Okay, so here’s the car!
I went to go look at it Saturday. It was 30-40° outside, rainy and cold. So the following are the best photos i could take before the cold killed my iphone battery and rendered the movements of my hands useless.
I am not entirely sure what quality of car you’re looking for, but i would render this one “driver quality”.
At face value, the car looked very nice. I found no problems with the interior, and the car is very solid. All torqueboxes are good, all frame rails and floors looked solid and straight.
The car is an H-code car, with a 351W, auto trans, and a factory 9-inch rear. It runs and drives, shifts very nice, and has manual brakes. The steering wheel has been replaced to a smaller diameter wheel, but there was no excessive play in the power steering, and it actually drove very nice. The only driving issue i found was that the front tires are too big, and if you turn too sharply, you will hear the tires rub on the fender trim.
This car has been garaged most of its life, bought by the current owner about 10 years ago from the original owner. Because of this, there is no fade in either the paint or the glass, which were both, at face value, in decent shape.
There were no cracks in the shock towers, and the cowl is solid- no rust. The trunk dropoffs also were solid, no rust through that i could see. There is some surface rust starting in the trunk area, which is not a huge problem at all. The mounting location of the left shock tower brace was bent slightly downward, however i would chalk it up to body flex/wear after 50 years. This car looked very original. An export brace would take care of this issue.
I could not find a buck tag anywhere, but the VIN was there. Unfortunately, the plate was sitting low and i couldn’t make out the entire thing. But from the first digits, i could see it was a 69 H-code.
It’s a power steering, A/C equipped convertible. The car was running for about 45 mins and there was no fluid leaking on the ground anywhere. The oil looked good, the trans fluid looked good, and the coolant was very clean. The owner doesn’t drive it much, but he runs his cars every once in awhile to keep them in good condition. He said he *maybe put ~2000 miles on it during his ownership.
It was a great looking car, and would be the perfect candidate if you’re looking to have a great 69 mustang needing a little bit of work. This condition of car is what would’ve been perfect for me- a mostly original, relatively untouched, solid 69 mustang that, with a little bit of work, would be the perfect weekend driver.
Here are the “issues” i found with the car:
-Gauge cluster lights were inop
-backup lights were inop
-the middle weatherstripping/hinge/seal of the rear convertible window was missing, allowing water in if sitting outside.
-front wheel rub on the fender trim
-the left quarter window alignment was off
-the right door alignment was off
-there were issues getting it started. I later figured out that the fuel line going from the fender to the pump was rotted out. Easy fix.
-A/C blows, but not cold
-unsure if radio works
-cracking bondo job found on rear left quarter panel behind wheel well
-small amount of rust bubble found on rear left quarter panel
-cracking paint found in many places on the car
-small cosmetic issues, such as front right trim (pictured)
-cut out found in the front left shock tower
-convertible top works, but mechanism is a little rough/slow. Owner said there might be “air in the system” (i don’t know much about convertibles)
-couple of chips in the paint
-rear right quarter panel has been replaced (this isn’t really a big issue, just an observation)
My biggest concern of this car (if i was going to judge this car pretty hard) is the paint cracking. I found it on the top of the rear quarters, the tail panel, the front right fender, and some on the doors. Maybe the car was repainted in the past? I was informed that the motor was rebuilt (a long time ago, pre-2000’s most likely)
I will include more photos in my next post! I spent 2 hours looking at this car. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.