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1970 Mustang keeps father's memory alive for his kids

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

When Greg Flowers or his sister, Pamela Flowers Welter, look at a special Grabber Orange 1970 Mustang Mach 1, they see more than just a cool car.

They see their dad and they remember the last trip he took in that special car.

His kids will tell you, Ed flowers was always a car guy.

"He told us the first time he got grease under his fingers," Pamela said. "It's been there ever since."

"He actually traded a pig for a car when he was 11 years old," Greg said of his dad. "A Model T and rebuilt the engine."

So when Ed retired at the age of 65, Greg knew it would be a car that got him out of a funk.

Greg remembered his dad was losing his lust for life. He was bored and Greg could see it.

The solution? A 1970 Mustang Mach 1 sitting in a garage in Portageville, Mo. It was unloved and dust covered, but just what the doctor ordered for their dad, always a Ford man.

"When i would come home, he couldn't wait to show me," Greg said. "He was like a kid with a new toy."

Ed spent four years restoring the car. A frame-off restoration. The plan was always the same. Ed and Greg would take the Mustang along Route 66 from Portageville to Scottsdale, Arizona, where Greg lives.

So in April of 2010, they were off. A classic piece of American muscle on a classic piece of American highway.

"All along the way people would stop and say, 'Can I take a picture of the car?' And it really made dad feel good," Greg said of the trip.

Pam remembers, "The only time I heard Greg complaining, it was dad was driving too fast!"

It was the trip of a lifetime and, as it turns out, the last. Two years after the trip, Ed was gone.

What remains is more than just an engine and four wheels. The Mustang remains a labor of love from a father to his kids.

A couple of years ago, Greg called Pam in Cape Girardeau and said he thought the Mustang should come home to Missouri. That's where it is today.

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