My plan is to do a stock restoration. I don't have the funds and/or space to go all out and do a rotisserie restoration, and I'm not necessarily planning to do a concours nut and bolt restoration. My goal is to do a good job and have a nice original looking Mustang! I do love the look of the original detail, so I will make it "correct" where possible but I'm not going to lose any sleep if it's not concours! Since the data plate is missing, I'm not worried about restoring to the original color (which I don't care for anyway), but I do want it to be originally available paint and interior.
I plan to do as much of the work myself as possible, save for machine work and other things for which I don't have the skill or facilities. I've been working on cars since I was 12, so I have the experience to do (or at least try to do) most everything that is needed. I have a welder, but have never done any real body work or fabrication. I've worked with body fillers and done a lot of paint prep, but have only done a little painting. I'm game, so, Hell, I may even try to paint it myself!
One of my daughters has committed to help with the work, which is good for a few reasons... 1) She's the other Mustang buff in our family and already has two... a 2004 coupe, and a 2019 Eco-Boost coupe, 2) She actually wants to learn about working on cars, and 3) She has laid claim to this car when I die, so the least she can do is help with the restoration!
So, here's the plan:
Paint - Twilight Turquoise (5)
Interior - Black on Black Standard (26)
Convertible Top - White
Engine - Stock rebuild with maybe a mild cam upgrade that does not require any other upgrades or modifications. The engine in the car now is a '66, so it will be repainted in the correct '65 colors. I may consider upgrading to a 4v carb and intake, but I'll likely keep it as a 2v since it's a C-code and that's what would have been original on the car. I also have a heat riser tube and the choke tube kit to install after the mounting stud and hole in the manifold are restored.
Engine Bay - Once the engine is pulled, strip and repaint to original. I need to replace the battery tray, and I'll try to restore things like the brake reservoir, fan motor, and hood springs/hinges, etc. to the original look. Will also replace the other wiring harness.
Transmission - May consider an upgrade to a 4-spd top-loader, if I can find one and do it for a reasonable cost. If not, I'll rebuild the 3-spd, which also currently has a Hurst shifter.
Brakes - Will restore the drum brakes all the way around. Not planning to do any upgrades to power or disk. I do also need to replace the parking brake cables and/or whatever else is needed to restore proper function.
Body - Once I strip off all three layers of paint, then we'll see where we're at. The last time the car was apart, there was no rust to speak of (at least not that I could tell) in the body or floor panels. Since moving to Houston, the humidity has started to take it's toll and I know for certain there is now a rust issue on the lower right quarter, behind the tire. I'm planning to replace the rear valance, at which time I may add back-up lights (assuming I can figure out the wiring). I may also need to replace the tail light panel. It looks a little suspect, but we'll see how it is when stripped.
Frame/Undercarriage - Mostly solid there, and someone previously sprayed an undercoating. The one rust issue I know of for sure is on the right rear frame rail, which is rusting through one side just behind the rear shackle bolt hole. This is one item that worries me as I'm not sure if it can be patched or if I'll need to replace that rail. I'm sure I'll be seeking guidance on that when the time comes!
Suspension - I have nearly all of the parts to completely restore the front suspension... control arms, springs, tie rods, etc., but have a few more to buy. The rear springs seem to be OK, but I'll see how the car sits with the new front springs before deciding if the rears need to be replaced.
Interior - It already has new door panels and carpet, and I have a new TMI standard upholstery kit and seat buns waiting to be installed. I will need a new dash and new convertible quarter trim. I'm planning to install speaker kick panels and figure out some way to mount a modern stereo w/o any cutting. I'll strip and repaint all of the metal, and restore (or replace) the dash bezel and glove box door. When everything is apart, all of the window components, seals, and trim will be repaired/replaced.
Convertible Top - Will repaint the bows. I have the new top and all the pieces, but installation of the top will be one item I will sub out to an upholstery shop. Will probably look for recommendations from the Houston area members when that time comes!
I have many parts that I have accumulated over the years that are just waiting for me to get off my butt and get going so they can be installed! I'm just going to pick a spot and get started.
A few months ago, I felt the need to "make some progress", so I restored the air cleaner assembly. I had trouble finding a reasonably priced snorkel with the cutout for the additional convertible brace, so I found some pictures online, figured out the measurements, and cut one that I had! I think it turned out OK!
I look forward to all of the feedback and direction from everyone one as this build progresses!