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Well, after a few weeks of research, and lots of planning, plotting, figuring…. I decided I am going to rebuild the “car” I have So this is what we have:

1965 coupe VIN: 5F07T762xxx
So a plain Jane 6 cylinder coupe from Dearborn, And with a 700,000 unit number, I would gather a late ?? ‘65
Data plate is missing, but from observation:
Body: 65A (Coupe with Std interior)
Color: R (Ivy Green)
Trim: 26 (guessing, as the seats all looks basic and were black)
Date: ??
DSO: ???
Axle: ??
Trans: 1 (had a 3-spd when I bought it)

When I bought the car back in 1991 (?) it was painted some shade of maroon, had Mag slot wheels, Goodyear Polyglas GT rear tires and some small front tires. It looked “cool”. Currently the early pictures are missing. I have them somewhere and will post some once I find them. I drove the car for a little, then decided to tear it down and do an 8 cylinder conversion on it. That was >25 years ago. So now after getting tired of seeing it sit, it is time to finish this.

I will start with the good:

The entire suspension and drive train minus fluid lines, fluids, and exhaust are ‘done’ (or at least functional, some will get upgrades once on the road)
Drivetrain:
289 block .030 over, with a 302 crank
Edelbrock Performer RPM cam and intake
Edelbrock carb (for now, TB EFI likely once on the road)
Stock 289 heads ☹ (for now, I built the motor on a poor post college budget)
3 row brass radiator (typical replacement radiator)
Aluminum lightweight flywheel
Toploader 4-spd (wide ratio) rebuilt
8” open diff from the 8 cylinder donor car
Driveshaft (ok, I still need this, and taking recommendations)

Suspension:
Stock control arms, strut rods
Pro-Motorsports Negative wedge camber corrector kit (1 ¾” arm drop)
SSBC K-H style disk brakes
5 leaf reverse eye leaf springs
Shocks - TBD
Wheels and tires - TBD

So…. Now the bad:

The body!
At this point it is rough, and from my first post talking about this project the reactions were mixed, majority saying “find a better project” I have had the car too long to just give up, so onward….

It needs:
Rear frame rails
Front frame rails
Cowl/firewall
Floors/trunk
Rear quarters/wheelhouses
Doors
Front fender patches (oddly they are mostly ok)
Front and real valences need dents removed
Front windshield (rest of glass is good)

And that is what I see.

The goal is to end up with a “Summer” daily driver that can also run Autocross and some schools
Some of the things I want to add:
Limited slip diff in new ratio (I have 2.73 in now)
Air Conditioning
Power Steering
Panhard bar
Subframe bracing
Front frame bracing
16” or 17” wheels and tires (need to work on options for this, but have time)
Newer front seats
3pt belts all around

Do not look for daily or weekly updates, as winter is coming…. But I figures I can start the thread and update as I go. First stop is the trunk floors and rear frame rails….

Pictures as it sits now, there additional pics in the thread I mentioned above. (More detailed shots as the work progresses)

DS front frame rail, PS in not much better

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Doesn't look too bad, right.....:rolleyes:

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Will be starting here, in the trunk.

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Rear frames were "repaired" some time before I bought it. Not sure if they are even Mustang rails....

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Full floors are in the plans

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As is a firewall. You can see the multiple patches in the firewall....

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Going to be a long road, but we WILL get there!


Rusty
 

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Well, after a few weeks of research, and lots of planning, plotting, figuring…. I decided I am going to rebuild the “car” I have So this is what we have:

1965 coupe VIN: 5F07T762xxx
So a plain Jane 6 cylinder coupe from Dearborn, And with a 700,000 unit number, I would gather a late ?? ‘65
Data plate is missing, but from observation:
Body: 65A (Coupe with Std interior)
Color: R (Ivy Green)
Trim: 26 (guessing, as the seats all looks basic and were black)
Date: ??
DSO: ???
Axle: ??
Trans: 1 (had a 3-spd when I bought it)

When I bought the car back in 1991 (?) it was painted some shade of maroon, had Mag slot wheels, Goodyear Polyglas GT rear tires and some small front tires. It looked “cool”. Currently the early pictures are missing. I have them somewhere and will post some once I find them. I drove the car for a little, then decided to tear it down and do an 8 cylinder conversion on it. That was >25 years ago. So now after getting tired of seeing it sit, it is time to finish this.

