The author's 1990 LX 5.0 sedan
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Mustang 45th Anniversary

Ottawa, Ontario – Two thousand kilometres is a long drive for any 19-year-old car. But for a 19-year-old 5.0-litre Ford Mustang it involves a certain amount of risk, the principal one being that you might not get to where you’re going.

But that is the distance from Ottawa, Ontario to Birmingham, Alabama and I was determined to drive my old car 2,000 km to the 45th Mustang anniversary celebration being held at Barber Motorsport Park near Birmingham.

After replacing the five-year-old tires, and having the car checked out from end to end, I set off on the big trip. Still I had some apprehension, as the last lengthy trip I took was interrupted by a corroded main ground connection that left the car unable to start. The silver lining in that event was discovering the solution to a problem that had dogged the car for the better part of 19 years.

When the ground wire had been installed on the production line at Ford’s assembly plant in Dearborn, Michigan, early in 1990 the bolt that secured the cable to the engine had been cross threaded. This allowed corrosion to build up over time and caused all sorts of weird problems that a series of technicians over 19 years failed to solve. But when the car failed to start despite a healthy new battery, it was the first thing that the technicians at a Canadian Tire store in Oakville, Ontario checked.

The car has never run better.

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