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Hey,
I am getting ready to restore my '66 coup that I bought recently; and I am new at the restoring game. So how do I get the specifics for my mustang? I would like to restore it to show room quality with the original specification. How do I find out what the original specifications were? Also how do I find the oringinal engine numbers. Awncers to these questions and any other helpfull info about restoring will be appreciated.
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Seth, welcome to the forum. The first thing you will need is manuals. Get the ford manual, for sure, they have the specs. You can get them from various vendors. Also, if you are going concourse, then you should contact the MCA (Mustang Club of America), they have a booklet that has the correct finishes for all the main parts. Good luck.
 

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your VIN is a code for the origional options, colors, where it was built, week, month
 

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Post the info from your data plate and we'll decode it for you. That will give you a starting point.
 

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Your goal is a noble one, however restoring it in every respect is a very difficult task and its most expensive (whatever yout think it will cost, triple it; whatever time you think it will take, triple it). Five years and $20,000 is typical for a concours restoration at the current time with current parts cost. Additionally, not all parts are currently available. Reproduction parts are not always equal to NOS (original parts) and hence you'll search for years for key parts.

It is a lot easier to do a restomod since you're not constrained by requirements for original parts. You can improvise, use aftermarket parts or drivetrain. The end result is you can have a car that looks new, drives like new but does not meet OEM specifications.

If you want a concours car the best way to get one is to buy one already restored or original and maintained in first class condition over the years. Its much cheaper than restoring one!
 
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