Finally after 16 years I am an owner


Enzo101

GT Owner
Aug 18, 2015
45
Clarksville, AR
I'm sorry for the rambling post.

After 16 years of lust I am finally the proud owner of a 2005 Ford GT. I traded my 21 R8 after only 3 months of ownership, which wasn't the easiest conversation with my wife but thankfully she came around. I tried to buy this GT a few months ago from the owner and couldn't make the deal work so i went with a totally different car that I also really liked. I knew I made a mistake when we were picking up the R8 and I still couldn't get the GT out of my mind. By sheer dumb luck the owner (a friend and big in our car community) of the GT wanted a new R8 to replace his wife's 2012 convertible. Dumb luck or fate, I don't know how I got so lucky.

I remember in 2005 a nearby Ford dealer got their one and only GT on the showroom floor. My parents and I happened to be in town and stopped in. My 12 year old self spent the next hour just in awe begging my dad to buy it. I had no real concept of how much $150,000 was at the time. Ever since I took ever opportunity to annoy my parents to go see a GT if one was nearby.

Years later it lead me to this car. I saw the ad on Elite Auto's instagram page 69 weeks ago and fell in love with the car. It was everything I wanted, excluding the wheels but as perfect as I could find. I commented, "Thats it. That's the one. Dammit." At the time my business was finally starting to become profitable but I was still pumping too much money in to it to make a deal even possible. Thankfully so since we were shut down a few months later for the pandemic. I saw the car disappear off the website and figured it was gone to hopefully a great owner. A few days later on Facebook I saw a picture on Arkansas Car Spotters of the car. It ended up going to an owner an hour and a half away who I befriended.

So a little over a month before my birthday I decided to finally make my dream come true before the prices got even higher and bought my dream car in the dream spec. Haven't taken a lot pictures since I've been too busy ruining the value and putting miles on it but this is what I have so far.

I do want to thank the people that helped me previously with questions I had about the car. Kendall was kind enough to go over everything about the Heffner kit and things to look out for. A big thank you to y'all.

Yes, I cried on the way home.

Thank you for taking the time to read this long post and I look forward to ask many questions that have already been answered many times.

2005 GT
Heffner Twin Turbo
6400 Miles (going up fast)

 
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GTMD

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Jan 4, 2011
864
NorCal
Garrett,

No apologies necessary! Clearly you have the same affliction we all have here. ;) Congratulations on such a great purchase and downright incredible car! Your story is very endearing and, in some ways, similar to many of us I suspect. As I'm sure you're already aware, you will come to love your GT but I also think you'll appreciate this incredible forum.

Again, welcome and thank you for sharing your story and pictures! Let the good times roll!
 

Enzo101

GT Owner
Aug 18, 2015
45
Clarksville, AR
Thank you very much! I think the wife and I went out to the garage 5 times last night just to stare at it. I'm already way in love with it! The few times I've used the forum it has been more than helpful. Fantastic group of people.
 
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GTMD

GT Owner
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Jan 4, 2011
864
NorCal
Oh...and if you haven't thought about it, consider attending one of DBK's rallies. The next is in Scottsdale and should be epic. I'm not sure I'll be able to make it this year but I guarantee it will be an incredible and truly life-changing event. You will meet a ton of nice and caring people that share your passion and who will become friends for life!
 
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Enzo101

GT Owner
Aug 18, 2015
45
Clarksville, AR
I will have to add it to the list of rallies to go on!
 
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nautoncall

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Mark II Lifetime
Apr 6, 2014
1,055
Garrett, nothing like the sound of turbos spooling and wastegates opening in a FGT!! Great story! Congratulations.
 
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extrap

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Jul 16, 2020
918
Gainesville FL
Isn't it amazing how much joy a certain Ford can bring?! Congrats! It looks like you got a great one! (y) 🍻 :cool:

I didn't cry, but I definitely had that HO LEE CRAP! I OWN THIS?!? feeling ... and still do (y)

ps Hey, with those wheels, is it still considered a 4-option car? 😁
 
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2112

Blue/white 06'
Mark II Lifetime
Straight to a Heffner turbo car?

