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Mustang envy

Car show part of today’s Sweet Corn Day festivities

August 3, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

When you mention classic cars, the word Mustang has to be one of the first names that comes to mind, followed shortly later by Fastback and Mach 1.

Butch Trosin's 1969 Mustang Fastback Mach 1 - the first year the car was made - was most definitely an eye-opener at the Black Knights Car Club cruise-in Friday night. The cruise-in was held in conjunction with Sweet Corn Days and the club car show will be noon to 4 p.m. today on North Sixth Street.

It was actually Trosin's son, Dan, who bought the car when he was a senior in high school. He drove it for a couple years then parked it in a shed behind the Trosins' house for about six years when Butch asked Dan if he'd sell it.

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Butch Trosin spent four years restoring this 1969 Mustang Mach 1 — the first year the car was made.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Sell it? No.

Then can I restore it and give it back to you later?

Sure. That'd be okay.

So, with Dan's blessing, Butch started the restoration - a four-year project.

He put in a new floor and redid the fender skins on both sides on the rear and put on a different front fender. Don Mustard, another club member, overhauled the engine and went through the transmission.

"I ended up putting a lot of new chrome and stuff on it," said Trosin, adding that the old chrome was pretty well pitted out.

John Rink, another club member, did the paint, a beautiful deep red and black that looks like classic Mustang (the original color was more of a burnt umber).

News rims, an added spoiler and rear window louvers came later. Trosin put in a new console and dash but kept the original gauges.

He wanted it as close to stock as possible, so he removed the chrome valve covers and put those back to stock. He found a place in Arizona to restore the original steering wheel that had the horn wiring springing out.

"I wanted to keep it as original as much as I could," said Trosin.

That lets him compete in stock class, and he's taken best Ford three times and last year won a best under the hood trophy. He's consistently in the top 25 or 40 at car shows.

His son Daniel is pretty handy at fixing rock chips which helps keep the Mach 1 looking pristine.

The car didn't come with power steering so he's bought that too and plans on putting it in later.

So the question everyone asks: How fast does it go?

"I've never taken it out to find out," he said.

And then there's the other question: How much did it cost?

"I probably don't want to know," said Trosin, who still has all the receipts.

You can see Trosin's Mach1 and a whole lot of other great classic and antique cars at the Black Knights Car Club Sweet Cars Show noon to 4 p.m. today on North Sixth Street.



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