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By Ron Bramlett
November, 2007

"K" Day at Mustangs Plus

Calling all "K" codes! Calling all "K" codes! You are to report to Mustangs Plus on Saturday, October 20th, 2007 for the Mustangs Plus October Display! That is all. Well, almost.

Time is running short. This edition of Restomod Magazine should be reaching you with just about a week or so to go before "K" Day, a special part of the Mustangs Plus October Display, which will be held Saturday, October 20th here at Mustangs Plus. So, if you haven't made plans to attend yet, now's the time. You don't want to miss out on this event!

So how did "K" Day get it's start? We've listened those who attend the shows. It has been suggested to us by many people that we should highlight a special group of Mustangs at our April and October displays and we think that's a great idea! So since the "K" code engine was available in the early 1965 (19641\2) Mustangs, we felt it would be a good place to start.

The "K" is the earliest Mustang muscle car that Ford produced. It even proceeds the Shelby G.T.350. In fact, every 1965, 1966 and 1967 Shelby G.T.350 started out life as a "K" code Mustang fastback. But, since there were no flashy stripes or paint jobs to set "K" Mustangs apart from the crowd, the "K" code went relativity unnoticed for many years. I can't tell you how many times I've had people look at our "K" Mustang and say, "Oh, my Uncle Ernie had a Mustang exactly like that! Except his had a 6 cylinder engine in it." But over time, the "K" has gotten a lot of recognition and today, they are sought after and restored. It is estimated that less than 1% of all 1964 1\2 to 1966 Mustangs produced were "K" codes. For a production line produced automobile, that's very few.

So, be sure to stop by and see the "K" codes that come to this special event. Pick up a t-shirt and enjoy the day. There will be all the other Mustangs, Fords and Restomods that make up our displays and even more raffle prizes and trophies than before! We'll see you there!

Restomods In Reno Update

We are receiving many request for information on the Restomod show in 2008. Cindy and I are planning to go to Reno in the next few weeks and see if we can put a package together that will allow us to hold the show there in 2008. This year, 2007, the host hotel for the past 2 years The Reno Hilton, changed ownership and their name and raised all the rates at a time that was well into the events planning stage. This put us in a very bad position with those who had attended the shows the past 2 years. When asked, the past participants we talked to said that they probably would not come back because of the rate change. So, instead of not holding the show at all, we moved the show down to Mustangs Plus and had Restomods At Ron's. Those who attended the show and banquet all said that they had a great but that it wasn't like being in Reno! We agree and if there is anyway we can pull it off, we're hoping to be back in Reno in 2008! But, no promises.....

Stay tuned for more information in the January, 2008 edition of Restomod Magazine. We'll have made a decision of what's happening then!

Update Your Name Today

The way you receive Restomod Magazine is that we take our current customer list of customers that we have had contact with in the last 12 months and mail them a copy. It's as simple as that. The reason I'm bringing this up is that whenever I go to the shows, I'm always told by someone that they used to get Restomod Magazine but that they haven't gotten one lately. This happened to me sevral times this weekend as Cindy and I attended the "Mustangs at the Queen Mary" show in Long Beach, California. So it just made sense to make a reminder in this edition of Restomod News. After all, you don't want us to stop send you this magazine, do you?

Keeping Restomod Magazine coming is easy but it requires that we hear from you. This is how it works. If you bought something in March, 2007, then you will receive Restomod Magazine for another 6 months until March, 2008. If we don't hear from you after March 2007, then we will stop mailing to you after February, 2008 and you'll be dropped off the mailing list. But, if you've bought something during that time, let's say in September, 2007, then you'll automatically be sent magazines until September, 2008. To keep Restomod Magazine coming, you have to make contact with us during the year. You see, we figure that if one of our customers hasn't been in contact with us for a whole year, then there's a good chance that they've sold their Mustang and moved on to another hobby. Or moved and not left a forwarding address. Or, just don't want to receive the free magazine. Yes, it does happen.

But, it also happens that sometimes our customers just don't need anything from us for a year but would still like to receive Restomod Magazine. So, all you have to do is to call us and ask for your name to be updated on our mailing list. That way, you'll continue to receive Restomod Magazine for the next 12 months without having to buy anything.

