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Meet CJ Customer Lou LaSpisa!

Meet CJ Customer Lou LaSpisa!

Earlier this week, we shared with you a Customer Profile featuring Meg Lebedz. Meg’s been working on restoring a ’67 Mustang fastback with the help of her childhood friend, Lou LaSpisa, and while working with Meg for her feature, we learned a bit about Lou’s story, as well.

Lou is currently a barber in New Jersey, but has an extensive, 20-year history as an auto mechanic, with quite the passion for cars. He purchased his first Mustang at the age of 15 (just like Meg!), which was a 1971 Mach 1.

“In my younger years, I was sort of a thrill seeker, which is why I love cars, motorcycles… even skydiving!”

While he doesn’t still have this Mach 1 in his garage… Lou has owned an amazing 25 Mustangs, mostly as project cars, so far! Currently, Lou owns a 1967 fastback, 1970 fastback, and a 2007 Shelby GT500. The ’67 and ’70 were both restored by Lou as his most recent two project cars.

Lou's Mustangs

“Since I’m no longer an auto mechanic, I can truly enjoy working on my project cars, now more as a hobby than a job.”

The 1970 Mustang features Calypso Coral paint, a mild 302 cid engine, as well, with TFS heads and cam, an Edelbrock intake, Holley carburetor and a fully functioning AC unit. In the near future, Lou plans on installing a modern power steering system.

The 1967 Mustang has a mild 302 cid engine with a T5 transmission and a 3.70 geared 9-inch ratio, and was a complete restoration with new floor pans, floor supports, torque boxes, fenders, hood, and doors all purchased from us here at CJ Pony Parts!

Lou even got the chance to own his dream car, a 1967 Shelby GT500, which he purchased in 2001. Unfortunately, he made the decision to sell this Mustang before he was able to restore it completely in order to fund his biggest project of all, building his current home.

Lou helping MegWhen Lou isn’t working in his garage on his own Mustangs, he’s helping out his friend, Meg, with the restoration of her 1967 coupe. This ’67 project involved replacing several major parts including both quarter panels, torque boxes, fenders, the trunk lid, and hood. Lou also had to rebuild the engine and drivetrain back to 100% stock, running condition.

“The only big complication I’ve found when restoring these Mustangs is simply finding the time to work on them!”

Outside of the garage, Lou attends several local car shows annually and plans to attend the Mustang’s 50th Anniversary celebration in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife of five years, Kathleen, and 3-year old daughter, Andrea.

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