1968 Gold Nugget Special - Vintage Mustang Forums

Reply
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-16-2014, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 43
1968 Gold Nugget Special

Im not going to do a full build thread here. I didn't do enough of the work to recite everything done.
This car was purchased in 1969 from Ray Schultens Ford in The Dalles Oregon by my grandmother. She drove it till the 80's, when my aunt started driving it.
In 1988 it was spun around on the freeway and the passenger side hit a guard rail. It sat in storage until 2005 when my father purchased it and started a restoration. Unfortunately the drivetrain was gone(6 cyl, 3 speed) so we upgraded.

As it sits the car has a roller 5.0 from a 93 fox. Ford Racing F-cam, long tubes, holley carb, edelbrock intake and new ignition. Its backed by a T5 and that is all sent to a 9" rear end with 3.50 gears. Its a pretty basic car, no power steering, no power brakes. It has 17x8’s up front with 235/45’s and 17x9’s out back with 285/40’s. It has weld in subframe connectors and some short traction bars, but I have to have them re-installed since I changed the ride height a bit.

My dad did most of the work himself with some help from me and my uncle. Unfortunately he passed in May before the car was drivable. I have since finished getting it road worthy and started driving it a bit. Its technically a 3 owner car, that has been in my family for 45 years.

Unfortunately I can't find any pictures before we tore it down. Here it is as we worked on getting the front end together and the NOS rear quarter hung








Some shot as the body work progressed





















2001 Ford Lightning - KB - Built Motor - Built Trans - Custom Interior - Garage Queen
1993 Ford Lightning - Pappy's Truck
1994 Ford Cobra - The wifes
1968 Mustang - in progress

Last edited by Dusten; 08-16-2014 at 05:28 PM.
Dusten is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-16-2014, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 43
After paint was complete, before all the final assembly








Getting the interior in








Some random shots with the giant back tires dad had on it, before the final cut and buff was done











2001 Ford Lightning - KB - Built Motor - Built Trans - Custom Interior - Garage Queen
1993 Ford Lightning - Pappy's Truck
1994 Ford Cobra - The wifes
1968 Mustang - in progress
Dusten is offline  
post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-16-2014, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 43
And this is how she sits today
I dont plan on changing much. I need to get the export brace installed, and wire looms for the plugs. I want to rechrome the bumpers, and I need to install some wiper arms.

(the gas picture is on the first drive she made since 1988)









2001 Ford Lightning - KB - Built Motor - Built Trans - Custom Interior - Garage Queen
1993 Ford Lightning - Pappy's Truck
1994 Ford Cobra - The wifes
1968 Mustang - in progress
Dusten is offline  
 
post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-16-2014, 09:14 PM
Member
 
03cobrakid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Michigan
Posts: 48
Garage
What size tires did you put on your car, they look like they fit very well?

03cobrakid is offline  
post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-16-2014, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 43
In the first post.

Front is 17x8's and 235/45/17 Nitto 555's
Rear is 17x9's and 285/40/17 Nitto 555's

I had 245/45's on the front and a shelby drop, that was a $1700 mistake that damaged both front fenders. Dad had that setup on before it was driven, when I put it on the trailer to take it home I mashed them up. the front suspension is stock with big block springs, and the rear is also stock. I am going to replace the 4 leaf packs with 5 leaf packs soon. I also had the front lips rolled when they fixed the fenders.

2001 Ford Lightning - KB - Built Motor - Built Trans - Custom Interior - Garage Queen
1993 Ford Lightning - Pappy's Truck
1994 Ford Cobra - The wifes
1968 Mustang - in progress
Dusten is offline  
post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-16-2014, 11:02 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Posts: 195
Droooooooooooollllll

1968 coupe 289 automatic
Readmoreyall is offline  
post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-17-2014, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 43
Thanks!

2001 Ford Lightning - KB - Built Motor - Built Trans - Custom Interior - Garage Queen
1993 Ford Lightning - Pappy's Truck
1994 Ford Cobra - The wifes
1968 Mustang - in progress
Dusten is offline  
post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-11-2015, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 43
Finally got around to rebuilding all the rear suspension. New shocks, new springs, new bushings.

5 leaf springs, and no more rubbing. Stock ride height. It rides so much better than the worn out 6 cyl springs that were on it,









2001 Ford Lightning - KB - Built Motor - Built Trans - Custom Interior - Garage Queen
1993 Ford Lightning - Pappy's Truck
1994 Ford Cobra - The wifes
1968 Mustang - in progress
Dusten is offline  
post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-22-2015, 11:09 AM
Senior Member
 
yelostang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: South Florida
Posts: 10,413
yelostang is offline  
post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-01-2016, 05:40 AM
Member
 
RedPhoenix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 35
Looking good!
RedPhoenix is offline  
post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-02-2016, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by RedPhoenix View Post
Looking good!
Thanks. I noticed my pinion seal and oil pan have decided to start leaking. It's got a gawdy chrome oil on it now, so I will replace that with a stocker from scott drake and pull the rear end apart to replace the pinion seal.

2001 Ford Lightning - KB - Built Motor - Built Trans - Custom Interior - Garage Queen
1993 Ford Lightning - Pappy's Truck
1994 Ford Cobra - The wifes
1968 Mustang - in progress
Dusten is offline  
post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-13-2016, 05:53 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 45
Good looking car!
vdshenoy is offline  
post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-14-2016, 08:59 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Posts: 541
Very nice!
Fastang68 is offline  
post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-24-2016, 05:17 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Hazel, Kentucky
Posts: 7
Blackout Hood Treatment on your Golden Nugget

Hi. I am new to this forum and have a couple of questions I wonder if you may be able to answer.

My 68 had the blackout hood treatment - paint code W5 - ). I was checking out your progress photos from your build and could not tell how these were originally applied. From what I have been able to find, these were painted on from the hood louver opening to the edge of the windshield, running the full width of the indentations on the hood.

Was your car's paint original to the car when you got it?

In the one photo (assuming it had original paint on when pic was taken), it appears that at the assembly plant, the stripe was painted on while the hood was closed, without regard to over spray between the hood and the cowl, or in the cowl vent area. Does that sound correct according to your car's condition? Do you have any original photos of the cowl and/or the gap between cowl and hood prior to repaint besides the one shown?

Finally, I have seen photos of a few 1968 Mustangs with the blackout hood treatment. It seems that all stripes like this that I have found images of, were painted before the final clear coat was applied. I was wondering if that is the correct sheen. Are the stripes were supposed to be flat, matte, satin or full gloss. It appears that your stripes are under the final gloss clear coat. Do you know if that was how it was originally?

Thanks for any help on this. My car did not have the original hood on it. I only found out about the stripes from the Marti Report i got for the car.
Dean
DeanFrederick is offline  
post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-26-2016, 09:06 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Georgia
Posts: 31
..I would like to know also
Jimmy Williams is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Vintage Mustang Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome