DEMOGRAPHICS

Ford says the average Mustang buyer is 51, so that’s part of why they’re changing it to get the demographic younger. Odd considering all the YouTube videos are by guys who are less than 35 years old, except for a few in their late 50’s.

What I said about 4 doors for the Mustang of the future is that it’s gonna be 2 doors, but will be designed do they can do 4 doors later if they want to.

All the prospective renders of the 2015 tend to be similar now to the extent that you can at least see where they’d like to go with it. However renders of the 2014 tend to look pretty wrong considering the actual photo of the rear of a car I saw. The rear of the car I saw kinda looked like it could be a bit smaller than the 2013, but hard to tell.

I’ve downloaded the 474 page owner’s manual and I’m about 60% of the way through it. I have some questions about the car but will wait until I finish reading the manual as those questions might get answered there.

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SAVING MONEY WITH ALLSTATE

I’m with Allstate. I just got an email from them for a program they have with affiliated dealers. To make this short, I might be able to save $3500 on the Mustang. Will investigate this further at the right time. This would save me $47 a month!

WILL POWER

A friend was asking how I deal with will power issues to save money. I was telling her:

The difference is, you may actually go to Amazon and spend money (like I’d likely normally would), and this time I won’t, as everything to me now represents an option on the Mustang I can or cannot have depending on my will power.

For example, by cutting way back on eating at the cafeteria, I can save $60 a month equaling a total of about $360. Getting Remote start on the car is $345 plus interest, so eating more cashews for lunch means not having to go out in the snow to pre-warm the car in the morning.

I also delete certain emails without looking at them to save money!

I also printed up an Excel sheet for logging every stinking penny I spend for everything, with columns for categories of purchases. I total it up monthly and look to do better than the previous month. The very first month almost doesn’t count as I spent $478 for a special music software offer (saved $180), but no more of those. But I can compare everything else on the list. In about 2 weeks I’ll have a fairly good idea how I’m doing, and will have a firm expectation of what I can really save monthly in about 6 weeks.

My goal is to have $3600 saved up by the end of January. Out of that, $680 will be for Concord registration. So it would really be only $2900 plus my trade in, which would probably be about $5500, possibly a thousand more.

I started saving about 5 weeks ago and so far I have $587. So that puts my on track to have $2935 up by mid January. I think I can do better than that at $750 a month, which would be $3750.

Also, by mid December I will no longer have to pay my Buick payment and Newegg payment, so together those represent $376 a month. Any months beyond that I can save that amount, too.

My salesman is gonna let me know when the cutoff is for factory ordering a car. We think about February give or take a month. The further out we can go, the better off I am.

Really weird how most 2013 Ford cars come out about now and Mustangs are a half year earlier.

THE RUST EVADER SYSTEM

What is an electronic rust killer?

You place two anodes near the A pillars on a car in the engine bay, near the firewall and windshield. Very long vehicles like big pickup trucks near the rear of the bed, two more. They are attached by wires to a control unit that’s mounted near the battery. The system puts a negative charge over the surface of the entire vehicle forcing positive electrons (I think, can’t remember) off the surface of the car. In reality some may scavenge to tiny nooks and crannies under the vehicle, but at least that’s where metal is very thick on the frame.

The end result is the surface of the car has rusting that’s severely retarded. It’s like the time frame for rust slows down by a factor of 20 or maybe 50! I know for a fact it works. My brother Eric had it on a pickup truck as well. We bought some of the very last ones about 15 or so years ago. The company went out of business because they got sued by someone who claimed it didn’t work. Ours most certainly did!

All over the Internet you see people (erstwhile authorities and scientists) saying this cannot work. But done right, it does work and my brother and I have both had them and know what a difference they made.

So I want to keep mine forever. I didn’t bother installing it on the last two cars, but the Mustang will have it once I figure out the right dielectric pads to use.

PAINT PROTECTION

I find myself thinking of the best sealants to use on the paint and wheels. It seems to me traditional organic wax is out of the question, as I’m seeing statements about how once sun and heat hit the wax, it softens and then attracts dirt easier. Apparently the best thing is a hard synthetic that still goes on easy. I’m also wondering if I can get away with one sealant for both body and wheels, or if I need something more radical to protect the black paint and machined parts of the wheel.

VANITY PLATES

 My brother says:

 The registration is definitely where you will get slammed.

I sez:

I did some research. In my town it’s $18 per $1000 of valuation, so I’d pay $680 the first year. Then the next year it goes to $15 per thousand and so on until it gets down to $3 per thousand and stays there. It doesn’t exactly go down $3 every year, but close to it. Then you add on the State fees for the license which of course are the same every year.

Vanity plates, if I remember right, are $40 plus the extra little fees we all pay. I went to their website where you can check what’s taken. I got inspired before this by starting a list of license names. I started with 60 names! While on the site I got inspired again and came up with a grand total of 160! Believe or not, I only had to reject 16 of my names as they’re already taken! The list is so big I doubt I’ll have more inspiration to come up with more. Out of the 140 or so left over, probably 10% are quite good and another 15% are okay.

I downloaded the PDF form for submitting names. It has space for 8 names in order of preference, so if someone bags a name since you were last on the site, they go to the next name on the list.

The color of this 2013 Mustang is Deep Impact Blue and it has 420 hp, so you can guess some of the names, like DEEPBLU and 420HP. It was surprising to me how many names weren’t taken. Probably because this isn’t California.

Others I have that no one’s using:

SINCE64 (I borrowed that one from a pic on Ford’s website)
GREAT13
2013BLU
5LITER
FASTONE
QUIKONE
420LUST
BLULUST
HOTBLUE
NOTDULL
CLEAN13
PONY13
CHUCK13
QUIKBLU
WOW420
BLULQQK
FASTBLU
V8LUST
HOTPONY
MEAN13
TASTY
302CUIN
BLAZNV8
BORN2GO
PUNCHY
BLUEFLY
CREAMER
MY+FUN
BLUFUSE
WHATA13
HOTLOAD
FAST4ME
155MPH
BLAZN13
SMOKING
WOWEE
WOWEEEE
ROKNBLU
SCREAMR
YOWZAH
BLOFUSE
ENUF4ME
TEASER
NOKIDDN
COOLBLU
4MYSOUL
VERYBLU
NOTLAME
RELIEF
CRE8T
BOOT-IT
IAMGONE
-SOUND-
TUFENUF
IAMGONE
4MYMIND
BLUSOUL
EXCLAIM
NOTBAD
LICENCE
ZOWEEEE
CRAZED

I might as well have put all of them here, but you get the idea. Altogether out of the whole bunch I kinda like about 5 or 10. I thought of some others but they would’ve been more appropriate if I had a Shelby!

The engine is known as the Coyote engine, but someone already bagged that.