Tony's Pony: 1965 Mustang Conv. Restomod project
I own a 1965 Mustang Conv. that came stock with a standard 289, auto trans. and front disc brakes. Nothing really to write home about, except that this is my first car. I bought it in 1975 for $700.
I drove it as my primary car until 1984 when I stored it away to travel abroad while in the military. The car remained in "storage" in my Grandpa's barn, then my Dad's back yard for the past 30 years. The car had deteriorated over the years and became undrivable. Two years ago, my Mom and wife had it taken out of storage and shipped to me in Texas. I cleaned it up a little and covered it up.
This past summer, I began the process of stripping the car (deconstructing it). Surprisingly, it's in very good condition, with very little rust or damage. I've stripped out the interior, removed the rear suspension and I'm working on pulling the front as well.
I have never been a purist. I'm not looking to show this car or anything, I just want a very reliable, upgraded, vehicle. I've always hot-rodded it since I bought it. I had the wide tires and air-suspension and put headers and large carb/manifold on it. Not much, but for a 16yo kid, it was enough.
Fast-forward 40 years. I've decided, for many reasons, the intake/header swap and minor upgrades is not enough. I want to take this car, with my family, to the local street cruise night or local auto shows on the weekends. This time, I'm taking it a bit further; I'm doing a full, ground up, resto-mod on this car. I'll maintain the body lines and interior (mostly) but I'm definitely upgrade the drivability and (Oh Yeah!) the horsepower. I'm planning on doing an engine swap (but I'm not sure what I want to put in it yet) and definitely upgrade the suspension and interior.
I know this project will take me at least a couple of years, but I'm determined to do it myself, as much as possible. I know that I am in over my head, hence the reason I joined this forum. Over the next two years, I will need to ask for help and advise along the way, but eventually I want to have a reliable, drivable, fun vehicle that my family can enjoy for many years to come.
Stay tuned and thanks in advance.
Last edited by tonybingham; 01-05-2019 at 10:04 AM.
Reason: I'd like to place this in a different forum under new member introductions