Part 1 Brad Newman

From the frying pan and into the fire, I used to take a simple 60 minute project and turn it into a 1 month ordeal, complete with incorrect parts, the wrong tools and an outcome less than stellar. Thanks to good friends and an amazing Classic Mustang community, repairs are getting easier and less time consuming. Here to talk about some of the right moves is my friend Brad Newman. Welcome back to the show Brad.

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Part 2 Gary Schwaegerle

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I bought my 1964.5 Mustang for $300 in 1979 while in college as a project. Balancing life and other hobbies, I finally managed to get the Mustang back on the road at the end of 2006.  I did all the work myself except the engine machine shop work, mounting the tires and windshield.  All the work was self taught.  I rebuilt the engine and transmission. Replaced inner front fenders, torque boxes, floor pans, inner rockers, quarter panels, inner and outer rear inner fenders, trunk drops, and rear frame rails. Also did all the paint work.  Replaced entire interior and convertible top.  

My wife and I enjoy taking it to car shows all over the east.  Drive it to work in good weather. Have driven it 76,000 miles. All that wear and tear and the fact we show it have led me to redo the interior, quarter panels, paint, and convertible top. To make it more drivable I’ve since put a T-5 transmission in and disc brakes. 

I also have stories about clutch issues, LED light conversion, and cylinder head work so the 6 cylinder engine could pull the hills in the tall (0.63 ratio overdrive) in 5th gear.

Gary Schwaegerle

Ford Mustang, The Early Years Podcast — Guest Interview Application


Do you own an early year Mustang?: 


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

42 years

What do you do for a living?: 

Retired after 38 years as a mechanical design/project engineer.  Designed eye doctor equipment. 

If you’ve made improvements to your classic car or restored it, what work have you done?: 

Complete restoration from a piece of junk.

Transmission swap, disc brake conversion, LED lights. Engine swap. 

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

No plans for the Mustang. But I’m doing a complete restoration of a Galaxie 500XL convertible for my wife.  The frame is a 63 hardtop converted to 64 convertible. Most of the body will be from a 64 4 door donor. 


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