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For this week’s special Motor Issue, we have a very special Ride of the Week: a 2004 Ford Mustang owned by 19-year-old Michele Iveson of Kingston. It isn’t your normal Ford Mustang — and it wasn’t a normal Mustang to begin with.

The 2004 Ford Mustang was the car’s 40th anniversary edition. The first Mustangs rolled off the Ford assembly line in Dearborn, Mich., March 9, 1964, and were later introduced to the world at the World’s Fair and simultaneously on all three American television networks. The Mustang created a new class of cars — the “pony car” — by adapting the long hood and short deck look of sports cars and adding them to the body of a compact sedan.

The 2004 model year was the last for the so-called “fourth generation” which were produced for a decade, from 1994-2004, and was a major redesign for the car, which hadn’t been changed much throughout the ’70s.

Iveson says that she has “put a lot of work into my car, as you can see by the pictures. I have done something to the whole car.” Iveson says that she first started on the Mustang by chopping the roof to make the car a permitted two-seater custom convertible. She also put a roll cage onto the car so that it doesn’t fold.

Iveson took out the back seats and put the Tonneau cover on it and had it molded to the Mustang. She says that she did replace the factory hood with an after-market hood and shaved the door handles. She also replaced the Mustang’s rims, putting after-market 20-inch rims on the vehicle.

Despite all these changes, Iveson says that she isn’t done working on her 2004 Mustang just yet. Some other changes and plans she has in store for it include replacing the motor with a Mustang Cobra engine, putting on a body kit and lowering it another two inches.

Be sure to check out Iveson and her Mustang at car shows throughout the area this spring and summer.


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