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post #1 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-27-2018, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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The Family Heirloom 1965 Mustang Coupe

My Grandfather purchased this car brand new in 1966. My Uncle couldn't convince him to spring for the power brakes or steering. After driving the car daily for the first ten years of its life it was passed to my father. He drove it around San Fransisco for a few years before handing it down to his younger brother.

After driving it for a while Uncle Dave needed something more responsible for his growing family and the car was parked back in my Grandmother's garage. It bounced between there and his garage for the next 15 years as it kept getting evicted for smelling bad. Uncle Dave started it every weekend and I even got to drive it around Encino when I was 14 or 15.

We shipped it up to Oregon when I was in high school and my dad and I replaced the leaking heater core, front shocks and glovebox. Then it sat while I went off to college and moved to California. My mom wanted her garage back so it needed to leave. My Uncle Bret had the car shipped to Utah where he replaced the starter, alternator, fuel pump and started driving it around. He also put on rear air shocks and 17 inch wheels.

While visiting my parents a few weeks ago he asked if they thought I wanted it back. I thought about it for about 2 minutes and started looking for a trucker on UShip.

Here is the car getting loaded on the trailer in Utah:



And unloaded in California:


Tucked in the garage:



The plans are to redo the tired cooling system, remove the air shocks and period correct wheels.
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Alright, so per the advice here I immediately took off the rear air shocks and replaced them with KYBs





Next up was a super leaky valve cover gasket. These rubber ones from CJP didn't quite line up so I snipped off two of the "holder tabs".


That went well so I decided to start on the water pump and radiator. During that removal process, I snapped off a water pump bolt in the timing chain cover. This turned out to be a good thing because when I pulled the cover off, I saw that the chain was very loose and likely misaligned. Can't wait to get the car back together since I had so much fun driving it for last week before I took it apart:

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Yeah, Timing chain has way to much slack...Time for a NEW Timing Chain...

She looks California/Utah Clean! Nice!

Period "Correct" wheels would be either ALL Steel '65-'66 5-lug Steel Wheels.....Later years were wider wheels, and/or Maybe 14" or 15" '65 Styled Steel Wheels.... Either would be really nice... Stick the 17" "Eleanor Wheels" in the back corner of your garage or sell them on Craigslist... It looks like you already have the spare...so that's good!

1 less wheel to find... Did you Uncle happen to keep the Original (4) Steel Wheels?!??

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Very cool. Good to hear that youíre bringing it back to life. I like the wheels. I wonder what the story is on the deleted 289 fender emblems.

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Very nice story of a family kept car.! Thanks for sharing..!


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Yeah, Timing chain has way to much slack...Time for a NEW Timing Chain...

She looks California/Utah Clean! Nice!

Period "Correct" wheels would be either ALL Steel '65-'66 5-lug Steel Wheels.....Later years were wider wheels, and/or Maybe 14" or 15" '65 Styled Steel Wheels.... Either would be really nice... Stick the 17" "Eleanor Wheels" in the back corner of your garage or sell them on Craigslist... It looks like you already have the spare...so that's good!

1 less wheel to find... Did you Uncle happen to keep the Original (4) Steel Wheels?!??

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I have the original wheels and hubcaps, plus the stock carb and intake manifold!


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Very cool. Good to hear that you’re bringing it back to life. I like the wheels. I wonder what the story is on the deleted 289 fender emblems.
It is only missing on the driver side but the holes are completely missing. I'm sure my uncle or dad can share some insight if prompted.
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PS: If you want Good Rubber Valve Cover Gaskets or Cork Valve Cover Gaskets that actually fit, Make sure you buy ONLY Fel-Pro Valve Cover Gaskets.

Can't wait to see you put her back to stock.... I'm subscribed

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That is a nice looking car, appears to be very solid. Btw, I think the wheels look good too. Welcome.
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PS: If you want Good Rubber Valve Cover Gaskets or Cork Valve Cover Gaskets that actually fit, Make sure you buy ONLY Fel-Pro Valve Cover Gaskets.

Can't wait to see you put her back to stock.... I'm subscribed

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+1. Fel-Pro VS13264C if you are talking about a 289. Fits perfectly. Donít over tighten. 3-5 ft lbs max. You can get them anywhere in store or online.
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Nice hand-me-down. California - west coast shape too. I'd leave it just like it is. But do drive it and have a great time.

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"Someone" at some point changed the timing chain and gears. When they did the cam was advanced at least one tooth ( by the picture) . At least it wasn't retarded or you could have had piston to exhaust valve contact. The engine will certainly run better with a new chain but "aligning" the cam and crank properly will be MORE helpful.
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Be a shame to not use those 17's next thing you'll probably give up the dual flowmasters for a single transverse muffler
Huskinhano, rpm and 665spd like this.


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PS: If you want Good Rubber Valve Cover Gaskets or Cork Valve Cover Gaskets that actually fit, Make sure you buy ONLY Fel-Pro Valve Cover Gaskets.

Can't wait to see you put her back to stock.... I'm subscribed

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That is a nice looking car, appears to be very solid. Btw, I think the wheels look good too. Welcome.
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Can't wait to see you put her back to stock.... I'm subscribed

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+1. Fel-Pro VS13264C if you are talking about a 289. Fits perfectly. Don’t over tighten. 3-5 ft lbs max. You can get them anywhere in store or online.
The best part of this car is being able to get just about anything I need from the local parts store. In the past I have had a lot of older European cars and that just isnt the case.

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"Someone" at some point changed the timing chain and gears. When they did the cam was advanced at least one tooth ( by the picture) . At least it wasn't retarded or you could have had piston to exhaust valve contact. The engine will certainly run better with a new chain but "aligning" the cam and crank properly will be MORE helpful.
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Thanks Randy, I bet I'll need to adjust the carb etc etc once it is back together. My uncle had the original carb rebuilt but said it still felt a little slow so he put the Holley on it. I bet this timing issue had a lot to do with the lack of power.
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Be a shame to not use those 17's next thing you'll probably give up the dual flowmasters for a single transverse muffler
haha, no the exhaust is fine but the 17s look too big to me on the early mustang. That, and the sidewalls look like they hit the fender in the rear. The tires are only 225s iirc so the back spacing must be off
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haha, no the exhaust is fine but the 17s look too big to me on the early mustang. That, and the sidewalls look like they hit the fender in the rear. The tires are only 225s iirc so the back spacing must be off
225/??/17 makes a difference. my sig pic has 225/45/17 and it's lowered quit a bit 17x8x4.75bs is pretty optimal
other wise 16x8x4.5 is nice with a 225/50/16


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