Think I found my Mustang project

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  1. matrix243

    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    68 notchback.
    New brakes (front disc conversion), suspension, overhauled 8" diffy, emaculate undercarriage and engine bay, new tires and mint factory original steel wheelies.

    Getting the certified check from the bank for it tomorrow.

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    New rack and pinion he's giving me.
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    car - engine and transmission + rack & pinion = $4600.

    He's also giving me rear quarters which takes care of 80% of the rust.
     
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  2. Rack

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    You ought to be arrested for stealing that car. :)


    Very nice car. Although I wouldn't call it a "project"... it's pretty much already done. Unless the "project" is beefing it up rather then just restoring it.
     
  3. twistid

    twistid Banged By Super Models Moderator

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    there's a lot of little work to be done... but at that price, it will be worth it in the end... good buy.
     
  4. matrix243

    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    Structural welding is what I wanted to avoid since it takes alot of experience to do it properly. Mechanically, most likely everything will be changed eventually.

    Here's the worst part of the car. I'm just not sure why the rust is so isolated, or perhaps very well hidden.

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  5. matrix243

    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    The guy gave me a crawler and light to run through the undercarriage. She's emaculate under there. He has wicked creditentials too. Master Ford mechanic and is now a professional restorer. Found it outside the city. Think that was the trick.
     
  6. nmt6789

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    Why is the paint and body a mess and the undercarriage beautiful?
     
  7. 396Hawk

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    Looks like he started with the undercarriage... which I wouldn't have done but to each his own.
     
  8. matrix243

    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    Everythings a go! Deal went through last night. Let the games begin!

    I was worried the rear replacement quarters weren't full length but they are!
    The only visible rust that you can see is here.
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    And I've talked to him already about installing a Scott's coilover in the front so the inners are gone.
     
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  9. TacoOverlord

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    Very nice, have fun with it. :cool:
     
  10. matrix243

    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    besides paint, this will be my first big purchase.

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  11. Light Speed

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    looks cool :cool:
     
  12. nmt6789

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    Good luck with the rust
     
  13. captain_winkie

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    I can take a guess that the reason he started with the underside of the car was to replace the rusted-out floor pans. I can't get a great look at the ones that are there now, but it's a common problem with the early 'Stangs. He's had the rear axle rebuilt, and it looks like the gas tank was cleaned. Both of these would've had to come out in order to do the floor pans. And it's the only reason I can imagine doing the underside of the car to that level of detail without messing with the front clip and the rear fenders.

    That is going to be a BEAUTIFUL car when it's done. And you could probably fund it by selling those steelies, if you don't want to keep them. Personally, I'd keep them.

    Damn...He's gotta have about $2000 worth of work into that chassis resto alone. Add in the 1/4's, and the rack and you get "Nice find!"
     
  14. matrix243

    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    Thanks man. I looked at the underside again a little closer. There is some pitting on certain areas. I can't remember the name of it but he cleaned and coated it with that rust bonding liquid that seals it for painting.

    The rust areas seem really isolated. Just the rear quarters, but not the front fenders. And I also noticed some along the inside edge of the trunk, but nothing on the car side.

    Originally I thought the wheels were just chrome caps that fit in black steels, but no, there chrome steels with cap in center and a alluminum beauty ring around the edge. I'll keep them but they won't be used.

    I'm actually thinking of trading in that rack for a posi 8" he has. Would like to find a 9" for the power I'm looking at.
     
  15. Ronin

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    thats so god damn cheap
     
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    awesome deal , good luck and have fun
     
  17. matrix243

    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    So I'm thinking a smallblock for the time being. Keeps the weight down and I can get it on the road sooner.

    347's a little cheaper then the windsor, a big 23lbs lighter, same power, 50 less torque.

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    450hp would be a good street performer in a 2800lb car.

    Or else I could mod up a forged 302 from a fox for way cheap, and get 350-400.

    I'm lost as to what tranny to go with since the t5 won't hold it together.

    Opinions?
     
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    Toploader 4-speed would be era-correct. You'd be able to find all the proper bolt-in pieces for the clutch pedal. Plus, you can build it up to be bulletproof, especially behind a small block. You could probably find that 9" Posi wherever you find a Toploader, too.

    Or you could do a Tremec T56, but that's going to take a little more work to get it all together. Although there aren't a lot of 6-speed '68 Mustangs out there (and what there are, probably have T56's).
     
  19. matrix243

    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    I figure the toploader is the cheapest alternative, just not easily obtainable. The T56 from Ford $2400 and can handle 440ft/lbs. Perfectly suited for a 347. And eventually swap that out for a powerglide once a get to the prostreet stage. Yes, I'm dreaming.
     
  20. matrix243

    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    I finally got the rear coilover in.

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    Awsome car!
     
  23. matrix243

    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    thanks dude.

    can't even tell there's rust in this pic.

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    latest plan is just to bolt in my 390 I have and stroke it out with a 416/428 scat crank.

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