Top Ten Things Not to Do as the First Ford Mustang Rolls Off the Assembly Line in 1964

 

Top Ten Things not to do

March 9th  marks the 56th anniversary of the beginning of the production of the Ford Mustang. Since most of you were not around or were too little to remember. I thought it would be fun to go back to see the first roll down the line. As usual, we need to take a list to help us stay away from making any time continuum slip. By the way, I remember the event well. (tsk, tsk)

Top Ten Things Not to do as the Frist Mustang Rolls Down the Production Line in 1964.

10 If you are there, do not start singing the song “Mustang Sally.” If you do, at best, no one will listen. At worst, people will wonder where the song came from. (Since the song was recorded and released first by Mack Rice in 1965, you are getting suspicious looks from those security guards, Keagan. Maybe it is time to hum a Buddy Holly tune.)

9 If you are there, do not try to get around Tiny the WWF champ to touch a newly built car. If you do, at best, Tiny will turn you back. At worst Tiny, who has skipped his Zoloft medication for two weeks, will think you are going to harm a car. (Funny thing about having your legs behind your ears, Keene. It takes a while to get them untangled again. Here have an aspirin. It’ll help with the swelling.)

8 If you are there, do not ask if the Mustang comes with a stereo radio. If you do, at best whoever you ask doesn’t know what a stereo radio is. At worst, you will ask an engineer who has been working on the project. (Now you’ve done it, Kenner. That guy has been sworn to secrecy on the stereo project, and you wander in, and ask the question. Since the first stereo wasn’t introduced into the auto market until 1969, that guy is pointing you out to those two big security guys. I think he wants you silenced.)

7 If you were there, do not offer to drive one of the cars to the staging area. If you do, at best, you’ll get a polite, “no.” At worst, you’ll ask a union member who will want to see your union card. (Since you could not produce one, the member assumes you are management and has declared a walkout. You are personally responsible for the line stopping, Kennan. Lee Iacocca is looking for you.)

6 If you are there, do not wear your Corvette sweatshirt.  If you do, at best, you’ll keep it covered. At worst, someone will notice and call security. (You have been taken for a Chevy spy, Kristof. You know what they do to spies, don’t you? I think I would exit right about now if I were you.)

5 If you are there, do not say out loud that you believe the word Ford is an acronym for Fix Or Repair Daily. If you do, at best, the factory noise will drown you out. At worst several workers will hear you. (Looks like a few guys with big wrenches and muscles are headed your way, Konrad. That hardhat won’t help.)

4 If you are there, do not pick up one of the mustang insignia, thinking you could take a souvenir. If you do, at best, the foreman will tell you to get behind the yellow line. At worst, the foreman will take more extreme measures. (I don’t think he is joking about putting that in insignia back in the bucket, Keelan. That baton looks pretty hard.)

3 If you are there, do not try to touch a car to see if the paint is wet. If you do, at best, no one will observe you, and you’ll rethink it. At worst, the painter will see you coming and help you out with wet paint. (According to the paint instructions, Kristofer, you will be wearing that British Racing Green color for ten years. I think it looks pretty good.)

2 If you are there, do not get in the way of the camera crew filming the first car off the assembly line. If you do, at best the filming will stop until you get out of the way. At worst, the filming will continue with you in it. (There are two options, Kienan. 1. You join the Screens Actors Guild. 2. You reimburse the film crew for the reshoot. Let’s see that will be about $20,000 or $166,432.90 in 2020 value.)

1 If you are there, do not ask a question at the press conference. If you do, at best you won’t give your time travel away. At worst, you’ll ask something really dumb. (The question about the relationship with Carroll Shelby and the Mustang Cobra was about three years too early, Kali. That paper you’ve been handed is a summons to appear in court to answer copyright infringement charges.)

 

58 comments

  1. You had me cracking up from the start, John. I thought of that song when I saw your title. That’s a sharp looking car. Did you ever own one? Great list! Happy Monday!

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    1. I never owned one, but had a number of friends that had them. Have a great Monday, Jill. Thank you.

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  2. Never heard of that Ford acronym before. Can definitely see how that would cause trouble even today.

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  3. Our neighbor bought one of the first ones after they went on sale, John. He took me for a ride in it. I remember the special feeling around that car. I better stay in this time, I’m sure I’d say something stupid.

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    1. “Any questions? Yes Mr. Antion.” “I don’t see a navigation screen. Is that an option?” “Uh whatttt?”

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      1. Ha ha – yeah, I am not cut out for time travel, John.

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  4. I love it! 😀

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  5. A hilarious post, JOhn. I am sure I have only seen these cars on television. Happy MOnday.

