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    Apparently, I have been suffering from Sellers Remorse over passing Tweety Bird onto a woman in the Houston area who is much younger than I. She fell in love with Tweety and had to have her. So now she does. A few years ago, Lou Paliani, the retired VTCI President, took me for a ride in his then new Red Mustang GT and it was a blast. He took me out to the garage with the lights off, opened the door and a running Mustang was projected onto the garage floor from the side view mirrors. That was really cool! That and the ride caused me to become impressed with the Mustang. So some weeks ago, I started looking for a used Mustang Ecoboost Premium, that had all the bells and whistles, low mileage, still had warranty and was available locally AND had to be Triple Yellow, and preferably a Coup. I had already rejected a 2005 Inca Gold Retrobird (which I like a lot) because of no warranty, coil on plug problems, and the difficulty of attaining parts for them. Retrobirds had a low production intentionally, by Ford, and there were not the parts to back them up. So I enlisted the aid of my local Ford dealership, but they could not find a Triple Yellow Mustang Ecoboost Premium in this city, and had to stay within their distributorship to help me. Now Red McCombs, the ex-owner of the San Antonio Spurs, owns a lot of different dealerships, but no Triple Yell Mustangs were to be had. I have since found out that not a ton of Triple Yellow Mustangs were made, and it was not a very popular color. But you can find them across the country, but they were not meeting my needs.

    So I went looking across the country for a 2018 Triple Yellow Mustang Ecoboost Premium Coup, with heated/cooled leather seats, GPS, Monitor, and all the bells and whistles a Premium has. I found several, but they were either Convertibles, or had high mileage and no warranty, or too expensive. (Some that I found were listed just as an Ecoboost, until I started looking at the details and found that some were actually Premiums). Until I found one that was exactly what I was looking for... A 2017 with 10,555 miles on it, most of the factory warranty, Triple Yellow Ecoboost Premium Coup, in Laplace, Louisiana! But it had been listed as a Ecoboost on one site, but on the Dealership site, it was listed as a Premium and I jumped on it! I figured it would be long gone, as two of the others were when I asked about them, but it was still available. Someone else had been dickering with them, but had taken no action on it. After talking with them about it, I told them that I wanted it and would be driving my 2018 Ford Ecosport to trade in on it. We worked out the details between us, and I left with the understanding that they had taken the car off the market in my name, and we had the details worked out.

    I left here Friday morning at 03:30am and drove straight through to LaPlace, which is near New Orleans. It was something going over the very high bridge in Lake Charles and the monster bridge over the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge! I made it to the dealership about 1pm, and they had the car ready and waiting for me. We went through the paperwork and spent about an hour with the salesman, who took me through all the bells and whistles of how the car works. At 4:30pm Friday, I was on the road back to Texas. My plan was to drive until dark, and then find a hotel and park it for the night. East of Lake Charles, I ran into two super storms, one south of IH-10 and one north of it, with rain, and what looked like the possibility of hail or worse. I tried to find a hotel with a covered garage to park Tweety 2 in, but they said there was none, except at the casinos. They told me how to get to one and I did, and got her parked for the night under cover. What happened after that at the casino, I will leave for another time. I got about 6 hours sleep in, and so did Tweety 2, and we hit the road again at 6am. It did not take me long to cross the border into Texas and by noon time, I was back home. This Mustang drives like a dream, with a steady "hum" to it at normal speeds. But when you goose that accelerator for some extra speed, it GROWLS! Which is a cool sound. I have had a blast driving it.

    I went straight to my State Vehicle Inspector that I always use, and got it inspected, the first step in getting it registered. In a few days, I will be able to do that, and then I have found that TWEETY 2 personalized plates are available, but they want two arms and a leg for them these days. I will have to see about that. She is NO TweetyBird, but Dave has already nicknamed her "TweetyHorse", so I guess that will be her new nickname! After I got back I went to visit my buddy Stan, a long time Mustang and Tbird owner in our local Tbird club. After checking her over inside and out, he tells me that I found a beauty, nearly new, low mileage, decent asking price, black leather seats trimmed in Yellow, Triple Yellow paint job, twin exhausts and a lot more. The only way I was going to find a yellow one was to find a 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018. They no longer make a yellow one for 2019 or 2020. Now the color is Orange Fury, not to my liking. The 2015's, and 16's all had high mileage, and little to no warranty, so they were out. I was lucky to find this one, because the old guy who owned it is the type of person who trades cars in after 2-3 years to get the newest Mustang, and he had just recently traded this one in, after only putting 10,555 miles on it! So it was a steal, a nearly new Mustang! Here are some more pix of her. The difference in color is due to the flash, and it was getting dark.
    Last edited by YellowRose; October 9th, 2019, 12:11 AM.

