Rear taillight bulb replacement

tail light replacement

I was considering upgrading the tail lights on our 68 Mustang to LED when the clerk at Canadian Tire suggested I try Sylvania “Silverstar” 1157 bulbs which cost approx &12.00 I installed one and compared and the Silverstar was significantly brighter. The photo shows my old bulb on the left and the Silverstar with the bluish ting on the right. One year warranty as well so save your receipt. submitted by Bush

August 2, 2015 Rotary Show

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Members Meeting June 20 2015

OKMA General Meeting
June 20, 2015
Alexander’s Beach Pub, Vernon
President Ray Spencer called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon with 9 members present.

Minutes from the last meeting on April 25/15 were read by Club Secretary, Lynne Shilliday.
Ray had some comments regarding a couple of items in those minutes – Cops For Kids raised approx. $28,000. which was a bit short of their $50,000. goal. Ray has received more items for our Show and all are stored at his home.

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Members Meeting April 25 2015

OKMA General Meeting
April 25, 2015
White Spot, West Kelowna
President Ray Spencer called the meeting to order at 9:35 am with 12 members present.
Ray reported on our results from the Penticton Swap Meet on April 17th. Some members were able to sell a few of their items. Two new members were signed up. The consensus of those attending was that our involvement was not worth the cost and time. The club will not participate next year.

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Members Meeting Feb 21 2015

Okanagan Mustang Association

Regular Meeting
21 February, 2015, 0930 hours.

White Spot Restaurant – West Kelowna

Four (4) members present and one guest.


1. The subject of overdue membership fees for 2014 was brought up by President Ray Spencer. Ray was looking for what action to take regarding the issue of late membership fees. The general view was put forward that those members that are in arrears should be reminded that 2014 dues are now overdue. President Ray Spencer put forth the idea that if membership fees are not forthcoming then it would be time to say good bye to certain individuals. As there were not enough members at the meeting a quorum could not be held for a vote.

2. President Ray Spencer wanted to know base on views expressed by others members as what constitutes a “life member.” A secondary issue was that if life members are not paying dues then perhaps it should be mandatory that they at least show up for a few meetings during the year. In response treasurer Bob Coombs advised that when the original association ended in the early 1990’s there existed a group of individuals that made sure the existing funds were kept safe. Thus when the association was revived these same members were given “life membership” in appreciation for this effort. Linda Jackson remarked that the life memberships are not costing the association anything to keep them on board. President Ray Spencer realizes this but would like to see both life time members and regular members engaged in association activities.

3. The Watkins Show was briefly discussed. President Ray Spencer advised that he had went out to see Watkins Ford along with Al Rollingson to see what date they had in mind. The dealership advised that they are looking at a period between 15-20 September. A recent email from Dave Lynne Shiliday advises that they were told the date would be July 19th by Watkins Ford. This was supported by Bob Coombs. Therefore it would appear to be best to wait until the Shilliday’s have returned from their winter sojourn so that they can work out the details they may have already made with Watkins.

4. President Ray Spencer advised that Bruce Oslund, General Manager of Trucks Plus in West Kelowna asked Bush Halpenny and Ray to sit on the Cop’s for Kids Board. The intent of the board as designed is to try and get as many car clubs as possible to participate in the Cop’s for Kids to day event to take place 30 & 31 May of this year. The first day of the event will be the Show and Shine with a dinner and dance in the evening. Day two will be a car cruise and lunch. The fee for this event will be $50.00 per person which includes car registration, dinner, dance and the events on day two. The Cop’s for Kids organizing team advised that they will have a shuttle service available to drive people home after the dance. At the first board meeting held on 6th February Ray Spencer advised that car show folks have problems with;

Kids on Bicycles near show cars
Kids with ice cream cones etc.
Adults and children with wet dogs.

The board team advised that bicycles and dogs will not be allowed into the event area. Also the intent is to set bar prices high enough that people at the dance will only have few drinks and those deemed to be on the verge of over indulging will be cut off. Liquor at a car show event should be interesting????

5. Treasurer Bob Coombs advises that the accounts are balanced with sufficient funds in the bank.

6. President Ray Spencer wanted to know if there was an updated membership phone list for the phoning committee. The intent for next month is to phone everyone on the existing list to advise of the next regular meeting.

7. President Ray Spencer advised that he would like to go back to the idea of sponsorship to raise money for trophies awards etc, similar to 2013. Treasurer Bib Coombs suggested that maybe we should have a sponsorship link on our association website for anyone that wishes to donate. The members present were reminded that as we are a registered society a receipt can be issued for income tax purposes. Treasurer Bob Coombs advised that we have to be careful about how much money we raise and subsequently disperse as per the registered society act regulations. Treasurer Bob Coombs asked if the intention was to keep the Okanagan College bursaries at one thousand dollars. President Ray Spencer advised that was the intent at the present time.

8. President Ray Spencer asked those present if they would like to participate in the Penticton Swap Meet on 18th April. President Ray Spencer advises that he has a few car related items to sell and a few members advised that they have items also. Treasurer Bob Coombs advised that we also picked up three new memberships last year at the Swap Meet. President Ray Spencer advised that he would make the application.

9. The Speciality Vehicle Association of B.C. was briefly discussed with advise from Treasurer Bob Coombs that we have never participated with this group before. Matter closed.

