Many of us have a passion for mustangs, but only a few have their hobby turn into a dream job. When Rich Smith, from Rochester, IN, bought his first mustang when he was 16, he had no idea that his love for mustangs would develop into so much more. Now he gets to search for and restore just the right mustang, create and sell innovative parts for the classic years and, most rewarding of all, assist people who call in with their restoration questions.
Rich started out in his father’s body shop very early on in his life learning the trade and developing skills that he would use for his profession. Then at 16 years of age he got his first mustang, a 64 ½ Caspian Blue, 289 automatic, from a Colorado dealership show room. Years later good fortune would come his way when he met a mustang crazy gal, Michele, whose first car was also a mustang, and it was a match made in heaven. Rich stayed in the body shop and auto glass business that his father taught him, so he has always restored these mustang beauties on and off through the years, some to keep and others to sell. Being obsessive about fit and finish led him to start developing his own parts in to make his life easier and restorations quicker. Making parts that fit better and save hours of labor time has been his dream. This has grown more than he could have imagined because now in addition to his collision shop he has a business called Mustangs to Fear, respectively named after the restoration he did for Joe and Sara French that they named GT2Fear. Now on a daily basis he gets to develop and sell innovative parts, help people that call or email him with questions, and as an added bonus, meet people from all over the world that are mustang fanatics.
Rich and Michele look forward to continuing their mustang adventure together, while at the same time helping others with their mustang dreams. With each and every build Rich is pushing towards bettering the hobby by developing more innovative, easy to install parts for our classic mustangs, no matter if you like the classic mustang or are a little on the wild side. Rich and Michele welcome phone calls or emails.