• canaanmanley

The End of an Era

I always say that project cars are never done. They are either wrecked or sold. For me, and the project known as the #WideFox, that is still true after yesterday. I sold the car to another enthusiast, and sent it eastbound on a transporter in the cool hours of the morning.

I had mentioned that it didn’t really fit the lifestyle I was living anymore. I had built it as a challenge to myself to see if I could put a fiberglass widebody onto a car, plus make it fit to my satisfaction. I was able to do that. I had rewired more than half of the car to incorporate the later 1992 drivetrain to work directly with the 1980 wiring harnesses. I upgraded the suspension to be a lot more capable of autocrossing and racing. I took an Avery Dennison class to learn how to vinyl wrap vehicles, then came home and ordered the materials in order to vinyl wrap the car. Of course, everything was documented and uploaded to YouTube.

This morning I have been wrapping up the loose ends of the project. I’ve been taking down all of the ads I had placed for the car. Facebook Marketplace, the Basin Motorsports Facebook page, Craigslist, and anything else I had mentioned that it was for sale. That includes the project page here on the website. I also went through the budget spreadsheet that I have kept for the car over the last five years of ownership. I sent all of the pertinent receipts off to the new owner with the title, a bill of sale, and a new set of spare keys. I never made a spare set, and finally did in time to send them to the new owner.

The new owner and I had been working on the deal for over a week. He had seen the car listed for sale about a month ago, and started to watch a lot of the YouTube videos for the build. He knew about what kind of car he was looking for, and finally decided he wanted the widebody to make his own. One thing he mentioned was that the videos showed the honesty of building the car. He knew exactly what parts were used, what work was done, and felt very confident that it was a solid built car that would exceed his expectations. In his own words, “Anyone selling a car should use YouTube as a way to showcase the car. It helped me make the decision that I had to have the widebody in my garage.”

As I have been wrapping up the loose ends with spreadsheets and ads, I can say that I’m very proud of the car and what the build was able to accomplish for me personally. It was shown on HotRod.com, on HotRod and Muscle Mustang & Fast Ford Facebook pages, competed in the CJ Pony Parts 2020 March Madness contest, a Haynes Manuals contest, a Global Refinishing Solutions contest, a brief glimpse on the introduction to Bitchin Bootcamp on Motortrend, and shown through social media a lot of times. I learned to be patient with wiring, how to make fiberglass do what I wanted, and better techniques for vinyl wrapping and automotive bodywork. All in all, it was a huge project that taught me a lot, and I feel it has gotten my name out there a bit as a builder capable of doing something good.

As we were driving away from the transport truck yesterday my wife commented that I can probably consider myself a “builder” finally. I sold my first vehicle that was a complete build. I’ve sold many project cars through the years, but most were just adding parts and never really done completely. The widebody was really done through a complete phase. Should I consider myself a builder? I’m still skeptical on that.

Going forward I still have the ’86 hatchback to finish up. I’m almost done with the initial sanding of the body filler. From there I will clean it off, primer the filler, paint the trim, and prep the complete body for the new vinyl wrap. I can say with confidence that the car will be looking good when the wrap is done. I have to remind myself that this car was pulled out of a field in 2018 and was left to rot in the desert sun. We’ll give it a new lease on life and make sure it hits the road soon. My wife and I still aren’t sure what to do with it long-term. I will use it as a show car for a while until the Porsche 944 is done. I need something to take to shows and coffee meets.

I also have the 1987 Porsche 944 to start on. I am planning to install a 2-post lift in the garage when the ’86 Mustang is done. I’m not getting any younger, and laying on concrete just isn’t as much fun as I used to be. The right of passage has been completed and passed to younger enthusiasts than myself. The work is never done, and I’m sure when the next Mustang is done with the Porsche is running beside it, I’ll find another itch to build something else. I have bigger plans for the Porsche including a complete vinyl wrap, interior refresh, and potentially a 5-cylinder 07k (that’s the Volkswagen engine code) swap. That will be a good challenge. See you next time!

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