I found a really good deal on a 66 coupe that I couldnít pass up. I bought it on craigslist a couple of states away and just brought it home recently. After checking further into the VIN and door plate info, I am realizing this car is pretty much stock. It is a 3 speed manual with the 200 inline 6 cyl. Still has original red interior. Still has the stock wheels/hubcaps. Hell I think the floor mats are even original (yes itís all old and has a good musty smell
Here is the info from the door plate:
Body - 65A (coupe w/ standard interior)
Color - T (candy apple red)
Trim - 25 (dark red w/ red trim)
Date - 08M (8th day of December)
DSO - 71 (Los Angeles)
Axle - 3 (3.20:1 standard differential) - an upgraded gear ratio that come with manual transmissions
Trans - 1 (3 speed manual)
Everything from that door plate still aligns exactly to what this stang currently is and has.
So now my dilemma is Iím afraid to do anything to it! The paint is already good and it passes the 10 foot rule. Had plans to upgrade wheels and tires and put in a new interior. Was thinking about a new front suspension upgrade for disc brakes and power steering. But now Iím not sure if I should even change a thing!
I know there are some pure stock enthusiasts out there and values may perhaps be higher by not changing anything. But I also know others say just do whatever you want to it to put a smile on your face. I would love some feedback here.
Iím guessing some interior upgrades (carpet, upholstery, headliner, dash pad, door panels, chrome trim, etc) canít hurt and doesnít affect ďstock value.....or does it? What about wheels? Front suspension upgrades?
My understanding is that to keep stock you donít want to change anything with original motor and tranny. Does it hurt to change anything else? Thanks in advance for any and all feedback and advice. Iím just not sure how to move forward!