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Old 08-10-2013, 08:28 PM
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Best repairs for this mustang

Ita a 71 vertible
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:15 PM
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no repairs , remove everything and restore, if you can do it, it will only come back some where else.
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full quarter and wheel house. I'm sure that's a good indication of what's going on elsewhere, but on the rare occasion some cars are parked for long periods in certain ways where one side will be faded more than the other or one side rusted more than the other, but that's gambling man talk. That rocker is probably rusted too. Rust on cowl on those cars aren't uncommon.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:36 PM
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Do they make patch panels for these cars, I would be cutting out and replacing all that.
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that thing needs a full quarter and at least an outer wheel house. If anything will need just a patch it's the rocker and you'd hope the outer wheel house but you won't be able to tell til you get the quarter off.
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more inspecation.

you need to get it up on a lift and check the entire under body. remove the carpets and check out the floor pan, check out the cowl bottom above the heater both sides.
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"Timothale" is absolutely correct, get the car up on a lift and look at the under side. "Tech69" is also correct. Take the wheels off, inspect both the inner and outer wheel house, the floor, check the fender area where it meets the fire wall, The trunk pan, especially where the wheel house meets the trunk floor.

It's obvious from the 2 pictures that you posted that you are looking at replacing at least one quarter (only one picture of a rusted quarter panel), a rocker panel, again, only one picture. By the looks of the the picture of the rear quarter, the car has had previous "patch" work done to it, this is apparent from the different colors of paint in and around the rust and flaking body filler. So, right now, you don't know what's underneath the paint, even on areas of the car that look good.

Repair panels, patch panels, inner and outer wheel house, floors, fenders, all are available from the aftermarket. The decision you need to make is, how far do you want to go. If everything on the car is in good shape except what is shown in the pictures and I highly doubt that it is (generally where there is a little rust that is visible, there is a lot more that isn't...the old tip of the ice berg rule), you are looking at replacing a quarter panel, a rocker panel and a minimum or some creative patch work on the outer wheel house (with the amount of rust visible on the quarter panel and how it's rusting, I would bet on replacing at least the outer wheel house). This is by no means a cheap or easy repair, there is a lot of work here, so, before you go any further, check it out thoroughly...even then, once you get into it, a vehicle like this can bite you in the butt with unseen issues.

Just trying to give you the heads up.

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A few years ago I passed up on a convertible of this vintage. It had all new floors, but when I crawled underneath, just about every other place that these Mustangs are prone to rust, had at least started. That post to get it on a lift and do a look is well advised and an inch by inch search is best as these cars can be mighty crunchy in places no others will. These are not a first timers dream for a resto but the positive side, almost every part is available - if you have the time and money
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So basically it gonna be a lot of work. I love these style cars and I know it somewhat rare but I sure hope it isn't gonna super expensive just to make a driver
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it's going to get super difficult, however. They don't make full quarters for the 71-73, only quarter skins. For that matter, there are a lot fewer panels available for this style than 65-68.
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I'll take just quarter skins. I like the 65-68 but every where u look just like a 69 camaro everyone has one and they don't really even know why.
My reasons for a 71 are it different it should be a better driver and my main reason my grandfather took me for rides in my dads as a child. That made a impression on me that can't be bought.

My one day goal for this car is a 351 stroked some with a 5-6 speed or a overdrive automatic with a handling package that retains stock looks and wheels but holds like a charm to the road
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there's a lot of 65-66's out there since they made millions of them, but not as many 67's-68's. It's hard to find a 67 or 68 at a show; everyone has a 65 or 66, which I think look like Grandpa cars. My personal favorite is the 69-70.
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65-66s are ok cars if the right options are checked or put in.
69-70 are very good looking cars but look at the prices of them.
71-73s are bigger and still pretty good looking just cheaper and can put in big motors easier
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