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I finished rebuilding and restoring the front suspension/steering on my 67 Shelby. It started out as a front end rebuild but the "whileImatits" kicked in big time and I ended up detailing everything under there. There was a lot of green overspray from a previous repaint and there was the usual surface rust on everything. I ended up doing a "sympathetic" restoration where I left some of the areas alone (just cleaned them) and I repainted other areas. The internal engine compartment still looked pretty good so no repainting there. The underneath of the frame rails and the structural area where the LCA bolts in was left original also. I had to redo the front of the radiator support due to the green overspray. I also stripped and repainted both of the strut rod supports, top and bottom.

I cleaned off the grime with Krud Kutter, Scotchbrite pads, a toothbrush and LOTS of paper towels.

I did it to factory specs as much as I could. In some cases my objective was just to make it look better and not necessarily "factory" (like painting under the wheel wells). I want to mention that most of the bolts are original and were restored by soaking them in phosphoric acid. ALL of the painting was done by rattle cans. The flat black is Krylon 1613. The semi-gloss black is Rustoleum 7777. The gloss black (sway bar) is also Rustoleum. I used two different paints for "natural". The heat treated pieces (springs, strut rods) are supposed to be darker and I used cast iron paint on them. The lighter natural pieces were Rustoleum Professional Stainless Steel.

Here's an "after" picture but the paint on the engine support is original. Notice the black overspray on the factory primer. Note also that the factory primer is not the "normal" rusty brown color but instead has a pinkish/orangish hue to it (almost a coral or a salmon). I had a tough time trying to match this color on the strut rod supports. I ended up using a coat of Rustoleum Rusty Metal primer followed by a coat of Barbie pink and then a light coat of Rusty Metal primer. It's not quite the same but it was as close as I could get.

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Here are the "before" pictures. In some of them the radiator support and frame members have already been stripped.

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Here are the "after" pictures:

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Confused me for a second! I thought that the pinkish primer was surface rust!! The first couple of pics looked like you had sandblasted it and then let it get a light coating if rust. Then I saw that it was primer. You did very nice work. Hats off for trying to preseve as much of the original as possible. :highfive:
 

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The factory (San Jose) painted the entire car in primer, then sprayed the engine compartment, the fender wells and the front of the radiator support semi-flat black. The guy spraying the black was mostly concerned with making sure that no primer was visible when looking from above so that there was usually black overspray on the primer underneath the car. I attempted to duplicate that on the areas I repainted (radiator support, front crossmember and strut rod mounts).

However, I did not do anything to the area where the engine mounts and the LCA bolt it. The primer and black overspray on that part is factory.
 

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VERY NICE!
I can certainly appreciate the amount of work it takes to get to that level, and then maintain it! :highfive:
Maintaining it is not as hard as you would think. Everything is either painted or clear-coated. I'm not into the hassle of maintaining bare metal.
 

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Nice job! I am doing the same thing with my 67 (car 2246, very close to yours). The original color for my car is suppose to be dark moss green as well. When I stripped the engine compartment it was interesting to see that the dark moss green was under the engine compartment paint (black) but above the red oxide primer. It was most present at the top of the firewall and near the trunk hinges. I know it is the original paint because it has been sprayed once with red (current color). How long did it take you? I have about 15 hours so far in stripping the engine compartment. Long way to go! Suspension is next! Thanks for the photos!
 

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What product did you use as sound deadener/undercoating? It looks like the real thing.

Thanks,
John Thomas
 

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Got to ask... for reference When was the car scheduled to be built at Ford?

I see a yellow stripe on the front sping ... is this what you found during cleaning and was it the only color stripe? Or is the other one around the "corner"?
 
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