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    1. That’s because you are a youngster. I remember them quite well. The first was launched the same year I got married and graduated from college. 😁

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  6. Do they have USB ports and backup cameras? I’ll take one, at the original price.

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    1. Uh. No. Passinger seat optional equipment.

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  7. I was never a car person, but my dad could totally appreciate this post. I’d also never heard of the Ford acronym, but we’ve never owned a Ford.

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    1. Hahaha. If you never owned a Ford then you would not need the acronym. Thanks, Teri

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  8. The red one is my favorite. Now I have the tune to Mustang Sally in my head.😄🎼🎸

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    1. Yes. Ride Sally ride. Thanks, Deborah.

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  9. Not making this up: my dad had one of the first 500 1964-1/2 Mustangs off the line.. The color was raven’s wing black, which was an iridescent shade that would flash green or purple depending on the light. When he traded it in (something he regretted for the rest of his life) for a “family car” not long after my brother was born, it was immediately loaded on to a flatbed for a collector who’d been looking for one.

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    1. I think we all have regretted latting a car go. My regret was a twofer (you would think I would learn) A 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser and a 1993 BMW 850Ci. Thanks for sharing, Sharon. 😊

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  10. Can you believe I’ve never owned a Ford?? Those old Mustangs still are appealing, though, and I can see why old Mustang meet-and-greet shows are so popular. I’d never heard the Fix Or Repair Daily acronym, but it gave me a giggle!

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    1. I had three fords in my life. My first, a 1949 club coupe, second a 1952 sedan, third a 1955 sedan. After that, all GMC

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  11. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    This was fun to read. I know nothing of cars, but I loved my ’67 Mustang. It still brings a smile. 😀

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    1. Lucky you to have had one.

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    My mom got a brand new red 67 convertible mustang that I remember the excitement of riding in it the first time!

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    1. Quite a thrill I’ll bet.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        It was:)

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  13. I love No. 9, but if Tiny got my legs behind my head, I’d need something stronger than aspirin!!

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  14. You could offer to race the mustang using your dad’s Ford Fairlane….cause truth be told, less the cosmetics, they actually were the same car.

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    1. Chassis elements (then beefed up) from the Ford Falcon. Drive train elements from the Fairlane.

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  15. My brother had a Ford Mustang. They were great cars. But whatever you do, don’t touch the paint!

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    1. Hahahaha. Thanks, Darlene

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  16. Ha ha! I actually do remember the first Mustangs. The next year, I bought my first car … not a Mustang, though I dreamed of one, but a ’56 Chevy stick shift for $50. I later owned a Mustang, though, a 1970 … not the best car I’ve ever owned. The late ex-husband tried to replace the engine and … well, we sold it for scrap metal later that year.

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    1. Quite a story on several levels, Jill.

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  17. My dad bought one of the first ones. It was Royal Blue, with a white interior. I was a senior in high school, and he let me drive it from time to time. I’d take it uptown to the square, and show off. A few years later, he let me have it in Kansas City for a while, when I was starting my first job. Granted, this song isn’t about a Mustang, but I never think about that car without hearing the song. Library? What library? Oh, those were good times!

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    1. I know what you mean about the song. When I was in high school my friend Ginny had a T-bird. We both were working on the school paper and got to go sell advertising in the afternoon. Top down, cigarettes, and fun, fun , fun. Her daddy never took it away though. Thanks for the memories.

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  18. 🙂 🙂 🙂 And no test scratches, please! Thanks, dear John! It is amazing! You know so many anniversaries of so many things!

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    1. The power of Google. Thank you, Maria. 😁

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      1. Ohhh! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      2. Hahahaha. 😀

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  19. One of my favorites cars

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    1. Thank you, Kee C

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  20. Thank you for reminding me of the day in 1964 that my boyfriend’s parents brought home a new light blue Ford Mustang, and my dad brought home an Army green Ford LTD.

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    1. Hahahaha. Go for the boy

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      1. Well… he ran away with a ballerina in New York. I ran into a Navy flyer. We were still friends. It’s too bad we were only 14 and too young to drive that baby blue Mustang. 🙂

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      2. Yes it is too bad. That would have been fun. I’ll bet that “ran into a Navy flyer” is a good story too. 😊

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      3. Well yes, it is a really good story. Better than picked up a sailor in a bar while he was with a date. Because that’s what happened, but even better. It would be a killer adult “It happened like this…” Jennie story. 🙂

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      4. Sounds terrific.

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      5. Oh, it is. Thanks, John.

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  21. Tiny without Zoloft . . . I shudder at the thought.

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  22. Yanno… that was a fabulous year 😉 Not just the Mustang was born. Was such a cool car for so long – now? Not so much…

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    1. Yeah, I think so too. They have become noisey muscle cars.

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      1. They no longer have a specialness to them.

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