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Old 05-16-2010, 10:11 PM   #61
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so, what exactly is the plan?
Haha, that's what I'm trying to figure out. Tomorrow on the black mustang I'll be doing measurements, checking the interior under the carpet, jacking it up, checking the underside for anything catastrophic, and hopefully making my decision soon. Personally, I'd rather repair the body on it and use it, so right now that is the plan I'm going with, unless something goes wrong.

Unfortunately, that makes the blue one kinda useless for now. Seriously disappointing in my eyes.
I did get a good fill of experience from working on it so far, so that was beneficial. However, I would like to restore it, in the distant future, hopefully.
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:29 PM   #62
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Well why dont you restore both then. keep the blue a v6 and a daily driver or make a profit and sell it and the black one for more of a show car?
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:11 AM   #63
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Well why dont you restore both then. keep the blue a v6 and a daily driver or make a profit and sell it and the black one for more of a show car?
That's kinda what I'm thinking. I've gotten the blue I6 stripped pretty far, but I still gotta get the motor and tranny out. So I might completely strip it and sell it in parts, or save it for restoration later.

The Black V8 is definitely going to be my main project though.
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:37 PM   #64
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:13 PM   #65
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Alright guys, I originally thought the problem was the gas pump, but I don't think it is anymore. I bought and installed a brand new one today, and not much changed. I did notice a tiny bit of gas made it to the filter halfway between the pump and carb, but hardly any.

Now I'm beginning to wonder if it's getting any gas from the gas tank? Is there a way to check this?
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:25 PM   #66
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The line running up from the rear could be pinched somewhere.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:41 PM   #67
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Ok so I've edited the first post in this thread to reflect the situation at hand, haha.
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Engine I'm happily working with:
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What WAS the panel behind the door, haha:
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Very little rust found so far, which is good:

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Old 05-18-2010, 08:50 PM   #68
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And thanks for the tip Adrenolin. Since the line is metal, a pinch could certainly come up, which might explain why a tiny amount of gas got to the filter.

Also, i absolutely love you 351 Shelby. It looks incredible!

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Old 05-19-2010, 12:14 AM   #69
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good possibility that the fuel line is full of rust and crud from the tank.
you can disconnect the fuel line at the pump and use a bit of hose to direct it to a bucket then add pressure through the gas filler with an air compressor -that will soon tell you if the line's blocked.

my suggestion is patch up the black one to get it going and have some fun. then do a turbo 6 over time for the blue one
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:08 AM   #70
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good possibility that the fuel line is full of rust and crud from the tank.
you can disconnect the fuel line at the pump and use a bit of hose to direct it to a bucket then add pressure through the gas filler with an air compressor -that will soon tell you if the line's blocked.

my suggestion is patch up the black one to get it going and have some fun. then do a turbo 6 over time for the blue one
Good idea, I'll try that.
And I think I'm gonna make the black one a running project, using it while restoring it. And then fully restore the blue one.
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:24 PM   #71
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Ahhhh! Confusion!!!

So I decoded the mustang today by taking a look at the VIN number on the dashboard on the drivers side. It's faded but I could read the letters and numbers.
Here's the code: 8R01C100380

Great, that tells me the car is ACTUALLY a 1968. But I was told it was originally a 1967...

Reasons to believe it's a 1967:
-1967 style scoops
-1967 steering column (unlike collapsible 1968 style [although I heard the collapsible column was a late '68 installment???])
-Lack of rear quarter panel reflectors
-Was told buy the guy I bought it from it started as a 1967

Reasons to believe it's a 1968:
-The vin found in the dash (could have just been tossed in there along with other parts, although it's been registered under this VIN for years)
-Grille appears to be a 1968, correct me if I'm wrong though


I guess I have to pull the driver side front fender off to find out for sure? Unfortunately the door mounted plate got smashed in the wreck, I don't know where it is.


The reason I'm wondering this is I'm about to order a gas tank and gas fuel line, and while the differences between the two years are minor, I want to make sure I get exactly the right parts.
Any suggestions or advice to confirm which year exactly it is?
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67 with 68 wheels and grille.
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:47 PM   #73
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67 with 68 wheels and grille.
Here's a man I can trust!

That vin number must've been thrown in with all those other 1968 parts. I didn't get a title with the car, so I guess I'll re-register it as a 1967.

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67 quarters, 67 steering column, 67 door panels, 67 front fenders, 67 fender emblems, and looks like 67 seats. It does have 68 instrument panel, grille, and wheels.
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:22 AM   #75
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You gotta remember these are old used cars and in the 80s you had to get parts from a junkyard for it.Mine the vin says its a 67 but both quarters are 68 so i call it a 68.
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:38 PM   #76
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Little Update.

I found a leak from the fuel pump to the carb that oprinated from the fuel filter, so I'll probably just replace that whole section of line. I also am getting a new tank and fuel line because that's where my previous problem came from.

I also discovered a bad leak from in between the carb and the engine block, so I'm hoping thats just an old gasket that's gone bad.

Hopefully by next week I'll be ready (have the equipment) to pull the engine, and start work on refinishing the engine bay.

As for the body work, I'm getting in contact with a local body shop guy who's a friend of mine who will hopefully come out and look at the mustang, and give me a word or two of advice on how to go about things. Until then, I'm not gonna mess with it.
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:16 PM   #77
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That VIN number decodes into a very early 1968 model. The consecutive unit numbers started in each year at 100001 and went from there. You have the 379th car down the line for 1968. I don't know how many of the other 378 before it have been accounted for, but you MIGHT have the earliest known 68 still around. Just FYI. I would get a Marti report on it to find out where it stands.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:25 PM   #78
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(Another Update, July 8th 2010)
It's been a while. My computer was upgraded so I haven't had it for a while and just got it back a few days ago (windows 7 is kinda cool). I just got a full time job in Atlanta so the mustangs got little attention for a few weeks. Anyways, in the past few weeks I've gotten back to it. I'll upload some pics soon to show my progress.

But yet again I've changed my plan. I talked to my friend (body shop guy at a ford dealership, also works on classics) and he said that while I COULD fix the damage on the '67, it was a better idea to swap over the parts and completely restore the '68 as a V8.

So now I'm stripping down the '68. I'll be using the entire suspension, drive train, engine, trans, fenders, headlight buckets, doors, trunk lid, seats, and other parts from the '67 on the '68. So it'll be a Frankenstein until I get it sanded and primed, haha.
Progress wise, I've drained all fluids and finally got an engine hoist so hopefully I'll be pulling the engine and trans this weekend. Once I'm done with the engine bay and firewall, I'll be putting it on a rotisserie (still have to build one) and pulling the I6 suspension.
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Progress so far (sorry for crappy pic, took it with my droid):
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:52 PM   #80
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Progress!

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Somebody helped today:

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So the front and rear suspension are finally off. Just need to finish up the engine bay and firewall and it's ready to go to the rotisserie I hope!!!


Also, paid a friend of mine a visit. Took a look at his chevelle again and took a video of it running (will upload it ASAP).
I also discussed what transmission he suggested. He suggested an automatic for comfort and also for drag racing. To him it was worth it to upgrade an automatic than run a manual that includes human error.
Now, I can drive a manual no problem, but since I want this car to be a daily driver as well, I think it's a good idea to stick with the C4 for comfort and to exclude human error. Also, I already have 2 C4s on hand, so that will be one less expense.

Thoughts? I'm really all ears to all opinions.

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