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Old 11-01-2009, 12:20 PM   #1
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Well, my wife and I just got our '65 coupe home today.
It was a I6 with a auto.
We got her for $2000 and that included a mildly built '95 5'0 motor with cam and Cobra intake.
It also came with all the following new metal. A complete cowl, two full rear qtr's NOS front fender, new outer wheels wells, new LT rocker, new front floors, toe panels, new gas tank.
All documentation so far points to the car only having 28K on it and it came from southern PA.
We gotta long haul ahead of us for this thing, but I think it will be worth it.

























The floor boards underneath have light surface rust only in a few spots, all the frame rails seam solid a rock.
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Thats decent, almost as good as my Cougar was. Dont forget to add torque boxes to it before you stuff in a V8.
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Thanks! I thought about adding the torque boxes when I do some welding on the car, they will help a lot?

What is the best way to strip off the undercoating on the engine bay walls?

This will probably end up being a in progress thread if any one wants to see it..?..
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I always like "in progress" threads. I like seeing what techniques others are using. Better check out that driver's side frame rail under the floor pan real well. With that big rust hole above it you may end up replacing it also.
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Thanks! I thought about adding the torque boxes when I do some welding on the car, they will help a lot?

What is the best way to strip off the undercoating on the engine bay walls?

This will probably end up being a in progress thread if any one wants to see it..?..
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I used paint stripper and a putty knife to scrape everything off. Then neutralized the stripper and sanded a little bit.

How about a overall picture of the car?
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Thats decent, almost as good as my Cougar was. Dont forget to add torque boxes to it before you stuff in a V8.
I thought our cars already had torque boxes. Am I mistaken?
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:00 AM   #7
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iirc only verts got torque boxes then in 67 or 68 they all got them
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I used paint stripper and a putty knife to scrape everything off. Then neutralized the stripper and sanded a little bit.

How about a overall picture of the car?
Thanks, I'll try that.
The car is in my garage and is now up on stands and is not movable, unfortunately I forgot to get some pics of it on the trailer.


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Old 11-02-2009, 05:42 AM   #9
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I thought our cars already had torque boxes. Am I mistaken?
'65-'66 did not have torque boxes, '67 had one torque box on the driver side, '68 started with two torque boxes.
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the body itself is looking good, unfortunately the previous owner shoved a 5.0 into it seems the rest of the car is stock. at least the front wheels are 4lug, so my guess is that no steering components were changed to V8. if you have 4lugs in the rear then most likely you have the integral type 7.25" rear axle which will not withstand the power of a V8 ... (I blew two before I got fed up and changed the rear axle).
Since it looks like your trying to make this a decent jobbie and starting with the shell you'll have to put in extra money and effort to change to V8 components or try to find an inline 6 engine if you are not bothered with power or want to keep original

sorry for the bad news (if they are)

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