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    Quote Originally Posted by P72Ford View Post
    Neat project; '67-'68 Mustangs are in my opinion one of the best looking cars ever built, especially the fastbacks. You've definitely bought the farm on this one; here's to many years of enjoyment when its complete!

    I had a '65 coupe that I sold at the end of last summer; it was a good solid car, and the older Portuguese gent that bought it from me has done a beautiful job on it thus far. There is, however, discussion of him fitting it with a 2JZ engine!
    I don't know a lot about 2JZ but I certainly don't want one under the Rustang hood! Not that's its not a potent power plant... it would just be out of place. I don't like 350's in 30's Fords. Or LS motors in Foxes. Or a 6.9 IDI in an S10. Brand loyalty I guess. That turbo LS powered Country Squire on youTube a while back was pretty cool. But would have been cooler if the LS had been a GM box wagon IMO.

    I don't remember where I left off... But basically needed to finish body work. The front fenders had lower patch panels put in and some massaging in needed areas. The left door also had accident damage but I managed to beat it out, get the resulting bumpy tin can effect out by cutting and welding, and making it all smooth with some filler. Those guys that do all metal builds are magicians.

    Finally got some color and clear down on the bottom sides of the decklid and hood. This was last summer.

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    Also last year, I painted the rest.

    Gray is SPI epoxy mixed as a sealer. Then three coats of Nason base in Presidential Blue, a 1968 color (Nixon was elected I think). Followed by three coats of SPI universal clear. I wanted a better base coat, but they couldn't mix it in a better base and get the color right. The Nason did fine, but it really needed the three coats. Used about two gallons of base mixed, and almost two gallons of clear mixed.

    This was my first time spraying anything that mattered. It isn't perfect but I am pleased since I did it myself and minus a paint booth.

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    The rear axle got detailed. All the markings are replicated as discovered. I don't know what any of them mean. It is a 2.79 gear open 8". I resealed it but didn't do anything else. It was quiet running so I saw no need to mess with it. This will eventfully mate to a 1995 T5 from a 3.8L car which has a little different gear set that will match well with the 2.79 for a great cruiser. Hopefully.

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    Finally rolled it into the daylight around Thanksgiving this past year.

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    This brings me up to current time. Expect a running car in about 4 years. Which will make it TEN years under the knife.

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    There is nothing like doing this type of work yourself. It is satisfying and cost saving at the same time. You learn and you have fun...sometimes not so much. It is always nice to say I did this or I painted that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    There is nothing like doing this type of work yourself. It is satisfying and cost saving at the same time. You learn and you have fun...sometimes not so much. It is always nice to say I did this or I painted that.
    Absolutely. When the wife and I were dating, her GM product was having transmission trouble. One of those fix it now and to prevent a full trans rebuild later things. So I bought the part (basically equivalent to a shift kit) but chickened out when I read the directions. A distant family member of hers was known to be a decent mechanic, so we took it to him to install. He decided to rebuild the whole thing for parts cost only, but forgot one check ball on top of the trans, and long story short, the trans nuked. So $600 the first time for parts. And $1400 for the second rebuild.

    I decided then that I would be the only one working on my stuff if at all possible. If I mess it up, I can blame me and live with it. But if someone else screws up, then I still have broken stuff, less money in my pocket, and less knowledge in my head!

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    Updates are now in real time! Finally got the front suspension and steering back together. This has been a project since last August. Other crap got in the way.

    Itís on four wheels now for the first time in a long time!

    Had an oops moment and installed the spring perched backwards. Luckily I didnít die but it certainly looked scary.




    Better:





    Brake lines are mostly back on. I need to get a rebuild kit for the proportioning valve to finish that up. Yes thatís the tiny sway bar and I honestly think itís bent. May upgrade in the future. Also drum brakes. That may get upgraded too. They worked okay before though.

    I really am not sure where to go next. I donít want to get the motor ready yet since it would be sitting in the garage unused for who knows how long. I think Iíll try to get some glass and weatherstrip back in it as the next big project. I donít want water in the car while I am water sanding and buffing a few trouble areas. Assembling and adjusting the door guts will certainly be thrilling...


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    Very nice. It's pretty amazing how simple older cars are to work on, yet how complex deep repair can be.
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    Being a moderate perfectionist, this interior is driving me crazy.

    The car originally came with an off white interior called parchment. The the trim and carpet are black with this and I really like the contrast.

    That said, the reproduction interior vinyl is too dark. At least from TMI. Distinctive Industries hasnít sent me samples.



    Top is my original door panel. Top right is the original material from SMS but they sell material only that an upholstery shop has to put together ($$$). Bottom right is the TMI parchment. Yuck. And left is the TMI white. Closer.

    Distinctive kind of has me held up. If their parchment is right, Iíll do that. If their white is closer, I will do that. I need to paint some interior surfaces that are seen and want to get an exact match. Iím stuck right now!


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    The ($$$) one looks the closest.
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    Nice restoration, good job!
    Man those floors were in rough shape dang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    The ($$$) one looks the closest.
    I agree. Got some more samples on the way from TMI. They will do custom colors for a slight upcharge. So only one $ maybe.

    Quote Originally Posted by massacre View Post
    Nice restoration, good job!
    Man those floors were in rough shape dang.
    Thanks. They looked so good when I crouched down on the ground to look under the car when I bought it. Seriously! There is a frame rail that blocks a lot. And darkness. And that ridiculous disease that makes you blind to car problems when you are on the verge of buying one. Now I know. A little too late.

