How-To Restore a Classic 1966 Ford Mustang (Part 1): Remove Damaged Parts and Coating

 
 
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If you've managed to find a 1966 Ford Mustang that is up for restoration, you'll have a difficult time going about this job without a good knowledge of each of the steps required to take the car from its current state up to fully operable and functioning. Each 1966 Ford Mustang will be in slightly different condition, and there's no one process for restoring these cars that works in all cases. Instead, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the process of restoring a car that is completely non functional. Following this, you can adjust the method by which you restore the car according to the initial state and status of the vehicle that you have in front of you. Read on for the first part in a three part guide on how to restore this classic car.

Step 1 -- Visually Inspect the Vehicle

Begin by examining the exterior of the Ford Mustang. You'll want to look primarily for signs of damage. This damage may have occurred as general wear and tear to the car or following a particular accident, collision or related incident. Look for rusty patches on the frame of the car, dents, scratches, paint chips and any similar damage to the car that you'll need to repair. Many of these damages are not likely to be significant from a structural standpoint, but it's important that you keep them in mind and repair them if you want your 1966 Ford Mustang to look its best.

Step 2 -- Replace Door Handles

If the door handles on your car haven't been replaced since it was originally manufactured, it's a good idea to purchase replacement handles. Remove the first handles and install the replacement ones in their place. This can help to save the trouble of having a door handle break off of the door later on.

Step 3 -- Remove Other Damaged Parts

If the fenders, bumpers or other detachable parts of the frame of your car are damaged or dented in any way, it's a good idea to remove those pieces temporarily. Take them off of the car so that you have the best access to the remainder of the vehicle frame when you begin the restoration process. You can then either repair the damaged pieces and then reattach them or purchase replacement parts to use instead.

Step 4 -- Remove Silicone and Wax Coatings

Before you can begin to work on restoring the frame of your 1966 Ford Mustang, it's crucial that you remove any protective silicone or wax coatings from the body of the vehicle. The easiest way to do this is to give the car a thorough wash job with soap and water. Be sure to address all of the various surfaces of the exterior of the car.

If you have any other questions about these first steps, consult a mechanic. Otherwise, check out Part 2 tomorrow!

 
 
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