1965 Mustang Coupe - Father and Son Build
I have been a member of the site for several months now. I am on the site several times a day reading and learning.
So far I have bought the following products from the store to use in the restoration.
- Picklex 20 (2 orders)
- Zero Rust
- Stud Gun Kit
- Spot Blaster
- Spot Weld Cutters
All orders were delivered within a couple of days, were reasonbly priced and worked as advertised.
A big thanks to Len and the other Senior level guys on the board that contribute.
I have been doing motor/turbo/tuning work on late model mustangs for a few years as a hobby, but his is my first attempt at any fabrication, rust repair, body work, etc. So we are learning as we go using this site as a primary source of information along with some videos, etc.
On to the car. It's a 1965 coupe. First time buying an old car, so its been a learning experience. The car is in much worse shape than I originally thought, and everytime I remove a panel, I find more rust or areas needing repair.
I am 38 and my son is 14. Our plan is to have the car ready for him by the time he starts his junior year in HS (he is a freshman now). My goal with the project is as follows:
- Teach him fabrication, bodywork, and automotive skills in general
- Spend time working together
- Create memories that we can reflect on for many years
- In this day and time, especially with younger people there is a trend of people looking for instant gratification on everything. I am hoping that working on the car at least 2-3 times a week for a couple of years will teach him that hard work does yield results, and if you want it to be right, you can shortcut or rush things. When he gets 16, he will also be expected to get a job to help buy parts for the car.
I started a blog to document the progress, keep notes and organize the pics. It's located here: http://65turbostang.blogspot.com/2009/01/begining.html
This is what we started with:
This was the day (June, 08) we picked up the car in El Dorado, AR (5 hours from our home in Dallas)
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A few pics of the begining
This is what the car looked like as we got it home and started disassembly:
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The first thing we did was start with the Roof. We are doing all rust repair, body work, filler work and putting epoxy primer on one section or panel at a time.
Here are the blog updates for the roof work with lots of pics:
Roof Repair Part 1 - Shave Drip Rails
Roof Repair Part 2 - Rust Repair and Dent Pulling
Roof Repair Part 3 - Epoxy Primer
A couple of before and after pics in case you don't want to have to go to the blog.
After all sheetmetal replacement, rust removal, shaved drip rail work, and filler work, we put a coat of PPG epoxy primer on it.
Now that the roof is complete, we are putting a full floor pan in the car as well as replacing the toe boards. Last weekend we go started removing the old floorpans. The previous owner had attempted a repair riveting in replacement metal on top of rusted metal and sealing over the rivets with a clear bathroom type caulk/sealent.
I will finish cutting the remainder of the floor pan out this weekend as soon as I receive the new spot weld cutters I ordered from the store.
Here is the blog link for the floor pan work: http://65turbostang.blogspot.com/200...-2-cutout.html
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Roof Interior Paint
The interior roof was prepped and painted with Black Zero rust. Turned out nice.
Here is the blog link: http://65turbostang.blogspot.com/200...oof-paint.html
Originally Posted by turbocobra
GREAT work Turbocobra !!!
I love the shaved drip rails.
There is nothing like doing a father and son project.
You have come a long way in a short while, and I admire your determination and knowledge. I can't say enough about your project.
I have a question on shaving the drip rails. What is the proper procedure to follow and what do you watch for?
I am planning to do my 67 Acadian, but need some expert advice before starting.
Thanks and sorry for stealing the thread.
Thanks 67. It was my first time doing it, and if I can, anyone can. This site has a ton of info that can be helpful, particularly in the body work that you will need to do once they have been shaved.
Originally Posted by 67 canso s/d
Not sure if you saw the link to my blog, but here http://65turbostang.blogspot.com/200...drip-rail.html is the writeup with some details, and step by step pictures.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to email or pm me.
curious to see what the left quarter looks like when you sand off the mess. I think there's metal somewhere down there! Lotta work but it'll be worth it when it's said and done.