Back in 1974, my brother-in-law gave me this 1965 Mustang. The two barrel 289 V8 wasn't running all that well, and the automatic transmission had started to slip. I rebuilt the engine, adding high performance parts, including solid lifters, a high lift cam, headers, 4 barrel carburetor, etc, etc. I also changed it to a Ford top loader 4 speed transmission. I raced the car for the next two years at my local track in Englishtown, NJ, and won a few trophies with it.
Well, the kids started coming along, and the racing went on the back burner. I kept the car as my daily driver, and fixed things as they needed to be fixed. I always held on to the dream that I may get back to the track, but that never happened.
Since I have owned it, the car has gone through two "restorations", which is my way of saying I spruced it up with fresh paint and interior components. It stopped being my daily driver in 1985, but I kept it to have fun with on the weekends.
Now, 40 years later, I still own the car. This winter I am treating it to a total front suspension rebuild, and total brake restoration. The car is certainly no show winner, but we sure have a lot of fun taking it out for rides during the warmer weather.