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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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68 Coupe Restoration

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Starting my first build ever, 1968 Mustang Coupe. Originally a 289 car but came with a 302. Currently have everything stripped out except the rear end.

Previous owner began taking out the floor pans but left in the transmission tunnel.

I've been stripping the paint down myself (PITA).

I ordered a driver side torque box, driver floor pan, both full rear quarters and wheel houses to start

Not in a rush to finish it.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 04:38 PM
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Looks like a good start- I would humbly suggest 1. safety glasses 2. Tetanus shot- (you knew that anyway right?) But it looks better than many I have seen- Good luck- what are the plans - resto or mod or little of both?
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Cool project. My best advice is take your time, do it right, and most importantly Have Fun.
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Thinking of doing a mix of resto/mod.

Thanks, I've looked at lots and this one seemed to be the best start for me at least
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Slowly but surely. Slowly grinding away the paint. Threw the front fenders on for giggles
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Thinking about buying this suspension kit for the project

https://www.mustangsplus.com/67921.html


What does everyone think about this?
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Go to Opentracker and get a better full suspension kit. It will cost more but much better. I did my 67 with the stage 2 kit and it was night and day. Also with the Shelby drop
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It looks like a basic stock type replacement kit to me. If you are looking for a performance stock type suspension, I would shop for genuine MOOG brand tie rods and Eaton for the springs. If you go that route, call Eaton direct, they are in Detroit, and talk to their tech guy and let him know what your plans are as far as engine size, horse power, desired ride height (stock, higher, lower), and let him tell you the correct springs to get. You can buy them direct from them or take the part number he'll give you, to your favorite supplier that sells Eaton Springs like: NPD, CJ, etc.... If you price out genuine Moog and Eaton parts, the cost will be similar to the kit you linked to. That kit doesn't say, or I missed it, who the manufacturer is of the components are. They could be and more than likely are imported components made who knows where by who knows who with who knows what quality.
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It looks like a basic stock type replacement kit to me. If you are looking for a performance stock type suspension, I would shop for genuine MOOG brand tie rods and Eaton for the springs. If you go that route, call Eaton direct, they are in Detroit, and talk to their tech guy and let him know what your plans are as far as engine size, horse power, desired ride height (stock, higher, lower), and let him tell you the correct springs to get. You can buy them direct from them or take the part number he'll give you, to your favorite supplier that sells Eaton Springs like: NPD, CJ, etc.... If you price out genuine Moog and Eaton parts, the cost will be similar to the kit you linked to. That kit doesn't say, or I missed it, who the manufacturer is of the components are. They could be and more than likely are imported components made who knows where by who knows who with who knows what quality.

On the site it says it's made by grab a track, made in USA ...has anyone had dealings with that company or with Mustang plus
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On the site it says it's made by grab a track, made in USA ...has anyone had dealings with that company or with Mustang plus
I have had Grab-A-Trak stuff from Mustangs Plus on my 66 Mustang since 1993, and I have enjoyed all the components on my car. I did all black polyurethane bushings and put 90° grease zerks on my upper control arms to make them easier to lube. I went with 620 coils and GT springs, it leveled the car nicely, and they have held up well for spirited daily driving til I got a truck in 1998, and semi-daily to weekly driving since then.

'66 Tahoe Turquoise/ Aqua coupe
•289 / 4100 •C4 Auto •Disc Brakes
•Dual Exhaust •Quick Manual Steering
•Rally Pac •Console •Deluxe Belts
•LOTS of Rotunda accessories
...my first car

'66 Emberglo / Parchment deluxe coupe
•289 / 2100 •C4 Auto •Disc Brakes
•Dual Exhaust •Power Steering
•Dealer Air Conditioning •Console

'66 Nightmist / Blue & white deluxe coupe
•289 / 2100 •C4 Auto
•Factory Air Conditioning •Console
WAITING FOR RESTORATION

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Got the parts from Mustang plus yesterday, got the lower control arms out no problem, trying to get the new ones in is a pain. Anyone have tips for putting the new ones in?
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Been a while, been pretty sick for the last 2 weeks.

Today I went at the door and found a BUNCH of bondo underneath the paint, boy is that a pain!!
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Cool project. On a side note, are you a photographer? Or is that aperture just from an iPhone's portrait mode

289
4 speed
Rally-Pac
Bench Seat
Power Steering
All-around discs
Aftermarket A/C

And not nearly enough time

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I had a guy come by today to check and give me a rough quote of the work I'm asking to be done; install floor pans, driver torque box, replace both rear quarters, he gave me a rough budget of $8000 for about 60 hours of work


What does everyone think about that?
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