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Old 05-08-2007, 09:34 PM
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That is my point Red, you really would realisticly need a donor car. Like I said, I did that once with my 64 Vette that I bought as a shell. It was a HUGE undertaking collecting parts. You have no idea how many parts a car has until you try this.

All I know is pick up a bunch of catalogs and pull out your calculator and start adding them up.

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I bought my 68 mustang gt 390 fastback 18 years ago. it sit in my garage 14 years while i raised a family. it was so rough that it should have been in a crusher. the only thing original in the front is the radiator housing, i replaced the front rails, torque boxes, aprons, vents, front floor supports, floorpans, quarters, rear rails. at that time i stated that they repo every part but the roof panel. ha, now they make it. only thing that will be original on my suspension will be the front spindles, and my rearend housing. from all my research, there is very little that isn't made for the mustang. there is one thing i would like to see made, and that is replacement rollers for the sissors that crank up the windows on the doors, replacement sissors cost at least $59 . to me that is very costly to replace when you have good sissors, and all you have to do is install new rollers, the rollers are riveted to the sissors, i have not seen any replacement kits as yet.
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I did get out the calculator and it looks like well over $40,000 for parts I can find (not everything) which really is not bad and I am not expecting to get by cheap here anyway. I have heard "you can get anything for a Mustang (Camaro)" quite a number of times however if you sit down and realistically look at it there are a lot of things you can not (easily anyway) find new, for example think about building both the front and rear seats from scratch. It may seem at first like "well this is just a few small items" but they add up in a hurry and if they are missing then they are just that, missing, no matter how insignificant they may seem at first. As in the case of the seat example one could probably find a set of rebuildable seats easy enough but what else could require a great deal of time trying to locate? And what about the cost of buying a piece at a time as opposed to buying the whole thing for one price? Not trying to argue with anyone here I am just trying to look at both sides and I am thinking that maybe the hassle of finding EVERYTHING new may make it more than worthwhile to just find a donor, and well if the body is halfway decent? It may very well be that if someone already has a car they want to rebuild then these bodies may be the way to go, but starting from scratch I am not so sure.
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That is my point on the cost Red, now, in the $40,000, you only had the "Mustang" parts right? How about the motor, wheels, paint? And the parts you are missing in the $40K.....you are well over 50K probably looking at 60-70.

Look at what is available by way of "Projects" or nice original cars and see what you come up with.

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I guess this is a classic case of fantasy and reality having a head-on collision. While I can get excited just thinking about having that new body sitting there and using a new wiring harness, all new heater/AC parts, new steering parts, new everything the fact is a lot of this new stuff may require using some of the orginal parts that may or may not be there. Decisions, decisions
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