THE CAR IS HOME

I picked up the car on August 16, 2013. Looks really great. The Shelby style mufflers sound great, too, just they way I was expecting. The wheels look even better in person than they do in pics or vids. However when they were installed, the pipe ends wound up too close to the inside of the cutouts, only 1/4″ away. They should be 13/16″ on each side.

I talked to the retailer for the mufflers and he said it’s a two man job, one guy to hold the ends while the other tightens the clamps. He also said they’ve got several employees who installed these successfully.

I went to the dealer today and they said they tend to want to pull inward while tightening. I told him what the retailer told me. I have an appointment for the 29th for them to try again at no charge.

Besides looking goofy, I have concerns about sitting in traffic on a hot day with no wind. I don’t need the fascia melting at one side of the cutouts.

In the meantime on Saturday the car goes up on my brother’s lift. I’m spraying the Gibbs protectant on the bottom. It’s thinner than water, and I’m using a hand sprayer with a fan pattern. I don’t want it coming out too fast so I’m using very low pressure, just a few hand pumps at a time. Before spraying I’m blasting the bottom with air from his compressor to clean it. Since picking up the car it’s seen no rain at all, we’ve had a dry spell which is continuing for another week apparently.

Eventually I should have all these details squared away, even if it take until the end of the month.

My first car payment is September 23. Buying the car with no down payment at all would’ve been 4-5%. Out of 50 lenders, my best deal was from Bank of America, which is my bank anyway. They were advertising 2.09%, or for current customers 2.04%. I got 1.79% for 72 months! I was delighted. However I put down so much money that I really should’ve held back a few hundred, I’m really broke now! But I also wanted to keep the monthly payments down and get the best possible interest.

At the time I did a deposit, Ford was offering $1500 for rebates. When the car came in it was $2000, so that was very nice. I paid something over 36k for a 39k car. About 11% off MSRP, and then an additional $2000 off.

I still have the Buick for the winter. I have it on storage insurance now, only about $40 a month, will be the same in the winter for the Mustang.

I have until the 29th to get permanent plates. I should be prorated for just 8 months with my April birthdate. Already confirmed with City Hall.

When in storage, both cars will be run every two weeks for 5 minutes and moved back and forth a minimum of 25 feet. I already filled the Buick tank with high quality fuel and put in the right amount of Sta-Bil to keep the gas fresh. Supposed to be good for up to a year. More important in hot weather, but the Mustang will get it, too, for the winter. Still have a half bottle left.

I have to cover up the Buick windows with white plastic to protect the insides from heat and sun. I have plenty of that material around. When I have enough money again I’m buying a cover similar to the one I got for the Mustang.

As expected, the Mustang tires were set a little too hard for the weather, so I set them to where they belong. These 19″ Pirelli P Zero Nero all season tires are rated to 168 mph. Tire pressure is set for 32 pounds front and rear, though the tire can be inflated to 51! No typo here!

I don’t have the sticky summer tires as I didn’t order the Brembo brake package. I have no need for Brembo brakes, and the car’s suspension would’ve been set up a little harder than it is. I wouldn’t want it any firmer.

PAID FOR CAR TODAY

Went down to the dealer, did the paperwork. Great news as the $1500 factory rebate has now changed to $2000, so that’s $500 more off the price of the car!! Also, I was expecting 2.34% financing as quoted by Bank of America; turns out I’m getting 1.79%!! Also turns out Bank of America is also one of their lenders and they had the best rate for me. Also means I don’t have to mail in payment coupons like I used to do in the past, can pay online or set up automatic payment (the latter not likely for me).

After paperwork I sat in the car with Rob and he ran me through the details plus answered questions I had.

Everything went smoothly today, couldn’t be better unless they told me I was their 1 millionth customer and I was getting it for free…….

As a side note, I found out they are the number two Ford dealer for selling tires in the U.S.  Good to know in case I need some in the future.

When I drove in the lot and saw it parked next to the front door, I was really surprised by my reaction. The car looks better in person, especially the wheels. Light reflections and angles really love this car color. I have to say I was pretty excited, the most since I’ve started this whole process. I’m not used to being excited! Especially since this is a bucket list goal.

I managed to retrieve the window sticker intact, which is nice. At the bottom it says “SPECIAL ORDER”. It was built in Flat Rock, Michigan.

