My Dream Car

My Mustang after I had completed the rebuild.
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My dream car was a 2001 Ford Mustang 5 speed manual. I had always wanted one ever since I was 6 years old when I saw it at Tyson’s Corner Mall with my mom. I thought that the Mustang was even cooler than a supercar because I knew I could do a lot of modifications to make it go faster than how it came stock.

Once I saw the car I could not stop being obsessed with it. Once I received my license I would not stop asking my dad if I could get a Mustang. He promised me before I graduated high-school I would have one of my own. I was so excited to hear but I didn’t actually think it would happen. On August 18th, 2012 (my father’s birthday) I was coming home from a friend’s house and pulled into my driveway and saw the exact car I had always wanted but I didn’t think that it was mine. I walked into the house and I asked my dad whose Mustang that was. He replied by throwing me the keys to the Mustang saying, “It’s yours! Now go chase your dreams.” I could not believe it, that Mustang was literally the exact one I had always wanted, black on black and a 5 speed manual.

The mustang was one of my most favorite and important things I owned. The first few months I owned it, the car was fine.  No major or labor intensive jobs needed to be done to it.

Around December 2012, it started needing some major repairs. At first, I was going to take my car to the shop and have someone do it for me; I decided it would be a great learning experience for me.

I got right to work. The first task I started was replacing the clutch. For the first few hours I had no idea what I was doing. Although I had a general idea of what to do, I just couldn’t seem to figure it out. I was not going to give up! I went on a Mustang forum to figure out what I needed to do.  The only reason I couldn’t figure it out was because I didn’t take off the most important bolt holding the transmission to the engine. I took off the bolt securing the transmission to the engine and I found the old clutch! I pulled it out and put the new one in and put all the bolts back on. Once I finished everything and cleaned up, I got in my car, started it, put it in gear, released the clutch and to my surprise my car moved again! I was so amazed that I actually fixed it myself with almost no instructions on what to do!

I learned a lot from my mustang and loved that car a lot but unfortunately on July 19, 2013 it became a victim of arson on my street right outside my house. My mustang was now a total loss, everything about the car was ruined leaving me with only the memories I had with the car. At first I was really upset about losing the car but now I like to view it as a positive learning experience which helped me decide what career I want to pursue after I graduate high school.

My Mustang the day after the fire.
My Mustang the day after the fire.



  1. ouch i would be beyond pissed if that happened to my truck, im currently in the process of fixing my transmission, but since thats not something you want to do without knowing what exactly you are doing i got a book for my truck bassed on a complete teardown and rebuild

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