Ted Farr – 2004 GT Convertible

Ted Farr’s love of cars began pretty much at birth. It was a family thing. At the age of 3, Ted could identify any car on the road.
One of his uncles owned a Dodge dealership in Brantford Ontario and later a used car lot with the slogan, Buy Farr the Best.
Another uncle in Brantford was a dealer collector of antique and classic cars for more than 50 years.

The first toy car

Ted went looking for a Mustang convertible in the late ‘80’s. His uncle helped him find a couple of restored examples of the early GT, but the price tag was too high for a young family budget. Ted had owned a 1970 Cougar back in the day and loved it. When he found another one in 1988, he wrote the cheque.
The 1970 “Houndstooth” Cougar XR7 is still in his garage more than 25 years later.

He always wanted a Mustang convertible

Ted and his wife Terrie moved to the Kelowna area in the spring of 2009. He had decided to end his 40 + years in day to day radio and become a media and marketing consultant working from a home office. In 2013, Terrie uttered these now family famous words; if not now, you’ll likely never do it. She was right! If Ted didn’t find a Mustang convertible and soon, he’d probably never own one.

Ted’s priorities changed after beating cancer. He had owned two convertibles back in the ’60’s. They were both British sports cars. His first was a red, 1962 Austin Healey Sprite. The second was a brand new, dark blue, 1969 MGB.

The search began on line.

He loved the 1999 – 2004 body style or fourth generation Mustang. He also knew the price tag on a ’65 or ’66 GT convertible would be out of the question. Yes, it had to be a GT and, it had to have a standard transmission. The first Google search produced a car and at a price well within budget. It was a trade-in at Metro Ford in Port Coquitlam BC. A week later, it was on its way to Kelowna. It was meant to be.

It’s all about putting the vroom in the vroom vroom

So here’s the breakdown. It’s a 2004, 40th Anniversary Mustang GT convertible, low miles, 5 speed. Under the hood is the muscle of the 4.6 liter V8. The GT has sport suspension, stainless steel exhaust, air conditioning for those Okanagan summer days when it’s just too hot to have the top down, a great stereo with a 6 CD changer to blast music from the 60’s and 70’s, and 17 inch aluminum wheels with low profile boy racer type tires.
Ted has added a cold air return to the engine, new floor and trunk mats with the GT logo and being a non-smoker, he found an aluminum plug with the GT logo to replace the cigarette lighter.

One more add on

While driving through Summerland BC in the summer of 2013, the wind caught Ted’s convertible boot and blew it right off the car. He and a friend searched for days but never found it. They even flew a camera equipped drone over the area, taking nearly 500 pictures, but still nothing.

Ted never did like the design or fit of the factory boot. While searching for alternatives on line, he discovered that Ford had offered an optional tonneau cover back in ’04.

It attaches with snaps inside the trunk frame to prevent theft and provide a clean look. It covers up the back seat for better aerodynamics with top down on the highway. Ted found one still in stock at a Ford dealership in Oregon.
They sold it to him for half price. Doesn’t get any better than that.
“If I had more money and a bigger garage, I’d be dangerous”

For Ted Farr, owning cool cars is just fun. His dream collector car would be an original, 1960’s, Ford GT40.

Bush Halpenny – 1968 Fastback

1968 Mustang 2 + 2 Fastback

The only similarity between Kindersley Saskatchewan and Kelowna British Columbia is that they both start with a “K”.
Meet Forrest “Bush” Halpenny, retired cop. He’s been around cars his whole life. His parents were partners in a Volkswagen and Rambler dealership back in Saskatchewan. His first car was a ‘56 Chevy, 2 door post, but he always wanted a Mustang.

The search began in 2000

His policing career had taken Bush and his family to the Vancouver area. He had planned retirement for 2002 so figured he’d have the time to tinker with a toy car. In November of 2002, he found the ’68 2 +2 Fastback in Abbotsford, a 289 V8 with automatic transmission.

It had been restored in the early 80’s

It was exactly what he’d been looking for. The Mustang had the usual squeaks and oil leaks. Bush did what he could on his own with help and advice from members of the Vancouver Mustang Club.

In 2003, he was at a car show at the Mission Drag Strip and was approached by a guy who said the car was his. Bush asked him how he knew that. The guy said when he originally restored the car in the early ‘80’s, he had welded the top shock bracket but had not smoothed it by grinding. They checked and sure enough it was his old car. It came from the Ford factory in San Jose California, painted Wimbledon White, not the black beauty you see today. The guy was able to provide a photo of the car as he found it in a back alley in Vancouver.

In its first restoration, the Mustang fastback was completely taken apart and repaired like only the owner of a body shop could do.

Destination Kelowna
In 2005, Bush and his wife Gladys moved to the Okanagan where they met Mark and Carol Oakley and joined the Okanagan Mustang Association.

In 2009, the ‘68 was taken to Randy McMurphy, owner of MACAW Autobody in Kelowna for a repaint. There the car was stripped to the metal. Any remaining body work was done and the black paint you see today was applied.
Gladys Halpenny calls the “68 Mustang the “chick magnet”. Good luck with that Bush!

And the final product:

Feature Car of the Month: 1968 Shelby GT350

2010 All Ford Show Winner – Steve Henderson

First Place in Class: Best Shelby (sponsored by A&W West Kelowna)

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Okanagan Mustangs and Fords Club Member – Rick Slaughter

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Feature Car of the Month: 1966 Mustang GT Coupe

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Feature Car of the Month: 1971 Mustang Boss 351 Clone

Okanagan Mustangs and Fords Club Member – Richard Tremblay

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Based on the redesigned Mustang Sports Roof the new Boss was built to qualify a Trans Am counterpart, a purpose rendered moot by Ford’s late-1970 retirement from most forms of organized racing. The upside was that the Boss 351 was probably the only 1971 performance car with a genuine competition-grade engine. [Read more…]