5 Things I Forgot I Hated About My Classic Mustang

Over the last few weeks I’ve decided to use my ’66 Mustang as a daily driver. “Sacrilege” some might say. “The way it should be driven”, says another. Some Classic Mustangs are the apple of one’s garage, and as such only see the road on a beautiful, bright Sunday afternoon. And admittedly I’m one of “those guys”. But what the hell right? I have this awesome little ’66 coupe that’s just perfect as a daily driver, so I decided to drive it the way it was meant to be driven. 

The nostalgic feeling of real steel and a carburated engine gives driving a rawness…a real road feel that modern cars lack. However, as an older man who’s been spoiled by modern technology, I can’t help but miss some of the creature comforts that decades of development has brought us.  

Here’s a few things that I forgot I hated about my ’66 Coupe:  

  1. These #$@# manual roll up windows. Having to reach over to the passenger door to roll the manual, clunky window crank several times a day gets old quick. Sure, on a trip up the coast once every weekend or so with your lady, having manual windows isn’t so bad. But when you have to roll it up and down every time you run errands it becomes an annoyance and I quickly find myself wishing this dang thing had a switch. The solution? Bolt-in Power window kits by Nu-Relic Power Windows. Yeah, I’ll being installing both the door glass and rear quarter power windows immediately.  
  2. Poor night driving visibility. Thank god for these other cars lighting up the road. Seriously. Because these old halogens sure as hell aren’t getting it done.  On certain streets it’s damn difficult to know what’s lighting the road better, my headlights or the street lamps. The tail lights aren’t much better. It’s been noted to me several times now that my tail lights are so faint it’s difficult to see my brake light during the day. My eyes aren’t as crisp as they use to be so some modern headlights are certainly in the plans. The solution: Dapper Lighting’s OE7 Headlights and Advanced L.E.D Tail Lights. This might be one of the best upgrades for the money considering the improvements in safety, visibility and aesthetics.  
  3. Manual  door locks. Much in the same vain as the power windows, but in a different way. A trip to the grocery store had me realizing very quickly that I missed power door locks. As I stood there with bags in hands, fumbling around for the key, I inevitably gave up to the will of the old-car gods and put my bags down and opened the door the 1966 way.  Who woulda thought that such a simple thing could cause such an annoyance. After years of stacking groceries in my truck with POWER DOOR LOCKS, I forgot what it is to have to, you know, actually turn a door cylinder with a key. And you know how many times ive forgotten to reach over and push the dang passenger side lock? Too many. No more of that. The solution: Autoworks Parts’ bolt in power door locks.  
  4. Filling the tank shouldn’t result in a gasoline bath. Ah yeah, if you’ve owned a Classic Mustang for any amount of time you know exactly what im talking about. When you’re topping her off and then your lovely Mustang decides to burp up gasoline like a gassy newborn. Except this is a car and not a baby so this isn’t cute. At all. The Solution: Well, im retrofitting my fuel filler neck and tank with a pressure relief valve. That’s my solution. When I find a solution that I can viably sell to ya’ll I’ll let you know.  
  5. Bad brakes. Ok right, this should be higher on the list.  But I put it down here because hopefully this is something you’ve taken care of. I knew the brakes on my ’66 coupe weren’t good, but not until I drove it every day did I realize just how much it affects driver confidence. Instead of feeling like im in full control, there were some seriously sketchy moments where I wasn’t sure if standing on the pedal was going to get the job done. I don’t plan on getting too crazy with this little coupe, but thankfully there’s some awesome options for a budget brake job. The solution: Wilwood’s 11” 4-Piston Disc Brake conversion. This might be the best kit for the price on the market. I plan to couple with this brake booster/Wilwood master application.  Wilwood Master w/ Booster and Wilwood front disc brakes for less than $1,300. That’s a no brainer.