How-To Restore a Classic 1966 Ford Mustang (Part 3): Fender Damage


When you begin the restoration process on a classic 1966 Ford Mustang, it's important to take all of the proper steps necessary to restore the car correctly the first time. Because restoring an older vehicle like this will be slightly different each time and for every car, there's no single step by step guide that will work exactly for every case. However, if you follow these most basic guidelines and tailor the project to the needs of your individual car, you'll find that it becomes easier to restore the Ford Mustang in front of you. This guide assumes that you've already completed the preparatory steps in Part 1 and Part 2, found on the Mustang Forums website.

Step 1 -- Gather Your Materials

The next part of our restoration process will be to remove any damaged fenders on the car so that you can restore them or replace them with new, undamaged components. Before you can do that, however, you'll need to gather together a set of materials to help you accomplish this task. Get the following tools before you begin:

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Half inch socket and half inch wrench
  • Various plastic bags


  • Permanent marker

Step 2 -- Remove the Fender Cover

Before you can remove the fender itself, you'll need to remove the plastic piece that covers the fender. This is screwed onto the fender with several screws that are spaced out over the top and front of the vehicle. Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove these screws carefully without damaging the vehicle. Place each of the screws into one of the plastic bags and label it accordingly so that you'll know where the screws are and what they are meant to attach.

Step 3 -- Remove the Fender Sockets

Next, remove the fender bolts that connect the fender itself to the rest of the frame of the car. The best way to do this is to use the half inch socket and wrench to remove the front two bolts on the fender. Next, remove the bolts at the base of the fender as well. there should be four in total. Place all of the bolts and screws into a separate labeled plastic bag.

Step 4 -- Remove the Fender and Check for Damage

At this point, you're ready to remove the fender of your car. Disconnect the wire that runs through the fender and carefully lift it off of the car. Check the inside of the fender for signs of damage or previous restoration. If you can cut out any rusted areas and replace them, consider doing that. Otherwise, if the damage is too great, you may need to purchase a replacement fender to install instead. Remove the other fender in the same manner.

If you have any other questions about the process of restoring your 1966 Ford Mustang vehicle, speak with a professional or a mechanic for more information and assistance with this important procedure.



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