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Old 04-28-2013, 11:39 AM
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Well, I took my '68 Mustang down to the body shop yesterday and was giving some news I really did'nt want to hear but kind of expected. I knew the floor pans needed replacing, but on the rear passenger side of the frame, where the leaf springs bolt up is rusted out. I thought the body shop should ebe able to fabricate a piece to fix it or find a donor '68 frame somewhere and cut that piece off. He told me I was looking at about $10-grand to fix the frame and replace the floor pans. That made me want to go out and learn how to do my own body work. ButI'm going to keep looking and researching. I hate to get rid of the car just because of that one spot.

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You can buy the rear frame rail brand new, as well as the floorpans, whether it's a full floor, half floor, or individual pans. The Dynacorn panels for the Mustangs are leaps and bounds better than the cheaper parts and it's worth every extra dime they cost to spend the extra to get them. These parts are actually pretty inexpensive too, for what they are. Your cost of $10k seems a high for that work. I prefer CJ Pony Parts for my Mustang parts because they have free shipping and frequent sales.

Mustang restoration is the largest hobby market in the world; you can buy almost everything that ever came on the Mustang brand new. There are only three parts I can think of immediately off the top of my head that are not reproduced.
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As Lizer said - repro parts for early Mustangs are easily available and fairly reasonably priced. As far as a donor frame - you wont find one as these sections, especially under the body, are built up sheet metal fabrications. Then from the firewall forward - oops - those too are fabrications. A $10M repair by a body shop will probably be a quicky job, with not much emphasis on later rust/rot. This means either a restoration shop (even more money - and time) or learn how to do it yourself. There are many books available, some good and others really bad. Do the AMAZON search, look at the reviews and go from there. Will you save lots of money? Probably not if you have to buy a bunch of tools, but at least you will know what you have. You don't say what model you have, but these hidden spots, the rear window frame and torque boxes at the firewall on this chassis (Mustang/Torino) also are prone to rot.

Now that I've predicted gloom and doom, find an active internet Mustang forum, discuss what needs to be done - and do it ('68's are about as good as the early ones get)
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10k easy.. as there is more rust/rot than you are seeing, and the body shop knows this..
get it on a lift with someone that knows mustangs and let them poke around..
sorry but it more than likely needs more than just that "one" spot
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Thanks for all the replies. I think I will look into learning how to do some of the body work. If nothing else, I can use this car to learn on. Thanks again for the replies. Not exactly what I wanted to hear, but it is what it is.
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