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BobPalma
06-11-2017, 08:52 PM
:) My next-door neighbor's mother has quit driving and wants to sell her steel blue 1984 Mustang LX convertible purchased new for her by her late husband (i.e., my neighbor's father). It's a legitimate one-owner car with 45,211 actual miles on it:

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The car had been off the road nine years before she finally gave it up. As a result, my neighbor had to spend some money on it to get it in good mechanical condition before selling: New gas tank, master cylinder, and battery. All fluids changed, etc. Air conditioning has been retrofitted to R-134a. Tires are a foot deep and were put on just before she quit driving it, so if you are scared of 9-YO tires that have been indoors and out of the sun (I'm not), forewarned is forearmed. V6 with automatic, air, factory stereo with cassette, etc. I'm not aware of any mishaps in which it has been involved but can check that out and confirm if anyone is interested.

My neighbor is a nice guy; he can be trusted to be truthful about the car and its history. A dash plaque attests to the fact that it was "Specially Made for Betty XXX". I saw it over at his house from time to time when his mother was still driving.

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The power top is poor but operates fine. The white interior, including the carpet and boot, are gorgeous. There's a trace of musty smell but not mice and mild enough that I'm sure a few days in the hot sun with the top down would freshen it up just fine. The clear coat is peeling in a couple places so while no rust jumped out at me (I can look closer if anyone is interested), it needs paint.

He's at $3,500 for it but I advised him that was pretty strong needing paint and top despite the money he just put into it, so he is open to close offers. It's right here in glamorous Brownsburg IN NW of Indianapolis proper, on the other side of my north property line, so it is no trouble for me to walk through the gate in our mutual fence and go look at it anytime. :) :cool: BP

studegary
06-11-2017, 10:17 PM
That appears to be a nice car for someone in the market for something like that. It could go either way, a restoration/preservation or someone's kid's high school/college car.

Was Ford using that style of A/C compressor in 1984? I really don't remember. It just seems to be too new (from someone that is more used to Chrysler products of that era).

That 85 MPH speedometer reminds me that I always felt the need to "bury" them.

BobPalma
06-12-2017, 09:35 AM
Was Ford using that style of A/C compressor in 1984? I really don't remember. It just seems to be too new (from someone that is more used to Chrysler products of that era).

I think so, Gary. That was transition time away from those enormous York compressors used by Ford and Chrysler products that didn't use Chrysler's own compressor, so it would have made sense to get them in smaller, lower-powered cars with smaller engine rooms right away, even if bigger FoMoCo products soldiered on with the larger York units for a year or two. :cool: BP

Jeff_H
06-12-2017, 12:09 PM
I also was surprised to see that style/location for the AC compressor. I didn't think Ford started to use those until 1986. My "early" late summer '85 built '86 T-bird V6 looks exactly like this. The '84 T-bird V6 I parted had the pancake style that is on the lower right side of the engine. PS pump bracket and all the routing is different too in comparison.

If I was interested in having one of these, I would put some "10 hole" 15" aluminum rims as commonly found on the GT's and Tbird turbo-coupes of the same era and take off those wires. I know the V6 cars often have the wires and that luggage rack. I wonder if anyone ever actually used it though?

jclary
06-12-2017, 12:58 PM
Looks like a nice vehicle for anyone who might like a cute little inexpensive basic transport with the flair of a convertible top. However, for me, it is Ford's comparative to a "Flight Hawk," or any other brand's attempt to offer an "econo" version of an icon. It was one thing to introduce an innocent 1965 Mustang, and allow it to "Grow" into a full grown "Steed!" Once the die is cast, attempts to reign it in (four cylinder:() is a regression, and devaluation. Of course, this is not an isolated muscle car castration. Look at some of other branding attempts to emasculate branding, (Cadillac Cimarron) by producing cars that break with performance tradition. In addition to the power plant, it was the Granada/Fairmont era...resulting in the Granadabird, and Granadastang design look.

