Calypso (my name for her; ) is a 1967 Ford Mustang coupe, painted cobalt blue with champagne stripes. She was sitting in a barn a half mile from my house in southwest Michigan when my husband bought her in 2008. My first car had been a 1965 Mustang, and I talked often about that being a car I wish I&#x27;d never sold. When I first saw Calypso, I was so excited because she APPEARED to be in really good condition and I thought I&#x27;d be driving her within weeks. HA!
Calypso needed a lot of work! There were plenty of surprises as Mike dug into the project. She was full of mice nests (not to mention dead mice) and lacey holes in the body, coupled with the color change I wanted (from red to blue), meant a complete overhaul was needed. The car parts sat in piles along with my hopes of driving her anytime soon!
Slowly work progressed - replacing complete floor, firewall, front and rear frame sections, quarter panels, door skins, fenders and fender aprons. Husband Mike Scheffler, with decades of experience in his small family-run body shop, worked on this labor-of-love project in our pole barn after hours and weekends, taking about 8 years to finish her to his perfectionistic liking! Mike did the body work, painting and striping work and had the 289 engine rebuilt to a 302. We have since added fuel injection, power brakes and steering and an electric fan. She is a joy to drive and draws many compliments for the body and paint job.
Owner: L. Sperry