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Old 02-27-2013, 10:26 AM
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1964 1/2 Mustang convertible

I just bought a 1964.5 Mustang convertible project. It was originally a 6 cyl 3sp car. ( built june 64,) At some time it was converted to v8, with matching v8 suspension components.
The original hood and headlight housings are missing, having later 65 ones replacing the originals.

My question is should I take the time and $$ and locate the correct hood and headlight housings, OR since it doesnt have the original 6 anymore just go ahead and resto it as a 65 289 4sp it currently is configured as?
It has the power top and radio as the only other options I am aware off.

Last driven in 1998 when it was hit in the right front. Not to bad, but does require some work to the apron.

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:48 AM
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My opinion....the car isnt factory original, so do what you wish with it....In my opinion, they only made it better
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:51 AM
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I agree with Poncho62...if it was a pristine, 64 1/2, never hit, #'s matching...leave it alone preserve and restore it. If I'm right, the built quite a few 64 1/2 Mustang 6cyl convertibles so it's not like its one of 500 or anything like that.

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Old 02-27-2013, 11:16 AM
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I like the challenge of making it original. Now, if you plan on leaving the V8 in there anyway, it won't be original but the original 64.5 stuff like the hood and headlamps make the car more interesting, I would do that stuff right just for the fun of it if you are going to paint the car anyway. If the car is all nice with nice paint and you don't need to do any of that, well that's another story, leave the darn thing alone.

But if you need to paint it anyway, why not have a little fun and put the proper 64.5 stuff on it. You can make the 65 hood a 64.5 very easily, I have done one before. All you need to do is unfold the fold at the front body line.

As I remember the difference with the fender extensions was only that it had the body line from the fender continue onto it, or that the line didn't extend onto it, I forget. But either way you can do that with your 65 ones, just study it and make them look the same, no big deal. Wham, you have a proper 64 1/2 Mustang. The MUSTANG emblem on the side was a little shorter as I remember too, but no one is going to have a measure tape to see.

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That is what I wanted to hear!
I did not think it was anything real special either.
I think the 289 4sp is much more desirable than a 6/3sp.

I am not that much into the numbers matching stuff, but don't want to ruin something that may have had more value otherwise.

5.0 EFI and a T5 will be my choice if the 289 is replaced.
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I think that's a great call. Perhaps a little newer steering geometry and suspension??? I think that if anything what you're planning when done properly is going to increase the value...not depreciate it.

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Martin can i send you a PM
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Of course.

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Thinking just a front end rebuild with a Shelby drop and possibly a power rack.
Its cheaper to buy a running 5.0 t5 combo then rebuild the 289 and is a much better combo in my opinion.

Its just a classic driver for me until someone wants it for the right price.
The next owner can spend all the money they want on it, LOL.
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I understand what you mean...I get carried away sometimes and in my mind every car should be a Ridler Award winner...LOL.

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I truly believe that is one of the hardest things to do, STOP. The difference between making a so-so car and an outstanding car is largely time, period. So to stop, to leave it less than "perfect" (no such thing) is soooo hard!

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So true Brian...Especially if you've got it in your mind what it can be.
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So true Brian...Especially if you've got it in your mind what it can be.
Sure, it's easy, you have a part in your hand that COULD be sand blasted and epoxy primed, or it could be bolted on with the ok finish it has which is perfectly fine for 99.9% of cars out there, but you know it could be better........that is the pain to which I am speaking.

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Pain Brian??? I must be desensitized...I thought that was normal...LOL

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It's pain, a battle I go thru every time I am working on my cars. Right now I am going out to the garage to work on the idler arm on the Rambler, am I going to paint it nice? Why? It's a daily driver, it's not like it matters. But DAMN I probably will because I just can't leave it ugly, even though it's going to be bolted right next to something that is ugly.

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