Dyeguy1212's 1964.5 260 Mustang - Build/Restore Thread
Hey everyone, copying over some information from my introduction post, and adding a little bit more. (Finally) starting to dive into this project, life always seems to get in the way.
Here's the story:
Dearborn built car, need to look at the VIN again but I want to say it was around the 66,XXX car built. Still need to look for some date codes.
My uncle (and God Father) bought this car at auction. Supposedly this car sat for a few decades, I'm not sure the last time it was on the road. A lawyer bought it for his two sons to restore; I guess they lost interest and they stored it for another 10 years. My uncle bought it, who owns a collision shop. He replaced a couple bad panels, and they got it running again with just a carb rebuild. Paint and epoxy primer as you see in the pictures.
I bought the car from him after he determined the extent of the mechanical work it needs. It is assumed the C4 trans needs a rebuild (no fluid in trans, didn't even try to see what it would do). Brakes need to be gone through, but everything looks to be in good condition. Rear diff, oil pan, trans pan, radiator all leak.
There are some stray wires in the cabin and engine compartment. Came across a pretty old quote from a repair shop, and one of the issues that stood out was "homemade wiring". Should be fun to sort all of that out.
Interior needs some love, mostly just the headliner and dash pad. The rest will come with time. Only "real" rust is a hole in each of the rear wheel wells. Pretty low priority for me at this point.
Someone converted to an alternator (NO idea if it was done correctly). I'd like to swap back to a generator to keep the 64.5 vibe, but may end up with the generator-clone alternator.
Planned to replace the radiator and run the engine to temp, take oil pressure readings, etc. Now its looking like I'm just going to dive in, pull the engine and trans, and give everything a good visual inspection. I don't suspect it has low oil pressure, and unless this thing was realllly tired, I have no intention of a full rebuild (right now). Just going to pull heads, inspect cylinder walls, cam shaft, lifters, etc. If no big issues, she's getting new head gaskets (my main concern on a 50 year old car) and being run as is.
On the fence about rebuilding the C4 myself - it really just comes down to time and money; I think I could do it myself. Going to call a few local places before I make a decision.
Some pictures I've posted before as below. I'll add some new ones too.