You don't mess around.
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MGinLA

Member
Jul 28, 2020
9
Calabasas, CA
Nice car enjoy the ride! But, would you look at the price of the Gas! At that price they are giving it away.
 
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BtwoG

GT Owner
Dec 8, 2013
985
Atlanta, GA
Welcome to the family. One thing is for sure...you wont regret your purchase. The cars are amazing. You've got a great community here on the forum.
 
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roketman

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Oct 24, 2005
7,390
ma.
You’re in good hands with Jason Heffner
But the car with a pulling in tune is plenty fast enough! There have been plenty of members who did the same thing and then went back to stock
Just my 02
 
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fjpikul

GT Owner
Mark IV Lifetime
Le Mans 2010 Supporter
Jan 4, 2006
10,732
Belleville, IL
Alright rookie, a stock GT is hard enough to learn to handle, but a twin turbo is even more dangerous. The are lots of driving tips here on this Forum, but remember, do not punch it with the steering wheel turned. The back end loves to come around and then you hit something to stop you. Do not make yourself a statistic here. Enjoy it but be CAREFUL.
 

Roadtrip

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Dec 28, 2006
417
Congrats Garrett! Great story, these cars bring the big kid out in all of us! It's like a big HotWheels sitting in the garage and after 15 years I still feel the same about it as the first day. You and your wife are lucky and I'd be real jealous if it weren't for my 15 year head start ;-)
 
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twobjshelbys

GT Owner
Jul 26, 2010
5,515
Las Vegas, NV
Alright rookie, a stock GT is hard enough to learn to handle, but a twin turbo is even more dangerous. The are lots of driving tips here on this Forum, but remember, do not punch it with the steering wheel turned. The back end loves to come around and then you hit something to stop you. Do not make yourself a statistic here. Enjoy it but be CAREFUL.
Heed this notice!

It's sometimes difficult to remember the "don't accelerate in a turn", especially when you are exiting your subdivision or a gas station onto a busy street! But remember, those turns on cold tires and pavement and the tendency for the car to unhook are reason to be cautious until you have a feel for the car!

Remember, you got no nannies. When I did one of the Bondurant schools the instructor encouraged us to leave the nannies on for a while. Then said "and when the nanny saves your but, remember what you did and don't do that again". And pretty soon you got the feel for the car and your combined "limits". LIke Dirty Harry said, "A man's got to know his limitations". Without nannies to help and remind you, just be careful.

Oh yeah, tires. If it's still got the original Goodyears ditch them today and get the Bridgestones. The Bridgestones are a little stickier when cold so help alot.
 
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Art138

GT Owner
Mark II Lifetime
Jan 4, 2011
510
Weston,FL
Congrats….love the white/ blue stripes..
 
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Vince H

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Jul 23, 2012
2,402
Southern California
Great post. Welcome to the club.

Vince H
 
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TEXAS GT

2006 Twin Turbo
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Congratulations. You’ll love it. I’ve had my twin turbo for 15 years and I’ve never felt out of control even when doing 223 mph at the Texas Mile. (But I was never stupid enough to punch it in a curve)! BTW, if my car will do it, theres no reason yours won’t. Even if you never get the chance it’s nice to know what it’s capable of. Enjoy.
 
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Special K

GT Owner
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Aug 23, 2016
1,557
Franklinton, LA
Garrett, congrats on the purchase and welcome to the forum! I gotta say it too, cold tires, lots ‘o power will get you in trouble real quick. I, like many others here have swapped ends. Fortunately it was a no harm no foul for me, but others not so lucky. I’m just south of you if you ever head to LA. Sign up for the rally, it’s the best time you’ll have with your clothes on!
 
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PeteK

GT Owner
Apr 18, 2014
1,624
Kalama, Free part of WA State
Is that a right-hand drive car?
🤣

(Pic of you and wife is digitally reversed).
 
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BAT

GT Owner
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Oct 11, 2012
946
Central Mitten
Nice score on the bumper delete!
 
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