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Reliable trucking delivered this 1965 Convertible for a customer from Va November 2018. At first this looked like a very nice Mustang with very little rust but you can tell it wasn't a good paint job. She still wants it painted "Baby Blue" and mostly stock on the outside. Her Husband is building a new small block with a C4 transmission with a Gearvenders overdrive. We will be installing DSE front and rear suspension and she wants leather interior. They bought this back in Aug. 2018 and they wanted a rust free Mustang when we are finished with it. I suggested she drive this one for the 1 1/2 years it was going to take to restore and sell it when we finished building the 65 convertible we had behind the shop. To make it rust free everything has to be removed to get to the inner structure and epoxy primed. She wanted this one restored



















 

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Back from the sandblasters. Brian has a lot of rust repair before the fun starts installing the DSE suspension and flaring the fenders and quarter panels.



























 

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The upper cowl was stripped to bare metal and epoxy primed







Brian is getting ready to cut out the rust in the lower cowl



The rust was cut out and a patch panel was welded in place. When you install aftermarket AC the cowl vents are blocked













 

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Nice as always,.....I’ll be following.
 

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If you block those off then I assume you'll also block off the cowl opening? I mean there no reason to let water in there at that point, correct?
 

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If it was my car I would but the owner wants it to look original.
From a practical standpoint these cars are typically stored in garages and not driven daily so too many leaves and crap aren't likely to get into the cowl area like it did in the old days.
 

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The question I have to ask is, once you block the cowl vent hats, from where do you get fresh air to the interior? As I see it, you have a recycling system only, great to cool and dry the inside air.
I have a Vintage Air system for my 1970 fastback, the cowl vents are not blocked. I would just like to understand the difference?
 

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A follow up question, if you do not block the vents on the top cowl to prevent water entering this area, then how will it drain. Trapped moisture in the cowl area is the root of a rust problem. There are concerns that you could be creating a potential problem down the road. If you have plans to address these issues, please share so that we can get the whole picture.
 

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A follow up question, if you do not block the vents on the top cowl to prevent water entering this area, then how will it drain. Trapped moisture in the cowl area is the root of a rust problem. There are concerns that you could be creating a potential problem down the road. If you have plans to address these issues, please share so that we can get the whole picture.
It drains out the sides just as it always has. The hats, or their removal plays no role in drainage.
 

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The lower cowl was removed.





All the rust was removed and epoxy primed





The back side of the dash was sanded and epoxy primed



Lower cowl clamped in place and Brian spot welded.





Brian welding the upper cowl and welds cleaned up.



 
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