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I just joined up and wanted to start a thread of the restoration project on my Mustang. If this is the wrong forum, I apologize in advance.
This winters project is to get the body and underside in mint condition, as well as rebuild the 302 5.0L HO. Decisions are still being made about the engine, but the body is a no brainer.
There's lots of rust and rot on the body as you'll see, so the long journey of cutting it out and rebuilding the car will fun to watch.
Winter 2012 will be when the interior and the AV stuff is redone.
The first thing on the agenda is refinish the engine bay. This includes rebuilding both shock towers, sand blasting the rest of the rust, primer, paint and clear coat. This should be finished by January 21.
Drivers Side BEFORE
Passenger Side BEFORE
Roof Rot BEFORE
Roof Rot BEFORE
Shock Tower Rot BEFORE
Cutting Out The Shock Tower Rot Passenger Side. He's also rebuilding where the screws come in.
Rebuilding The Shock Tower Behind Wheel
New Metal in the Shock Tower Area
The Roughly Rebuilt Passenger Side Shock Tower
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We looked for about 6 months in the US, my body guy put it out there and not even a little nibble. We just decided enough time had passed and we should just get to it.
We did find a convertible that is literally cut in half, we've bought the rear half and will use the rear quarters from it. He only wants to use Ford panels whenever possible. There was only one new Ford rear quarter in all of North America.
As bubba probably knows we have loads upon loads of fox's in junkyards, thirty minutes from me in "dudley", yes its a town, there are no less than ten different rust free fox's, three verts, two or three notch's, and several hatches. I wouldn't be agianst picking them up but shipping from here might be a bit much, but if you want I have to make a trip out there anyway soon, I'd strip'em bare as i could and only ask you to cover shipping.
"Insert whitty comment here"
1988 GT, daily driver with 42k original miles and counting
1983 Chevrolet SS el Camino, lsx swap
88 GT sold, 93GT sold, 93 lx coupe sold
Things got slowed down inside the engine bay once the fenders came off, we found new holes and stuff to fix. No biggie, those have almost been fully repaired. All that's left is a hole on the driver side below the windshield, the passenger side has been done.
Prestige Mustang came through for me. A rust free roof skin, radiator support and 2 quarter panels are on their way. They should arrive near the end of the week. Add the rust free doors and most rust repair work has been eliminated.
I also purchased the SSBC rear disc/5 lug conversion kit. That looks backordered so I'm not sure when that will arrive. I'll need to get some front calipers and probably as a bunch of questions about proportioning valves and master cylinders which the kit doesn't have.
Things have slowed a bit while we were waiting for the roof skin, radiator support and quarter panels.
They finally arrived, minus the quarter panels. There's an issue I hope to get resolved with the folks I bought the parts from. If it cannot be resolved, I will definitely post the story about what happened. I am at a loss as to why things escalated to the point they did.
Anyway, now that we have the radiator support, we should have the front of the car done shortly.
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