Post by mustangnutz on Oct 19, 2019 10:58:09 GMT -5
My wife and I just purchased a 2009 Mustang GT 45th Anniversary model. We intend to keep the Mustang in as good condition as we can. We don't intend this to be a show car but it will be driven only in good weather and stored in our garage during winter.
We're interested in learning more about upkeep and minor restoration. First I'd like to ask if there are members in the Parchment/Kalamazoo area who might give me some advice and help on who what and where to get help with things like touch up paint and having the hood repainted. The Mustang is red and in general very good condition. Low miles (57K) and the body is sound. The motor runs very well and the interior is nearly spotless.
My first major concern is whether or not to cover the car in the garage during the winter months. Back when we rode Harley-Davidson tour bikes it was considered bad to cover them due to condensation build up under the cover. Our Mustang came with a Covercraft Block-it cover. My concern is of course about breathability. I know this cover ( www.covercraft.com/us/en/product/custom-block-it-200-car-cover.C-CCB2 ) is rated as being breathable, but I don't know if there are better choices.
If you're interested in helping us learn to care for our Mustang we'd love to hear from you.
BTW we will be joining the club, and would be interested in attending some of the local shows and helping with whatever we can.
Post by Phil Gibson on Oct 20, 2019 0:23:04 GMT -5
Hi Bert! Congratulations on the new Mustang!
I don't personally know of anyone in the Kalamazoo area, but maybe someone else can help out with that.
As for covering the car while in the garage, go for it. Just make sure you clean and dry it well and give it a good waxing before you do it and it should be fine.
I would also recommend using Bounce dryer sheets to help keep rodents away. They seem to help and smell way better than moth balls, But you do have to make sure you put them anywhere a critter could try to climb up, hide, or chew stuff.
Keep an eye on our calendar here and if you use Facebook, we put our bigger events on there as well. Welcome!
Post by mustangnutz on Oct 21, 2019 10:06:08 GMT -5
Hi Phil, Thanks for the reply. I don't know how active this forum is, but I'll be needing more help when it comes to keeping our Mustang looking good. Today I'm going to dust it off (I washed it the other day) and do some clay bar work on the top side and along the fenders where the cover will touch. I'm using a Mother's kit and I think it does a pretty good job. The last month or so that the previous owner had the car, it sat outside with a for sale sign in the window. The Mustang accumulated some tree pollen and bird droppings. I've also been using Turtle Wax Tar and Bug remover on the lower fenders to remove tar and other bug splatters on the front bumper.
Next week I'll take it in for a oil change and coolant flush and refill. I'm hooking up a Battery Tender 1.25A to keep the battery in good shape.
Thanks again for any help or advice you can provide. Oh, are there any other really good Mustang forums online that I might check out? I ask because I am quite active in RC aircraft, and I'm a member on RC Groups forums. If you're careful there is a lot of good information on the forums. You just have to weed out the chaff.
BTW, I got a email from Joe about Tee and Sweatshirts. We'll probably be ordering a couple of those as well.
HI Bert Welcome to WMMC Very nice looking car Yes I would cover the car in the winter months with a good brand breathe cover And I usually keep mine covered when not driving it thru out the summer I have use one of the breathe cover for yrs and never had any issues Maybe in the spring you may want clay bar car and give it a good wax or sealant This get the swirl marks out the car by clay bar the car And when cleaning car always use a good micro fiber towels Use different ones for body and other ones for wheels etc For mices etc I always use a couple of air fresher inside the car and also Downy Unstopables in-Wash Scent Booster Beads Hope to see you at one of the club outing come up still this yr or next spring Enjoy that Mustang Hope this help some and lots of other club members have good info on best way to maintain the cars Of course everyone has there favor cleaning product
As for cleaning and detailing your car, those forums usually have a detailing section as well. There's a local place here that does really good work and has been a sponsor of our car show for a few years now, Revive. reviveautogr.com/ Kaan knows his stuff and does work on everything from new Teslas and Lamborghini's to cars from the 30s that are concourse winners. He also does paint protection film and ceramic coating.