Well, I figured I'd start my own thread to chronicle my mild restoration the '66 Mustang.
By mild-restoration I mean it isn't a rotisserie restoration. It is a little more than just a cosmetic but not a full rotisserie.
It wasn't planned....I bought the car as a driver and planned on just using as that (my Spring/Summer daily driver) but there was a little more orange peel in the finish for me (well, me being me and doing what I do, I figured that I would probably be judged by the finish on the car even if I never touched it).
The original plan was to just scuff the car and reclear it. However, once we got into it, it is a 50 year old car, so we just decided to do the body work that needed to be done and repaint the car.
Here is what is being done to the car:
1) Pull original 289-4V 225HP engine (with Autolite 4100 carb, OE exhaust manifolds, etc) and put on dolly, wrap and store (preserve to reinstall in car at a later date)
2) Install 300HP small block ford, Weiand 8020 Stealth alum intake, Holley 4160 1850-2 600cfm carb, Hedman longtube headers
3) Rebuild C4 transmission to handle 300hp/336tq
4) rebuild Differential
1) rebuild entire front suspension; replace rear bushings
1) strip car
2) body work car
3) paint car
4) reassemble car
5) polish all stainless
6) replace or rechrome as needed
Install shoulder harnesses front and rear
I have kept the original 289 ready to reinstall in the car. This car can be put back to 100% original/OEM with just a little labor. I wanted to maintain the vehicles integrity since it is a factory GT car.
The car when I bought it:
300HP/336TQ Small Block Ford with Hedman longtube headers
Prepping for body work (yes, that is also my Corvette behind this car!)
The stenciling on the radiator support from 50 years ago at the original dealer when it was prepped for delivery
In the paint booth with high-build primer
As she sits today in primer...
(I'll keep ya'll posted as we progress. The car should be finished and on display at Cavalcade of Wheels)