Kevin Shea Adams

1977 Mustang II

For Sale… Maybe

I’ve been asked a lot about selling this car over the years and I’ve decided to take offers. I’m honestly in no rush to sell it but thought I would open it up to see if it might be worth it.

This car has been my daily driver for five years (I’ve put about 50k miles on it) with very few issues. It is extremely reliable. I’ve driven it up and down the state between SF and LA many times and on countless road trips. Originally purchased near Vallejo in Nor Cal where it had been sitting in a garage for decades. It’s been in California it’s whole life so no rust issues. Everything about the car is original save for the vinyl top which I had redone since the old vinyl got a bit chewed up over the years.

If you don’t know about this model (as I didn’t when I bought it) this is basically a post-oil crisis Mustang. They weren’t really collected since they aren’t exactly muscle cars like their predecessors from the sixties and early ‘70s, they were designed to be economical and this car’s fuel efficiency rivals a lot of the cars on the road today. In fact they were pretty shunned and the majority of them were destroyed by now. In any case, the dismissal of the Mustang II is exactly what makes them super rare today—in five years I have never, even once seen on the road, and everyone at every red light chats me up about how they too haven’t seen one in ages etc etc. To say it’s popular is an understatement; it’s borderline annoying. The design is super unique (basically Lee Iacocca meets Ghia) which is what drew me to it. When people talk my ear off about it I often just say “still works!” and move on. All that said, this is why it’s a hard car to value in any kind of Kelly Blue Book way, and to be honest I know what I’m working with here. Would love to find someone who would restore it a bit and enjoy it as much as I have, I just drive a bit too much and too far these days and need a bigger vehicle I can camp in from time to time (could be open to trades for a 4Runner or maybe a truck with shell).

OK here’s the details…

~125k original miles.

4 on the floor manual transmission. 4 cylinder engine. Not exactly fast, but it’s a stick so you can punch it and it goes. Does 75mph on the freeway all day long and even will pass at 85mph when you need it to.

Exceptional gas mileage for it’s age: 18-20mpg city and up to 26-28 highway. Makes you think doesn’t it?

I have fixed lots of little things over the years but very recently it’s gotten:

• Brand new clutch

• Brand new tires

• Brand new Timing Belt

• 1 yr old Catalytic Converter (passed smog fine for 4 years straight)

• New Radiator (car hasn’t overheated once since on highways in Vegas, Mexico or 100 degree Central Valley.)

When I bought the car I had the transmission rebuilt as it wasn’t shifting into second gear. Transmission rebuild is solid. I’ve had the carburetor overhauled and rebuilt a few times over the years and right now it is in a very good place - no stalling at all, car idles around 800 rpm, and starts easy even in cold weather.

Most repairs to this car have been between $100-400 and I’m happy to intro you to my mechanics in LA. Parts are readily available since it’s a Ford and labor is cheap because the car is not complex at all.

I’ve religiously done oil changes at 3k miles. 20W50.

I have receipts for all other work done on vehicle.

What does it need?

Nothing really, it’s running great right now (just did an 800 mile trip) but if I were going to do some work I would have the brakes redone. Also my mechanic told me it does lose a bit of oil (just makes a bit of a mess under the motor and makes you need to keep a closer eye on oil level, mechanic quoted a $325 repair for this).

The interior is in good shape and would spring to life if you detailed it I have been told. You could easily doll it up if you’re savvy with upholstery or salvaging little parts online (tons of groups to buy these parts for extremely cheap). I’ve used this car primarily as a surf vehicle, so I just don’t pay much attention to interior :) Mild wax accumulation on roof.

No heat or AC. I have been fine with this here in SoCal but up to you to fix. Radiator is new as mentioned but previous owner bypassed the heat channels into the cabin likely because they were leaking, a pretty common practice. It has an AC on the dash but I’ve never looked into it getting it working, blows though.

Horn doesn’t work. Be the change you want to see in the world.

You could probably pop the dents out with a toilet plunger and touch up the body with a small can of original paint inside an afternoon. I hear you can still get it from Ford. I have been lazy here. A couple years ago I did a full treatment on the paint (compound, wax) and it really gleamed.

That’s about it. Thanks for reading. Feel free to text or email an offer.



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