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A perfect painted pony

By Staff | Jul 30, 2009

Butch and Ruth Trosin beside Butch’s 1969 Mustang Mach 1, the first year the car went into production. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Whenever you have a great classic car, you know it’s going to be satisfying.

When you have the first year in a model, though, it’s very satisfying.

Butch Trosin of Estherville is the proud owner of a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 that he acquired from his son, Daniel, a number of years ago. It was actually Daniel’s first car.

“I told him to keep it,” Butch recalled telling Daniel after he first bought the car. “Don’t get rid of your first car.”

So, Daniel bought his second car while the Mustang was stabled in Butch’s garage for seven years or so. It was then Butch bought the car from his son and decided to restore it.

You might say restoration was a joint effort by a number of Black Knights Car Club members.

Garry Stepanek, a fellow Black Knight, put in a new floor and skin on both fenders then John Rink did the body work, taking a year to do the lower body and paint.

Butch pulled the engine and transmission himself. The transmission went to Thompson Transmission in Ceylon, Minn., while Don Mustard, Jr., another Black Knight, did the engine work. Tim’s Upholstery of Sherburne, Minn., did the interior. Butch added new rims, dash and headliner.

Changes include changing out the original 351 Windsor for a 302 and going from the original Indian fire color to Mustang red.

The result is a show piece that has taken seven trophies this year alone.

You can see Butch’s Mach 1 at the Black Knights Car Club Sweet Corn Days car show Saturday on North Sixth Street in Estherville from noon to 4 p.m.

Don’t forget about the cruise in 6:30-10 p.m. Friday in Library Square. The Black Knights will start their cruise at 7 p.m.