a new 3spd 289 green coupe in Dallas in 1965. We've had it ever since.
My dad was a new husband contemplating having a family in '65. The Mustang served the family well in the 60's-70's. They kept it as a second car in the 80's and it became my high school and college car. I loved the car like the brother even though there were plenty of mechanical challenges along the way.
But I love that car. It's been with me my entire life. It's a huge part of my bond with father.
Part of why I've never posted or gone to local shows is that we made some tough choices in the 90's. Yes, we could have kept it completely original. But if you've ever crawled under a car in 100+ heat to reattach the linkage, you know original ain't all it's cracked up to be. So we made the decision to change the tranny in the early 00's. After that, the car became fun to drive.
Since his retirement, my dad decided to go for everything he wanted in that car. Pony interior. Rebuilt engine. Every tiny rust spot arrested. Honestly, I lost track of everything he did, but I know he'd made it the best version of our car that had ever been.
So May 2019, all the mods/restos were done. But it wouldn't start when I went to take it to a concert. Probably the starter which is common so we took it back to PM Standly
. It was there while my dad and I were out of town.
WTF / RIP:
We're told an employee of PM Standley drove a customer's truck into the side of our Mustang. Our Mustang was rammed into another classic Mustang. That Mustang was rammed into a classic Corvette. The 'Vette was rammed into the wall. Mind you, this was INDOORS
Our Mustang took most of the damage.
The dealer had our Mustang towed to a class restorer. After a couple of weeks the verdict was that the frame took too much damage. So they're looking for a donor frame. And they intend to cobble the few remaining viable parts of our car on to a donor frame.
BUT if they do, it will have a new VIN and no longer be an original owner Mustang. And frankly, it won't be our car anymore. It'll be a different car with a few of our old parts.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO
When you have an emotional attachment to something that's been a part of your life for 50+ years, you have no perspective or rational thoughts as to next steps. My dad is in poor health and this was his ONE hobby and a huge source of joy and pride. This was our bond as father and daughter. There is no way to make this right. But I would appreciate:
1) leads on Nationally recognized appraisers who'd be willing to testify in Dallas (we have the money to fight)
2) what we should do with the Mustang (which feels bizarrely similar to asking about what to do about a brain dead family member -- and yes, I've been in that situation)
3) thoughts on settlement (fortunately PM Standley has pretty deep pockets)
I wish I was posting under better circumstances and apologize for not sharing our beloved car before all this happened. Thank you so much for your input.