I will start with the good:

The entire suspension and drive train minus fluid lines, fluids, and exhaust are ‘done’ (or at least functional, some will get upgrades once on the road)
Drivetrain:
289 block .030 over, with a 302 crank
Edelbrock Performer RPM cam and intake
Edelbrock carb (for now, TB EFI likely once on the road)
Stock 289 heads ☹ (for now, I built the motor on a poor post college budget)
3 row brass radiator (typical replacement radiator)
Aluminum lightweight flywheel
Toploader 4-spd (wide ratio) rebuilt
8” open diff from the 8 cylinder donor car
Driveshaft (ok, I still need this, and taking recommendations)

Suspension:
Stock control arms, strut rods
Pro-Motorsports Negative wedge camber corrector kit (1 ¾” arm drop)
SSBC K-H style disk brakes
5 leaf reverse eye leaf springs
Shocks - TBD
Wheels and tires - TBD

So…. Now the bad:

The body!
At this point it is rough, and from my first post talking about this project the reactions were mixed, majority saying “find a better project” I have had the car too long to just give up, so onward….

It needs:
Rear frame rails
Front frame rails
Cowl/firewall
Floors/trunk
Rear quarters/wheelhouses
Doors
Front fender patches (oddly they are mostly ok)
Front and real valences need dents removed
Front windshield (rest of glass is good)

And that is what I see.

The goal is to end up with a “Summer” daily driver that can also run Autocross and some schools
Some of the things I want to add:
Limited slip diff in new ratio (I have 2.73 in now)
Air Conditioning
Power Steering
Panhard bar
Subframe bracing
Front frame bracing
16” or 17” wheels and tires (need to work on options for this, but have time)
Newer front seats
3pt belts all around

Do not look for daily or weekly updates, as winter is coming…. But I figures I can start the thread and update as I go. First stop is the trunk floors and rear frame rails….

Pictures as it sits now, there additional pics in the thread I mentioned above. (More detailed shots as the work progresses)

DS front frame rail, PS in not much better

View attachment 769112


Doesn't look too bad, right.....:rolleyes:

View attachment 769113


Will be starting here, in the trunk.

View attachment 769114



Rear frames were "repaired" some time before I bought it. Not sure if they are even Mustang rails....

View attachment 769115


Full floors are in the plans

View attachment 769116


As is a firewall. You can see the multiple patches in the firewall....

View attachment 769117


Going to be a long road, but we WILL get there!


Rusty
You're right it is a long road that most of us here have been traveling for a while. But that is also half the fun. And YES you will get there one day!
 

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Well, after several months of planning, amassing parts, waiting for better weather, it begins......

Starting in the trunk. I knew the trunk floors were bad and needed to be replaced. Previous owner(s) made some 'repairs'. I know the repairs were bad, just not this bad.


First up... Driver's side trunk floor..... Swiss cheese.... Original frame rail has a replacement sectioned in from about 18" from rear. Original plan was to locate spot welds and drill out, then remove trunk floor. No dice. PO(s) attempted repairs by attaching a trunk drop off patch and a flat piece of sheet metal over the original floor. A super moisture trap! It was all crumbly rust, so out came the plasma torch.

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After cutting the patch the PO 'welded' in. You can still see the original floor, or what is left of it

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Passenger side is looking the same, maybe not as crusty...

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Nice weather is just about here (in the Hudson Valley) so more frequent updates, hopefully. The remainder of the steel for the jig should be in next week, then the fun really begins.......

Rusty
 

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I would say you are crazy for getting in on a mess like that.....
 

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Few days ago I cut out the rest of the trunk floors.
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Driver's side was pretty bad. If you zoom in you can see a large section of he bottom of the rail is gone.

And a bit of an oddity..... The rails were repaired at some point in the past. You can barely make out the seam, but that is not what is odd. What is odd is why you would weld on the tie downs?

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Dude! You are a better man than I. I've seen similar become true gems, if you stay focused I'm guessing we'll be looking at another one one of these days!
 

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Rusty105,

Looks like you have plenty of work on your hands, but it is so rewarding once you get to the end. Good luck on your journey my friend!

Man, it is so cool seeing so many guys with the same sickness LMAO!!!!

I think I have it too, but not as bad as some of you... And there is no vaccine for this sickness LMAO!!!!

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Wow, good luck. I'll be getting into something similar soon (I hope).
 
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