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Old 01-21-2013, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been a reader of this forum for a few years now. I have been helped in my problems with my 20+ years dream, Mustang that I bought in 2009 from San Jose. Car is one owner coupe and it was sent to Finland. Unfortunately it has been in an collision in the US and unibody is slightly bent from the firewall. RH front frame rail has been badly repaired and right side of the car has lots of bondo.

I drove car happily for three summers until this autumn when I decided it's time to start repairing my car. I have enjoyed reading stories about restorations and thought to start my own thread. Hopefully it will be a small inspiration for someone else. I'll be sending pics about the progress. Car will be _possibly_ on the road again in summer 2014. We'll see. Welcome to join the ride with me.

First pictures are from Alpine CA from where it started it's trip to Finland. It arrived at the end of December 2009 to Finland where I picked it up from the Customs.



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This picture is from the last week I had my Mustang on the road. I was on my way to work at that morning and decided to take a pic on my way.

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I had a little helper with me when I started dissassemblying my car. Our soon-to-be-five years old son, Alex

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Old 01-21-2013, 12:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Car is very solid. It's a shame that it's been badly repaired at the times in US.







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Wow that does look like its in fantastic condition. I wish you the best with your project and look forward to watching it advance. Can you show a picture of the damaged rail?
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I decided to check the amounts of bondo. Lot's of it on the right side...



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Just before the winter started I built a frame jig for the accurate measuring. Otherwise it would be hopeless trying to build a straight and true car.



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I used laser to level the car. Then it was easy to take measurements from the baseline. I used measures from the Shop Manual.







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And this is where all the problems come from. RH frame rail is wrongly oriented in the last time's repair. Steel bar shows the required height. Rail is 2cm too far back too (1 inch is 2.54 centimeters...)

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This is how the front end looks at this moment. (sorry for the awfull quality of the pic...)

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Instead of using repo inner fender apron I decided to keep the original and made a patch for it. It was brazed instead of rosette welds so I had to cut it from the radiator support to get it off.






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Wow that does look like its in fantastic condition. I wish you the best with your project and look forward to watching it advance. Can you show a picture of the damaged rail?
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As you can see the car is in my opinion pretty solid, eh?







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Engine is a C-code 289 and transmission is repaired just before I bought the car. It was very clean outside when I picked the car and doesn't leak. Numbers are matching, both the engine and C4 case.



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Man! Your going right ahead on it! If you end up needing or wanting good, original emblems, hit me up! I decided to shave all of mine off of my 67 deluxe coupe... Good luck with the build! You've got your work cut out for you! I'm going to keep an eye on this thread...
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