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Hey all, I'm new here. I live in the US in Kentucky. I was born in the Chicago area. That's where this car was found. In the "rust belt"
I had a couple requests to share my Mustang's history with you. I bought my first car when I was 15, it was a 67 coupe. I fixed it up over the years and regretfully sold (traded it for this 67 and money) after owning it about 10 years.
This 67 has been in it's current state (not finished but mostly done) for two or three years now.


I started on it in 1990. It was rusty but I didn't think it was as bad as it turned out to be.




I put new quarters, floor boards, wheel wells, fenders, etc. on it in the early 90's and primed it. My 1st wife left when my oldest son was about 7 months old, I was a single dad for about 3 years. I didn't get much done during those years. I remarried in 94. My new wife got into the project when we could find time and money for the project.


I stuffed a 460 in it in 92 or 93. The 460 was from a early 70's Thunderbird.


Crites motor mounts


It sat around a lot as I had two more boys and was relocated to different parts of the country twice for work.

I finally got busy working on it again and yanked the 460 to rebuild it. The block had been bored before and there was some core shift on a couple cylinders so they needed to be sleeved. I decided to look for a new block. I called around and found a guy who said he had a 429 with a 4 bolt main for $500. I bought it, built it up and put it in the Stang. I had a junkyard C6 in there but it leaked real bad so I had it rebuilt and had a shift kit put in. I was using Crites motor mounts and Tubular Automotive headers with 2" equal length primaries, 3" exhaust and 40 series Flowmasters, Granada Spindles and a Lincoln Versailles 9" rear. I don't know if you guys will know what a Granada or a Lincoln Versailles are but they shared the Mustang, Maverick, Fairlane suspension design.







my wife eventually got tired of the multi-color look so we decided to prime it all one color. She had put a few door dings in it over the years so I made her fix those!




It remained this way for a while... too long
More to come


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To continue with the history, the interior was pretty bad. The instrument cluster was a standard 67 cluster with no tach. This car has been a budget operation so rather than spend $1000+ on Phantom gauges (which are really cool BTW) I decided to try and put a factory tach in. I bought a 67 Cougar tach cluster on ebay for $45. I put the tach in but it took a little fabricating. The Cougar cluster depth was different than the Stang. I had to make the "cup" deeper. I also put a 68 oil pressure gauge in the where the clock was. The 67 had the oil pressure in the large cluster and in 68 they switched it with the fuel gauge. Since I gave up the oil pressure gauge for the tach I thought it would be good to add the 68 gauge. I don't have an amp gauge yet.







I also changed the bulb covers from blue/green to red/orange and to make the faces all match I bought a white face kit.





My wife put in the headliner...





she also re-aposltered the seats



I added a "humphugger" console and ran without a radio for a while

still more to come!


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tarafied1 wrote


I started on it in 1990. It was rusty but I didn't think it was as bad as it turned out to be.






I reckon this photo is a dead giveaway.
But if you hadnt persisted, where you you be now?


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Wow, that's a job and a half. I love watching these transformations, keep 'em coming. Thumbs Up


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My plan was to build a "Little Red" or "Green Hornet" style car. I have always wanted a Shelby but could never afford one. It was also difficult to find a fastback I could afford even back then. I bought a couple during this build but had to sell them due to financial situation. So onward with building a Super Coupe.


I like the coupe bodystyle and I have always had one since I was 15 so I decided I would build my own "Super Coupe"
When the remake of Gone in 60 Seconds came out I just flipped over the "Eleanor" car and decided right then I would use that style on my car.
I had already done the rear trunk and tail lights so the next step was the nose.






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Fiberglass stuff doesn't fit all that great. The trunk/quarter end caps were the first thing I delt with. The end caps fit terrible. I had to cut and build-up the parts to get them close. Eventually building them into the body and cutting them back off.


The trunk lid didn't fit too bad.
The upper nose was the worst and took the most work, the hood had a bow in it but we tweaked the fenders to match. The lower nose, flares and scoops weren't too bad.

I actually had to do the most work on the fenders to get hem to fit at the doors and cowl. If I had known they would be that bad I would have patched the original fenders!


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as you may have noticed, I also had to replace the trunk floor, inner wheel wells (i did the outer wheel wells when I did the quarters) and partial rear frame rails and lower tail panel area...




but that's not all!!! More to come.


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Well, as the rear of the car was coming together I thought I was close to paint, so I searched and found a Rod and Custom shop I liked and he said I could work on the car in his shop. We hauled to the shop and began to strip it down to the bare shell.


After pulling off the front suspension and pulling out the engine and trans, we chisled the crud out from the shock towers and found the Titanic, well it looked as rusty and full of holes as the Titanic anyway!


so we cut off the front end one side at a time...

you'll probably notice there is no torque box on the passenger side, weird. Anyway, I planned to add one and sub-frame connectors anyway...
Starting to go back together

so now I can cut off the other side



epoxy primed and painted the front clip, and started reassembly, including the 1" Shelby Drop.


also added Competition Engineering sub-frame connectors


I even painted my steering column, not concores with the black on the end but I didn't want red sticking in the engine compartment.


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I guess we are up to the time when it was ready for paint.








I even painted the engine red


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Fark! Lot of work done , Craig. As I said in the MOCA forum , it's a real credit to you mate! Well done.


(PRAYER) Oh thank you Wild Turkey American Honey & Cola in those small thin bottles, for giving me the strength to act like a half wit, and say stupid things at inappropriate times, semi-anonymously, on a public forum.
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I wanted to use the 67 Shelby grille with the inboard high beams rather than the Ralley car looking driving lights Eleanor had in the lower grille opening. I had to fill the notches that were molded into the Maier FG parts.





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next, paint!
they put a coat of red, then some black, masked the stripes and then the final coats of red and clear.






then I took it home to put it back together



even caught my son in action, helping me put the trans back in


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Love the rear view with the GT/CS look.


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Engine shots, I love that 429!




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After putting it back together and driving it a bit I had some issues. I went with smaller dia. tires and lowered it a bit with the Shelby drop. Now my headers were dragging on everything!


so I talked to Stan over at FPA and he knew exactly what I needed, some "shorty" headers!

he said I would need to grind a notch in the left motor mount and he was right, other than that they fit great. A PIA to install though

so the old Tubular Auto headers had served me well but they are out now!

had new Magnaflow SS muffelers replace the Flowmasters too.


now I can go with PS too since I have much more clearance


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