1965 1966 Ford T-5 Emblems

If you’ve been following along, you’ll see that most of the items posted here are related to the American Austin and American Bantam cars.  However, if you’ve been tuning in since the beginning, you’ll know that one of the first posts spoke about Betsy, my 1965 T-5 which I’ve owned seemingly forever.  If you’ve ever wondered why this site isn’t “Richard’s Helpful Bantam Links” or “Bantam Car ‘n’ Parts” it’s because there are some other cars I would also like to help people with along the way.  One of these offshoots of cars is the German Mustang, the T-5.  Once I have finished developing the Austin/Bantam area of the website, I’d like to construct something for the folks with T-5’s as well.

The T-5’s were built in small numbers, and not that many have survived over time.  Each T-5 built, though, was far superior to every other production mustang built.  Beyond upgrades made to the cars to ensure better handling on rough European roads these cars are fantastic.  Rather than just succumbing to the whim of the factory workers, each T-5 was inspected with a fine tooth comb before it was able to be marked as a T-5 and shipped abroad.  The goal of the inspections was to make sure that the cars were not only within tolerances acceptable for production cars, but to make sure the cars had a strict adherence to the engineering drawings.

Just a blueprinting an engine brings out the very best as imagined by the engineers, blue printing the pony car did just the same.  These cars are surprising handlers, especially if compared to their brethren.  My Betsy can take a curvy mountain road with the best of them.  The only draw back is the Automatic transmission, but that is easily fixable.

So, today, for the few people out there looking to restore or refresh their T-5’s I am proud to offer the first T-5 related eBay link.  This link is to one of the most difficult parts to find for our cars, besides those ridiculous hubcaps.  For your enjoyment, an NOS pair of T-5 emblems.  When I found the used pair I initially ended up with for my car, I had to drive 5 hours and pay an unfathomable sum that I’d rather not remember.

P1070472Click here for the eBay listing: NOS 1965 1966 Ford T-5 Emblem for German Export Mustangs

Happy Belated Birthday Betsy!

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June 1 has come and gone, as has Spring.  Yet, as the first official post here, I wanted to honor the car that inspired my obsession with cars as I know it.  This car was my first foray into researching a car’s history, attempting to connect myself with its past, as well as hunting for the most obscure parts and unobtainium.  I started when the internet was a small thing that people traded emails through; at a time when eBay was a much smaller place with a limited assortment of trinkets, a time when Hemming’s was the only real go-to source for anyone in the car hobby.  It’s amazing how far we have actually come and how far we have yet to go.

On June 1, 1965, this Vintage Burgundy T-5 rolled off the assembly plant in Metuchen, NJ.  She has had at least 7 owners over the last 49 years, but has spent the last 11 years with me.  Parts for this car were sourced from around the world, but amazingly, the original T-5 emblems were only 10 miles from where I bought the car. 

Although my inspiration for working on this car came from my family.  Restoring Betsy back into a T-5 was greatly enabled by Gary Hanson, who had an early web presence and serves as the American T-5 ambassador.  I still remember the day clearly when he was on the phone with me while I measured a seemingly random pattern of holes on my fender which ended up being the missing piece of the puzzle, confirming my car was a T-5. 

What ever your passion is, there are people like Gary seeking to share their knowledge with you who you must seek out.  Although they may be hard to find, the quest is worthwhile when you realize the value of a mentor.  The only payment most people will ever ask, is that you too help those who come to you and keep our great hobby alive.

Happy Birthday Betsy and thank you!