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Restoring Your Classic Ford Mustang

Restoring Your Classic Ford Mustang. Restoring a classic car can be both fun and rewarding. It is an adventure that you will never forget and if you do it well, it will be a great source of pride for years to come. When you find a car and prepare to restore it, you are in for a ride – pun intended. Once you decide to embark on your resto adventure, there are a few tips that will help you on your way. 

Tips for what you Need to Know

1. Know what is restorable and what will be more trouble than it is worth. Take a look at the body of the car. Is the frame solid? Is the body solid with little rust? Is the floor mostly solid? While your car may have some rust, you can replace some metal; you just do not want to replace the whole car!

If there is a great deal of rust (look along the bottom of the frame and on the inside of the wheel well – those are two usual tell-tale areas where rust collects) or there is a great deal of bodywork that needs to be done, it may be more trouble than it is worth. Also, check the floorboards. If you are missing the floor, it can be repaired, but it will take a great deal of labor. Only you can decide if you want to put forth the effort.

2. You want to look at areas where sheet metal or paint has been put over rusted areas. Look on the other side of the sheet of metal and see if the rust has eaten through, if it has, that piece of metal needs to be replaced. If not, you can use some type of rust stop product and sand it down for paint. You may have to use a body filler type material, but you really do not want to use it on large areas and you do not want it to be thicker than about 1/8 of an inch. If it is a large area or you need to go more than 1/8 of an inch, go ahead and replace the metal.

3. Make sure that the car is structurally sound. Sometimes the only thing that is holding a resto project car together is the top. Remove the top and the boy will buckle. Go over the body extensively and check for structural integrity. No matter how cool a car is, if it is junk it just is not worth it.

4. Check the body and use a weak magnet to find body filler. Look your car over thoroughly. Get underneath it and use a good light to see every inch. If you have any doubts about your ability, find an experienced professional to help you in whatever capacity you need. If you are a novice, it would serve you well to go mainly with a professional so that you will have professional results.

5. When you start a resto project on your classic Ford Mustang, you need to decide if you want to go stock or custom. If you go stock, you actually have two options. You can purchase original Ford parts or you can purchase reproduction parts that are crafted specifically for vintage Mustangs. Make sure that you ask before you make your purchase. Many die-hard enthusiasts completely reject the idea of reproduction parts; however, they are fine for some people.




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