May 2015

Snake Bitten
by Clay Bivens

My first car was a 1965 coupe with a pony interior, 289 V8 and automatic. Boy, did I love that car. I'm sure most of you guys and girls can imagine at 16 years old how COOL I was! I had lots of good times riding around ‘idiot circle’ in Kannapolis (if anyone knows and remembers that). As life moved on, so did the ‘65.

Years later, I wound up with a 1978 Mustang II 4 cylinder with a 4 speed transmission and then a black on white 1977 Cobra II with a 302 and 4 speed. Boy would that thing scream! I had no idea what they would become years later.

So now at age 53, I’ve had Mustangs in my blood for a long time. My wife and I have been together nine years at this point and her first car was a 1969 Mustang. She decided she wanted another Mustang three years ago and bought a pristine condition 2007 GT with less than 25K miles. At that point, she started talking about joining a club. How could I join a club with no Mustang to call my own?

After a lengthy search, I found a 1994 Cobra that I bought from Greg Sullins. He was selling it for another CRMC member. I got it in October 2013 and we joined the club two weeks later. Lots of tasteful modifications had been done to it.

Sadly, in November of 2014, I was changing the oil and noticed a metallic substance in the oil. That predicted death for the OE engine, so I took it to Master Engine Builder Mark Poteat. Needless to say, she now runs GREAT! LOTS of time, money and love has gone into my Cobra and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.