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post #1 of 9 Old September 18th, 2013, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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1966 Mustang Convertible Restoration

We started this project last year but I have not had the time to share the build. At first this looks like an easy project until you start looking a little closer. It has been sitting a long time and at one time outside.







The rear of both frame rails need to be replaced



A little rust in the quarter panels



The convertible has an inner torque box and it was rusted under that







The fender had been patched a long time ago and needed to be fixed









Brian removed the inner brace on both fenders











Sanded to bare metal and I sprayed a couple coats of SPI epoxy primer





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Everything stripped off of the body and mounted on a cart.



Quarter panels and trunk floor removed



Normal problem with the cowl



New cowl sanded and epoxy primed





Engine compartment stripped to bare metal



I ordered a new battery apron from CJ's and it did not fit. We had installed one from NPD on Modified Mustangs & Fords project car that fit so I ordered one from them and got the same thing as CJ's. I sent an email with photos to Rick at NPD and he got right back to me and said he would look into it. Rick got with the manufacturer and it is being redesigned so it will fit and we are waiting for the new design.

We are using this convertible so we can make a jig for another wrecked 1966 convertible we are fixing in the future.



The floor had been repaired with fiberglass mat so it was cut out.



The torque boxes needed to be replaced



The rear section of both frame rails were replaced




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post #2 of 9 Old September 18th, 2013, 03:56 PM
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Very nice work.

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The inner rocker has rust



Brian wanted to finish the trunk floor before he fixed the rockers





This is what it looked like after Brian took the top of the torque box off



This is how it looked once the inner rocker was cut off



I epoxy primed the back side



Sanded and ready for epoxy





Brian had to make this it did not come with the Dynacorn convertible inner rocker



More epoxy and holes drilled on the inner rocker



Inner rocker installed


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Great work! Its going to be a shame to cover all that nice work with carpet


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post #5 of 9 Old September 19th, 2013, 05:11 PM
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This is how it looked once the inner rocker was cut off

Looks familiar. We replaced all that stuff along with the outer rocker (and some other stuff) when we restored our 66 Vert. Keep up the good work.

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I forgot to update so I will show the finished car







On its way to Indiana


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post #7 of 9 Old May 4th, 2015, 04:14 PM
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The car turned out great.

1968 Coupe- Sold
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Beautiful. Nice work. I know a guy doing the same with a 65 vert. Needs pretty much the same as yours. Fun stuff.
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That is some impressive quality work!
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