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  • #2
    Great story & congratulations on your new Toy Ray. If I were you I'd rather refer to it as "TWEETY 2" It leaves an opening for conversation, or "YELLOW ROSE 2". Cosa costa Amego.

    Chris.......From OZ.

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    • #3
      Beautiful car Ray and I'm so happy to hear how much you already love it! I regret selling my 08 GT/CS but such is life and it eventually
      led me to my 59 TBird so all's good in the end. I know Tweety2 will be well cared for and will have a great life, Enjoy the **** out of it.
      All the best to you both.
      Pat M.
      Monson, MA
      1959 HT Hickory Tan, Thunderbird registry #77617

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      • #4
        I had my fun with my 1969 Mustang MK1 390ci, whilst residing in Canada in 1972. Wow, what a machine. Hope you really enjoy Ray. Take it easy with it, you're not a young Buck anymore.

        Chris......From OZ.

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        • #5
          Well Done Ray! An excellent car, and a perfect second act to Tweety Bird. Less maintenance, more reliability. It appears to be exactly what you needed!
          SquareBird in BirdCity

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          • #6
            Thanks for the comments. Ever since Lou took me for a ride in his Mustang GT, I have been impressed with the Mustang. That was also the case when I drove one myself a couple of weeks ago at the dealership... So when the bug hit me again, I knew I did not want to go through another Tbird restoration/customization, but this time a car that I could have a lot of fun with, and count on not having any, or many problems with. This is such a pleasure to drive! At my age, this could be my last car to own. Faye and I started out with owning her Dad's '50's something Yellow Mercury, then many years later, along came Yellow Rose. Now my final driving fun may be with the 2017 Triple Yellow Mustang Ecoboost Premium!

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            • #7
              Ray well deserved and as Chris stated Tweety 2 is a good personal license plate
              Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
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              • #8
                Here is the rest of my story of my trip to buy "TweetyHorse"... I stayed at the L'Auberge Casino in Lake Charles, to get out of that storm, a beautiful hotel and casino, picture below. When I got there in the rain, I could not find the covered garage. (It is a huge place!) So I drove up to the main entrance and stopped. I got out of the car and asked one of the valet employees if he could tell me how to get to their garage. He looked at my Mustang and asked me if that was my car. I guess he was surprised that an old guy like me would be driving a Triple Yellow Mustang Ecoboost Premium! I said it was mine, and he asked if he could take a look at it. So we walked over to it and I opened the door so he could see in. When I did, the side view mirror shot the Mustang image onto the ground and he liked to have freaked out over that! He loved the interior layout, and the black with yellow stitching leather seats. He said that if I did not mind, he could sit in the passenger seat and show me how to get to the garage, so he did. He was loving this Mustang! He showed me where to park up on an upper level away from other cars for safety sake and I did, with no other cars anywhere near me. He asked me if I had a reservation and I told him that I did not, that I was just trying to escape the storm and get my Mustang under cover for the night. He said that they were full up and it was possible that I would not find a room.

                So he took me to registration, told them my situation and asked if they could find a room for me. They did, up on the 16th floor, but it was not cheap! They said they were really full up because of the weekend. I could tell that, the place was loaded with people, and there were cars from all around the country parked in the garage. I got my luggage, such as it was, to my room, and then went down to the casino area to get some food. They told me that the Jack Daniels Bar and Grill served light food, so I went there. They had a number of burgers, the cheapest one being $14 with French fries. So I ordered that to go, so I could eat it back in my room. That $14 burger turned out to be a $18 one, with $3 take out, and tax... It took me awhile to eat that thang! Then it was down to the Casino, because I have not been in one for about 40 years. Faye and I used to go to Vegas with some great friends in past years. They were well known in Vegas, and got free hotels, free food, drinks, and so did we. It helps to have friends who are high rollers in Vegas!

                I went up to the young man at the casino entrance and asked him where I could buy nickels to play a nickel machine. I told him it has been 40 years since I last did this. He kinda grinned, seeing that it had been ages since I was last in a casino and told me to just go to any of the dollar machines and put dollars in them. So I did, and right around the corner from him, I found one, and put the five singles I had in the pocket of my shirt in it. As a result, I won $19 dollars off that machine, and said to myself, that is enough gambling because I had just paid for my burger, and was 1 dollar ahead of the game! I cashed out and went back to my room, went to bed, got in about 6 hours of sleep, got up, checked out, checked into TweetyHorse, and off to Texas I went, with clear weather. So that is the rest of the story, and I am sticking with it! Here is a picture of the Hotel/Casino/Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana...


