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Written by Double Dragon
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:38

1965 FORD Mustang Caspian Blue converitble- Dan Green


Writing copyright D. S. Brown. Story and photography courtesy and copyright Dan Green.

65 mustang dan blue top down

Sharp eyed readers may have noticed the story of the two sisters profiled in the 20 YEARS PLUS section who coincidentally both bought Novas as used cars which they ended up keeping for 40 years. Dan Green's story goes one step further. Not only did Dan and his brother David both buy Mustangs, the cars were coincidentally the desirable convertible bodystyle with 289 engines as well as being the same model year. More coincidences connected to the cars appeared later when Dan did research on the background of the cars decades down the road.

Dan Green didn't set out to duplicate the model year, bodystyle and drivetrain combination of his brother's Mustang. Dan discovered a second 1965 Mustang convertible while helping a girlfriend find her first car. Dan ended up splurging his newspaper route payments to buy the Mustang for $500.00. Dan bought a Rangoon Red 1965 Mustang convertible in 1975 when he was only 16 years old. That Mustang has stayed with him ever since. To read about Dan's first Mustang see the story filed below this one in this 20 YEARS PLUS section.

Dan currently owns his Rangoon Red Mustang as well as his brothers former car. Both the Mustangs are housed up in Chino Hills, California. Dan, his wife Mary and daughter Micaela and son Zachary all appreciate the long relationship between the family and these Mustangs as well as the fantastic coincidences linking the cars. Dan currently lives about 3 miles away from where the original owner of the Caspian Blue Mustang's first owner lived back in 1965. The strange part is that Dan and his brother David grew up in Oxnard, California which is where the Mustang ended up in 1972. Oxnard is about 400 miles north of where the original owner lived.

The first owner of the Caspian Blue Mustang was a young lady who had just graduated from Chiropractic school in Iowa and came out to California to begin working with her mother in her Chiropractic office. She bought herself a nice 1965 model Mustang convertible at the start of 1965. The original owner’s manual confirms research with relatives of the original owner stating that the Mustang was purchased from Bill Corwin Ford in Orange, California. The Mustang was equipped with a Standard white interior and convertible top with blue carpet and dash pad. The photo below was taken of her in the Mustang when it was brand new.

65 mustang dan blue original owner

The Mustang was manufactured on October 7, 1964 which makes it a 'true' 1965. All first year Mustangs were 1965s; but the so called '1964 1/2' Mustangs were built from winter of 1964 until the factories changed over in August, 1964. The 1965 Mustangs use an alternator instead of the generator found in the 1964 1/2 cars. When a V8 is specified in a 1965 a 289 is used instead of the 260 used in the first run of Mustangs. The Caspian Blue Mustang had a 3 speed manual shift, drum brakes all around and full wheelcovers.

65 mustang dan blue door tag

The door tag tells us more:

Body 76A= Convertible with standard interior

Color H= Caspian Blue metallic

Trim D2= White crinkle vinyl with blue appointments- standard interior

Date 07K= Oct 7, 1964

DSO 71= Los Angeles, California dealer area

Axle 1= 3.00:1 conventional

Trans 1= 3 speed manual

VIN 5R08Axxxxxx

5= 1965 model year

R= San Jose, California final assembly plant

08= Convertible body style

A= 289-4 barrel premium fuel engine

The last service record in the owner's manual occurred on October 20, 1965 when the car had 16,099 miles on it.

65 mustang dan blue service record

After only 3 years of ownership the first owner sold or traded in the Mustang in 1968 and bought a Jaguar. If she kept piling on the miles at the same rate she accumulated 16,000 miles in the first 10 months, the Mustang would have traveled about 50,000 miles during her ownership. This matches with the odometer reading showing in 1972 which suggests it didn't travel much after the original owner sold it.

Sometime between 1968 and 1972 the Mustang was abandoned. Dan Green's elder brother David discovered the Caspian Blue Mustang abandoned in a field in 1972.

When David researched the Mustang through the DMV it turned out that the car had been abandoned for over one year. The former owner was unavailable. David was declared the legal owner of the Caspian Blue convertible.

Decades later Dan dug a little deeper trying to uncover the facts. He was able to contact relatives of the original owner who kindly provided the photograph of the Mustang when new. As Dan explains,

"I have not been able to find out who owned the car between 1968 and 1972, but I am still working on it. It is possible that no one else owned it and it had been stolen and/or abandoned and never re-registered by anyone after the first owner."

The Caspian Blue Mustang was a great find. Any free car that runs is a find, but a Mustang for free is something to get excited about. This wasn't just a free Mustang however. It was a Mustang convertible packing the 289- 4 barrel engine! For a kid this was an amazing find.

