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Old 05-23-2011, 07:26 PM   #91 (permalink)
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

Ive been dreading putting a headliner in my car but you made it look easy! And you even had to work around a roll bar!

I am certainly enjoying following the progress of the build. Before you know it, you'll be back behind the wheel and jammin gears!
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:08 AM   #92 (permalink)
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

Good job Dennis! Wish I had seen yours done before doing mine I used the 3m spray can adhesive and now my headliner is loosing it's grip and I'm seeing wrinkles
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:12 AM   #93 (permalink)
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

Thanks Heppy.

I too was concerned about the roll bar but it added only minor difficulty to the installation. Threading the rear bow over it wasn't bad and the next bow is perfectly over the roll bar (which I had 1" clearance to the bow.) I have long arms so that helped.

Installing the rear window this week end will be the real test of roll bar patience.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:50 PM   #94 (permalink)
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

Over the years the previous owners (and later myself) have pretty much destroyed the rear speaker panel of my coupe:



Since I am not going to reinstall the rear speakers at this time, I decided to strengthen the area by building a firewall that separates the fuel tank and trunk mounted battery from the passenger compartment. The real trick was how to work around the roll bar tubes that pass into the trunk. I decided that the best course of action was to use multiple pieces of metal that would interlock with each other by overlapping.

First I used cardboard to build a couple of templates:



Once the templates fit, I transferred the patterns to some sheet metal:



First the 2 rear panels are installed against the bar:



Then the long front panel is slid into place over the rear panels:



Then small filler pieces are added in the gap behind the bar to make the whole panel the same level:



Once I was satisfied with the fit, I removed the panels and black primered them top and bottom followed by a coat of textured black:





When fully dry, the panels will be bolted in place to allow for future removal, should it be necessary. A layer of black carpet will hide the button head screws. Note: I've found that the textured paint worked great on the roll bar, but for flat panels it tends to dry with some streaks.

In the near future the remaining large opening found right behind the seat will also receive a metal covering, which will complete the firewall.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:31 PM   #95 (permalink)
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

I can see clearly now--thanks to a new windshield:







Old one was pitted pretty badly from living in the Louisiana, Texas and later Colorado. Also replaced the rear window with the best one I had on hand:





Metal firewall that replaced the speaker area can be seen in this pic:



It was screwed into place using several 8x32 button head screws. Thin 1/16" double sided tape was used between the old speaker panel and the firewall to prevent metal to metal rattles.

Next up is to reassemble the guts into the doors (I hope that Gydyup is paying attention.)
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

Dennis just curious why you are installing the glass and trim before painting the body?
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:32 AM   #97 (permalink)
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

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Dennis just curious why you are installing the glass and trim before painting the body?
Primarily for less boo boos in the final product.

Being the only guy doing the job, it is better for me to do the fitting without fear of damaging the paint. The front and rear window chrome does not always cooperate and a little chip now is easily repaired. Also, I find that at my age tools/parts sometimes like to jump from my hand more often now than in the past.

When all the glass is I will feel better about doing the paint and final assembly will be a snap. Takes a little longer, but I don't mind masking. I will leave the belt line weather strips off the doors and quarters.
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

Look's good I like the rear package tray you made. Cool how you worked it around the roll bar. When are you painting it?

When I am reassembling a car after painting I will wrap tools in masking tape so a slip doesn't always mean a chip. I also put a little white grease on the threads of screws, backs of washers, and such so when they tighten up they don't pull the fresh paint.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:30 AM   #99 (permalink)
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Look's good I like the rear package tray you made. Cool how you worked it around the roll bar. When are you painting it?

When I am reassembling a car after painting I will wrap tools in masking tape so a slip doesn't always mean a chip. I also put a little white grease on the threads of screws, backs of washers, and such so when they tighten up they don't pull the fresh paint.
Thank you for the tool/hardware tips. Glad that I am not the only one familiar with the occasional slip.

Not sure when I am going to paint it. If I stayed in body shop mode it would be in 2-3 weeks, but I may switch to mechanic mode for a couple of weeks. I prefer to have the engine/tranny installed before final paint but the engine is still in pieces at my machinist friend's place. He does the machining and I do the final assembly. The block is honed and clean but the rotating parts still need cleaned and installed. Anyways, my mental deadline, if everything pans out, is to be on the track by the end of July.
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:33 PM   #100 (permalink)
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

Today I couldn't get to my block that's in the machine shop, so I cleaned the pistons, oil pan, and timing cover for future installation. Then I returned to body shop mode by installing the door glass on both sides of the GT.

