Friday, November 21, 2014

A 1965 Mustang Coupe graces Shell Tambay

You know that feeling when you come home from a first date and you feel all giddy inside? That's exacty what I felt when I came home last Friday from my weekly Shell tambay night.

In a sea (when I say sea, I mean gas station) full of modified cars, it was like a slow motion scene out of a chick flick when this old school, classic, pure American freakin' muscle Mustang pulled up to join in. Suddenly all the modified cars were a blur. It was love at first sight. :)

I am a notoriously shy person. I never come up to people I don't know and talk to them. But this was definitely an exception. I thought, screw it... I was not gonna let the night pass without talking to the owner and getting a closer look at this American muscle.

THIS is mister Percy Reyes' 1965 Mustang Coupe... I'll give you a few seconds to gawk...

The moment it pulled up, my first thought was, "I wonder if it has a stock motor.." Then it let out a rev that you know is straight out of a V-engine. My next thought was, "Oh sh*t."

The engine was stock alright. It was a brand effin' new Edelbrock V8 engine shipped straight from the U.S.. I know right? It was like watching DMAX! And to make it more awesome, it was all assembled and installed in Percy's garage by this little mechanic who was with him that night. No fancy autoshops, just him in a garage. I almost wanted to have him sign my shirt or something.

Man, how I wish I could show you the interior. The interior was still in progress, no sidings and carpet yet. But the signature red leather seats are there and the original chrome gauges were already installed. Yep, all shipped from the U.S. too. The only original part in this car is the shell and one itty bitty chrome molding on one quarter glass. Mister Reyes takes pride in calling this baby his "brand new old car.." and that's exactly what it is. Everything on it, in it, around it is brand new. Down to the last clip...

And these 18-inch Chip Foose rims are the cherries on top of a sexy sundae...

I was literally star-struck learning about Mr. Reyes' build. This is the sort of thing I thought I would only see on TV. We asked him to please join us at Shell on Fridays so we could see his 'Stang and gawk at it some more. Seeing something that rare (at least in the Philippines)  and in progress is completely amazing.

Thank you to Mr. Percy Reyes for being so nice, for answering our million questions and for even showing us pictures of his masterpiece in progress. But most of all, thank you sir for taking on this epic build. A REAL car enthusiast. I felt really honored to have seen his Mustang that night. It was like I was in the presence of a king! I absolutely cannot wait to see it again and again and again. :)


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