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Old 08-23-2014, 12:16 PM   #1
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68 coupe restore

well just got started on my 68 front clip off and not much rustClick image for larger version

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Nice, thats a good start!
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Only real rust is under battery box simple enough to replace


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This is exciting to watch! What's the plan? Restore or modify?
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This is exciting to watch! What's the plan? Restore or modify?
I could restore it but it still is not a high value car so I think I am going to modify it a bit. It is an original 68 coupe with a 289 engine. I have had it for 30 or so years and it has sat for the last 20. The biggest rust spot is under the battery box and the right rear quarter needs to be replaced. I have the skins to do it. I am planning on doing the body first then the engine.
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I'd do a pro-touring project with it for sure. A little suspension upgrade, some rims, maybe a little sound system. Find a nice modern subtle paint for it...


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Old 08-26-2014, 05:21 AM   #7
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I'd do a pro-touring project with it for sure. A little suspension upgrade, some rims, maybe a little sound system. Find a nice modern subtle paint for it...


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The rear spring are planned to be replaced along with the front. It already has power steering so I don't need to do that. I plan on upgrading the front brakes to power disk and add AC. Then the engine work. I am not sure to go back original because it only has 52000 mile on her or bump it up a bit. That is is next summer project. We shall see.
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Nice! Always great to see a clean slate, you can do what you want with it. That's very liberating when it comes to these old mustangs! Good luck and keep all of us posted.


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Id recommend the shelby drop in the front!
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Id recommend the shelby drop in the front!
I am looking into dropping the front a little I never understood why the front was higher then the backs.
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I am looking into dropping the front a little I never understood why the front was higher then the backs.

The shelby drop is relocating the front upper control arms down an inch allowing for better camber angles in cornering. It also slightly lowers the front
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:13 PM   #12
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I know, you see that once in while....the back sitting a little lower than the front.


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I know, you see that once in while....the back sitting a little lower than the front.


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Mine is that way and always has been. I have been told it was supposed to be like that.
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My car is lowered also about 2inches but I think next year my next step is going to the relocated arms and coilovers in front.


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Ya they are that way. If you look at some of the original brochures the cars have that stance.


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Mine sits that way too, i hate it and want to change it but other things come first haha
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Well this fit in the back of my FJ I had to bungee the door closed but hey it worked. Now to set it up and get the body ready to go in it


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Well this fit in the back of my FJ I had to bungee the door closed but hey it worked. Now to set it up and get the body ready to go in it


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What's in the box? What's in the booooox?!
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:11 AM   #19
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What's in the box? What's in the booooox?!
Nothing now I had to unload it to get the box out of the back of my FJ. It is a Rotisserie all pretty and new. I have it all put together and waiting for the body to mounted. I will have a few more pictures and a how to mount a unibody to it in the next few weeks. The plan is to get the car level and sitting on jack stands so I can replace one rear quarter and the battery apron. After that it goes on the rotisserie so I can redo the bottom.
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Did the rear end today should hae the interior out in a day or so.
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I have to admit, I really enjoyed taking certain parts of my car apart. It nice to able to figure out all the ins and outs of your own car. Hope you're having fun!


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I have to admit, I really enjoyed taking certain parts of my car apart. It nice to able to figure out all the ins and outs of your own car. Hope you're having fun!


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I am learning all the things I figured I knew. I like taken it apart and was hoping to get it gutted this weekend, but mother nature decided to rain on me. I have a few brackets to make to mount it to the rotisserie then I can flip it and see what else I can see. I am glad I have been buying parts and tools for this job over a few years makes it easier when you get going and don't have to stop and wait on things.
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Always good to get organized...


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Always good to get organized...


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Man i wish i had the time you do! The shelby looks good in the background btw!
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Man i wish i had the time you do! The shelby looks good in the background btw!
I have been saving this project for 20 years now. Yup the last time this car was registered was in 1993. It has been towed back and forth across the country twice now on a trailer, and stored outside in WA state for 15 years. I am surprised it is as clean and solid as it is. The Shelby was a bonce last year, the wife finally said yes I could buy one.
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Haha nice, I bet your glad you carted the 68 around with you all those years though, ive learned never to sell any of my toys i always regret it after a few years!
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Haha nice, I bet your glad you carted the 68 around with you all those years though, ive learned never to sell any of my toys i always regret it after a few years!
Well after a few years I was going to sell it because I knew it would be a long time before I got round to it. My wife said I could not sell it no matter what. So I hung on and kept it as best I could afford and here we are now.
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Your wife sounds like a keeper! Haha my gf puts up with my habit of buying cars and parts and always being in the garage lol
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Just a word of advice when you replace your quarter panel don't cut where the valance bolts to it or else your end up with a ****ty gap like i did Click image for larger version

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Just a word of advice when you replace your quarter panel don't cut where the valance bolts to it or else your end up with a ****ty gap like i did Attachment 165294
Thanks I will watch for that. I have an All Mustang Show with the Mustang club I have to get ready for tomorrow and the next two weeks I have a Rebuild Together house to help rebuild. I hope to get some small things done in between now and the end of the month. I hope to get to any panel replacement before the end of the month.
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Junk in the trunk or just trying to get rid of the body. I have been working on a Rebuild house in Cleveland so I am not working much on the car right now. Yesterday I had a chance to do a little sandblasting and cleaning the tar crap up in the trunk area. The paint come off really easy only a few little pin holes to repair so all in all it looks good. I have the last week of Sept off and the first week of Oct as long as it does not rain I will make a lot better progress.
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