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65 Convertible Fix-Up

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Hello all – I thought I would start a post to document my progress while I fix-up my old Mustang. I say fix-up because the wife and I plan to use the car so I will be adding Safety and reliability items to the car as I go and although I would like it to look good at local shows, meets and cruise nights I have no plans of doing a full on concourse type restoration. I have had the car home now for just over a week and I have discovered a lot about the car and old Mustangs in general in this time. We bought the car from family and my wife had told me about the car practically since I met her. The car had sat for over 25 years in a pretty well sealed garage by the time I was offered to possibly buy the car. When I went to look at the car it was all intact with flat tires and the interior had its share of mildew. I tried to turn the engine with what tools I could find in the garage and it didn’t want to turn and I really feared a locked up engine from sitting so long. I didn’t want to make things worse by forcing the issue so I just made a mental note that the engine may very well need a complete rebuild if useable at all. One way or another I knew how much my wife wanted the car and I had the ability to resurrect the old beast so we went forward with the purchase. When I went to pick the car up I aired up the tires and really feared locked up brakes because the e-brake was pulled and heaven knows for how long. A buddy and I pushed and rocked and quickly heard a pop and the car started to roll – Yay!! We had a full size trailer with a wench so once out of the garage it was easy sailing. 3 hours later and we unloaded the car to my garage. To be continued...
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Welcome, this is a great place to look for information, and if you cant find dont hesitate to ask. Everyone is great about answering questions , even if it is a topic already covered. Have no fear in asking.

My wife and I bought our 66 vert last year and have enjoyed every second together in it.
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Thanks image89 will have more updates and info here shortly!!
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Right on! Welcome. I like the color combo.
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Excellent choice!

Welcome to the forum!

PS; If you have to clean Mildew......Go to Wal-Mart and pick up a can of "Scrubbing Bubbles" cleaner - You know, Those little Smiling Cartoon Scrub Brush Bubbles on the Front of the Green Can... Spray it on the mildewed seats, Wait 10 minutes and then wipe off......then repeat procedure as necessary.. The stuff works great and best of all its cheap!! I got the tip from a Corvette Forum...

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Thanks for the replies and interest guys!! - - And the story goes on - -

Work Begins -

Day 1 – when I got home the first thing I did the following day after coffee was remove all the plugs and pour marvel mystery oil down all the cylinders. I changed the oil and poured seafoam into the carb. At which point I realized the old stang had a four barrel on it. I figured it had to be aftermarket because it says Holley on it. So - I dug into some web pages to find that some cars came with four barrels from ford and if it was a factory four barrel you should look for a certain letter on your vin. Sure as heck I looked it up and there is an A for the engine code. I know all you are probably saying at this point “what an idiot that’s the first thing you check out” but I know nothing about Fords or Mustangs – I’ve learned a great deal about A-Body Barracuda’s because I spent 20 plus years restoring one but Mustangs uum not so much. So any way I’m way stoked about the 4 barrel thing. I went on to cleaning all the interior and after several hours of wiping, vacuuming, and sweating it all cleaned up really nice. Upon my door tag decoding I found out the car although certainly not factory paint still sports its original Wimbledon white hue and black standard interior. Next - I moved on to electricals. I put in an old battery I had in the garage and found that the headlights worked and that was about it that worked Lol!! My first stop was the fuse block and after taking 30 year old aluminum foil out of 2 of the fuse slots I pulled all the fuses to find just 1 that was still good – the cigarette lighter fuse – which made sense since I found the cigarette lighter in the back ashtray of the console while I was vacuuming. I went to the autoparts store and got an assortment of fuses and replaced all the bad ones. Then most everything worked again. Except taillights and brake lights. The flashers came on but didn’t flash and I was holding off on the ignition for another day or so while the mystery oil hopefully worked its magic. Dome light was hanging under the dash so I found a screw and secured it still didn’t work so I changed the bulb and that did the trick. Back console light bulbs also needed changing. And the cover was missing but hey the screws were still in the holes so bonus. The old 2 speed fan still works. Hell The AM radio still kicks out the tunes I then pulled the taillights apart and cleaned them well. Then I cleaned the sockets and replaced the bulbs and I have taillights and brake lights again - put it back together. So now all the electrical was working again except I need a flasher unit. Time for a beer and to stand back and look at it awhile in the dark garage with its lights on!!
Day 2 - I had family stuff going on and I figured it best to let the oil work anyway.
I will leave you today with a couple shots of the cleaned up interior - Enjoy
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[QUOTE=Sickostang;10042370]Thanks for the replies and interest guys!! - - And the story goes on - -

I know all you are probably saying at this point “what an idiot that’s the first thing you check out” but I know nothing about Fords or Mustangs –

Hell yeah, that's the first thing you do!

