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Has Anybody here Converted a Coupe to a Fastback?

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I just thought about this. A few years ago, I watched an episode of, I think, Detroit Muscle, and Tommy cut up and converted a 68 Mustang coupe to a Fastback. Evidently Dynacorn makes (or at least made) a kit for that. It looked really good when they were done. I was wondering if anybody here has done that. I was also wondering how you guys felt about that. I am OK with it, as long as somebody doesn't try to pass it off as an original fastback.
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@4ocious has a beautiful car that he converted...


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A lot of people have, but there is a gentleman on Stangnet who has done dozens of these conversions(both 65-66 and 67-68):


As for what I think about them? I think its shows a complete lack of appreciation for the coupe/hardtop body style...but then I am one of those who thinks the coupe actually looks better than the fastback to start with. The fastback tends to round the lines of car that was designed with very crisp lines, it really doesn't belong. I feel about it the same way I do whenever I see a foxbody mustang coupe with a roll cage....someone ruined another perfectly good coupe. That being said, unlike the foxbody generation there are enough 1st and 2nd gen coupes that would otherwise just rust away I would much rather seem them converted to fastbacks than rot in a field because everyone wants a fastback and can't be lowered to restore a coupe.
 

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Yup, several. Difficult- not really too bad at all. Expensive- no, but I did everything but the paint myself. Would I do it again? Probably not. I'd spend a little more to find a decent f/b to start with instead
 

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My take is such a conversion isn't really practical, but every time I see fastback prices lately, I'm thinking a coupe to fastback conversion is becoming more practical.

While I sure like fastback, I also appreciate the classic coupe. So I wouldn't consider converting a coupe to a fastback. YMMV.
 

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I considered it, you see, I love the fastback 65/66. Its so simple, yet beautiful. It really strikes my fancy. But...not with my current 65 GT coupe. All the metal except a replacement front fender, hood and rad core support is original. No rust whatsoever. You just dont find them as original or clean as mine. But, I know a car that would fit the bill. Its a 64.5 coupe 6 cylinder. It has a little rust in the rear qtr, but otherwise very solid. I'd convert that car in a heartbeat.
 

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But, I know a car that would fit the bill. Its a 64.5 coupe 6 cylinder. It has a little rust in the rear qtr, but otherwise very solid. I'd convert that car in a heartbeat.
I have a 64.5 coupe waiting in the wings. Solid v8 car that needs floor pan patches and was a vinyl top car so the roof is rusty. Got it for $1k. It’s like a free pass to build whatever I want with no guilt. I’m not going to fastbackify it, but it’s the perfect candidate.
 

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In defense of the preserving the notchbacks. It won a Tiffany Award in automotive design. Not the convertible or the later fastback. However, whether it was for the roofline, I have my doubts. In cases of rust from the top down it makes some sense, taking cost out of the equation, however, such conversions, no matter how well done, will always have an issue with their titles. Buyers beware.
 

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A lot of people have, but there is a gentleman on Stangnet who has done dozens of these conversions(both 65-66 and 67-68):


As for what I think about them? I think its shows a complete lack of appreciation for the coupe/hardtop body style...but then I am one of those who thinks the coupe actually looks better than the fastback to start with. The fastback tends to round the lines of car that was designed with very crisp lines, it really doesn't belong. I feel about it the same way I do whenever I see a foxbody mustang coupe with a roll cage....someone ruined another perfectly good coupe. That being said, unlike the foxbody generation there are enough 1st and 2nd gen coupes that would otherwise just rust away I would much rather seem them converted to fastbacks than rot in a field because everyone wants a fastback and can't be lowered to restore a coupe.
Before I would try my first conversion, I'd hire Jim to do it. He's a master at all things Mustang, and a great guy.
 

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Not bragging in any way. You can do anything with research and Can. Don’t be discouraged just do what you want. Ask for help along the way. You will be just fine. Many people told me we couldn’t build this one. Now look at the results. I’m just a regular Disabled Army Veteran!
 

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I myself enjoy metal work and after I finish my current project I will look for a 69 fastback or a coupe I can convert to a fastback. For the record all being equal I would prefer to repair a true fastback.
 
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