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Rebuilding my 07, the saga begins *Updated* 56K Warning
Rebuilding my 07, the saga begins *Updated* 56K Warning
**I do not recomend trying some of these procedure on your own unless you are experienced and have some righteous tools.(I have neither but my step dad does)**
I recently purchased an 07 Mustang that was a theft recovery. It has some damage to the rear and looks a bit funny due to it's unique paint job but it still has great potential. Last weekend I started rebuilding it and took a number of pictures so I figured I share my experience.
Here's how my baby looked when I first got her last Friday.
Ugly ain't she? Dirty and abused but she only had 1400 miles on her when I got it.
First thing I did of course was to clean out the inside of the car. It was chock full of fun stuff. Here is a short list of some of the goodies I found inside this beast.
1. 14 bullets.(mostly 22's but one was a 9mm)
2. A syringe
3. 8 empty cans of spray paint
4. Various construction items and tools mostly used in roofing
5. Small speaker from a boombox
6. Trash and lots of dust and dirt
There were also a number of things missing from the car. The orginal radio was gone and replaced with a non working one. Rear view mirror broken off, reading lights disconnected and changed to red and blue bulbs, drivers side rail torn off, pony missing from the front grill, and the Mustang trunk lid emblem. Oh and the drivers side seat belt was cut.
As you can see it was painted a lovely black with an off center green stripe. The car was originally Torch Red and has a Charcoal colored interior.
There are no mechanical problems with it that we know of and she drives like a dream.
Saturday I took her out to my step fathers garage to get started.
We began with repairing the damage to the rear right side of the car. We would need to do a pull on the quarter panel first. To start this I parked the car outside between two trees and connect a log chain to the front frame of the car and the other end to a tree.
Then removed the back bumper cover and tail light.
Now we're ready to weld a hook to the back of the quarter panel and attach the winch.
The other end of the winch is attached to another log chain that is around the tree behind the car.
Slowly we start to pull the quarter panel back into shape.
I will continue this post later today.
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You have a lot of work cut out for you, but I'm sure when you finish it will be fresh. I know a guy who did the same thing to an Accura and when he finished everyone wanted to buy it. Hope you plan on keeping it.
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Talk about having pride in your work. That is a huge task to take on. Once you are done that thing will be beautiful I am sure. Are you planing on returning it to stock or are you going above and beyond?
A little more background on the car to clear a few things up.
I purchased it from someone in Arizona. The vehicle history shows that it sat in a police impound lot for at least 2 month. With the damage to the trunk as it is, the car was not air tight while it sat there. So it seems that during that time it filled up with dirt and dust from all the dust storms they had this spring. And the story told to me was that it was stolen and painted so they could attempt to take it to Mexico. Something about newer cars not being allowed to be moved to Mexico and so they were attempting to make it look older. Oh and I paid about 7k for it and had to have my step father drive it from Arizona to Iowa where he put more miles on the car then it already had altogether.
The best part of it so far is that during his 1500 mile jaunt across the country he averaged 36mpg!! I'm getting around 25 in town. That's way better then I expected.
Ok so back to the project.
Needs more hooks and bolts welded to it to get the job done.
Now we can get the dual winch action going!
Woooohweeeee that's a mess!
And while he's busy doing that, I was experimenting with different ways to possibly remove the spray paint and save the Torch Red.
The section with the paper towel was soaked with acetone and the white gob in the center of the hood is dishwashing soap. The acetone removed the spray paint but that little section took about 2 hours of soaking and resoaking. The dishwashing soap did nothing but previous experience showed us that it would need to be on there for 12+hours to soften up the paint and we only had about 6 hours. More on the paint later.
Sometimes 3 is better then 2. We are somewhat limited in the direction we can pull since we can't easily more the car or the tree. So a good tug and a whip of the log chain will pull out some of the crinkles.
And we finally get to a point where we can start shaping the metal with a hammer.
But don't forget about the grinding! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
It's looking a little better now. But still a long way to go.
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