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Old June 24th   #1
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Project 65 Vert Journal

I have been given the honor of restoring a 1965 Mustang convertible for a friend who's overseas serving our country. His family decided it would be neat if he returned next July and found his 65 vert ready to roll. The car belonged to his father, and at some point his dad passed the keys. The car was driven all through high school and college. I'm not sure why, but the convertible was last licensed in 1988, and has been sitting in his mother's barn since then.

Until today.

I'm going to attempt to keep a jounal of my progress here on this site. I hope you enjoy.
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06-24-06

I picked up the car today. The whole family was there: mom, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. The nieces and nephews were inside the car pretending to have their own little roadtrip when I arrived with the trailer.

We popped it into neutral and tried to push it out of the barn, but the left front brakes didn't get the memo, and refused to release. I hammered the drum off the car and removed the stubborn shoes, and we loaded her up.

Unloaded the car in my shop and realized I have too much stuff. Where in the world am I going to put all the parts that have to come off the car? After rearranging the shop a little, I think I'm ready to get started. First things first...get her up on stands and get a good look.



This car is a 6 cylinder 3 speed, but that's due to change. We're probably going with a 351W or stroked 302 mated to a T-5. Plans also include power disk brakes and possibly a reworked steering system.



After removing the console, seats and carpet, it looks like the vert is pretty solid. There is evidence that someone has patched the floors, but they used the proper sheetmetal and seam sealer, so it should do okay.



Going to the Goodguys show tomorrow. I'll be on the lookout for V8 stuff and who knows what else.
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Old June 25th   #3
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Very neat stuff! I can't wait for the regular episodes.
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Old June 26th   #4
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please keep this thread updated.

im very interested in reading about this resto.

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Same here, I just finished my Sprint SPort 67, didnt go back completley original, but never the less turned out pretty nice
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Same here, I just finished my Sprint SPort 67, didnt go back completley original, but never the less turned out pretty nice
Pics?
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It's been over a month, but I finally found time to get back on the project. I decided it will be best to have the body media-blasted rather than spending time sanding and scraping like I did with my 66 convertible. In order to get it blasted, I needed to completely disassemble it. Might as well start with the bottom and get the nasty out of the way.

I removed exhaust, driveshaft, brake lines, fuel line, parking brake cables, gas tank, loosened engine and tranny mounts, and started removing underhood parts.

Here's a picture of the undercarriage afterwards.

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With the undercarriage mostly bare, I started disassembling the body. I removed the hood, trunk, taillights, rear fender extensions, front grill assembly, headlight buckets, front and rear valances, bumpers, fenders, rocker molding, side accents, etc. Overall the body looks decent, but there's an old dent in the rear taillight panel and one of the front fenders has bondoed-over dents. The front end has been reassembled at one time and doesn't have the proper clipnuts. I'll likely order a fastener kit that has all of the correct nuts/bolts. It's actually cheaper than me cleaning/painting the old fasteners.

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Today, I started on the cabin area. I removed the convertible top and frame, side panels, door panels, rear quarter windows/hardware, and removed all of the components in the doors. I removed the windshield molding and carefully cut around the weatherstripping so I could push the windshield out. Even after all the prep, I managed to crack the original Carlite windshield. CRAP! I then removed the steering column, heater box, radio, instrument panel, glovebox, wiring, and wiper motor. First generation Mustangs had a uniquely shaped AM radio, and many people cut the dash in order to fit their Sparkomatic AM/FM Cassette units. This dreadful act is one of the worst mods you can make to your Mustang. Luckily, they make a patch panel that can be welded into the dash to undo the deed.

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Back from another business trip. I bought an engine balancer that allows you to pull and engine/tranny and control the load distribution as it comes out. I only had to remove the fan in order to pull the whole engine/tranny assembly. Even though I had the tranny tailshaft plugged, it managed to bleed all over the floor as it came out. I then could get into the engine compartment and remove the engine mounts, steering linkage, strut rods and swaybar. Other than a few small items, I think it's ready to go to the blaster.

Ever seen headers for a straight 6? Split into duals!

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Great work! A lot of work at that. But it may be a bit simpler than I imagine since I'm used to the complexity and compactness of modern cars.
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You don't think the owner might log in here and ruin the surprise?
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Who are you using for media blasting and what are they charging?
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Looks like you had problems with the RS shock tower cap...Heh..
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Who are you using for media blasting and what are they charging?
A guy in Hazel Green that Ray uses. Ray says he pays $600 for full service. I'm going to call him Monday to find out more details.
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Looks like you had problems with the RS shock tower cap...Heh..
That's tranny fluid that dripped out as I was removing the drivetrain.
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(Ever seen headers for a straight 6? Split into duals!)

I had some years ago on a '68 Fastback. Bought them from Hooker through R&R Speed Shop.
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Who are you using for media blasting and what are they charging?
Ray's been using Connie Wallace Sandblasting 828-0003 he's one street west of my shop. He usually has a lot of contract work going on.
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Ray's been using Connie Wallace Sandblasting 828-0003 he's one street west of my shop. He usually has a lot of contract work going on.
Does he also do Soda blasting? The reason I ask is Ray's getting ready to help me have my Boss 302 soda blasted, and he always uses a guy in Center, AL to do that.
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Does he also do Soda blasting? The reason I ask is Ray's getting ready to help me have my Boss 302 soda blasted, and he always uses a guy in Center, AL to do that.
Not sure about that, give him a call.
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