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9/22/2013 8:45 PM  #1


My Cars

I have liked Mustangs since I was a kid, don’t know what drew me in for the first time. At 16, I bought my first Mustang, it was a 73 coupe.  It had a 351 Cleveland with a C-4 auto. It didn't run when I bought it. I was working for a small mechanic shop at the time, the owner helped me to get it running. 

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This was the second one. I bought it from a guy I went to high school with. The 390 was locked up, the 4 speed was intact and it was complete when it came home. This was taken after I pulled the motor. This is the car I still have. Its now at the body shop getting a make over!!
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 The 85 GT with a 5 speed is the car I miss. I had a lot of fun driving it to work and out on the weekends. 

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I attempted to go drag racing. I had a body and drive train, but could never get it together before life took over.

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Last edited by Bolted to Floor (3/21/2014 9:13 PM)


John  -- 67 Mustang Coupe 390 5 speed
 

3/21/2014 9:42 PM  #2


Re: My Cars

This was taken right before we loaded it on a trailer to go to the body shop. I submitted this picture for the calendar, MustangSteve said blemishes in the paint were OK!! 

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5154_zps159948a6.jpg

 


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3/21/2014 9:45 PM  #3


Re: My Cars

Some progress from the body shop. He sealed the cowl before preping and painting.

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5199_zpsa19d5114.jpg


Then painted the inside body color before he tacked them together.

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5227_zps34aa33da.jpg

 


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3/21/2014 9:55 PM  #4


Re: My Cars

The cowl was fited along with the new fenders and a Shelby hood with the fish gills. I had removed the cowl a while back was too unsure about getting it fitted properly before welding.

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5325_zps83e383d0.jpg


The gaps looked good where the cowl and fenders meet.

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5870_zps85778c75.jpg


http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5873_zps826be574.jpg

 


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3/21/2014 10:02 PM  #5


Re: My Cars

I really did not feel capable to do all this to the car. The body guy took it all in stride.

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5876_zps9b0d9414.jpg


http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5908_zps5ad3b8e3.jpg


http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5899_zps920ebc2d.jpg


http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5974_zps18d66ca7.jpg


 


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3/21/2014 10:20 PM  #6


Re: My Cars

Loaded up parts and pieces to go make a test fit for the new TKO 600 before the body work made it too far. I was told there maybe some trimming to do on the brace in the trans tunnel. It all went together pretty good with plenty of room in my opinion. The shifter came up in the hole just like Modern Driveline said it would, but the body guy said the shift boot would be slightly off center in the console. Will have to wait and see. By the way, I did the work on the floor boards several years ago then coated them with CRC cold galvanizing compound. My finished product on the fllorboards was another reason I didn't want to attempt body parts that everyone can see.

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Trans%20Test%20Fit/IMG_5990_zps395094ba.jpg


http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Trans%20Test%20Fit/IMG_5993_zpsa3d2761b.jpg


http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Trans%20Test%20Fit/IMG_5996_zpsfeea8b6b.jpg

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12/17/2014 11:29 PM  #7


Re: My Cars

I didn't realize March was the last update. To me, the bottom of the car looked like it had been used for curb jumping with the pieces that were bent on the bottom side. It has rolled around on the rotisserie, the bottom has been straightened, blasted, and coated. Sub frame connecters welded in after they were corrected. The rear perch was at different angles on each connector, now they match.
It’s now off the rotisserie and sitting on jack stands back inside the shop. The doors got new skins. This leaves the roof, the panel behind the rear window, and the upper stone deflector as the only original exterior sheet metal on the car. The door, fenders, hood, and trunk lid have all been fitted. It’s on the second round of high build primer and getting closer to paint.
I have ben cleaning up the suspension parts and getting them painted. Turns out I had later upper control arms with the 3 hole ball joints and replacement coil springs. The hubs needed to be turned down to fit in the new take-off brake rotors that go with the front brake kit from Mustang Steve. The first method was a piece of all thread rod through the center and chucked up in the drill press with a file held against it at a slow speed. The better method was to keep the rod and chuck it up in a battery drill and spin it against the bench grinder until it fit with a small amount of clearance.

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12/17/2014 11:38 PM  #8


Re: My Cars

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John  -- 67 Mustang Coupe 390 5 speed
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12/17/2014 11:42 PM  #9


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12/18/2014 4:02 PM  #10


Re: My Cars

Bolted to Floor wrote:

I really did not feel capable to do all this to the car. The body guy took it all in stride.

