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Old 05-24-2008, 10:00 AM
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trading a 53 ford for a 67 mustang coupe

Hey, fella's need some advice, I have a 53 ford customline flatty, that is is taking up finances and time. I love it to death but also, have a ford f-100 I'm restoring. My question is a guy may want to trade his 67 289 mustang coupe for my flatty customline...waht would make it a good trade? If any?

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Old 05-24-2008, 10:05 AM
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If the Mustang was a fastback, I'd say go for it. But the coupes don't command anywhere near the price of the fastbacks. Myself, I'd rather have one nice '53 than 10 Mustang coupes. But hey, it's your choice.
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If the Mustang was a fastback, I'd say go for it. But the coupes don't command anywhere near the price of the fastbacks. Myself, I'd rather have one nice '53 than 10 Mustang coupes. But hey, it's your choice.
I know for sure its a coupe...he said it needs some work as well...
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If they were in similiar condition I wouldn't trade
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:08 PM
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The early Mustangs have pretty flimsy uni-bodies at best. They can look good on the outside but be falling apart underneath, structurally. I had a '69 like that, required all kinds of work to be safe and solid.
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Really? so is there a way to check, without jacking it up? or can superficial rust help determine structural issues
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:38 PM
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Really? so is there a way to check, without jacking it up? or can superficial rust help determine structural issues
If you can, take an experienced person with you. A good body man, a seasoned hot-rodder, etc. Anyone familiar with these cars will know what to look for.
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will do, my brother is a body guy, he said the same thing...we're taking a compression tester as well. I'm just hav'en second thoughts about loosing my 53
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ill take that 53 f100 off ur hands!
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No Way! Jose

I would not do it no way,no how.I am sending you a pm hoping to help you thru this crisis
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I would keep the 53, much more unique than a 67 coupe.
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After owning both - I'd keep the '53. At least it has a real frame under it rather then that floppy sheet metal built up piece of junk that's under the front of the Mustang - and always needs replacement pieces. There is nothing but sheet metal body to the rear end - then more built up sheet metal assemblies. The only downfalls on the '53 are the kingpin 'A' frames and that weak tranny/differential that even a flattie can destroy with ease. It has an engine bay that will hold most any modern OHV engine - and I used mine for a test bed for many of them - after changing to an 8" diff. The Mustang - tight with those shock towers for much of anything larger then the OEM 260-302 size motor. The one nice part of the Mustang - you can buy every part that's bad or missing, tho fairly expensive.

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When I first saw this post, I figured I would be in the minority but I can see that my views are pretty much the same as these others who have commented so when it comes to making the trade I say "Bad Move" !
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You'll be the owner, so own what you like. But as said, Mustangs rust from the inside out. Any unibody is the same, Camaros too. They can look clean on the outside and be ready to buckle in half. Know what you're looking at. Best to take along someone who has done a Mustang or Camaro before if you can. He will know exactly where to look. Inner rockers, floor pans, torque boxes, rear quarters and rear wheel houses, trunk floor, front and rear frame rails and more all can be bad. Lift up the carpets and look at the floorpans if he'll let you.
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Keep the 53.. You will be much happier in the long run...
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