I also got a special sticker. Apparently Ford randomly selects cars for quality control testing and this was one. It certifies that 114 miles on the odometer are by them, not somebody joyriding in it. The car goes through a big checklist. So this ought to be trouble free, and is already part way broken in. I mentioned previously the chip programs the car to limit it to 4000 RPM’s for the first 100 miles, so that’s over with. I was advised that for the first 500-1000 miles not to hit the brakes hard and to avoid puddles to give them a chance to settle properly to avoid squeaking, etc. Also no very high speed runs for 2000-3000 miles until the tires settle. So it’s not likely this car will be fully broken in by the winter, but it could be. Also don’t abuse the engine and transmission for the first 1000 or so miles. I’m fine with all of this, as I want it to break in as well as possible.

We had the car on part of the time during the instruction session today. It sounds so nice.  Me payment day anon Payment day side

Wednesday I drop off the Shelby mufflers after work, they get put on Thursday morning, and I drive it off the lot Thursday afternoon. I really am looking forward to this.

You can click on these pics and you can see them full screen. Click again and you’ll see them actual size.

 

THE CAR IS HERE!

Hey, the car just came in today on 8/9/13! I previously was told to expect it a couple of weeks from now. If I remember right, further back on this blog I think originally I said I expected it on 8/9/13! I’ll have to look later to see if I’m right. The plan is that tomorrow morning I do the paperwork, loan, etc. After that the delivery specialist (who originally was my original salesman) will run me through the details of the car, which will be fun. Next Wednesday I’ll drop off my Shelby mufflers. Thursday morning a tech who’s considered the best for the job will install them. Thursday after work I’ll go home, then have my dad drop me off at the dealer, and I’ll drive the car off the lot!

I sure was surprised to see the email today when I got home! A week from now I’ll be driving it. Fortunately the calendar, paydays, bills, etc. worked out alright so it didn’t really make much difference whether I got it in today or 2 weeks from now. In any case I want to put down the max possible. I had some unexpected expenses recently that were pretty steep, but I still have what I hoped and planned for a long time ago for a minimum down payment.

I’m still kinda going, “Wow!”

GETTING A FEW THINGS OUT OF THE WAY

Last week I picked up the all season NOAH style car cover at the dealer. This was an option for the Mustang as part of my order. All set with that, and it’s sitting on top of the Shelby mufflers in the garage. My salesman said that now on every Monday he can monitor where my car is at. Currently the arrival is still the same, August 17-24.

I ordered my Gibbs protectant some time back and still haven’t seen it. I spoke to the retailer today and he said he had to arrange for a drop ship from the manufacturer, which I expected as normally they only carry the spray cans. I’m getting a gallon bottle. He said the manufacture is small and usually very reliable, but the owner is on dialysis and there are difficulties getting through. I said I understood, he said he’d try calling the guy again today. I’ll be patient, but I hope I have it by the time I’m driving the car out of the dealer’s lot so I can get it to my brother’s and get it on the lift to spray it while the bottom is still really clean.

I HAVE AN ARRIVAL DATE FOR MY MUSTANG

From my dealer:

Your Mustang has been ordered and the VIN# is  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx and it is scheduled to be built on 7/29 and due to be at the dealership between 8/17-8/24.

I also found a hand pump sprayer for applying the Gibbs protectant on the bottom of the car. It will come out slow in a decent fan pattern so I’m not wasting the gallon. A few pumps of the handle and the pressure lasts a decent time before I have to pump it again.

I ordered the gallon about a week ago. The dealer has to get some from the manufacturer first.

I’VE GOT THE SHELBY MUFFLERS

Got them a week or so ago, one had a bent tip as the packing wasn’t so great. Late Model Restoration was really great with their customer service. I got the bad one on a Friday, sent them email, Monday they sent replacements before I even had a chance to talk on the phone. They arranged for UPS to pick up the bad box Tuesday (they actually came Monday since I didn’t know they were coming). I had the replacements last Friday in good shape. Per my request they protected the tips with bubble wrap instead of stiff thick cardboard tubes that were a bit too short.

Altogether a perfect customer service experience, couldn’t be any better from this Texas company. The guy on the phone sure had a heavy Southern accent!

All that’s left is labor cost when the car comes in and I have the dealer install them.

Now on to figuring out the best way to spray Gibbs protectant on the bottom of the car. Maybe a hand pump bug sprayer. There’s one around here somewhere I can test to see if the spray pattern is right. Once I figure that out I’ll order a gallon of the stuff.