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Joined Sep 25 2014
Boeing 747 Captain retired, U.S. Navy CAPT (ret.). Learned to work on Ford and some other cars up to early 70's (started at 12 yrs old) and have continued on my Ford projects including my Pantera L - to date.
Growing up without much as a kid and back in 1971, I saw a Pantera for the 1st time. It was a yellow Pantera (pre-L) in Auburn, WA, and it had then seemed to me it would take forever to own one. Although, I knew from the 1st time I saw that yellow pre-L, that someday I would own one. The heck with ME though!!!
THPNNR05755 has OWNED ME since Jan 16, 1984. I was active duty back then flying for the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator (pilot) out of California when this well maintained and very original "L" car (sans original orange exterior color) popped up in the classified section of the San Jose Mercury one Sunday. I immediately called and saw the car before noon that same Sunday in Los Gatos, CA.
After 12 or so years since my 1st laying eyes on that yellow pre-L in Auburn, WA, there was finally a Pantera in my garage!
Immediately some metric tools were added to the standard assortment in my toolbox. Then a light-level restoration commenced including "old school" DuPont Imron paint (I figured if DuPont Imron was good enough for the military planes I flew, it was good enough for my Pantera).
The car is an original California car (usually, it was a definite plus for just intending to "touch up" a 10 year old Pantera and not finding rust - and I am still fortunate this one is one of those great examples!). Profile Image is the after-result of my "light" restoration with fresh DuPont Imron paint.
After release from active duty, I drove #5755 home from California (a high speed pass - anxious to finally be going home). It has been in the Greater Seattle area ever since. Got my very 1st moving violation on I-5 that run going through Drain, OR.
Until recently, it had been wearing its all original drive-train, interior, Campy's and badging still (+ more).
To me, the Pantera's beautiful lines along with its stance always give it that truly timeless look!
Enter the next chapter.
Right now, an in-depth, full restoration is being performed (now no longer wearing DuPont Imron paint) and this car is well on its way to carrying its original beauty on through the 21st century with more than a few up-to-date performance upgrades.
Although the next owner, maybe a.k.a. George Jetson, will have to purchase and install a trick vertical drive mechanism and capabilities - once that becomes a reality for him.
I always knew the day would eventually come for a full restoration. For instance, I've had a few different ideas over those many years as to what I should use for a 2nd engine (in the interest of preserving the car's original and unmolested 351C engine). I had one engine idea at first, then moved on to another, and another again, etc. Thus, I now possess no less than 4 additional Ford engines (2 N.O.S) that at one time or another had been intended for the Pantera - but found yet another road map for engine choice recently (yes, that will make it #5 once I purchase that one).
My "parts locker" for the project is fairly large and might almost be considered adequate. It does not have everything. Although I have duplicate parts in some cases, there are others I know I still need and of course, others that I will find I need as the project continues to progress.
Other cars that own me: --2008 GT500, --1988 WSP SSP (I purchased from GSA auction and was 2nd owner. 1st was Washington State), --1967 Mustang Fastback 289, --2005 Harley Davidson F-350.
Maybe for a little enjoyment when bored and aren't busy, I have also provided the following:
For 25 years, 1967 Shelby GT500 #745 had also OWNED ME. I sold it at the 2007 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Auction (Lot #1565.1).
To see the auction of that car, view the You Tube I made, "67 GT500 Barrett-Jackson Auction 2007." See: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEOpMucABN0
From that 2007 Barrett-Jackson auction, 1967 GT500 #745 was sold to the "Lingenfelter Collection" where it was displayed at their museum just outside Detroit, MI. for 4 or so years.
Then it was at the 2011 SEMA while on tour with a 2012 Shelby "Super Snake" GT500 (a "one-of-one" or "one off," 740Hp version car) for the 2012 Dream-Give-Away, "winthemustangs.com" raffle.