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post #1 of 127 (permalink) Old 10-14-2018, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Rusty and me: 1966 coupe 5.0 Resto

So I really appreciate all the information on this site, and I hope my car can help someone going through similar stuff.

All that being said; while I've worked on cars professionally all my life, this old car stuff can frustrate the best of techs.
I hope my less than spectacular project and progress are a help or at least entertainment to others in the classic Mustang world.

Enjoy the chaos!!


The day I bought it.....
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1966 secretary special originally 6cyl 3 spd coupe.

5.0 SEFI complete from 1988 Mustang GT, world class T-5, 9 inch with 3.50 Trac Lok and Shelby style traction bars. Front disk 4 piston calipers and 8cyl manual steering.
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post #2 of 127 (permalink) Old 10-14-2018, 09:34 PM
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Nice looking couple! What size are those wheels?
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I'd rock it

Maybe check out the patina thread if you haven't https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/v...-mustangs.html


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So when I bought it, I knew it had a bad clutch cable. I patched it and managed to drive the car a few miles before needing to have it towed. the previous pic was taken waiting for the wrecker. A 150$ cable and 2 mile test drive later, I figured out the long tube headers were overheating the nylon inner jacket of the Modern Driveline T-5 cable. Game on!! A ton of research and another 150$ later.... I ended up with log manifolds and Magnaflow 2.5" adapters. Problem solved! Only a few thousand more to go!
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1966 secretary special originally 6cyl 3 spd coupe.

5.0 SEFI complete from 1988 Mustang GT, world class T-5, 9 inch with 3.50 Trac Lok and Shelby style traction bars. Front disk 4 piston calipers and 8cyl manual steering.
Build thread:https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/b...5-0-resto.html
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17x8 Thanks for looking., 2nd66, I love your build thread and used it for tire selection
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1966 secretary special originally 6cyl 3 spd coupe.

5.0 SEFI complete from 1988 Mustang GT, world class T-5, 9 inch with 3.50 Trac Lok and Shelby style traction bars. Front disk 4 piston calipers and 8cyl manual steering.
Build thread:https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/b...5-0-resto.html
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AFTER I bought it (read: LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE!) I noticed the front tires just didn't seem to sit right. The left rubbed and the right was way under the fender. So I found this... If you can't see the bend , the right frame rail is bent
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1966 secretary special originally 6cyl 3 spd coupe.

5.0 SEFI complete from 1988 Mustang GT, world class T-5, 9 inch with 3.50 Trac Lok and Shelby style traction bars. Front disk 4 piston calipers and 8cyl manual steering.
Build thread:https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/b...5-0-resto.html
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So luckily since I saved these pics, 3 months worth of work can be shown. Unplanned above all the other work needed. Excuse the messy garage and shoddy welds!!
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1966 secretary special originally 6cyl 3 spd coupe.

5.0 SEFI complete from 1988 Mustang GT, world class T-5, 9 inch with 3.50 Trac Lok and Shelby style traction bars. Front disk 4 piston calipers and 8cyl manual steering.
Build thread:https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/b...5-0-resto.html
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Oh and let's not forget the surprise cracked floor support on the other side...It's all in but can't find pics of all million plug welds
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It's just a little rust...

1966 secretary special originally 6cyl 3 spd coupe.

5.0 SEFI complete from 1988 Mustang GT, world class T-5, 9 inch with 3.50 Trac Lok and Shelby style traction bars. Front disk 4 piston calipers and 8cyl manual steering.
Build thread:https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/b...5-0-resto.html

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Here it is after reassembly and new front tires. The P.O had way small tires on the front because they rubbed I guess. The new ones are 225 45 17 which will go all 4 corners eventually so they can be rotated. Car rolls straight and no rubs now. My thanks for the frame pics I found on this forum. Now I can get started!!
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It's just a little rust...

1966 secretary special originally 6cyl 3 spd coupe.

5.0 SEFI complete from 1988 Mustang GT, world class T-5, 9 inch with 3.50 Trac Lok and Shelby style traction bars. Front disk 4 piston calipers and 8cyl manual steering.
Build thread:https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/b...5-0-resto.html
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Welcome to the board,...what are the Build plans?

Ex-wife,....."You drove how far for that thing?"
Daughter,..."Theres no inside and it stinks."
Friend,......."Dude, thatís a rusted pile."
Son,.........."This old car is cool."

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Welcome to the board,...what are the Build plans?
Thanks, supermod! I will post pics of more stuff soon. I have acquired an 88 5.0 GT complete for a full EFI resto mod complete with A/C and rolling restoration to a period correct color. I plan to drive the car with limited down time as I check projects off the list. My guestimate is at least 2 more years. (picture is a dream simulation!!)
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5.0 SEFI complete from 1988 Mustang GT, world class T-5, 9 inch with 3.50 Trac Lok and Shelby style traction bars. Front disk 4 piston calipers and 8cyl manual steering.
Build thread:https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/b...5-0-resto.html
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Iíll be following.

Ex-wife,....."You drove how far for that thing?"
Daughter,..."Theres no inside and it stinks."
Friend,......."Dude, thatís a rusted pile."
Son,.........."This old car is cool."

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Pics of '88 donor car. Although ugly and weather-worn, this car is all factory 2 owner believe it or not.
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It's just a little rust...

1966 secretary special originally 6cyl 3 spd coupe.

5.0 SEFI complete from 1988 Mustang GT, world class T-5, 9 inch with 3.50 Trac Lok and Shelby style traction bars. Front disk 4 piston calipers and 8cyl manual steering.
Build thread:https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/b...5-0-resto.html
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The '88 "combover" is finally out...
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5.0 SEFI complete from 1988 Mustang GT, world class T-5, 9 inch with 3.50 Trac Lok and Shelby style traction bars. Front disk 4 piston calipers and 8cyl manual steering.
Build thread:https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/b...5-0-resto.html

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Engine pics

I know it is slow and uninteresting. But I know if someone is polite enough to look at my work in progress, I should at least post pics! Engine and trans are separated and engine is partially stripped. I am glad to report that every bolt came out as if the engine was new (despite it's appearance). Factory clutch looked like it would have worked had I just dropped it in. This engine is truly as perfect as they get so far. The gasket and seal kit is ordered, and the journey continues...
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1966 secretary special originally 6cyl 3 spd coupe.

5.0 SEFI complete from 1988 Mustang GT, world class T-5, 9 inch with 3.50 Trac Lok and Shelby style traction bars. Front disk 4 piston calipers and 8cyl manual steering.
Build thread:https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/b...5-0-resto.html
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