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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-14-2017, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Project "Gift Horse"

We all know the old expression "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth". Well, thats exactly what I am about to do!

This 1968 coupe was a "Concours" restoration project that my father in law was working on in the late 90s. When I say "Concours Resto", I mean he took most of the car apart, shook a rattle can at it, and put everything in boxes. He did label like 10% of those things though, so its all good!

Its a base 289 coupe, with Auto and A/C. Yes, 1968 called and the secretaries want their car back! Well, at least it is super straight, dry, and supposedly was in a movie once (probably a lifetime original!).

It was dropped off in my garage in this condition in around 2010, so its time to begin the resto! I cant afford to do a "Concours" resto on it, but the goal is to do most of the work, including all body and paint myself, and build a solid driver that my wife and her parents can enjoy.

Other nicknames for the build are "It's my car in a box" (snl fans might get that joke), and Catch22, as in if it were mine it would have been caged and sporting a coyote long ago. Anyway follow along with me as we discover boxes full of unknown parts, bondo hidden under multiple re-sprays, electrical gremlins, and just maybe a car my wife can enjoy for years to come.
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Nice intro!! Good luck with the build!


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It's stuff but u got to make mama happy, good luck !

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Good luck. As long as you have everything, it shouldn't be too bad.

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First priority is to figure out if this thing has a viable engine in it. Now, this car had a stablemate back in the day. A black 69 Fastback that I pined for. About 5 years ago, my FIL asked me to help him get it running so he could sell it. What a nightmare that was. Between the rotten gas and the congealed, hardened mess that completly blocked all of the coolant passages in the block, the bad radiator, and the timing that was terribly off, I probably had over 60 hours in trying to make that car run right, and it was a total fail. Well, this car came from the same owner, and sat right next to that one since I have known of the car 20 years ago, so I am expecting the same.

Thus, radiator came out of the car first. Hooked a bike intertube up to the inlet/outlet, pressured it up and submerged it in a kiddie pool to find several small streams of bubbles all along the top tank. Hopefully it can be repaired.

Also disconnected the fuel system. Drained the tank and blew the lines out with compressed air. Tank is a mess and will need to be addressed/replaced.

Took apart the front of the engine, pulled all the plugs, hooked up a stater solenoid to jumper cables and a remote trigger and got the engine to turn over (Changed the oil too). Ran a compression test where #5 failed. Squirted more oil in the hole and tested again, the compression didn't change (thank god) so for the moment I am assuming its a valve issue.

Next step is to get it running and adjust valves on #5 the old fashioned way and see if that helps. If not I guess I probably have a dead lifter. Yay!

Ill post up some bay pics later. Its really not that bad.

Current Project: 68 Coupe "Gift Horse" aka "Car in a Box"
Current Ride: 11 Gt Premium Convertible
Former Glory: 03 Mach1, 93 GT
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