Fulfilling a bucket list item of mine and building an old school Mustang. I picked up this 1967 Mustang coupe "c" code car on 5/28/2019. Had been looking for about a year months tying to find something that was in my scope of ability and was the right price.
She was restored 12 years ago(2007), but was not a professional restoration. Some of the work was a little under whelmingly done, but its a great base to build on.
Body: The car is straight. Body work is okay but some noticeable spots were not worked to perfection and has some dings and chips, but nothing needing immediate attention. Unfortunately someone tried rolling the fenders and cracked the fenders along with removing most the paint off the fender lip. Shes is a great 10 footer. all panels line up with the exception of the front drivers fender tucks in on the bottom near the drivers door and the doors are off just a bit.
Engine: This is a big seller on the car for me. They had taken a 95 GT roller block, refreshed it, and put a Edlebrock upper intake and 4 bbl carb on it. It also has a custom cam to add to that old school deep rumble. The exhaust note on this is cherry. the 302 runs very smooth smooth and starts right up everytime.
Drivetrain: This is where the cars has room for improvement. The auto C4 shifts great, but leaks form the pan and the linkage so that'll be one of the 1st things tackled. The rear end is your standard open diff 8". The plan is to either refresh the 8" with a posi and 3.73/4.11 gears or pick up a 8.8 out of a 95-02 Explorer with the 3.75 and trac loc. Dont intend on this making over 500 at the crank, so im leaning toward the 8" refresh.
Suspension/Steering/Brakes: The biggest room for improvement is found here. Car came with manual steering, manual brakes, and drums all around.
- Brakes: The drums leave a lot to be desired not to mention the fact that the brake line that goes near the drivers side frame rail was smashed from what looks like getting caught between a jack and the rail. I wouldn't take it over 30mph in its current state. the plan here is to get new brake lines in the car then add wilwood disks to the front, rebuild the rear drums, and a new wilwood master cylinder.
- Steering: Like I mentioned its manual and the steering is sloppier than Vegas hooker. Its an early 67 so it has the solid steering shaft which can be a killer in a front end collision, literally. Goal here is to convert it over to electronic steering, rebuild the manual box and determine which components need replaced.
- Suspension: Its all stock currently. Upper and lower ball joints are shot and boots are ripped open, which probably has a good bit to do with the steering issues it has. The plan is to do the Shelby drop, new tubular upper control arms, new lowers, new spring saddles, shocks, and springs..or go with a coilover setup. The rear would probably just replace the leafs and maybe lower it a bit depending on how the rack is after the front is done.
Interior- The interior is pretty on point. Was restored back in '07 and it still looks in great shape. This will be one of the last area to attend to. I would like to refresh the seats, door panels, headliner, rear quarters and carpet with TMI covers and carpet to give it a more restomod look rather than the stock leather/vinyl interior
Wheels: Current set up is a 17" 97 cobra wheel, not sure if OE or a replica, but they rub on the upper control arm and turning sharply or hitting any bumps wile turning. These are going to be switched out for a more custom options. I would love to get some 18s or 19s under it but the work involved its beyond my scope so she'll probably stay with 17's". these older cars are a good bit smaller so a 17 looks almost like a 19 or 20 in comparison to our S550's.
I am absolutely ecstatic about this build and cant wait to really jump into it and making it come alive again. Here is to making dreams come true.