Evan's 1966 K-code Fastback Restoration
You guys have helped me out immensely. Wanted to create a build forum and show you the progress as I go.
I decided on a restoration January 9, 2018 with a timeline to try and have it done before the Air Force sends me off to Greenland for a year without the Kar. I've been working overtime disassembling my kar. I don't need concours restoration show quality but I do want everything to look well taken care of and done right. As of right now the underside is a D+ and caked with undercoating but the interior is an A- and the exterior is a B+. Right now here is what I plan to accomplish:
1: Service the engine, inspect internal components, replace all gaskets, strip old paint and repaint using POR-15 42048 Ford Corporate Blue Engine Enamel
2: Swap transmission for an HEH-BX Mustang K-code vin stamped close-ratio toploader. Currently I have a HEH-BV vin stamped (although non-Mustang, I think its Comet) wide ratio toploader.
3: replace the emergency brake cables.
4: media blast underside of kar, replace floor pan and reapply even layer of undercoating
5: fix pinion seal leak. Purchase and install pinion snubber and bumper
6: replace leaf spring bushings
7: service suspension (install koni shocks front/rear, replace ball joints in upper control arms, replace lower ball joint dust seals, replace bushings on front end links)
8: wire-wheel nuts/bolts/clips etc...
9: install correct Shelby GT-350 tachometer for 1966
10: rebuild rear brake drums and restore emergency brake system.
11: rebuild Kelsey Hayes Proportioning Valve (sending to White Post Restorations)
12: rebuild original water pump
13: rebuild both carburetors (Autolite C6Z and Holley 715cfm. The Autolite is the spare since I'm running a GT-350 tribute)
14: Replace exhaust system with OEM like exhaust or convert to Tri-Y headers, H-pipe and Flowmaster or Magnaflow exhaust
15: Wildcard: Possibly change the color to my favorite paint: Sapphire Blue with Wimbledon White stripes
Here is what I'm starting with. Notice the lovely exterior but ugly underside.
The sapphire blue is what I hope my kar will look like some day.
Currently: 1966 Ford Mustang, K-code Fastback, Signal Flare Red, Black interior, 4-speed
Formerly: 1965 Ford Mustang, A-code Coupe, Wimbledon White, Red interior, Automatic