Best Build order/sequence?
Hey everyone, new forum member looking for some opinions and experience. I have a 66 mustang coupe that I am about to start a restomod build on. This isn't going to be a show car, just a slightly modded and vintage looking driver. With that said, i am planning to do quite a bit to the car and I am having trouble deciding the best order to do things in. I assume interior is always last, so I guess my real question is paint and body first, or after the drivetrain/suspension/steering/etc.?
My initial thought was paint and body first, that way the car can be completely stripped, engine bay is easy to work on and paint, no worry about all the dust, etc. in the engine, get all the wiring and sound/heat stuff in there right away, etc. But lately I seem to see a lot of people doing the mechanical first... the biggest advantage I see there is having all the suspension and brakes in place makes it easier to figure out tire/wheel size and get the flares dialed in properly...
I would love some advice on this one. Below is a list of the plans, which I am sure will grow. (p.s. I know I am spending more than the car is worth, so you can save that comment)
flared fenders (mild)
new hood (stock or gt350)
All new or eliminated exterior trim, etc.
Coilover front suspension
rebuilt rear suspension (3 or 4 link in the future)
New spindles to allow larger front tires
6 piston disc brakes in the front
decently built 302 and with T-5 5speed (already built and ready to go in)
17 or possibly 18 in wheel on all 4 corners (hoping for 295+ tires)
thorough sound and heat shielding
Complete new interior, mostly stock style but with 1 piece headliner and racing buckets
rebuilt steering box and roller idler arm, possible EPAS
More I am sure I am not thinking about now...
Thanks for any useful input!