Keeping it in the Family
Not all Mustang stories start off happily. Sarah Cox of Two Harbors, Minnesota, figured out a way to thank her father-in-law and keep her Mustang in the family after she lost her husband in a tragic accident. She says, “A few years after my husband John had passed I found myself remarried and a first-time mom. I had my ’65 fastback stored in our old garage that was about to fall down on it. Reality was setting in. The old car was never going to get restored as long as I had it. It had been my pipe dream since I was 15 and my Dad and I took a father/daughter trip to Fort Worth, Texas, to get it. Life got busy and time and money never came together to get it done.”
Skipp, Sarah’s father-in-law, stepped in after John’s passing to finish the home remodeling project John was in the middle of. The work lasted for months and Skipp and several of his friends installed a new roof, windows, siding, and more. While Skipp was a retired Ford technician, having spent 30 years working on others’ vehicles, he had no cool, classic Ford of his own. At one point Skipp offered to buy Sarah’s Mustang, but she realized Skipp should be the new caretaker and gave him the fastback. Skipp has recently completed a full restoration on the ’65 and even built a separate garage to store the Mustang. Skipp recently celebrated his 80th birthday and has been enjoying the fastback since completing the car mid-2017.