Cleaned the driver's side regulator and the smaller roller track:





This is my secret to staying alert during the day:





Started with a practically empty door:



I looked in the shop manual and it really wasn't detailed enough to give step by step installation tips . . . .:



. . . . so I did what I usually do and just winged it.

First I installed the rear track and loosely snugged it in place. Next I fished the door glass into the door. Found it easiest to start the bottom rear of the glass into the front of the door (where the opening is slightly wider) and then shoving it to the rear which then allowed the front of the glass to also enter the opening. I then used a short piece of 1x4" to keep the glass raised during the remainder of the installation. It can be seen in the following photos:



Eventually the 1x4 should be slid toward the rear of the door:



Next I installed the wing window assembly in the front of the door, added the adjusters, and then the 2 bolts that hold the wing assembly into place:



The regulator was then threaded into the door and first bolted here:



and then here:



Next the new plastic rollers were slid into place in the greased window track:



and the regulator was cranked until the pins could be pushed through them:



The 3rd plastic roller was installed on the remaining pin in preparation of installing the small track. Then the small track was slide into place and the nuts installed. All the regulator fasteners were tightened and the 1x4" was removed. Then it was time to do the basic window adjustments.

Again I ignored the book and first aligned the wing window to the roof pillar, making sure the glass could still roll up and down smoothly. Then I rolled the door window up and installed the front window stop:



Note that it is adjustable up and down.

Next I adjusted the rear track to match the roof and the 1/4 window. A few small adjustment was made to the 1/4 window alignment to give good alignment with the door glass:



Then the rear window stop was adjusted.

Finally I installed and adjusted the regulator's stops:



The finished product:





Further adjustments will be made as necessary when the new roof line weatherstripping is installed after paint.

Once satisfied with the driver's side, I repeated the whole shebang on the passenger's side (which is an exact mirror image of the driver's side):







I had about 4 hours in cleaning, greasing, installing, and adjusting both windows.
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

<---- havnt read all the posts here, but i was wondering if i u sand/sodo blasted or was thos all by hand? thanks
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

I only had 1 coat of paint to remove so I used 80 grit on a DA sander.

I suggest getting a box of razor blades and a non adjustable holder. Its faster and easier when it works. Usually it will strip down to the factory primer which is easily sanded. Can strip a whole car in a day so it is certainly worth a try.
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

After a weekend with company, I now have the house to myself and have made a little more progress.

Stripped the dash, sanded and then primered it:





Followed up with a few fresh coats of semi gloss black:





Broke out the body shultz and sprayed a few coats under the front fenders:











Broke out the red paint and sprayed the underside of the fiberglass hood:





Also re-rubbered the front splash shields-seem to have lost those pics. Also touched up a couple of places where I had already sprayed red and had a boo boo. Besides the small nicks from installing the lower rear window chrome, I accidentally slammed a pair of scissors in the trunk lid opening chipping the paint off both the trunk lid and the quarter panel. Also had a clamp fall off when I was installing the headliner and it chipped the paint on the top of the rocker panels. Both P#&*ed me off when it happened, but now the chips are history and the areas have been repainted.

Outer body is now ready for final wet sanding and then paint. The primer has cured for over a month and should make a nice canvas for some shiny Rangoon Paint. To that end, I have changed my mind and will be using BC/CC instead of the hardened single stage acrylic enamel that I had originally planned. Seems like a no brainer at the moment.

The rest of this week I will continue to paint sections of the interior and expect to reassemble the motor this weekend. Hopefully I will have it completed AND installed by the 4th of July. I have taken the week of the 4th off and expect to have the car painted by the end of that week.

Its a pretty aggressive schedule so wish me luck!!!
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:24 PM   #104 (permalink)
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

Awesome work!

If I had 5 guys like you I could take over the world!


As I read your posts...I learn.
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:49 PM   #105 (permalink)
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Re: 65' Mustang GT body restoration.

Isnt that the truth joemd,i get tired by even reading this thread.i wish i had the drive.

GREAT work so far.
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