As an avid Mustang enthusiast, I must say that THAT is no Mustang. As many many other Mustangers will agree, the 74-78 Mustang II was so completely different in regards to the classic, that many of us do not consider it a true Mustang. Of course, other people are different. Some people don't consider 6er's real Mustangs.
In the mid 70's we entered our first "fuel crisis" when the world was "running out of fuel". BS I say. But, Ford responded to this by ending the production of the first generation of Mustangs 64.5-73 and introduced the first "4 cylinder, compact Mustang" for fuel economy.
Pure ugliness in my opinion:P I have a `67 351W and `98 232...
Yep, the Mustang II was pretty much a Pinto. A Street Rodders dream for front end parts (suspension) - as was the Pinto front end.
Think about it though, what was the ORIGINAL production Mustang? Essentially a Falcon - another econobox that most of them were 6 cylinders. Now think back to before the release of the Mustang to the prototype - - what was the ORIGINAL PROTOTYPE Mustang engine? A FOUR CYLINDER! So in a sense, the V-8, I6, V-6 Mustangs aren't TRUE to their origin at all. The Mustang II was as close to the original prototype they had ever gotten (at that time).
I've had a few - several 66 & 67's. Currently have a 64.5. (V-8). I can respect the Mustang II's for what they were, an answer to a call for more efficient cars. Also, I really like the Cobra II's. Back in the day a friend had one that was like new, then again it was a 12 year old car. It looked/ran like new when she sold it and she let it go for a whole $2,500!
Mustang II.... My wife had one of those when I first met her.. Its definitely in the top 10 biggest pieces of junk ever made, top 5 ugly.
I finally convinced her to stop spending a car note every month fixing that Mustang II and get a Toyota Corolla.
That's why I used words like ORIGINAL PRODUCTION and ORIGINAL PROTOTYPE (meaning the '62) I specifically used those words to differentiate between the two. The '62 was a V-4 of course which never made it into a production car, had an aero front end, no roof and I could go on - once again why I said prototype. - I know this seems to come across as mean - not intended to sound that way though.
Originally Posted by baddog671
I agree, the suspension parts are nice
Hmm,I have to disagree with the original prototype theory. The production mustang not only didnt have the same motor as the 62 prototype, it looked alot different too. The 63 prototype was closer.
Still, the 05 prototype didnt look like the production cars, but I would call them real...
lol my mom had an early 70's mustang convertible. lol the weird green with a black stripe down the side. she only had it for less than a year untill a drunk driver came along it a huge truck and got stuck between a pole and her car. of course being drunk he just kept trying to get out b moving forwards and backwards and totaled her car which he shoved into the side of my moms roomate boyfriends charger...
she keeps sayign everytime at autoshows "theres my mustang" lol i think once im done with college my aprents are going to try to find one....
i had a friend that had a late 80's mustang with a 4 cyl... i dont think a 4 cyl could move the huge current mustangs nor would there be a market for it...
FWIW (not much!), I learned to drive in a '66 Mustang with a straight 6 and auto tranny. At only 17 and having ridden in boat like American cars I thought it was sporty and kinda European inspired. Very good at taking fast corners, and even with a six the auto gave you a kick in the rear when you stomped on it.
The auto "stick" in the console was a new feature so far as I knew at the time; other auto trannys had the shift on the column which was completely non-ergonomic.
Currently getting +/- 50 mpg in fall weather. EPA is 31/39 so not too shabby. WAI, fuel cutoff switch, full belly pan, smooth wheel covers.