It's important for companies like Mustangs Plus to let their customers know that they appreciate their business. Restomod Magazine is just one of the ways we've chosen to do that. But, there's also nothing quite as direct as saying it so here goes. To all of our customers, "Thank You" for letting Mustangs Plus help you with your project! Without your support, we wouldn't be able to be the type of business we are!

Too Many Events, Not Enough Magazine!

Over the course of the year, Cindy and I, as well as David and Diane, attend many track events, shows and conventions that we just can't get pictures and a story about into Restomod Magazine. This has been a problem for many years. It seems that we are going somewhere every weekend that we should write about but can't get the information into print for various reasons. Sometimes, it's the timing of when Restomod Magazine goes out. Sometimes it's because I'm so busy that I just can't sit down and write the article. In fact, I've found that I can get the most done, for the time I have to work with, while sitting in an airport terminal with my laptop during a layover! Sad, isn't it?

In 2007 alone so far, we've attended Open track events, Fabulous Fords at Knott's Berry Farm, the Concord MCA Show here in California, several MCA board meetings in Phoenix and Atlanta, several weekend trips and shows with many of the local Mustang clubs that Cindy and I belong to, the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan, SAAC 32 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada, and most recently, the Queen Mary Mustang and Ford Show in Long Beach, California. We've attended all of these shows and events and nothing about us attending any of them, has been in print in Restomod Magazine. I've got some great pictures to show and some great stories to tell that haven't been told!

Talk about excitement! The owner of this 2000 Mustang Cobra R, Jim Johnson from Texas, had a hot time at SAAC 32 this year at Miller Motor Sports Park just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. But, you'd never know it by reading Restomod Magazine because I haven't finished the article yet! That was July and here it is, September. This is what I mean. Too many events, not enough time to get them all in Restomod Magazine. I promise to do better from now on!

Next year, I'm going to make it a point to get something, even if it's just a single picture and a few lines of text, into Restomod Magazine on all of the events we attend. Then, I'm going to get more up on the mustangsplus.com website for all to see. For me, it's a dream come true to be able to go to all of these functions, meet all the great people and see all the beautiful Mustangs that I do. Maybe it would help if Cindy would start booking our flights to Las Vegas with 2 and 3 hour layovers in Los Angles and San Diego instead of going nonstop......


James Young Celebrates 10 Years at Musatngs Plus

On August 4, 2007, James Young celebrated his 10th anniversary at Mustangs Plus. Before coming to Mustangs Plus, Jim worked at Gottschalks, a department store chain that has several stores in the Northern California area. When Jimmy came to Mustangs Plus back in 1997, he found a home; at least that's the way we all feel about him. His hard work and dedication has helped to build Mustangs Plus into the company it is today.

Jim Young, Mustang Plus' Wholesale Parts Department Manager, celebrated his 10th year at Mustangs Plus on August 4, 2007.

Jim started working at Mustangs Plus as a counter salesman and worked his way up to the position of Wholesale Parts Manager. He is very detail oriented and makes sure that his wholesale parts customers are well taken care of. I am constantly approached by customers with whom Jim has worked with and told how he has gone out of his way to help them with a problem car that they are working on. As anyone who works on cars for a living will tell you, not all repairs and projects go according to plan and dealing with someone who wants to help is a whole lot different than dealing with someone who doesn't care!

So, Jim, keep up the good work and we look forward to the next 10 years! I know that's the way we all feel at Mustangs Plus!

Send Us Your Articles!

Restomod Magazine is looking to make you a published author! Cindy and I belong to many Mustang clubs and get to see, and read, many of the articles that appear in those clubs' publications. (To be perfectly honest with you, Cindy usually reads everything we get and then has me read all of the articles she thinks I should read! This saves me lots of time and she can increase my honey-do list!) I've got to tell you, many of the articles we read are great articles and are are much better than I'm able to write!

So, when your club has an event or is involved in something that you think we would be interested in at Restomod Magazine, send it to us. Be sure to include your name, and a daytime phone number and an e-mail address where we can reach you. We'll look it over and see if it's something we can use. You never know exactly where one of these articles may show up!

 

Until Next Time,
Happy Restomod'n! -Ron