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I have always owned a 65 or 66 coupe since I was 13 years old (I am about to be 45). My first was a solid and clean 66 with a 200, C4, and drums all the way around. I rebuilt the engine and trans, it got a Maaco paint job and it was ready when I got my license. I loved it and hated it. It was the car I loved with none of the features I wanted. A year later I sold the car because I was overwhelmed with the idea of a V8, 4 speed, and disc swap and all that would mean. Especially in the early 90's with the limited info available to find the parts you wanted.
I bought and sold a couple more project cars after that one, they were all V8 cars, but they had major issues that were hidden at first glance (rotted cowl covered in bondo, rotted rear frame rails, etc) - all stuff I didn't want to tackle. Then I ended up with this car, another 6 cyl car, with drums all the way around. A 'mostly' solid cowl, but in need of lots of other sheet metal. Good news - it was a 3 speed...LOL.
I really didn't start working on it til about 2010...and the work never really picked up pace until about two years ago when a group of friends (far more talented than I with a welder and sand paper) decided it was time to get this thing done.
Here are some highlights: narrowed/tucked bumpers with revised mounting points, custom front valance, shaved drip rails, roller 302 with B303 cam and pertronix 3 ignition, aluminum 3 core radiator with a push and a pull fan, painless harness with routing under fender and under battery tray, granada discs, wilwood master, shelby drop, T5, aluminum driveshaft, explorer 8.8 with 1" removed to center the pumpkin, double DIN radio, Autocross classic industries gauges, buckets out of a 2017 GT350 with seat risers removed (still working on the custom module to run the climate seats...), Foose knuckle wheels (225/45/17 front, 245/40/17 rear) 1 inch drop front and rear, del alum bushings, flowmaster 40 exhaust, mustang steve clutch cable, floor mount park brake from fox body, aftermarket sport mirrors from Amazon (still to be painted body color), dynamat throughout. I am sure I am forgetting other stuff...now to load some pics.
 
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This is about two years ago. There are earlier pics with other disassembly...but I don't think it was ever any "lighter" than it was for this pic.
 
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When my friends got involved, I lost control of the "scope" of the project. This led to powder coating suspension components, the painless harness, stainless steel body bolt kit, etc. Not that I am complaining, I love the result - it is just that I hadn't planned to make it this nice. But when they decided to sandblast the engine compartment that I had previously stripped and painted matte black (again, I wasn't going for pretty, I was going for "driver"), I decided it was time to fill in extra holes and go all the way. Here it is with a coat of primer....
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here is the front bumper being narrowed and the front valance being modified. added filler to fill in the gaps. Also did LED fog lighs recessed into the honeycomb grille.
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Progress is being made:
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When you fill all the holes in the engine compartment and go with a new hood and the steel shelby hood scoop, the underside of the hood requires attention as well:
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Devising a mounting system for the fiberglass quarter scoops:
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No more drip rails:
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It may just be primer, but this was a HUGE milestone for me. I had never seen the car in one solid color:
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The top of the hood:
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When you get creative with porta power and a frame rack to narrow the explorer 8.8 - LOL
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LOVE these wheels:
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Color spray out - Thank you Sherwin Williams! Under flourescent and in daylight:
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New Instrument cluster:
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Running the harness under the fender, used a bulkhead connector and then weather packed it with strip caulk later:
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Relocated the starter solenoid to clean things up and make it a little less convenient to hotwire...
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Used three (yes, three) rear bumpers to make one bumper that fit the car the way it should:
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Double DIN radio:
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Bucket seats out of a wrecked 2017 GT350. Had the seams repaired. GT350 is embossed in the top center, but hard to see in this pic:
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Body assembly mostly complete:
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Lights going in and getting wired:
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Interior coming together:
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I have more pics to add, just need to get to them....more to come.
 

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Man, you’re a Fast worker!
Not sure if you are just saying that this 20 year project went quickly with a bit of tongue in cheek, or if you are suggesting that this is the wrong place for the thread.
If the latter, I wasn't sure because it has been a build and I have a ton of pics to share, but it is nearly done at this point.
 
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Here are the aftermarket sport mirrors I picked up on Amazon - found them for $30!
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Picked out a personalized plate - I think it is perfect, but my Wife doesn't see the humor in it ;-)
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Some pics of the interior coming together
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Couple more of the interior
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Front and back glass getting sealed up
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Plan to do a one piece headliner at some point, but haven't got to it yet

If I get some time later I will dig back into the archives and grab some of the early photos of my 'redneck rotisserie' and stuff
 

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beautiful build. I'm really torn between shaving my drip rails or not. It keeps calling me. lol
 
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