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So I have mulled over the idea of sharing my 1965 mustang restomod build. Some back story. In 1997 I bought my mustang with no floors or brakes and spent the better part of my youth restoring it. She was beautiful, I got married had kids and in typical fashion she got left in the garage. Fast forward to my son turning 16. He wanted a mustang just like his pop's. Man did that make me feel so proud . We spent so much time restoring his and then one day when the engine and transmission was done we pulled my mustang out of the garage and pulled his in to put the engine in. Unfortunately that is the day we had the biggest hail storm in fountain history. No one saw it coming. It desomated the area... including my 65. I was devastated to say the least. But I had buildings to fix, car windows to replace so I had to just suck it up and pull my boot straps up. I am working on a ground up restoration and just wanted to see if anyone would be interested in my journey? Here is some of the mayhem. And a pic of my mustang in the background sorry i couldnt find anything more recent. The gold mustang is my son's with him standing in front.
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Absolutely! Welcome to VMF and by all means make more pictures of your car and the journey to make it better than ever before!
 

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WOW! Ill be following.

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Thank you everyone, I know that following a thread can be a pain. I have to say that I am part way through the build already but I want to start from the beginning. If that is ok with everyone. Here is the car right after the hail damage was repaired on all of the other cars. I started by looking the car over and decided that I could Crush it and start over with another car or I could rebuild it. Well since this car is no longer going to be original i decided why not make it a restomod. First thing is first I needed to sit down and make a plan. The first major change was going to be a Heidts Mustang 2 suspension. I spent alot of time on the forum looking at different kits and the Heidts seem to have the most options for upgrades later on.
 

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The Plan was coming together, But if any of you know the "while I'm here" conundrum it hit me hard. Imagine this.
The car was going to be sleek 17 inch rims, Satin black out on most of the chrome. All the modern amenity's I could get. Holley sniper, wire tuck and a daily driver to boot. I started on the Heidts conversion right away. It was hard and easy at the same time. I was new to body work but I was determined. First mistake was I was trying to take everything off super nice but once I realized it was all being scrapped i pulled out the plasma cutter and made quick work of alot of it. For the parts i couldn't damage i tried spot weld drill bits(didn't work). I tried drilling through(didn't work either). What finally worked was using a center punch to mark the spot welds, then using a drill bit to eat through the top layer and then a seam buster, they are on Amazon for like 25 dollars each there are 3 types. Here are some pics of the Heidts kit going on. But I found some problems while doing this job.
 

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Well after starting to cut the shock towers out, I found that the rear apron piece was bent , maybe a big rock got in the wheel well, not sure. I did some research and Dynacorn made a very nice one so I ordered it and got back to putting the mustang two suspension back together. Here is what I ended up cutting out. I also found the lower firewall to floor was bent and rusted GONE with thatalso "while i was there i replaced the "floor support" some times called the frame.
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I did alot of side projects for this build like 3 points seat belts in the front and back out of modern mustangs, interior out of a 2004 mustang with leather dy, push button parking brakes, a powder coating oven, easy do it yourself power locks, toyota epas with tilt, do it yourself sequential tail lights, a wire tuck, holly sniper, power widows with handle switches and auto up and auto down, sun visor garage door opener, backup camers, smart mirror with 4k front camera, touch screen 8 inch(not cutting the dash) in center console, rfid push button start, push button wiper, power brakes with hydraulic clutch. Is there a specific one you guys want to hear about first? I will continue with the standard body work. I'm excited to show my project.
 

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Moving Forward.
I have always been one to plan thing (mostly so I don't have to do something over again or buy something twice). I want to be able to powder coat some things like my bumper, door chrome, windshield chrome and door handles. I went to my local powder coating place and asked them how much to powder coat my bumper. I have to say I was a bit surprised. They wanted $400.00 to strip, straighten(Its new and i told them I was happy with how straight it was) and Powder coat it black (also the cheapest color). Has anyone every had something like this done and does that seem high? Well I decided to build a power coating oven. What an undertaking. First design.... Well it has to be big enough to fit a 4 foot long bumper I guess. If I'm making it that big i might as well be able to do a few rims right? So the final dimensions needed 24"x24"X8' so I had my first side project to start. Time to make a Powder coating oven.
 

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I started by gathering material which included some old military desk that where free, they where pretty heavy gauge steel. I bolted, and riveted those together and made the outside shell. I was unsure on how to get things put together but I made it work. I had an old oven from my house that my wife wanted to throw away, I knew one set of oven elements was not going to get the unit hot enough so I went on Craigslist and found another oven this one with a digital face. I had to make sure when it was at 450 degree's it didn't burn things next to it so I used the Insulation from the ovens on all of the walls. I took the ovens apart and salvaged any parts i thought i might use including the digital controller, the heating elements, wiring, door handle glass and so on.
 

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I started by gathering material which included some old military desk that where free, they where pretty heavy gauge steel. I bolted, and riveted those together and made the outside shell. I was unsure on how to get things put together but I made it work. I had an old oven from my house that my wife wanted to throw away, I knew one set of oven elements was not going to get the unit hot enough so I went on Craigslist and found another oven this one with a digital face. I had to make sure when it was at 450 degree's it didn't burn things next to it so I used the Insulation from the ovens on all of the walls. I took the ovens apart and salvaged any parts i thought i might use including the digital controller, the heating elements, wiring, door handle glass and so on.
Where do you live? That is a really high quote for powder coating, can get 4 rims done in Dallas for $400 or less

Please post pictures of your powder coating oven when you get a chance. I admire your initiative and want to see the finished product (under construction photos would be awesome as well).
 

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Where do you live? That is a really high quote for powder coating, can get 4 rims done in Dallas for $400 or less

Please post pictures of your powder coating oven when you get a chance. I admire your initiative and want to see the finished product (under construction photos would be awesome as well).
I live in Colorado springs, I am collecting all of my pictures for these projects from my one drive, Prime photo's, old phone, and house hard drive. When they are all together tonight i will start posting.
 
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