Monday, 04 January 2021 16:36

RCC Class Transforms Student’s Future Dream Car into Reality

The restored 1968 Ford Mustang. The restored 1968 Ford Mustang. Submitted photo


...headliner, trunk pad, gas tank and lines, and gas cap. Anti-rust and urethane spray were added to keep the Mustang from returning to its former rust-bucket self.


Several things stayed, though---the top, the seats and the dashboard were in good shape. And some modern amenities were added, like a handmade console with a drink holder.


Alderin kept the engine basically the same---a 302 cubic-inch V8, which is interchangeable with the 289 someone put in before he owned it. He added Flowmasters headers and dual exhaust to give it more oomph. He wasn’t planning on adding a silver C-stripe down each side, but when the Brittany Blue paint went on it, he was convinced.


Mustang before web


The result was a $14,000 tab, but Alderin was in a good place financially, and it was time.


“It was either go forward or don’t do it at all,” he said. “I really contemplated on it before I got going. I said, ‘You know, this is going to cost a lot of money. Am I going to bring it back to life or let it go to the graveyard?’ That was the choice.”


There are still a few things that need to be done---a few touch-ups and, because it is the South, air conditioning.


Once the COVID-19 pandemic starts abating, Alderin said he’d love to do some car shows, putting up a posterboard with the before pictures, showing what he did at RCC. Still, he turns heads when he’s on the road, especially in the summer when people roll down their windows and gawk.


“I’ve already got some family members that have said, ‘When you get that thing done, you come over, and take me for a ride,” Alderin laughs.


If you’re ever near the Petty Center, look for the Brittany Blue Mustang, but not for Alderin’s husky, Lou. He’s only allowed in the pickup truck.

Source: Randolph Community College


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