Jim’s Blog: What’s Next for the ACC Mustang?

ACC’s Mustang is a great driver, but there’s no hiding that it’s already lived a full life.

Evidence of this is all over the car, from dings in the body and trim through wear to the original interior. The car is low-miles, but it’s by no means minty. So that raises the question: Should we leave it alone and drive it, needs and all, or should we work over some of the problems to make it better?

Frankly, I don’t think I’ve ever been able to leave well enough alone, so I doubt that’ll happen here. And the one thing that’s really bugging me about the Mustang is the passenger’s side door jamb. 

The car was clearly hit at one point in its past, and the fix inside the jamb was done on the quick and cheap, back before the car was valued as anything other than transportation. Today, it looks rough, with nasty welds and slopped-on seam sealer under a quick coat of paint. Getting it sorted out won’t be too hard, but it will require removing the door, maybe the front fender, and keeping the car down for a little while while the work is done. 

That rough fix is part of the car’s history, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making it right again. I think that’s where I’ll stop, though, because the rest of the car isn’t perfect, and making part of it too nice is a sure-fire ticket to a domino effect resto — and I don’t want to do a full tear-down.  

What would you do? Leave it alone or make it better? Let me know in the comments below.

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