10. Member concerns – The result of the 50-50 draw from last year’s car show and shine resulted in an additional $149.00 being given to the Okanagan College so in effect they got $1149.00.

Linda Jackson suggested that the association should perhaps do a few things for members to get them out to meetings. She suggested a group drive to the drive-in theater in Vernon. Linda Jackson and Treasurer Bob Coombs wanted to know if the White Spot in West Kelowna is set in stone as a meeting place. President Ray Spencer advised that at the AGM the majority of members want a set place but this can change if members so desire.

President Ray advised he likes Debbie’s Diner in Penticton as the room can be closed off from the general population. **This morning we had a women walk into our area an plump herself down at the bar while our “private meeting” was taking place.

President Ray Spencer suggested a group drive to the beach at Summerland with an association arrange picnic would be a good idea also.

Meeting adjourned at 1045 hours.

** Due to the low meeting attendance most likely do to snow birds still on vacation there will be no meeting in March. The third Saturday in April will be the next meeting, hopefully all our members will be back by then.

2015 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting
Okanagan Mustang Association

Saturday, 24 January, 2015, 0930 a.m. – 10.15 a.m.
Held at Brunches Bistro and Deli, Kelowna, B.C.

Pre-AGM Meeting Information

As of 24 January, 2015 we have a total membership of 48. Broken down as follows 36 active members, 12 life members. Of the total membership the following members were present at the Annual General Meeting; [Read more…]

General members Meeting Nov 15, 2014

Okanagan Mustang Association
General Meeting – Saturday, 15 November, 2014
Held at White Spot Restaurant – Dilworth and Hwy 97, Kelowna, B.C.

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Top 5: Things That Will Kill Your Classic Car

by Rob Sass on Thursday, October 9th, 2014

“Perhaps the most destructive force has four teeth and a naked tail – rats and mice, the same rodents that wiped out half the population of Europe by carrying Bubonic plague, can really mess with your classic car.”

Contrary to general perception, most classic cars aren’t fragile flowers.

In fact, many are anvil-tough, particularly American cars of the 1950s and 1960s, built with real Pennsylvania steel and very little plastic. But even these rolling bank vaults can be seriously screwed up by these five things:

Non-use: This one is really is counterintuitive. When classic cars come to mind for many, the image of the trailer queen or museum piece looms large; in fact, most people think that these are the best cared-for cars. In actuality, they often turn out to be the most problematic cars when they are finally driven. Non-use is actually abuse — seals dry out and start to leak; gas gets stale and turns to varnish; batteries corrode when not removed; and tires get flat spots. Cars that are used and maintained on a regular basis, on the other hand, are often the happiest and most reliable old cars.

Improper storage/rodents: This goes along with the above. Failure to drain fuel or use a stabilizer, not using jack stands, and making certain that anti-freeze is up to snuff all contribute to storage-related deterioration. But perhaps the most destructive force has four teeth and a naked tail — rats and mice, the same rodents that wiped out half the population of Europe by carrying Bubonic plague, can really mess with your classic car. They chew upholstery and insulation to make nests (in which they pee, poop and reproduce, not necessarily in that order), and worst of all, they chew on wiring harnesses where it isn’t apparent until something smokes or catches fire from behind the dash of your 1965 Mustang.

Road Salt: Most everyone who has taken chemistry knows that the reaction between Sodium Chloride and steel yields iron oxide, more commonly known as rust. But few people truly realize how quickly the damage is done. Just one drive on a wet salty road will give your classic an ugly coating of surface rust on anything on the underside that is not well protected, like suspension parts, exhaust and even the frame. A season or two that lets salty mud penetrate the nooks and crannies of your car will almost certainly cause visible rust to erupt. And don’t think you’re immune because your car is fiberglass, there’s plenty of steel to rot away under the pretty plastic panels of your 1972 Corvette Stingray. Conversely, getting caught in the rain every now and then isn’t death for your classic, as long as nothing like carpets or trunk mats get soaked and stay wet. Some of the cleanest and most rust-free old cars we’ve seen come from the damp Pacific Northwest, where it snows little and road salt isn’t used.

Old Tires: Most vintage cars don’t see 15,000 miles of use each year and, often, totally unsafe tires can look deceptively sound. In addition to tread wear, age, dry rot, flat spots and UV exposure can render tires unsafe. About six or seven years should be tops in terms of tire life, regardless of how the tires may look. A blowout or a thrown tread can not only threaten your life, it can severely damage your car severely as I found out first hand when an otherwise fine-looking tire threw a tread and put a football-sized dent in the lower quarter panel of a formerly pristine 1977 Datsun 280Z.

Bad driving habits: The list of things that you can do to shorten the life of the major systems of a classic — from engine, transmission to differential — is long and beyond the scope of this article. But perhaps the most destructive thing you can do to a vintage car is to not let it warm up properly. I’ve witnessed tons of people who should know better start up a cold car and immediately zing it to the redline with the first shift. It’s painful to watch and even more painful to realize the harm that’s being done to the engine. Always drive gently until the car has reached normal operating temperature (usually around the mid-point of the temperature gauge).

Rob Sass is the vice-president of content for Hagerty Insurance. Hagerty is the world’s leading specialist provider of classic car and boat insurance. Learn more at and you can email

reprinted by permission of the author

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: