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Old 02-26-2015, 07:35 AM   #1
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Hi guys I've got a 68 mustang coupe 289 auto trans. Had it for about 5 years and haven't really done anything to it. Now that I'm an adult my free time is being managed better and starting on my resto/mod for my car. Is there anything that o should be on the look out for will update pics soon.

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Old 02-26-2015, 07:43 AM   #2
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Welcome. I am doing a 68 restore myself. Things to be on the look out for are floor pans and battery tray rust. Has the car been sitting, stored, ? This will tell which way you should look.
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The car was sitting outside for a few years before I bought it but it ran long enough to drive on the trailer and has been in the garage since

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If it will eventually get painted, the first thing I'd look for is the condition of the metal. I'm in the middle of metal work on my 67. It depends on how far you're taking it, but if you have the room (you'd need A LOT), I'd strip the interior and get underneath and look for signs of rust, damage, etc. Get those fixed first, then bodywork and paint, then wiring, interior and drivetrain.

That's if you're doing a full restore. What are your plans?
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My plans are to make it my own instead of actually doing a full restoration from the ground up it is not a numbers matching but I'm hoping that there's not too much cancer to deal with

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Welcome fellow 68' er ...I'm working on a 68' coupe myself. I bought mine in early 90's didn't have time or money or patience to restore. Sold it to my friends step dad who started some restoration then it sat outside for several years before he realized the cowl vents were rusted and leaking water into the new floor pans. So the cool part is I bought the same car back from him Oct 2013 and like you I,m not doing full original restoration, just upgrading and repairing what needs attention and making it mine! No intention for show car but custom mod.Good Luck with your 68' remember, pace yourself, make a plan and try to stick to an agenda..LOL


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Hi guys I've got a 68 mustang coupe 289 auto trans. Had it for about 5 years and haven't really done anything to it. Now that I'm an adult my free time is being managed better and starting on my resto/mod for my car. Is there anything that o should be on the look out for will update pics soon.

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Do have any pics of your 68'? Would love to see what you're working with.


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Cool! Looks like a solid body from here, keep us posted on progress.


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Old 03-11-2015, 07:37 PM   #10
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Not that I know of but will be checking vin

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Guess I've been spending too much time on the new Mustang part of this site. I've had a few early Mustangs/Falcons/Maverick and a 68-1/2 CJ Mustang drag car.
Unless someone replace the rear valance with a stocker I'd just guess it's a non-GT. All GT's have cutouts in the lower valance for dual twin tip exhaust. Also it would have a small switch under the left side of the dash for fog lights and holes in the radiator support for the wiring.
I've restored a few early Mustang GT's including my 68-1/2 Cobra jet Mustang drag car.
Just a couple of pointers to look at. When you take the carpets out and clean the floor, look at the foot wells on both left and right fronts for water damage. The cowl tends to clog with dirt/leaves and blocks the drains, then water dust the rust thing around the air intake tubes and water gets into the cabin. Also, the windshield seal and rear window seal dry up over time and crack. You may not see it under the ss molding, but that will let water in and usually in the windshield will let water run down the left of right side onto the floor. If you are going to paint the car anyway I'd take the glass out for the paintwork and replace both seals...........just added insurance.
Also look for rust in the lower rear front fenders and the lower rear quarter panels. If the drain holes get plugged rust starts and it's better to find it sooner than later. Also, take a look at the unibody rails in the rear and front for damage and or rust, it's pretty common.
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I will keep everyone posted

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I asked about GT because of the hood. But now that I'm thinking, I seem to remember (probably incorrectly) that the for 67 the turn signal hood came with the GT package, but maybe that it was a separate option for 68. Please check me on this - it's very early.

And I don't think the vin will tell you, but a Marti report will.
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I asked about GT because of the hood. But now that I'm thinking, I seem to remember (probably incorrectly) that the for 67 the turn signal hood came with the GT package, but maybe that it was a separate option for 68. Please check me on this - it's very early.

And I don't think the vin will tell you, but a Marti report will.
You are correct about the 67 although after it appeared it became an option in mid to late 67. In 68 the GT, GT/CS and HCS cars came standard with them and it was a very heavily used point of sale on standard Mustangs. A lot of 68 cars came with that option checked off.
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You are correct about the 67 although after it appeared it became an option in mid to late 67. In 68 the GT, GT/CS and HCS cars came standard with them and it was a very heavily used point of sale on standard Mustangs. A lot of 68 cars came with that option checked off.

Good to know, thanks. My early 67 GT has the hood, so I wasn't sure if it became an option later.
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:58 PM   #18
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Quick update on the 68 just found a large amounts of parts off craigslist. gentleman just finished his 68 his loss is my gain.

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Very happy with my purchase

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Cool,! He throw in some bikes with the intake? LOL! JK, looks like a nice stash there, what all did you score?


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Cool,! He throw in some bikes with the intake? LOL! JK, looks like a nice stash there, what all did you score?


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Looks like a great haul!
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Great haul of useable parts............good for you!
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Also orginal ford manual 164 tooth flywheel, bell housing, and misc conversion parts

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One warning get those cast iron parts off the concrete floor or they will rust over night. I stored all mine on a piece of plywood to keep the moisture off of them.

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Thanks Mike did not know

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One warning get those cast iron parts off the concrete floor or they will rust over night. I stored all mine on a piece of plywood to keep the moisture off of them.
Great tip. I had some tools inside a steel toolbox that rusted from the box sitting directly on a concrete floor (oddly the box itself did not rust).
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Just wondering I'm doing a t5 conversion on my 68 and am wondering should I go with cable clutch or mechanical

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If the car was a stick before I'd stick with the mechanical, but if you need to convert from an auto...............I'd use the cable.
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Converting I have all the linkage from another project but I believe the cable might be easier to set up

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If you have all the parts nothing beats a mechanical system. I haven't messed with a cable clutch setup since my 97 SVT Cobra and that was.........well until I changed to an adjustable quadrant my hair was turning grey.............and now it's white.
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When looking for a flywheel a d clutch assembly can I take one off of a donor foxbody or do I need to find the conversion

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When looking for a flywheel a d clutch assembly can I take one off of a donor foxbody or do I need to find the conversion

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What year 302 do you have?
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Not sure it's a 289 so I will look at the stamp

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Not sure it's a 289 so I will look at the stamp

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Hopefully it's a six bolt bellhousing and not the early 5 bolt.
Remember that the early 289/302 motors were externally balanced through the front crank dampener and flywheel. So you should use the flywheel for whichever motor you have, the SBF early motor is a 28 oz. and the later motor is I think 50 oz. I would use a 10.5" clutch setup, not Ford Borg/Beck (which is the three finger style), but a use a diaphragm style as it will be easier on the leg and much better grip.
So, using whichever bellhousing is up to you but if you are going to go with a cable linkage I'd use a late model bellhousing.
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