Today is a great father son project story and it started here as a message from today’s guest: “I bought the car when it was a rolling painted body. It didn’t have its engine in it, the trans, nor the driveshaft. The seats had been redone, but everything else in the interior still needed to be finished. For us, the car was a father/son restoration project in high school, and she’s still my daily 5 years later. With the help of my dad, almost everything on the car has been redone” ~Niko Tatti.


Ford Mustang, The Early Years Podcast — Guest Interview Application


Do you own a early year Mustang?: 


If you own a Mustang, how long have you owned your ride?: 

Almost 6 years now. 

What do you do for a living?:

I work in the Agriculture industry in California’s Central Valley. I am a quality control supervisor for a company that grows peaches, nectarines, & red/green grapes. 

If you own a Mustang or classic car, have you named your car? 

Never really named the car, but I do refer to it as a “her”, “the Mustang”, or “The ’68”. 


About Niko’s pony

Under the hood, she’s got a late 80’s 5.0 from a Foxbody Mustang, backed by the stock C-4 trans.  The car was originally a C-code car, according to my Marti Report. She came with power steering,  Air Conditioning, and a few other appearance options. I have since upgraded to disc brakes in the front, LED head & tail lights, new power steering parts, aftermarket stereo, Vintage Air, new aluminum radiator, electric cooling fan, and a bigger 100 amp alternator. Recently, we dropped the rear of the car 1.5″ with new leaf springs, and hopefully soon, we’re gonna perform a Shelby style drop in the front with coilovers. 

What plans do you have for improvements/restoration/modification of your classic car?:

I don’t see it happening within the next 5 years, but eventually I would love to perform a Coyote swap on the car and change the paint color to either a gun-metal style gray, or a midnight blue. I’m all for preserving original cars, but since my car’s original 289 is nowhere to be found, I don’t feel bad hot-rodding it. 


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Keep it safe, keep it rollin’ and keep it on the road. Until next time! 

~Doug Sandler

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