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Old 04-08-2013, 10:21 PM   #1
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Proud owner of her first Mustang!

Hey all! Dropping in to do the intro thing...
Just bought a '96 3.8L V6. She needs a lot of work (mostly body, so far) but I couldn't be more excited to jump right in. I don't know much of mechanics but I'm a pretty handy girl so I think with a little help we'll do just fine. I've been a Mustang fan since high school, I'm so happy to finally own one. I live in Ohio, winter is finally breaking so I'm hoping to get out more and find some cool places to shop and see other cars as well. I have a few car photos on my profile, would love to hear some advice on where to start first with fixin her up.
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Welcome from south Florida. You fix her like you want and make her your car not someone else's take a lot of pictures and share em. And again welcome to ME
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Welcome!!! Post us some pics of your pony!
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I posted a few in my profile albums already.
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She Looks good for 17. Welcome to ME.
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She looks great! I had a 97 cobra, same color. Just do it a little at a time. Some very knowledgeable people on here who will help.
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Welcome to ME, you did well for your first. First thing I would do is lower it down and take out that 4x4 stance.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:56 PM   #9
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I just can't decide where to start first. I really wanna do her body first so it doesn't get worse, but I have a lot other things I wanna do too. Definitely want new muffler/exhaust. Would really love to change it to a 5-spd too!

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She has snow tires on still! Lol
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:05 PM   #10
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Is it just surface rust or is it rotted through? First, know when you start the body, with all the things you mentioned, you are probably looking at getting the whole car painted. If that is not in the budget, start with what is. If you plan on doing a lot yourself, start simple.
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That's pretty much what I was trying to decide. Save up and and get it all done in a couple days at a Maaco type place or just me and the hubby work on it piece by piece. He's a self-taught guy but he's done a lot of good work on his Neon (eeeew!) so we thought we might give it a shot ourselves. But I'm not feeling very patient since I've gotten this car, I don't know if I wanna take it that slow. I don't believe the rust is "rotting" thru. Its mainly around the wheels. The clear coat is yucky all over, big blisters and bubbles. Tomorrow will be my first day I can really spend some Q-T with my car since I've gotten it so I'll post some more detailed pics then.
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welcome from louisville ky! stang looks good!
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Looks good from the pics! Congrats!
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Welcome looks good. Good luck with her.
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Hey all! Dropping in to do the intro thing...
Just bought a '96 3.8L V6. She needs a lot of work (mostly body, so far) but I couldn't be more excited to jump right in. I don't know much of mechanics but I'm a pretty handy girl so I think with a little help we'll do just fine. I've been a Mustang fan since high school, I'm so happy to finally own one. I live in Ohio, winter is finally breaking so I'm hoping to get out more and find some cool places to shop and see other cars as well. I have a few car photos on my profile, would love to hear some advice on where to start first with fixin her up.
Welcome! Where in Ohio?
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:41 PM   #22
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Welcome to ME! I just joined as well! Love the car, a little TLC goes a long ways!
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welcome to ME got a nice car and the great thing is mustang has more ops to choose from hard to decide where to start. I started on the body, when I'm satisfied with that I'll do some performance mods it only takes money right?
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Welcome welcome. Saw your pics car looks like it just needs some love. MAACO is really hit or miss depending on the shop people location and job in my opinion. That being said you'll save money the more bodywork you or your bf does it at home vs paying a shop.
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Welcome from Spain! Your car looks great, I thought it would be worse. It just needs some body work and a paint job. I wish I already had one...
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