In March 13 IssueRussell County NewsBy Ron Cowell, Columnist
Cruise Ins and car shows are just around the corner and this year there will be a new horse at the events. I learned the story behind Mike & Phyllis Taylor’s 1968 Ford Mustang and thought this would be a good story to tell you about.
You might remember Mike and his Blockbuster Blue, 1957 Chevy that was at all the shows and Cruise Ins last year. Come to find out his wife Phyllis also has an old car and has it ready to hit the streets this season.
Mike and Phyllis both have been nuts about the old cars for years. Back in 2000 Phyllis was in the hospital having back surgery. She always liked Mustang’s.
Mike was on his way to the hospital to see her and a bright shinny 1968 Mustang caught his eye setting on a lot just waiting to be taken home. He had a little time so he pulled in to check it out.
It was a 1968, Red, 302 Mustang, 2 door just setting there waiting to be taken home. Mike, being the great husband he is, thought to himself, “My this is a beautiful Mustang and I would love to have it, BUT how do I get it and explain to my wife who has just went through some major surgery on her back.”
Well for those of us who have been around a while we remember the old Ford Commercial that stated “Ford has a Better Idea” and that light bulb went off in Mikes head and he knew just how he would explain the car to his wife Phyllis.
To make a long story short, after much deliberation Mike and Phyllis, although unknown to her, were the proud owners of this 1968 Mustang.
Explaining it to his wife came easy and he really didn’t have to think too hard.
He knew she really liked Mustangs, she just had surgery so he knew just what to say. What better gift could he buy her but this shiny red 1968 Mustang.
On the day he was to pick up Phyllis from the hospital, he jumped into the Mustang and took off to pick her up.
He was so proud when he drove up to the doors of the Hospital in the car.
Of course, Phyllis was not looking for him to pick her up in this car so when he pulled up it was a real surprise to her. When Mike jumped out of the car and said “HI HONEY” Well guys, for those of us who are married, we know that “look” you get when you pull something like that on your better half. Thinking quickly he gave her a big smile and said, “Look what I bought for you.” Now what could she say? That look we all know so well turned into a big smile and she was very pleased with her husband.
Much to Mike’s surprise the plan worked but only part way. Phyllis DID become the owner of the Mustang and took it over right away. From what I hear, she lets him drive it once in a while.
Shortly after getting the car and having it painted, the original Red, the car was setting in the garage.
Mike’s granddaughter, Olivia, all of two years old ran out to the Jeep they owned also. She was jumping in to head out with her grandparents.
She threw the door open on the Jeep right into the side of the newly painted Mustang and put a big scratch in it.
Mike said he could feel his blood pressure going up and was getting ready to explode. He looked over at Phyllis and there was that same look he got when he first pulled up to the hospital in the car. Right then Mike’s fast thinking kicked in and he said, “Oh well, we can have it fixed.”
Over the past several years, the couple have been making improvements on the car and getting it ready. This year is the year we will all see it on the road, at the Cruise Ins and Car Shows.
They had some work done to it along with new wheels and tires and as you can see it’s really a sharp car. Mike said last year his “57” was on the road to the events but this year with the Mustang finished he is sure Phyllis will be wanting to take it out a lot.
Good luck this year guys at the shows but after seeing the car and the shape it’s in I’m sure it’s going to be a popular car this year.
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