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OK, I am new here. I am doing a mustang coupe to fastback conversion. ( Yes I now some of you think you can buy a nice fastback for 10K. I do all my own work and plan to have this car done all but paint for 6500.)If you think it is a bad idea please keep it to your self. Now that were past that. I have a 66 coupe that a tree fell on the roof and caved it in. I have a old Fast back roof. Going to mate them. I was going to install skins but think I need full quarters. I see 2 piece and one piece listed at most vendors. I really dont need the sail panels. SO other than sail panels are they the same? I have been gathering parts and ready to start. Dont want to pay 400 for a quarter if the 200 dollar one work just fine. This is a project for my 17 year old son and my self. Which one ones did you use?
 

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If you could buy a nice fastback for $10,000 alot of us would probably have it in our driveway.
 

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Welcome! Is wishing you good luck a bad idea?
 

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Welcome! Is wishing you good luck a bad idea?
No it is not. I did a search before posting and found quite a few members that think it is a bad idea. Dont care. I just did not want to turn this thread to a haters thread. Not asking them to do it. I have owned 7 vintage mustangs and have never tried this but not afraid. I worked as a Ford dealer tech for 20 years and will try to help around here as much as possible. Currantly finishing a 67 Cougar for my older son where no new parts are available. I drive a 64 Galaxie and building 428 8v for it. Daily driver is a 390 powered 68 Camper special.
 

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From what I understand there's a lot more than just putting the roof on a coupe. Do you have all the parts? Having taken my apart and just putting it back together you have a big job. Not trying to talk you out of it just a comment.
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I would guess I have about 75 percent of the parts needed. I keep looking and buying when the right deal comes up. Need to make a list. Bought quarter skins and that was a bad idea. Thought I had that covered. Actually paid more for the roof then I did the car. It is going to be a restomod with some custom work. Interior trim is being the hardest to find. Getting a mild 302 and t5 . Just scored a GT light bar grill complete. Got brand new 05 Mustang wheels with knock off spinners for 100 dollars. BTW your car is beautiful.
 

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When the quarters were replaced on my fastback the
two piece was all that was available and they worked
out fine. If the area around the vent louvers is ok on your
donor roof then it may be a good idea to leave the original
metal there, if you put on a full one piece repro quarter
you may have problems with the stainless trim fitting
possibly, or maybe not.
A few things to consider:
The little brackets that weld to the floor for the rear seat
can be a little tricky to line up properly. Also the drip rail
where the trim fastens on is wider on a coupe than a fastback.
 

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Ok people. I guess I will consider this my build thread. I cant believe I started this that long ago. I want to let you all know I am not a body man and never have done this before. I have read every thing I can and watched every video. I wish I gould have found a more complete top in better shape. It is not in the budget. I just got done reviving a 67 Cougar that has been off the road for 20 years with my older son. I have a 64 Galaxie which I threw together to drive while building these other projects. I also have a 68 F250 which is my summer DD and also a work in progress. Have already converted it to power disc brakes and tilt wheel. With my spare time I am making a Falcon Gasser. So I have no time and less money. Ant way back to car on hand. I am going to throw some pictures at you.

this was the first car. I found a better body so this is now my main parts car.


Here is the roof I hauled back from IOWA
 

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Second car with most of the rust cut off.

I have to gather some more pics. Dont have them all. Had this car cut all the way back with all new sheet metal to start installing when I found this one on craigslist in rust free condition.
 

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This is a Texas car 6 auto with no running gear or interior.
Converter to 5 lug drum, then found power disc set up which will go on later. Also switched to dual port master and found brand new booster/master combo. That will be swapped out after roof is welded on.
Engine is a 1973 Marine engine I got for zero! Came with junk boat and great trailer. Sold the trailer for 500 and lower unit and exhaust manifolds for 300 so that paid for the rust free body and gas to pick it up in Wisconsin.
 

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Transmission is a T5 I bought from a neighbor for 150. Clutch was bought on ebay for 100 with shipping brand new.
Cut the roof off third car last month. It was very hard to cut up this car but son wanted fastback so no turning back.



First test fit. With cutting off old roof and getting here it is about 5 hours work.
 

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Today progress, was going to work on it Saturday also but tore down a `390 from other sons Cougar for a 445 build. That will be a different story.



More fitting to go.
 

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Thread from the dead revied by original poster! Love it!

Looks great. Are you still replacing the quarters?
 

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Is it just me, an admitted old timer? Seems like more and more if a person doesn't like or think something is a good idea it means they HATE it! I love my wife and kids that doesn't mean I hate all others!!!!!

Many of old timers who still have memory recall when radical customs were fun, neat stuff, not something to criticize (ya I'm sure many did but it seemed it wasn't the cool thing to do).

IMO a conversion from coupe to fastback or vert is a really neat project/challange etc. Just because for me it's a bad idea doesn't make me a hater I hope!


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Hoping to not have to replace the quarters but they are here if I need them. I hang with a lot of guys who are into old cars and those have lots of custom modifications. Of course most of those guys have some one else do the work. I just get a feeling of accomplishment doing something my self. I will post the progress as it goes. Wish me luck.
 

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Good luck.

I'll be following along since I'm going to be doing a conversion myself, soon.
 

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Looking good. I love seeing a car brought back from the dead. I have no issue with someone doing a coupe/fastack conversion. I just dislike people that try to hide the fact it's a conversion when they go to sell it.
 

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Ok people. I guess I will consider this my build thread. I cant believe I started this that long ago. I want to let you all know I am not a body man and never have done this before. I have read every thing I can and watched every video. I wish I gould have found a more complete top in better shape. It is not in the budget. I just got done reviving a 67 Cougar that has been off the road for 20 years with my older son. I have a 64 Galaxie which I threw together to drive while building these other projects. I also have a 68 F250 which is my summer DD and also a work in progress. Have already converted it to power disc brakes and tilt wheel. With my spare time I am making a Falcon Gasser. So I have no time and less money. Ant way back to car on hand. I am going to throw some pictures at you.

this was the first car. I found a better body so this is now my main parts car.


Here is the roof I hauled back from IOWA

You mention Cougar. Now that would be cool and almost unique...a 67/68 Cougar fastback!
If I had the $ I'd go for a 67/68 Cougar vert conversion...cause I love verts! Fastbacks are ok, definitely don't hate them. How 'bout a 67/68 Cougar Coupe to Fastback conversion?


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