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    Decided to go with black interior. Couldnít get the white to match. Ordered some things to get the windows back in it and the doors together which oddly enough includes the headliner (has to go in before front/rear windows).

    The rear of the car and trunk are mostly done minus bumper and trunk mat and wiring. Gas tank in. Fuel lines run. The trunk lid got its weatherstripping which is the first of much more to come.

    Today, the kids had their school lesson by helping me sound out Mustang and put the letters on in the right order.


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    Headliner in. The wife helped on that one. She is crafty with fabric. Left door guts assembled. And rear window back in.






    The glass made the left door sag which made it chip the door jamb. Life. The left door fits horribly which doesnít make since because itís an original door. The top is too high and the bottom too low. The right door I put a skin on and itís perfect.

    Gotta buy a windshield. Rear window assembly this week maybe? Waiting on a part for the right door guts.


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    If its perfect you would never wont to drive it. Is strange that the original does not fit well. And of course its all painted now and too late to shorten anything.
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    Looks great so far. When it comes to interiors, for me...black wins. Blue is a close second. Porno red is close.
    My wifes '72 Mustang convertible is parchment and black...

    The door not fitting is definitely odd.
    Possibly with the proper bracing and coaxing it could be forced to conform to it's space a little better.
    I'm betting the floor replacement changed everything just a tiny bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    If its perfect you would never wont to drive it. Is strange that the original does not fit well. And of course its all painted now and too late to shorten anything.
    Very true. I’m fighting with the part of me that says “do the best you can so that you will never look back and say I could have done better” and the other part that says “just finish this thing and drive the wheels off it.”


    Quote Originally Posted by clutch47 View Post
    Looks great so far. When it comes to interiors, for me...black wins. Blue is a close second. Porno red is close.
    My wifes '72 Mustang convertible is parchment and black...

    The door not fitting is definitely odd.
    Possibly with the proper bracing and coaxing it could be forced to conform to it's space a little better.
    I'm betting the floor replacement changed everything just a tiny bit.
    The car has been hit on the left front In its past life. Not terribly hard. I wonder if the impact tweaked the rocker panel and made that door fit poorly. Unibody woes.


    New news. All the glass is in except for the right door. CJ Pony to blame on not sending the parts ordered (got the order but they left some out BUT charged for it/not back ordered). I may pull the rear side windows back out at some point. The frames are crusty chrome pot metal. New ones are expensive and don’t fit well.

    I need to rebuild my brake proportioning valve and get that back on. Water test the glass that’s in it and finish the windshield molding. Then maybe turn to getting some underdash stuff back in there. HVAC box, dash wiring, brake pedal and master cylinder so that I have brakes. That would be nice.

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    Things are happening.

    Proportioning valve rebuilt and installed. The windshield failed the water test four times. Five was the charm. Heater valve prettied up and installed. Some other firewall area stuff like windshield washers are installed and plumbed. Wiper pump installed. Parking brake installed. Firewall pad adjusted and installed. Drivers side vent installed. Dash harness installed. New headlight switch and ignition switch ready to roll.

    I pretended to crank it up tonight. That was fun. I like the way the ignition switch sounds. It has a nice satisfying clunk from off to on. Not all smooth like that 80’s stuff.

    HVAC box is next. I rebuilt it and it’s ready. But it’s HUGE and the dash is welded in. A/C will be nice but sure makes this part a pain. Wish me luck.

    I think I will cut the doors for the factory stereo speakers and courtesy lights. Haven’t done it yet, but the pretty rare factory AM/FM radio from Fleabay wants the two speakers, and the speaker/light grills are installed regardless of radio option in a deluxe interior car (to which I am converting).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    HVAC box is next. I rebuilt it and it’s ready. But it’s HUGE and the dash is welded in. A/C will be nice but sure makes this part a pain. Wish me luck.

    I think I will cut the doors for the factory stereo speakers and courtesy lights. Haven’t done it yet, but the pretty rare factory AM/FM radio from Fleabay wants the two speakers, and the speaker/light grills are installed regardless of radio option in a deluxe interior car (to which I am converting).
    That whole under-dash HVAC uphill job is a labor of love. Adding A/C to it with old-tech is nothing short of squeezing said rock and hoping for blood.
    The main reason I passed on original A/C for my project. Good luck. Hopefully you don't need Mercurochrome. I know I would.
    The speakers and radio will be so worth it.
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    I had not realized converting to an a/c mustang was so difficult.
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    It is a factory air car, so that helped. Most everything in the car was still there when I got it. The outer stuff not so much... but weíll cross that bridge when we get there.


    I think I am done under the dash. Looked up the vacuum stuff and fan yesterday to verify function. I swapped the heat and defrost vacuum hoses accidentally, but a quick switcheroo got things going correctly.



    The dash doesnít look like much here, but packed itís full of stuff. The trim, cluster, and radio will go in later. Also a deluxe steering wheel will go in as well. This one looks rough but is functional for now. My kids are excited it has a steering wheel.

    I like the look of a clutch pedal! Canít wait to use it.



    Going to put the right side door guts on this week hopefully. Got a lot going on with family this week and not much time for project cars.



    The master cylinder is in, which is the last part of the brake system to be complete. I think I could hook the lines up, bleed it, and have brakes. Four wheel drums (weíll stop short of calling that brakes). Thatís exciting. No disc conversion planned yet.



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    Pedals are looking good. I know them well. I liked how wide they were and how they have the stainless trim around them that I made my vics pedals into that.
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