No malice intended with this post, but it does remind us that time, tastes , and priorities change as we orbit. ;)

BobPalma
06-12-2017, 10:13 PM
:( 'Sorry; duplicate post. :oops: :cool: BP

BobPalma
06-12-2017, 10:16 PM
:) Gary: I just checked Rock Auto for remanufactured A/C compressors for that '84. The ones they offer for that application, per their photographs, are identical to the one on the car, so I guess they were using them that early.

http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=816500&cc=1133671&jsn=469

:cool: BP

Milaca
06-12-2017, 11:36 PM
Back when I was 17 (in 1988), I thought an extremely rusted-out 25 year old 1963 Lark Daytona convertible with ragged upholstery was an awesome car. Therefor, I can imagine that there are 17 year old persons today that would find this relatively clean 33 year old Mustang convertible to be an awesome car. It's a matter of perspective and taste.

8E45E
06-13-2017, 07:43 AM
However, for me, it is Ford's comparative to a "Flight Hawk," or any other brand's attempt to offer an "econo" version of an icon. It was one thing to introduce an innocent 1965 Mustang, and allow it to "Grow" into a full grown "Steed!" Once the die is cast, attempts to reign it in (four cylinder:() is a regression, and devaluation.

One must keep in mind there were CAFE minimums that had to be met at the time, and offering 4-cylinder engines across the board in their smaller car range was one way to accomplish that. Remember, even Firebird offered a 4-cylinder in the early eighties.

Craig

studegary
06-13-2017, 01:34 PM
:) Gary: I just checked Rock Auto for remanufactured A/C compressors for that '84. The ones they offer for that application, per their photographs, are identical to the one on the car, so I guess they were using them that early.

http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=816500&cc=1133671&jsn=469

:cool: BP

Thanks, Bob. You didn't have to go to that trouble. I didn't know and was just curious.

jclary
06-13-2017, 05:50 PM
One must keep in mind there were CAFE minimums that had to be met at the time, and offering 4-cylinder engines across the board in their smaller car range was one way to accomplish that. Remember, even Firebird offered a 4-cylinder in the early eighties.

Craig

You are right Craig. I had completely forgotten what caused some of the cartoon cars of that time. In the spirit of "We're from the Government, & we're here to help you.":) (Interpretation...we think we are saving the planet while making you miserable.:QQ:) Next, came the real culprit...banning R-12 Freon:confused:, then it was incandescent light bulbs:confused:...next, it was carbon "offsets,":confused:...subsidized 'lectric cars...:confused::confused::confused: They're so helpful:rolleyes::yeahright:;)

6hk71400
06-13-2017, 06:44 PM
Another example of a post gone off the GPS, road map, etc etc. Bob has there been any offers on the car? It would be a perfect commuter car for my wife to go back and forth to work. I would have to save up 6 months for it then get it home. I have made the trip before but it is a two day journey for me. Some one is going to get a cracker jack car. If for some reason it does not sell in 6 months, I will be on the plane to Indy.

Bob Miles
Tucson AZ

BobPalma
06-13-2017, 08:25 PM
Another example of a post gone off the GPS, road map, etc etc. Bob has there been any offers on the car? It would be a perfect commuter car for my wife to go back and forth to work. I would have to save up 6 months for it then get it home. I have made the trip before but it is a two day journey for me. Some one is going to get a cracker jack car. If for some reason it does not sell in 6 months, I will be on the plane to Indy. Bob Miles
Tucson AZ

:o No, Bob; no nibbles at all. I'm not sure what one of those is worth, but I think it's a pretty good way to get a happy, honest little convertible with all the modern conveniences. He'll surely have it sold in six months, but you're welcome to inquire before you buy a plane ticket. :woot:

If I had a serious inquiry, I'd want to go drive it and examine it a little closer for a more in-depth report. It's not currently plated, but I could take my dealer plate over and put it on there for a drive. :) ;) :cool: BP

jclary
06-13-2017, 09:01 PM
Even with my less than enthusiastic assessment of the little "stang," it would be a great commuter for someone like my grand daughter who has only a 12 mile commute to her university. For the kind of docile landscape around the countryside of where it now resides...it should be adequate in performance. It should not linger long before someone snaps it up.:) In fact, by now, it is old enough to fit right in on "cruise-in" night.:)