67 Mustang Coupe
[SIZE=3]I started this journey or project in July 2005 in New Orleans (Harahan) Louisiana. This is the fifth Mustang I owned, I sold my last Mustang, a 1968 fastback, 302, 4speed car back in 1982 when I was in college. Never got over the bug, just life got in the way.
Joined the Coast Guard, spent a lot of years as a competitive slalom water skier, until I got tired of that, had two daughters and wanted a hobby that kept me closer to home on weekends.
I found this car in the paper, it was listed as a good drag or street car had been raced, and he wanted a pretty penny for it. So I took the wife and babies over for a look. It had slicks and open headers, sounded really good but needed a bit of work – the body was in really good shape with no rust. It had a 351, C-4 in it, with a 9 inch rear and front disc’s. When he fired it up and it idled, the babies cried and the wife cringed. The owner had bought it from the builder who ran it at the track. He was going to fix it up and put it back on the street but wound up with a nice Chevy II and wanted to sell the Mustang. All I really wanted was the body and rear. But the owner didn’t want to part it out, and the asking price was a bit too much.
I kept my eye on the paper, and after more than a month, it was still there. So I called and asked would he come off the price some, he said yes but not how much. So I went for another look and a drive. He showed me the car some more, it had a lot of little things that were not so cool, wiring problems, no fan, no alternator, no mufflers etc. But the basic car was solid. Again, I didn’t care for the engine or Trans, but he didn’t want to break it up. He swore the car ran low roll bar limited 12s and went mid 11s on test and tunes.
So I said, let me drive it. He said nope, I will take you for a ride, but you can’t drive it because it may get away from you. I hopped in and said “don’t kill me man”. Off we went (no I didn’t put on my seat belt – dumb). He warmed it up, did a token burnout – turned down a long straight road. Stopped and let her rip, 1 – 2 shift, it was going like a bat out of hell. Not sure what happened then, he said something about the shifter – and we were sliding all over the road. He managed to keep it straight for a while, then he didn’t, and we hit a ditch at a culvert for a driveway. The 4X4 mailbox pole was right about where my head was, had it not been for the culvert and the pole; the door would have come open and spilled us both out. We climbed out – unscathed and lucky.
I did help him get it on his trailer, and bid him adieu, promising not to suit him. I was shaken up at first, then after a day or two, I figured, the car wasn’t hurt that bad. So I called him and asked him how much he wanted for it now. He asked how much I would give him, and I made an offer, he said come get it. I said deliver it. DONE, its now mine.
A few weeks later, we were run out by KATRINA that kept me deployed for 75 days while my family evacuated home to Virginia. We got back from that with the house and car intact by the grace of god. So I started on the body work replacing the sheet metal, then wheels and tires, putting on a water pump, alternator etc.
Not long after that, I got orders to move to Virginia and take a ship for two years. I had to hustle to get it back together in order to move all my crap. After two great years in command of a ship, I am now back driving a desk, and starting on the car in earnest. First I had to build the garage (Manshack). I have gone through the engine, deciding to keep it. I kept the short block and heads, even decided to keep the cam in it. Topped it all off with new intake, carb, headers – pulled the C4 and put a Toploader in it.
Right now its back up on stands, putting in the roll bar, new floor pans and stripping the under carriage and painting the under side. I have the rear end out, putting in new cogs and spool, along with CALTRACs and mono leaf springs. My initial impression was dead on though, the body is in great shape, except for the front floor pans, and cowl of course. The rear quarters don’t have any patches, rust or mud in them. I should have it rolling again this summer. I will drive it around a bit more, doing all the greasy nasty fabrication.
I plan on building a bit more stout of an engine, then next winter, pull the engine, redo the front suspension, put the new engine in and paint it. I am getting kind of fond of the dent in the door though.
Project 521 Gydyup - 67 Mustang Coup
521 BBF-Solid Roller -Kaase P51 Heads-Victor-AED Dominator - Jerico DR4, Long Inline Shifter.
Shortened & Mini Tubbed. Strange Nodular 9, Spooled 4:56, Mark Williams Axles.
"old School - WWDD"
Last edited by Gydyup; 08-12-2009 at 12:05 PM.