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Old 12-13-2011, 06:30 AM   #1
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How do I make a 1981 mustang look beautiful for cheap?

That's a trick question... Right?

Ya see, here's the immediate problem. "Beautiful" is a very subjective word open to a lot of interpretation. Some people think the crap they do on Pimp My Ride makes a car beautiful. Some people think being stock and fully restored makes it beautiful. My idea of beautiful is probably different from yours.

Now let's explore the word "cheap". Pretty much everything I've already said also applies. Besides, if you have to pay to have the work done, cheap is not going to be cheap.

Don't let any small minded meatheads take away your enthusiasm. An '81 'Stang can be turned into a REALLY nice car, but you need to put some time into defining the two key words above.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:06 AM   #2
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A new paint job and some TLC.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:40 AM   #3
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i build older cars than that you can find parts in junk yards for cheap like a ecology place or something you just gotta look n you'll find it trust me i've done it
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:56 AM   #4
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If the paint is not too bad, take it to an auto detailing shop and have it detailed in and out. You can also get a set of 15" or 16" rims for a very good price at PEP BOYS. What size is the engine? If it is a 6cyl. or and 8cyl. you can get a duel exhaust system from Dynomax. You would probably spend about $1200 for everything mentioned Just keep it clean and you can have a nice little mustang to cruise in.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:32 AM   #5
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wide tires and huge motor are your answers.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:19 AM   #6
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BONDO. and some paint
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:54 AM   #7
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take the blue oval off for starters!!!!!
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:23 AM   #8
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An 81??????? Those look best on fire i think. Put it out of its misery.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:25 AM   #9
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There are many bolt-ons for your 'stang. Start with wheels, a good set of wheels can make a ride stand out. You can probably find a used set floating around cheap.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:31 AM   #10
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junk it! just kidding try creating your own body kits or order engine parts from j.c. whitney catalog
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:23 AM   #11
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put on some mustang GT side skirts 87 to 83 and the rear spoiler. Or I would do the side skirts but put on the 83 earlier rear spoiler.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:15 PM   #12
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You cant
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:13 PM   #13
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If youve got the capability, you could put the front end of a later model mustang on yours, such as a 1984 or 1986 model.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:01 PM   #14
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Maybe rob a bank or something. Mustangs are ugly.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:24 PM   #15
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repaint it...
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