When new, Carol's Mustang was your average C-code 289 automatic hardtop clad in Lime Gold Metallic with black standard interior. It was the proverbial school teacher car with optional black vinyl top, air conditioning, power steering, and wheel covers. As a busy educator in the late 1960s, Carol drove her Mustang an average of 30,000 miles a year.
The original 289 expired at 225,000 miles when the radiator and water pump failed simultaneously, causing the engine to overheat. After rebuilding, the 289 went another 113,718 miles before it spun a bearing. Peterson Machine replaced it with fresh 289. At 508,536 miles, Bailey Brothers in Vallejo rebuilt the replacement engine when it lost a cylinder. That engine now has over 300,000 miles on it.
The 8-inch rear axle with 2.79:1 gears has never been touched.
Over the 43 years, the Mustang has had three engine overhauls, two transmission overhauls and five paint jobs.
And then one god damn teenage rear ended it, and it's now probably beyond repair... it's certainly beyond a fixed income senior citizen's ability, but there is a Go Fund Me set up in hopes philanthropy will move someone to give generously https://www.gofundme.com/save-carols-850000-mile-mustang