The first order of business was to change the rear end which was howling pretty badly when David got the car. Since it needed a new axle, why not upgrade? David installed a limited slip axle. David rebuilt the 289 soon after he acquired the car. The engine was balanced with a 0.30 overbore to clean up the cylinders. A mild cam was installed at the same time.

David taught himself how to drive a standard shift transmission on this car and later taught younger brother Dan to do the same. David's next move was a typical upgrade for a teenage male to make on a 3 speed manual car. David changed the Mustang to a 4 speed wide ratio top loader with the shifter that came from a 1970 Mach 1.

In 1976 David found a Rally Pac in a junkyard for a mere $10.00 and added it to the car. David enjoyed the car and drove it through his youth in California. He racked up approximately 110,000 miles on his Mustang which brought the odometer round to the 75.000 mark which in reality was 175,000 miles.

At age 22 David moved to St. Charles, Missouri. He took his Mustang with him but didn't use it as a driver once he relocated to Missouri. He stored it in a garage and started it on a regular basis, but in a sense the car was as dormant as it was during the start of the 1970s when it sat in a field. Although David wasn't using the car he had fond memories of the car he rescued all those years ago.

Finally in 2009 the garage space where the Mustang had sat all these years was needed. David's kids weren't interested in his Caspian Blue Mustang. He didn't want to sell his memories to a stranger. David turned to Dan who agreed to take the Mustang without hesitation.

Dan paid a transport company to bring the Mustang back 'home' to California in an enclosed auto transporter. Dan and his son Zachary got to work. The Mustang needed a new top and slight restoration work.The Mustang was back on the road after more than 20 years in storage.

Getting the car back on the road wasn't all smooth sailing. The DMV in 2009 was a bit more thorough than they had been back in 1972 the first time David had registered the car. The DMV back in 1972 just checked the door tag and then issued the registration. This time around it was noted that the VIN numbers stamped into the car were out of whack by one letter. The fender apron stamps code for a 6 cylinder build while the door plate calls for an V8.

Dan recalls,

"I had to spend quite an effort to get the Dept of Motor Vehicles and the California Highway Patrol to agree on what VIN number to use.  Eventually they simply gave up trying to figure out what to do and asked me what I wanted to do.  I told them to use the door ID plate number, as this represented how the car was actually built."

Once the registration was complete the Mustang was allowed to continue with the VIN number that it had always been registered under.

Once the Mustang was back on the road after over two decades of storage the car experienced a deja vu moment. Dan's son Zachary learned to drive a stick shift in the Caspian Blue Mustang and then taught his older sister on the car. The Blue Mustang was the same car that both David and Dan learned to drive manual on.

The pair of Mustangs played a pivotal role when Dan took the family on a one week vacation. Driving both Mustangs in tandem the family explored the coast on scenic Hwy 1. The trip stretched from Southern California to Monterrey, California. Imagine that you are driving along the highway and suddenly you see not one, but two 1965 Mustang convertibles!

65 mustangs dan red blue beach

Dan's family had a trouble free vacation. As Dan recalls,

"Both of the cars ran wonderfully and brought us back home without incident."

The kids both love the paired Mustangs and have enjoyed going to car shows. Zachary will inherit the Caspian Blue Mustang while Micaela will get the Rangoon Red Mustang. From 2012 to 2014 a 2 year restoration was performed on the Caspian Blue Mustang.

Although the blue 1965 was an original 3 speed manual with drum brakes and hubcaps Dan kept the 4 speed and the limited slip rear end that his brother David installed decades ago. Dan wanted to preserve the car as he and his brother knew it. In the same spirit, he kept the Rally Pac and installed a rebuilt an original clock mechanism. Because the car spent so much of its life with non factory components Dan couldn't resist adding front disk brakes and original style rally wheels. Dan substituted a larger diameter sway bar to the front end and added a sway bar to rear axle along with KYB gas shocks to improve the handling of the car which gets driven regularly.

The original 289 has now been blueprinted, balanced and modified with a small hydraulic roller cam and roller rockers.  Pistons are .040 over.  A 4 core radiator is a wise addition in California since these cars had a tendency to run hot.

Dan kept the entire color scheme of the car totally original.  Caspian Blue exterior and white interior and top.  Dash and carpet were medium blue.

The Rangood Red Mustang will receive a restoration soon. Zachary and Micaela say that these cars have no dollar value to them because like Dan and David, they never want to sell them. The memories and heritage that are associated with them are priceless.

"It is only a coincidence that my brother and I owned the same make and model of car while growing up. We never really thought much of it. We did all of the work on them ourselves in order to keep them running. His is a 4 speed and mine is an automatic. My kids assure me that this story of these two cars will continue on together for many more years.  My daughter Micaela is 24 and my son Zack is 20."







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