1966 Ford Mustang 2 2 Fastback
9-20-07 Some more pictures of the tower plus a pic of my cowl and a pic of the newer floor...
ATTENTION VMFERS! This picture of my shock tower is what I was wondering about, this is the DS shock tower. The other side looks the same. Is this a weld or undercoating? Some of peeled off so I'm guessing undercoating?
More pics to come tonight!
Information from the data plate:
Warranty Number: ..6F09C11934
Year: 6 ...........1966
Plant: F ..........Dearborn, MI
Body Series: 09...2 2 Fastback
Engine: C .........289 2v V8
Unit: 11934 ......11934
Miscellaneous Vehicle Data
Body: 63A ...2 2 Fastback, Standard Interior
Color: P ....Antique Bronze Metallic
Trim: 26 ....Black Crinkle Vinyl and Black Rosette Vinyl, Standard Interior
Date: 23J ....September 23, 1965
D.S.O: 34 ....Indianapolis
Axle: 6 .....2.80:1, Conventional
Trans: 5 ....4-Speed Manual
UPDATE 7-18-07: Well, the car has been sitting at Vail's Classic Cars in Greenfield, IN for about three weeks. They are starting work on it now:
-Power brake conversion with dual bowl master cylinder
-All new brake and fuel lines
-Front and rear wheel bearings and seals
-All new brake shoes
-New wheel cylinders
-Check frame for any rot
-Check/replace if necessary: fuel tank, filter, and hoses
-Replace clutch with Centerforce clutch and replace odometer gear
It will then be ready for me to drive and restore. I will do the engine/underhood work, exhaust work, suspension, interior, and steering. The body is in great shape, so it will wait awhile. I just don't have the tools to drop the tranny for the clutch work, and I don't trust myself doing brake work. :)
6-07-07: Today, I yanked the carburetor and will be doing the rebuild tomorrow. I had some leaking around the accelerator diaphragm and bowl gasket. Also, the spacer gasket seemed to be leaking. A kit, gloves, goggles, carb cleaner, compressed air, and a little toothbrush should do the trick! :)
The follwing has been done so far (light work until I get it to the resto shop for some new frame rails and some clutch/exhaust work:
-New Autolite plugs and 7mm Pertronix plug wires (black).
-Some new wiring ends to replace torn ones.
-New radiator cap (old one was leaking). Replaced with concours correct SMCO cap.
-K&N air filter in stock airbox.
-Some engine degreasing
-Completely rebuilt stock Autolite 2100 carburetor. I had to rush getting back on the night before it got picked up by Vail's Classic Cars for the brake work and clutch work. I promised to have it running. I got it on and tuned it up decently so it could be pulled onto the trailer. It doesn't leak anymore, though!
Mechanical stuff to be done:
-Full carburetor cleaning/rebuild.
-Pertronix Ignitor electronic ignition install
-New V-belt install.
-Fix small leak where fuel line comes out of the tank.
-Steering has some play in it... Rebuilding in the future.
Exterior stuff that needs attention:
-Front frame rails could be replaced.
-Battery apron needs patched/replaced
-Full chrome polish
-Full body wash/polish/wax (clay bar to the rescue)
*The paint is good, but might be hiding some possible rust.*
The original 289 cid, 200 hp, 2-barrel engine... needs some work.
Generations apart, but yet very similar. The 2007 next to the 1966... Well, they definately handle and stop differently!
I found this car on eBay and thought it over for a bit. I had been looking for a decent Gen 1 fastback for a long time, but I don't think I ever really planned on buying one. They are getting very hard to find in restorable condition and command a pretty penny to own one. I made an offer, waited out the auction, and then drove it back. I think this thing is fun to work on. It needs a lot of mechanical work, but it still runs and the body is in great shape. I bought it off the second owner whom did not mod the car except for a hood alarm to keep people from easily stealing crap from under the hood. It is truly a great find and I plan on holding onto it for a long time. ;)
I will update this site as stuff gets done. An electronic ignition conversion and full out mechanical work is first so I can drive it reliably. Retrobelts USA 3-point seatbelts, a dual master cylinder, and front disc brakes are a few of the first safety modifications to be installed. :) Enjoy!