Jackson Chesher has a work in progress in his garage. And you could call it a work of love.
He is restoring a 1980 Mustang that he bought as a 17 year-old junior in high school in October of 2001. In fact this is the second rebuilding of this car. The Mustang had a 5.0 liter 4 cylinder engine originally. “I treated that car as though it was a hot rod,” Chesher said, “I wanted a ‘cool car’ so I pushed it and pushed it until it proved me wrong. I blew the motor.” He says he doesn’t know how fast he pushed it to, the odometer only clocked up to 85 mph.
Chesher says his folks were not too surprised when he blew the motor, then he had to bum rides all the time and his parents weren’t too happy about that.
So in 2006 Chesher rebuilt his car. “It was kinda like a learning experience,” he said, “I screwed everything up once or twice.” When he left Sioux City and moved to Grimes, he brought his Mustang with him and last year decided to rebuild it again, and bring it to its original shape, which includes redoing the wild paint job he had given it.
“It’s kind of hard to find parts now that the car is 35 years old,” Chesher says, “I go on line to find what I can, and I don’t mind searching junk yards. It is a pretty expensive hobby, but it keeps me out of bars, so it could be worse. I try not to keep track of the dollars, I’m afraid it would scare me.”
As part of his rebuld this time he is upgrading it to a fuel injected and V8 motor. “It will not be my primary vehicle, but I’d just like to be able to get in and drive it some, maybe take it home to show my folks,” Chesher says.
When he gets it back in good shape would he consider selling it? “I’d never sell it,” Chesher says, “I’d probably sell my condo first and live in the car.”