Growing up just outside of Happy Valley Pennsylvania, our guest today is Bruce Gamble, retired naval flight officer, military historian and long time Classic Mustang enthusiast. His ‘67 red convertible 289 he purchased in rough shape back in 1994. Fully restored in 2004, we will let him share the full story of the rebuild including how it was nearly lost completely. Excited to chat today. Welcome Bruce to Ford Mustang The Early Years podcast.

Do you own an early year Mustang?: 

Yes, almost 28 years

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What do you do for a living?: 

Retired naval flight officer (1989), military historian and author.

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

Sweet Chariot. Named for my dad’s B-29 Superfortress of the 315th Bomb Wing on Guam. A photo of the nose art is mounted in the front license plate bracket.

If you’ve made improvements to your classic car or restored it, what work have you done?: Convertible was built in California with a 289 C-code and C4 transmission. Factory options include power top, air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes with front discs, and exterior decor group. Purchased (in very rough condition) in 1994, restored and driven, then fully restored again in 2004 after a tree crushed the back end during Hurricane Ivan. Mods include AOD transmission swap, dual exhaust with Hi-Po exhaust manifolds, Edelbrock 4bbl intake and 600cfm carb, finned valve covers, aluminum radiator, Dakota Digital instruments (and cruise control), reclining Fox-body front bucket seats, billet aluminum grille, bluetooth stereo with four speakers and subwoofer. 

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

I put a lot of miles on the car–more than 60,000 after the AOD swap. I’ve kept it in driving condition, but it needs a tune-up and minor cosmetic work to bring it back to what it was 10 years ago.

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Twitter: @BruceGamble76

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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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