If you haven't decoded your data plate yet, post a pic of that and someone here will tell you everything on it from memory.

Nice car, too.

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Holley would be an "Aftermarket Carb" on a '65-'66 Mustang.... Unless it was a Shelby... Regular Production Mustangs used "Autolite 2100" (2 Barrel Carb), or "Autolite 4100" (4 Barrel Carb).

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Looks like the interior cleaned up really nicely. Nice to have everything complete and be able to slowly sort through it.

Holley 600's (4150's and 4160's) got slapped on to replace poorly tuned or worn out original autolites. Mine had one too. Not a bad carb. Any engine bay photos? Post up the door tag photos and the folk here should be able to get you even more great info. Being an A code certainly helps.
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Thanks Tony - like I say I don't know too much about these cars but, it does have a Holley carb - I will post engine pics soon! Thanks!
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If at first you don't succeed - - try better tool's!!

Day 3 – Equipped with a ½ inch breaker bar and the proper socket and extension I attempt to turn the engine over by hand. To my infinite surprise it started to move!! Without too much resistance even. Maybe it was the sub-par tools I had out on the road or the mystery oil or lack of spark plugs or all this combined, but it was moving.
I grabbed a ratchet and turned that sucker about 5 times around just to make sure, but the old engine was turning freely with no noises or binding – I thought OK now were getting somewhere. I disconnected the fuel line with old nasty fuel coming from the gas tank as to not suck any of that junk unto the carburetor and I went into the car and figured I would try to bump the starter. Turned the key – and - Nothing!!
Came back out to the engine bay and jumped the solenoid - - Nothing! Got out my trusty meter and found I had power to the starter, so the solenoid was working (at least when I manually put power to it). So off I went to get a new starter. That was it for day 3 I decided to swap out the starter and continue trouble shooting the next day.

Here are a couple pictures of the engine bay and carburetor - nothing much to look at but I will clean things up in time...
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Great Day!!

Day 4 – Started with swapping the starter out – a bitch as usual – but got it done. Back to the engine bay I jumped the solenoid and the engine cranked away!! I spent the next 20 minutes cleaning Marvel Mystery Oil off the fire walls. Then back inside to bump the ignition - - Nothing! Grabbed my trusty meter and went back to the solenoid to check power at the ignition wire and as I went to pull off the push-on connector I found the wire dangling below the connector.
I found a connector that would work temporarily and spliced it on. Went back to the ignition switch and it just cranked and cranked!! Oh yeah!! Now I was feeling lucky, so I gaped and installed all new spark plugs I had gotten my last trip to the parts store for the starter and then hooked up a fuel line to a small gas container and primed the carb with fresh gas. Went in the car – hit the key and it just cranked and cranked!! But didn’t fire.
I came back out and pulled one of the plugs I had just installed and jumped the solenoid again with the ignition on. No spark at all. I pulled the cap cleaned and checked the gap at the points. I made sure the points were working and they were. So I figured it must be the coil. I then tested the coil with a spark plug and had no spark. I have a couple of coils laying around the garage, so I decided to swap out the coil and as I took off the positive wire its push on connector fell off in my fingers.
I found another connector to use temporarily and spliced it together. I checked for spark again and Boom!! – Good spark Finally!! I poured some more clean fuel down the carburetor got back in the car and cranked it over and the old engine fired to life for the first time in 20 plus years it smoked like crazy due to marvel mystery oil and seafoam but it cleared up after a few minutes – I held it at a high idle for several minutes then turned it off. I let it cool off till it was cool enough to top off the coolant.
I put more seafoam in the carb and some more fresh fuel and started it up again. This time I let it run at a high Idle until I saw the thermostat cycle and when I finally let off the gas the engine came down to an idle. Just like that!! Just sitting there - purrrring away!
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