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Old 11-20-2007, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1968 Mustang - Restomod Hardtop

In January 2005, I bought my first classic car, my first american car and now, November 2007, I don't regret it. I spent so much money on it but now, I'm almost done my Restomod dream...










It has a 289ci V8 engine, power steering, full drums, front bench seat. Coming from California. I bought it from a Belgian seller who does import classic car.

First year, we worked on the interior, we have installed the following parts:

- Carpet
- Door panel
- Dashboard
- Sunvisors
- Insulators
- Bezels
- Hoses, clamps, oil filter, brake, ...

To be continued...
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Old 11-20-2007, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 1968 Mustang - Restomod Hardtop

Beautiful Sponge. That's a nice car no matter where you are, but it must seem really special in Belgium. I like the other cars in the yard you took your pictures in too.

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Old 11-20-2007, 06:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks like a nice car! It even has the pretty rare bench front seat....What are the future plans for it.
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yes ... very nice, but ... what is the "mod" part?
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Just give me a few minutes to write

The first year, we refreshed the car:

- Interior
- Brake rebuilt
- Engine: spark plugs, belts, oil, valve cover, radiator & heat hoses, etc...
- Shocks
- Leaf springs
- New dual exhaust
- Power steering hoses











































The next in a few hours...

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Old 11-21-2007, 01:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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nice man

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Old 11-21-2007, 06:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I bought it in 2005, the biggest mods are for 2007 so please, let me a few hours to write my story

As you are all to impatient to wait, I forward my story from 2005 to 2007.

January 2007, it's time to work hard on the pony. The rust is present, everywhere and I hate that! I got some leaks, my engine is tired, it's was really time to redone everything!!!!

Let's being. The first step was:










We checked the engine and it never been open since the beginning, very disgusting...



















Job's done. After cleaning the engine block, we found a crack between 2 cylinders so I prefered searching another engine bare block and I found a 71. Let's continue!

For the Restomod parts, I bought them from Mustangs Plus:







Back to the car now. We had to cut the brand new front valance. Was too short for my car. It required a few days to make it great, the same problem for the hood and deck lid...













Car inspection: rust, rust and rust...







The door panels have been removed and no surprise, rust.






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Old 11-21-2007, 06:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Now it does fit better...




The California deck lid installed, looking good... But need work...







The cowl hood needed also a lot of attention...




The rusty areas are cut then we sandblasted the other sheet to remove all rust.













Now it does look good...







Door shells have been sandblasted, then protected with a anti-rust paint in order to install the new door panels.






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Old 11-21-2007, 06:54 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Now, it's time to be positive, rotating assembly balanced by, all is new...

- Crank (stroke 3.25")
- Rods (5.4", Summit stage I)
- Forged pistons (Ross Racing)
- Clutch (SPEC)
- Complete ARP bolts
- Clevite 77 bearings
- Edelbrock RPM Performer package (heads, intake manifiold, camshaft)
- Crane Cam pushrods, roller rockers
- Holley Street avanger carburator
- Milodon water pump
- Canton oil pan
- ...










The block has been cleaned, painted in blue.



















A few hours later, here's it:









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Old 11-21-2007, 06:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Another big work was: the leaky cowl, as on most Mustangs...










Can we save the sheet? Hell no...







Another surprise, the deck lid...





Let's fix the deck lid... How we deal that? Sandblasting, anti-rust paint, weld the new part.













Another nice part.












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Old 11-21-2007, 06:57 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Then, we had to fix the cowl panel.




After sandblasting, it's a little bit more nice...




Then, the rest of the body has been sandblasted (over and under).






















After sandblasting, the metal sheets are exposed to the humidity, weather, bad european conditions so a good protection is required!







Then, another protection paint (2x)













And finally, the final paint, white & parchment for the dashboard (3x)









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Now the paint is good, let's work on the wiring harness. I bought a complete set from Painless, excellent quality, easy to install.







I swapped my drums for 13" disc brake from Vintage Venom. Amazing product.




Rear axle has been rebuild, sandblasted, painted in black. New bearing set, differential and axle ratio.




As you can see: subframe connectors, Traction bar, rear sway bar.




Now, we can move the car!




It's nice! Engine is back and installed!




It looks like to a Mustang now...










Originally, my car had an automatic transmission. I always wanted a manual one so I bought a B&W T10 transmission, it broke at the first engine running, a bearing ceased and broke the transmission. Then, I bought from Modern Driveline a T5Z transmission... Of course, I had to buy a new pedal set, found on Ebay...




After many fuel leaks on the dual feed line (poor quality), I bought a new one from Summit:







Now, the end of this huge topic, yesterday, 11/20/2007. Ready for the final paint: white with 2 blue stripes...



















I spent 2 hours to write this. For you, can I proudly say: "It's my Restomod car"? I would say yes but...

I probably forgot some other rusty surprises, I apologyze but I did my best to reduce 3 years of my experience for you...

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Old 11-21-2007, 07:49 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Very Impressive!
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:36 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Very Impressive!
Thanks dude.

I swapped some problems like the following parts which broke quickly:

- 2 brand new fuel regulator
- 1 brand new fuel pump
- 1 brand new ignition switch

Or quality defect on:

- Door panels: they were like waves...
- Spent work on the fiberglass parts
- New rear bumper: 1/2" too short
...

But at the end of this year, my pony will be impressive!
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Old 11-21-2007, 10:19 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Wow Sponge that is an awesome writeup and great pics....I would never have guessed you would have so much rust after seeing the first pics you posted with the carpet out and the very clean looking floor...Goes to show you just never know with a 40 year old car...I can't wait to see the finished product.
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