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Old 12-09-2008, 03:04 PM
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So as soon as I got back to Las Vegas, I convince my buddy to give me the project car that he was slowly restoring to sell. Now, he's going to help me restore it and I plan for it to be my daily driver. I'll keep this thread alive for pics and comments along the way.

The engine, tranny, and all running gear, including axles and wheels are from a 1968 Ford Mustang and have already been completely rebuilt and installed.

It has a 289 V-8 which was offered in later years. It has a 4-speed top-loading tranny with Hurst shifter on the floor. Ford 9" rearend (which I just noticed as a small leak at the driveshaft seal, dangit).

I've got a catalog for Mac's Automotive, which specializes in restoration parts for these cars. Know any other sources?

He's already shaved the tailgate latch and gas filler door, both of which are now on the inside of the bed.
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:09 PM
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I just took off the doors and seats and have started removing all the carpet. I'll put seats back in and get it registered next week so I can make it a rolling rebuild after getting the lights, bumpers, and windshield wipers temporarily reinstalled.

So far we're planning on a red car with black flames in a cracked paint, showing the red underneath.

I start it everyday and let it run. It fires up on first stroke and has an aggressive cam and dual exhaust that really let it rumble.

Someone put seat belts in, but I'm taking them out. This is gonna be old-school, except for the Knaack box in the Rhino-lined bed.
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:12 PM
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Cool deal, Mac. This should be fun.
Closest I ever came to a truck like that was a '66 (I think) full size Ranchero.
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The glove box lid is chromed, of course: miniskirt friendly!
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:17 PM
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It's already got most of the body work done, and my buddy will be finishing that for me. That, the paint, and the upholstery are his fields. It's got a super tough primer that's been protecting it all this time. The mud we took off the underside managed to protect most of that. It's a So-Cal car. The driver's side has a caulked-in pan and the passenger's pan is rusted through in a few places. I'll probably weld in two new pans.

You can see where I got some overspray from penetrating oil on the rear quarter panel. I'm a dumbass. He tells me I have to sand that whole area back to bare and reprime now. Makes sense.
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That is sweet. Remember to keep batteries in your camera!
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Should make a cool driver w/a 289 but for the ultimate sleeper, think 512 crate, but that's just me.
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I will be anxiously waiting for progress reports on this build. Keep us up to date!

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Old 12-09-2008, 04:29 PM
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...think 512 crate...
The 289 barely fits in a Falcon! This ain't no Galaxy!
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