Keep­ing it in the Fam­ily

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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.

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