Cimarron Starlite Cruisers' Car Club proudly
feature, great classic vehicles, which belong to the good folks of
Oklahoma Classic’ for June 2014 is a 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible owned by
James and Jeanie McDonald of Stillwater. Recently James drove his classic Mustang to
the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza and posed out front of the 1957 DX Gasoline
Service Station Museum.
In 1982 while
in Dallas, James spotted a 66 Mustang Convertible parked on the street outside
the center field fence of his daughters Little League Softball game. He told
his nephew who lived in Dallas Texas
about it and with-in a week he sent James a Polaroid photo of a Mustang
Convertible for sale in Dallas. James
flew to Dallas two days later with his wife Jeanie, their daughter Sarah and son
Jay and bought the classic Mustang.
classic and family back to Stillwater Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon, they stopped
in Gainesville to add water to the radiator.
They again stopped in Pauls Valley for bailing wire to reattach the
muffler which was falling off. James
took the Mustang to a local repair shop the following Monday morning and found
out not only did the muffler need repair, but the rear brakes were not working. So began a thirty two year love affair
between man and car.
Two years later the Mustang was re-painted the original
(almost) burgundy color. When James
bought the classic it had an automatic transmission. He spent the next 30 years
playing like it was a manual transmission by manually shifting from low to 2nd
to drive as he would only drive to Sonic Drive-in on Sunday evenings and
cruising around town.
In 2011 James and Jeanie’s house was narrowly
missed by a tornado but unfortunately a tree limb went thru the top of the
Mustang. It was time for a
change. Hagerty Insurance
stepped up and paid for a
new top and re-paint. James decided
some changes to the Mustang. He
the color completely; install a GT Package of striping, fog lights, 4 speed
manual transmission, black Pony Interior, carpet, and a set of Styled Steel Wheels. James found out that in 1966, GT options were
common but varied in options from dealer to dealer.
James recruited several very good restoration
professionals to assist him with the total restoration of his classic 1966
Mustang convertible. Toby
Ramsey of Ramsey Auto body of Stillwater painted and pin stripped the car with
PPG Base Coat Black and a Clear Coat.
James had his long time friend and classic
Ford expert Rick Kirk, RK Machine of Ripley Oklahoma to install a Borg Warner
T10 4 speed transmission, Cobra Hi Rise manifold, Holley 4 BBL and repaint the
engine. The 289 cubic inch V8 produces 225 horsepower at 4,800 rpms and 305
pounds feet of torque at 3,200 rpms.
Bobby Dee’s Automotive Detail of Stillwater
performed the final engine detailing and cleaning.
James wanted to keep that classic Mustang interior look. He worked with Sonny’s Auto
Trim of Midwest City Oklahoma
to install the new convertible top, Pony Interior and carpet.
restoration project is never complete. James removed the original compressor
and will be adding a new compact vintage air compressor in the near future.
The interior components for the air
conditioning system are still in usable shape.
The trunk compartment
has been restored and a new spare tire with cover will be added soon.
The Ford Mustang
GT duel exhaust system, GT filler cap and the personalized auto tag look just
right for this classic.
Notice the pin
stripping just happens to be Oklahoma State University Orange!
As you can clearly
see Toby Ramsey can paint a car!
James used National Parts Depot
of Ocala, Florida
to provide most of the Ford GT component parts.
of history; James’ father worked for Sunray DX Oil Company. In 1965 Sunray DX
was the sixth largest oil company in the world.
The 1957 DX Gasoline Station at the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza was a DX
Service Station for many years. Notice James holding the nozzle on the DX Super
The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers sincerely
appreciate James and Jeanie McDonald for sharing their outstanding 1966 Mustang
Convertible as our Great Oklahoma Classic for June 2014!