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5876_zps9b0d9414.jpg


http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5908_zps5ad3b8e3.jpg


http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5899_zps920ebc2d.jpg


http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_5974_zps18d66ca7.jpg


 

Looks familiar!

 


65 mustang coupe, 351W, C6-  2800 stall, B&M blower, 9inch- trac-loc 3.70 gears
 

2/16/2015 8:42 PM  #11


Re: My Cars

Very nice.  Who's your bodyman?  Im in houston too.

 

2/20/2015 9:46 AM  #12


Re: My Cars

Ozblitz wrote:

Very nice. Who's your bodyman? Im in houston too.

 
Bruce at Surefire Restorations is doing the work on the car. I waited almost 2 years to get my car in. He does quality work at a fair price. The time frame has ran longer, but the dollar amount for labor is very close to the original estimate. He was recommended by a local parts vendor, the owner of a 67 Shelby GT 500, and the owner of a 66 Mustang GT. Bruce had restored both cars. He knows these cars inside and out. He has been helpful for parts, guiding me to the better quality repop parts from the different vendors or recommending the factory parts cause they are just better.
I have tried to make weekly visits to see the progress on the car and its turned into a friendship with Bruce along the way.
 


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3/14/2015 9:23 PM  #13


Re: My Cars

Interior color


http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/Body%20Shop/IMG_8245_zps5slzbyxw.jpg


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3/14/2015 9:34 PM  #14


Re: My Cars

The big day coming home from the body shop.

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5/26/2015 1:45 PM  #15


Re: My Cars

Love it!


I made enough money to buy Miami, but pissed it away so fast
 

5/26/2015 5:32 PM  #16


Re: My Cars

Thanks Birdman. Between work, kids, and house projects, I haven't had a chance to work on it yet. But it will get there. 


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5/27/2015 1:45 AM  #17


Re: My Cars

Almost there!  Looks great!


65 mustang coupe, 351W, C6-  2800 stall, B&M blower, 9inch- trac-loc 3.70 gears
 

5/28/2015 8:29 PM  #18


Re: My Cars

Yes, Brent,  it's a lot closer than it used to be. All I like is finishing it, right!!


John  -- 67 Mustang Coupe 390 5 speed
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8/08/2015 12:27 PM  #19


Re: My Cars

You should update your avatar to show what the car looks like now.

 

10/04/2015 3:43 PM  #20


Re: My Cars

Hornman wrote:

You should update your avatar to show what the car looks like now.

Still working on a better picture Hornman

Here are some pics of the new to me rear end parts.

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/The%20Assembly/12400EAB-3EEB-483D-97C4-94894C40D86F_zpswhdfiqkv.jpg


http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t655/JPDixon5/Mustang/The%20Assembly/BDAC76AC-B7D4-4F99-BC8A-BBC9DE853B7A_zpss5z6w4tl.jpg


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5/04/2016 9:19 AM  #21


Re: My Cars

good luck...

 

6/03/2016 3:18 PM  #22


Re: My Cars

Nice work.

 

7/11/2016 10:45 AM  #23


Re: My Cars

Very nice workmanship, congrats!


Good work ain't cheap, Cheap work ain't good!   “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best"
 

7/17/2016 12:07 AM  #24


Re: My Cars

Thanks for the encouragement and compliments. I have been able to do some work on the car here lately, but not near enough.
 
I got the gas tank in first to provide a staging area to set the parts I gathered up for install. I am continually looking through all the places in the garage for stuff I have bought. Got a nice little pile of double purchases so far. I bought a 20 gallon tank cause that FE should be thirsty. Since the filler inlet is at a different angle than my tube, I took a precision approach to the leveling of the area. 2 pound hammer and the block of wood in the photo. “Beet to fit, paint to match”, “Caulk it if it leaks” does not apply to the gas tank!!!
 
Then the filler tube needed to be sectioned since it overlapped the tank inlet about an inch. A little work with a hack saw and tig welding by a guy from work and it fits like a glove.  

http://i68.tinypic.com/jsnj3p.jpg

I worked the block of wood around the inlet and didn't get too much deflection in other areas.
 

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7/17/2016 12:08 AM  #25


Re: My Cars

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