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Greetings from rainny south Florida! I just recently acquired my 4th classic mustang..a 67 coupe. I have restored all the others and just did what I wanted too because they were nothing too special. However this time Im not too sure which way to go so im asking advice/opinions. So here's the deal...
I found this car through a friend of a friend sitting in his back yard for about 5yrs. His father was the original owner and that would make me titled as the 3rd. Im more of a resto-mod type guy but this car still has the original 289 motor, trans, doors and build tags, 2bl carb, air cleaner, intake, all buck tags, shock tower stickers (in great shape), plastic fomoco overflow and windshield washer bags (also in great shape). Orginal paint (thats pretty much shot) and the rust isnt all that bad from what I can see so far,,but it will need some new sheet metal.
The car also has some options like disc breaks, map lights, floor console which BTW is all there and not cracked up! My wife wants to put it back to factory specs but I want to use a 90's roller motor FI and 5 speed as well as chassis and a lot of suspension and break work. But I really dont want to destroy the value or uniqueness of a complete car by doing this. Any opinions on that?
Oh I bought the car for 1000.00!
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I agree, I'm no car collector so I couldn't care less about #'s matching, all original, bla bla bla... If I buy a car I'm going to drive it not lock it up in a garage somewhere. And if I'm going to drive it I'd want something with good performance and comfortable, stock doesn't have either.
On one hand, if its in shape they are getting rarer, on the other, its just a coupe.
If you still have one non numbers matching you could mod that. Or, if someone is going to pay $$$ for a numbers matching car, chances are they will pay for a fastback.
screw it, mod it, stock sucks lol
I wish I did still have them..or at least my first car. when I was 14 my dad bought me a 70 mach1 off the side of the road for 1500 bucks. The car was in bad shape but still a real mach. We fixed it up as a father n son project then 2 weeks after paint Hurricane Andrew came and our roof feel on it!
Well I feel most of you out there. the word "stock" isnt in my vocabulary. But I have enough respect for the vintage american auto not to bastardize a rare one. Not that a coupe is all that "rare". But I have never had one that was numbers matching and still had all the litte things that it came with like the buck tags on the intake and those plastic reservoir bags that always rott off.
I hear so much about numbers matching cars I thought I would get some opinions before I hack the floor to put in a T56 You never know there could be someone out there who is trying to make an original looking car and would appreciate it more than myself..then maybe a project swap would be in order. But if its just "another one of those cars" then no harm no fowl and the money starts to spending!
I went thru the same quandry on the 71 and found that it's YOU that needs to decide what your intentions for the car are. Both our cars are/were numbers matching but not rare like a Boss 351 or 428 Mach1 , so the decision becomes less clear.
I came to the conclusion that i wanted to keep it in the family for sentemental reasons (I won't mention) and enjoy it on weekends, rather than fix it up and sell it in a few years. So if i'm keeping it, what's the diff if it's numbers match? Only a concourse judge or a buyer is really going to care.
So the car looks stock inside and out but I made a few mods that made it really fun to drive (5-speed with stock looking shifter and peddles, new carb, Flows and probably future headers and engine mods).
Vehicle: 1969 Mustang Grande (modified) Winter Blue Metallic
Location: Santa Monica, Calif.
After 18 years I've put my car through several thematic looks, including pure stock (inspired by a set of Firestone polyglass tires I acquired). You couldn't corner, but they were quiet, which was cool at high speeds.
Keep the parts, including the motor if it is in fact correct/original, and do whatever you want as long as you can undo. If the paint is original (I mean factory), color sand and buff, but don't repaint. Good Luck Post Pix.
yeah I agree keep all the parts but if a 289 isn't enough power, build up a 302 or something but don't go crazy. Even with a tricked out 289 it goes pretty quick but if you are worried about keeping it original keep the stock 289 and store it. Same goes with other parts. Its when you start putting on an eleanor kit you loose the value and you will empty your pockets or start cloning it into a fastback. I don't know about you but I still love the look of the coupes and it pisses me off when I see a rusty fastback for sale and the owner thinks he has a gold mine in his barn and won't make any deals. I have a coupe iam working on and have gone through a few things like putting in a 347 and then jumped back to 302 and I seem to be bouncing around that area. If you deciede on more power you need more support for your frame, take that into account! Again its your ride, I find the stock 4 speed a pain in the *** with the linkages but thats my 2 cents. I locked it up once in 2nd gear and I will tell you its not fun trying to feather it home in rush hour stuck in 2nd gear...
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