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Paulette Kamphaus had wanted a first-generation Mustang convertible since she first saw one, back in her high school days. Today, thanks to her husband and son-in-law, this sky blue beauty is the realization of her dreams.
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Paulette Kamphaus plans to show off her '65 Mustang convertible at area car shows this season, after years of waiting for the car of her dreams.
A wood-rimmed sport wheel and a dashboard painted in a custom-mixed color called "White Chocolate" highlight the interior.
The Mustang received a new Pony interior and a matching white top.
A period-correct dealer-installed "knee-knocker" air conditioning unit, padded dash, fresh upholstery and carpet, along with mandatory rear view mirror dice, give the Mustang interior a vintage feel.
Power is supplied by a rebuilt 302 small block Ford V-8 equipped with an Edelbrock intake and carb, nickel-plated Tri-Y headers and a C-4 automatic transmission.
There's some debate about who came up with the "Gidyup" vanity plate -- Paulette says it was her husband's idea, while he credits her. In any case, it fits the theme of the top-down Mustang.
Ford's iconic styled steel wheels mount 14-inch narrow whitewall tires at all four corners. The blue center caps complement the paint scheme nicely.
Paulette's son-in-law, Shannon Rodriguez, gets credit for the main restoration work on her Mustang. The car was delivered from his shop in Elk City, Okla., in white primer as a birthday surprise.
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