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Old 12-14-2004, 10:56 AM
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Rustang...

whats up everyone?
Im Leon, im 18, and live in ma.
my girlfriend has a 1967 mustang that was given to her and its gonna need some saving of the body before its "roadworthy".
im talkin rear quarters, hoods almost gone, trunklid, and who knows whats hiding under the carpet.
its got a strait 6 and 70 thousand original miles so im hoping to get the body done so i can have something to whip this coming summer.
been bustin my *** working trying to save up good old green cause i got a whole list of parts needing replacing...
anyways my question is this...
anyone know of a company to get GOOD(not thin ****ty ****) replacement panels?
THANKS!
also a reputable mustang parts retailer...

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Old 12-14-2004, 11:02 AM
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Mustang rebuild

A good source for your body parts would be Classic Mustangs in Waco, Texas. Here is the link to their web site.

http://classicmustangs.com

I noticed their web site is located in Englewood, Colorado, so they may have moved their base of operations.

The last I knew, these guys were an authorized Ford parts outlet.
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Old 12-14-2004, 11:42 AM
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Pictures???

I'd be careful spending a lot of money. I see where you said the car was given to her but...if its in really bad shape you can easily spend more money than it will ever be worth when fixed.
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Old 12-14-2004, 12:35 PM
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GMW has a good point there. It may be that the car is worth nothing more than a parts doner itself.
Second thing to think about.
It is your Girlfriends car.
What happens if you spend the national debt on fixing it up, and then she decides to drive over to some other guys house with it and leave you sitting in your garage, out the big green?

That kind of thing has happened more times than most guys would care to remember.
Love of women and Love of Wheels just dont mix.
Fortunately its never happened to me but I do know a lot of guys that similar ( a new stove, dishwasher, TV, whatever) situations have been through.
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Old 12-14-2004, 05:29 PM
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Love of women and Love of Wheels just dont mix.
Fortunately its never happened to me but I do know a lot of guys that similar ( a new stove, dishwasher, TV, whatever) situations have been through.
If you see another good looking car and your car has to wait while you spend time with it, your car doesn't get jealous...

When your car needs a little maintenance, some of your friends might help you with it.....

Your car doesn't get mad if you spend every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in the garage drinking beer....
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Old 12-14-2004, 07:33 PM
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Why cars are better than women



Other axiums:

Your car doesnt need to be fed if its not moving.
A car doesnt care if it has the latest in fashion clothes.
A car wont eat the last two bites of your T-bone steak just to see if you get upset or not.
Best of all, your car doesnt have a Mother, so no Mother In Law.

And the grand prize goes to:
Your car doesnt get crabby for 5-6 days every month.

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Old 12-14-2004, 07:37 PM
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CORRECTION:
When your car needs a little maintenance, YOU WON'T MIND IF some of your friends help you with it.....

(they might be *TO* willing to help with GF maintenance as well...)
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Old 12-14-2004, 07:49 PM
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Why cars are Better than Women

Ya got that right Farno.
And she might decide your "buddie" does better maintainance, too.

And your car wont take you for granted.
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A good sourse of Mustang parts is CJ's Pony Parts.
http://www.emustang.com/
I have gotten alot of stuff from them. Great to deal with, and they are in PA.

Another great place for information on that car is,
http://www.vintage-mustang.com/parts.html

That being said, I have to agree about doing that work on a girlfriend's car. Also check it's under side real good before doing much to it. If it has that much rust visible, you can imagine how much is hidden.
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I wont get into the ownership part of this discussion but in my opinion using a mustang for parts should be considered only for the most hopeless cases. Almost every part but the roof is available new and even if you replace the floor pans(complete floor pans and firewalls are available now),front and rear frame rails, Q-panels even the door shells it is still worth the cost if you do it right. While I was doing my last mustang I visited a guy in kentucky who was GIVEN a parts car but decided to repair it after adding up the cost of the parts. He has replaced most of the sheet metal(most of the car for that matter) and all of the frame parts along with about every thing else that was rusty but he turned what looked like a hopeless hulk into a solid nearly new body for about $3800 in parts. Now I must admit that is parts only and just the body with no allowance made for labor, but we are doing this for fun anyway right? $3800 may seem like a lot to spend on what some would consider junk but how much is a NEW body worth? The car is not out of the shop yet and I know it will cost considerably more to finish but it will be a lot more solid and rust free than a lot of the "restorations" out there and still will be well within a reasonable cost frame.
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He has replaced most of the sheet metal(most of the car for that matter) and all of the frame parts along with about every thing else that was rusty but he turned what looked like a hopeless hulk into a solid nearly new body for about $3800 in parts.
The problem is the sheet metal for a body is usually the least costly part of restoring a car. If a car needs almost every body panel replaced chances are the suspension, wheels, tires, engine, wiring, interior, etc. is going to need a lot of attention as well. If you just clean-up and reuse everything you can you may get by. But, if you start customizing the costs will skyrocket real quick.
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forget the rust

Start with the brakes first! Or you and your girlfriend may end up dead.
70,000 miles, I'll bet most of the brake parts are original and shot. Your looking at $500-700 in parts to do it right.
Then the drivetrain
Then all new electrical
Then the suspension

Now start on the body and don't forget the $500 for a new interior.

Want the best made/good price, Classic Creations here in Lakeland FL is a complete parts and restore shop. They have done over 700 Mustangs. Merv knows who makes the best parts. (classiccreationsfl.com) 863-665-2322.

Mechanical parts, Mustang Unlimited Conneticut(mustangunlimited.com)

third choice: NPD National Parts Depot
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:33 PM
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I certainly wouldn't spend a dollar on a basket case Mustang that didn't even belong to me. And that was only a 6cyl.

Leon, you described a car that needs a full, body off restoration. You're 18 just like me, do yourself a favor, don't blow that hard earned cash on that pos, put it in the bank, or towards a car that you can drive safely and work on at the same time.
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