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                • #9
                  Ray quite the journey (500+ miles) and activity especially while at the Casino for the short stay. At least you had the I-10 highway to cruise along with the Stang
                  Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
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                  • #10
                    Hi Dano! Yes, but so much of IH-10 is under construction these days, with it being THE major southern route from West Coast to East Coast to Florida. It goes right through downtown San Antonio, and leaving the city, headed east you go through an area of construction. In between San Antonio, and Houston, there are other areas of construction, and that is where I ran into a delay 40 miles out of Houston, due to a major accident on the freeway. Eventually, I was able to get off I-10, and around that accident, after sitting there for an hour with everyone else headed east. I ran into more major construction headed into Louisiana, which slowed me down also. That turned an 8 hour drive into a 10 hour one. But on the clear parts of the freeway, on the return trip, I was able to do the speed limit and let TweetyHorse show me what she could do and did the return in 8 hours of driving. I was tempted, (briefly!) to put that speedometer needle on a much higher number on the dial and let her strut her stuff, but resisted doing that, because I did not need a speeding ticket. I have not had one for some 40-50 years.

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                    • #11
                      Still love your stories Ray….

                      Jon in TX


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                      • #12
                        I have found that using the old U. S. highways is a good alternative to interstates. Hwy 90 was the old east-west route before I-10. They are often 4 lanes and almost no traffic so making good time can beat the interstate with heavy traffic. Plus the scenery is much better and 18 wheelers won't run you over.
                        59HT TBird Registry: RN#76495
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                        • #13
                          John, I had briefly thought about taking Old Hi-Way 90, but decided not to because I thought it would take me through a lot of the smaller towns on the old route and slow me down. So I stayed with IH-10. Yesterday, I took Tweety2 or TweetyHorse to our Tbird Club social meeting for lunch. Now they had no clue that I had new wheels, because my fellow member, Stan, did not tell them. He was supposed to go with me to teach me things about Mustangs, being a long time owner of several of them, over the years, and to help with the driving, if needed. However, he came down sick and was not able to go. A question had come up about where I was, and Stan told them that I had gone gambling in Lake Charles, which was a bit of the truth, since I did gamble and won that HUGE sum of $19 in doing so. The fact that I had gone gambling caused some comments because no one knew that I liked to gamble. When I showed up at the restaurant, all eyes got BIG! Someone said "Wow! Ray went gambling in Louisiana and won a Mustang!" lol... I had taken the window sticker that was on the passenger seat when I got the car, with me, and passed it around during lunch so they could see all the goodies it has on it. After lunch, we went out to the car, popped the hood, opened the doors and the trunk as everyone was admiring it, and loving it. Several new names for her were pass around, like TweetyPony, YellowHorse, YellowPony, and probably a few more. I plan on staying with Tweety 2. So the "secret" is out, that I now own a Mustang, and a beauty of one! Attached are two pix of my customized floor mats that I had Danny, the interior customizer who did the work on Tweety Bird make for me and I picked up on Saturday. I had him encase them in clear plastic and trim them with yellow instead of black. Now they really stand out! Now I don't have to worry about getting them dirty. If I do, I just pull them out, and wash or wipe the dirt off the plastic..

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                          • #14
                            Ray,
                            Since you like to gamble I'm surprised you didn't make it to Biloxi last week for CrusinTheCoast. In fact, I saw a car that was just like your new one and thought of you. Come next year. There are 8 casinos. I go every week to play free slot tournaments. No cost to play! Can't lose that way. After the last week, room prices have dropped to as low as $39. at casino resorts. Can't beat a 4 star hotel at that price!
                            Jump on Hwy 90 and it goes straight to Biloxi or there's always the fast lane for you fast drivers!.
                            Regards,
                            John
                            59HT TBird Registry: RN#76495
                            Sweet Home Alabama, Where the skies are so blue.

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                            • #15
                              Hi John, thanks for the offer! Actually, the only reason I ended up at a Casino in Lake Charles, was to escape that storm. Otherwise, I would not have been gambling, such as my attempt at doing so was. As soon as I won that $19, I went back upstairs and got to bed so I could get some sleep for the next leg of the trip. As for Biloxi, I know it well. I went through Air Force Radio School in Biloxi, and while there, worked at the Buena Vista Hotel, taking customers out on 14ft sail catboats, and for rides in their Cushcraft speedboat, which was always a blast. While there, I played Baritone Bugle and Tenor drums in the Keesler AFB Bum & Drugle Corps. In High School, I was the lead Baritone Horn player. I loved playing Tenor drums because we got to do all the fancy movements with our wrist connected drum stick twirling. I see I am telling ya'll some things about me that you do not know!
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