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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-28-2019, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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65 Coupe "Orange Peel"

Hi all, I've made a short introduction in new members and now I'm ready to start the documenting the update of my 65 Coupe barn find. I'm going to refer to it as "Orange Peel" because it has the Poppy Red paint code and I'm sure with my paint skills there will be some.

The plan for Orange Peel is:
  • Repair/replace sheet metal where needed
  • Add torque boxes
  • Repaint to original color
  • Update the suspension
  • New wire harnesses
  • Restore the interior
  • Add some performance items to the 289
  • Have fun


I'm just getting started and have no urgency to get it done (retired), so it may take a while. I'm getting ready to pull the engine and do far haven't found anything too concerning.
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Here's a little unsolicited advice, and it is the best advice ever for anyone about to undertake a comprehensive mustang rebuild.

VMF member 22GT advised: "Don't throw ANYTHING away until the job is done".

I didn't know that was a good idea when I started mine over ten years ago, but I sure wish I had. I can't tell you how many times I got to a point and suddenly realized if I had only saved that totally decrepit, rusted, mangled (insert item name) I could have used it for KNOWLEDGE and EXAMPLE later on.
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Cool, thanks for the advice! The plan is to keep all the original stuff until it becomes a burden or sell it when I know I won't need it. I may rebuild the engine accessories and master cylinder and call it good. I know there were a lot of these made so other than being a classic '65 Mustang this car isn't anything special, I plan to change that.
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They're ALL special !! They're over 50 years old and it takes love and labor to save them from a rusty grave, preserve them, and enrich young people's minds and hearts to be their caretakers when we are gone. That car was probably more than just transportation, maybe someone's first car (like me), what got them to work for years (me again), what they left their wedding and honeymooned in (guess who) and brought their kids home from the hospital, daycare, and school, even vacationed in (yep, me). And it survived this long because someone cared enough to keep a memory alive or make a few dollars helping someone else get started haha !!
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Here's a little unsolicited advice, and it is the best advice ever for anyone about to undertake a comprehensive mustang rebuild.

VMF member 22GT advised: "Don't throw ANYTHING away until the job is done".

I didn't know that was a good idea when I started mine over ten years ago, but I sure wish I had. I can't tell you how many times I got to a point and suddenly realized if I had only saved that totally decrepit, rusted, mangled (insert item name) I could have used it for KNOWLEDGE and EXAMPLE later on.
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I will second this. My wife kept bugging me about the pile of old parts I had sitting but I made trips out there multiple times over a span of several years. I was taking measurements of original mounting locations, screw holes, used the old gas tank to line up trunk floor, and even went back and cut off a couple brackets that weren't included on replacement parts (and measured where to put them).
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So I've been disassembling Orange Peel and found this bolted to the driver side engine compartment. The passenger floor has this going for it, is this a candidate for a patch?
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The red shop manual is a godsend, if you haven't already gotten it...

https://www.npdlink.com/product/shop.../138038/202973

Best of luck!

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Power Steering
All-around discs
Aftermarket A/C

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A kelsey hayes prop valve! so the car has or had disc brakes. Cool.
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I have the shop manual, but it doesn't show the KH prop valve or the plumbing. The car does have front disc brakes but this valve wasn't being used, the brake lines are run through this. I'm far from reassembly, but can someone show the correct routing?
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Got the engine out, found that it has been rebuilt once before. If it hadn't I was going to be easy on it, but now I'm going to wake it up with some performance parts. Ordered $400 worth of repair panels and torque boxes from cjpp.


Note to self: next time leave car outside a few days to allow critters to escape.
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Self etching primer

Greetings...


I cut 39 spot welds of the RH inner fender (with my NAPA cutter which is a great tool if you use a little oil) for replacement and noticed the lack of corrosion protection from the factory at the lap. I'm plan to use Dupli-Color self etching primer but had concerns about what would be left of the primer after welding. So I welded up a test coupon then drilled it apart to see what it looked like between the panels. I was satisfied that I will have 100% more corrosion protection than when it left the factory.


In the radiator support you can see pits of corrosion too deep to sand out. Would aluminum oxide blast to be enough to stop this or should I cut that section out?


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