up for embeded link and build pictures monday
Might as well start from the beginning, found the car on ebay to start. I’ll find the ebay pictures eventually. We bought the car in late 2006 in Kennet, MO. Very small town, was full of junkyards full of 60’s muscle. We will return some day to source another car. Anyway, the show was on the way out and trying to move their merchandise. We struck a deal over the phone as we did not win the auction and the auction didn’t go for its reserve. We made a day trip to go a pick it up.
That’s where we got the car from.
And a few on the way and upon arrival.
First project was to attack the rear end as that is where most of the rust was that we could find. And we wanted to update the suspension.
So out comes the rear end
Many hours of sanding and painting later
The snag with this project was the leaf springs. The rubber bushings had dry rotted and the metal sleeve in them had rusted onto the eye bolt… so we burned out the bushing then had to split the sleeve, luckily is had a seam that made it easier.
Next up we stripped the rear to send it to the body shop to replace the quarters, taillight panel, frame tips, trunk floor and part of the outer wheel housings.
Fastback mustangs like this are my favorite of the vintange stangs. So it's a winner in my book! But the personal touches that were added look similar to what I would do, so I like the car even more. If I had the money sitting around when it came time for you sell, I'd be seriously tempted to buy it off you!
As with every other project out there you run into problems. This one was no fun. We picked someone to work on the car that was suggested by a friend (at the time) and we ended up getting shafted. The guy had the car 6 months and had only managed to cut it up. He had moved shop and a number of insurance deals which take precedence. So we just let it slide for some. Next thing we know we wouldn’t get a hold of him to save our life. We go to the shop where the car was kept and had to contact the owner as it was a rental property. We learned from the owner the guy had packed up and bailed. Thank god leaving our car and all the parts. But it put us in a real bind with how he left the car..
Here are some shots of the beginnings of his work
And how he left the car. We pulled out and inventoried everything to make sure it was all there.
I wasn’t present for this but we found a much better shop and an incredible body guy. (has done work on my 02 jetta (rip now), my 03 jetta, mom’s reg, and my dads cobra)
If your in my area and need work let me know I’ll refer you to him.
Anyway, they jerry-rigged the car and got it to his shop, which was across the street. And this is the only shot of that fiasco, apparently the used a fork lift/2x4s and some luck to get it moved without damaging it.
And the work began…
Did I mention the car was originally tropical turquoise?
We also learned the other guy had put the passenger side frame rail on the drivers side… we were thankful he had bailed at that point.
Dirty, but the finished trunk.
And home from that phase
Love early fastbacks, and what a great color combo! Nice job VW makes some great silvers/grays- my fiance actually used Silver Arrow on his '66 SS396 (the factory GM silver is kind of milky). The only thing I would be tempted to change is the wheels, for
Salt flats but with spinners,
Or Cobra wheels
Next up we moved to the front.
We decided to swap the drums over for a power disc set-up. We also went with all now components; upper and lower a arms, larger sway new kyb gas shocks and 1” drop springs. We also went with a 4 piston caliper. Here are before during and after:
We had just lightly scrapped off some undercoating before we started removing everything.
Old with the old
Cleaned and primered
And the new brake set-up
Next we tackle the engine bay and tired out 302.
Ready for bay work
I wasn’t there when it was pulled so these are the first shots I have of it.
Tear down and clean up.
Pile of parts. Mostly junk
Tranny back and ready
Pile of goodies
notice the cobra watching from a distance
Ready for paint
Last edited by 03_uni-B; 08-09-2010 at 04:02 PM.
engine build went on out near frankfort
body work done behind the kia dealership at Dream Machine (owned by the same guy who owns many of the s&s's)
i live across from southland christian basically.
Great build. I agree about the ghost stripes. The car looks gooooooood.
You'll need to bring it up to Louisville sometime and let me know so that I can check it out.