I retired earlier this year and tomorrow, I'm going to look at a 68 convertible. It's nothing special, just a simple 68 C-code.
Literally no options whatsoever, unless a console is optional. No AC, no seat headrests, automatic, etc. From what I can tell, about as base as you can get. Seller says it's "all original number matching". But as a base c-code, I can't see it ever being worth a lot of money (compared to the higher dollar cars) so numbers matching doesn't matter to me and swapping/upgrading pieces is not out of the question. No rotisserie restoration for this one (I hope).
I'm just looking for a vert that I can get into reliable running condition and looking nice so the wife and I can go for sunny weekend day trips or taking my daughter out for a cruise or MAYBE
a car she can take to her graduation in a couple years. I've got my motorcycles (FJ1200 and a VMax) and my 83 Mustang autocrosser if I want to go fast or otherwise get my automotive "adrenaline fix". I've got a stupid amount of work into my 83, from the HO 302 and 5 speed to the complete Maximum motorsports underpinnings and a sprinkling of sn95 era Cobra/Mach 1/Bullit bits. To say "she goes" is a bit of an understatement.....lol!
The guy says he parked it in 1998 and it's been sitting since. That it doesn't run is a given. You can see a few things like the coil missing in the pictures. He's said lots of other things about it (good), but he's selling so I can't take his word for it and have to verify for myself.
I'm more concerned about rust areas in the body. I'm a gearhead from way back and can fix anything (engine, mechanical, rust repair, upholstery, etc). I've also got enough of a shop that I can build pretty much whatever I need. I'm new to 60's mustangs, but not 60's fords. Last one I had was a 62 T-Bird and oh boy, talk about hidden rust! I have no desire to go through that tetanus torture again.
So what should I be looking for in the way of problem areas?
Torque boxes, rear spring mounting areas, cowl vents, front frame rails, aprons, and the usual rocker and quarter areas. I had a friend tell me to open the trunk and specifically look down at the bottom of the wheel wells as he knows that's a bad area on verts.
Here's a few pics from the seller:
I'm figuring somewhere between 5-10G to make it a nice clean, reliable driver. That would put me into the 10-15G range when done. Nothing concours or silly like that, after all, it's just a C-code.I'm not worried about resale either, this one is planned to be a keeper when done. I'm old enough to be done changing cars like socks (like I used to).
So, any specific areas I should look at for rusties and what's a clear "it's terminal, it's a parts car, walk away"