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rusty428cj
03-27-2010, 08:42 AM
I just picked up this new project today. We will be doing all the rust repair, removing the drip rails, adding metal flares and a few more surprises.
Chris leaves for Iraq for a year and while he is there serving our country we will be restoring his fastback. I think the hardest thing for Chris will be leaving his son.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/01-5.jpg

streetrods
03-27-2010, 09:01 AM
Nice project... leaving your kids for a year would be a hard thing to do..

Dons67
03-27-2010, 09:09 AM
I can't imagine leaving my kids for a month let alone a year. Thank Chris for his commitment :usa: and have his boy do some work on the car when you can - I know my son loves working on my car and to have some pics of him enjoying himself working on the car would make me smile. Good luck with the project - I'm looking forward to seeing it unfold...

rusty428cj
03-27-2010, 11:51 AM
It is now ready for the media blaster

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/08.jpg

CruizinKev
03-27-2010, 12:34 PM
nice project! good luck with it!

Kennedy
03-27-2010, 04:59 PM
Gents and Rusty,

Thanks for all the kind words. Leaving my son is always very tough, but in my case I can probably buy a few years of stability for him and I if I do this now. I can't elaborate too much on PT, but I have lined up an awesome job over there that will get me to DC a few times over the year to see my son. I also get two weeks at home during the middle of the tour. I have had a great career over the past nine years full of great opportunities and plan on sticking with it. Though there have been some long tough days/weeks/months/years, I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

I am placing my Fastback in the capable hands of Rusty and his son Brian. I have seen the work they done first hand and it is high quality.

I am looking forward to future updates. I am enjoying my last week or so in the states before I head overseas.

Thanks again all,
Chris

Nuke1
03-27-2010, 05:19 PM
Good Luck with the project and Be safe over there!

dipren443
03-27-2010, 07:31 PM
Tough seeing my boy leave for a year. Chris is the brother I never had. I'd like to say I can take a little credit for dragging him into the money pit...I mean hobby that we are on here to share and indulge.

I know Chris will be safe, but I hope this coming year flies by for him. Look forward to seeing updates on the fastback.

And the pic of the little guy sitting on top of the car is fantastic.

Bryce
03-27-2010, 10:08 PM
I will be following this build!!

windsor
03-28-2010, 01:04 AM
I will be following this build!!


x2 Be safe over there.

hivewax
03-28-2010, 05:56 AM
If this Mustang has some nice custom alterations, I might pass by to:seizure: gawk.

DarkBuddha
03-28-2010, 06:28 AM
Is this the one that was advertised on craigslist down here? If so, I'm just glad someone saved me from the temptation!

Good luck with the project.

1971CHEVELLE
03-28-2010, 07:02 AM
nice project! keep us posted...Good luck

Kennedy
03-28-2010, 10:15 AM
Nick D:, brother you have been an enabler, but I have always loved cars!

Gents, I did find it on craigslist. It came kind of complete, but was a T Code (6 cyl). I do have all the original glass and some odds and ends.

Hivewax: I love your car, she looks great. My son votes for a green paint job, but I am still debating.

I will be as safe as I can over there. I have been to every country in the Middle East except Syria and Iran, so I have learned a thing or two about being safe. You can never be too careful though.

Chris

1bad87ss
03-28-2010, 11:11 AM
Gonna be a nice build, we thank Chris for his service....

rusty428cj
03-30-2010, 03:26 AM
After closer inspection we decided to replace the quarters and cut them off before getting it blasted. They had been patched with fiberglass mat and a lot of resin. Now all the inner structure will be rust free and epoxy primed before the quarters go on.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/18-3.jpg

rusty428cj
04-06-2010, 04:18 PM
Back from the sandblaster it looks good from a distance

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/46.jpg

It had been patched with fiberglass mat so there is a lot of hidden rust. The first thing we need to do is repair all the rust.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/28.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/36.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/38.jpg

Ron S
04-06-2010, 04:56 PM
Wow, that really reminds me of the start of my project. Yours is in a little better shape then mine was, but its still looks like a nightmare. Ron

hivewax
04-06-2010, 06:21 PM
Swiss cheese! Yikes!

windsor
04-06-2010, 09:37 PM
oh man....damn those Swiss!

Kennedy
04-07-2010, 12:42 AM
Yeah guys....I was hoping she would come back from the blaster a little cleaner. OUCH.

:windsor..can you PM me where you are deployed? Yes...damn the swiss.

Ron, your car is a great inspiration and you are incredibly skilled and a hard worker. I am not the best body man, so I am leaving that to Rusty.

windsor
04-07-2010, 01:16 AM
Kennedy...will do.

dipren443
04-07-2010, 05:45 AM
Ouch, well looks like that snowball is starting to gain momentum.

Looks like those metal flares and shaved drip rails are going to be put on the back burner. :P

Rusty, if I am in the area, any issue with stopping by to see the progress?

rusty428cj
04-07-2010, 08:53 AM
Ouch, well looks like that snowball is starting to gain momentum.

Looks like those metal flares and shaved drip rails are going to be put on the back burner. :P

Rusty, if I am in the area, any issue with stopping by to see the progress?

No problem just let me know ahead of time since at this time we are working out of two shops. One fab shop and one paint and assembly shop.

rusty428cj
04-14-2010, 08:25 AM
I had Brian weld the shock towers since we are going to be using Opentracker front suspension

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/56.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/57.jpg

windsor
04-14-2010, 08:36 AM
lookin good!

Runningriot
04-14-2010, 03:16 PM
What you did to the shock towers, is that what they call "stitch welding"? Sorry if thats a dumb question.

Kennedy
04-15-2010, 09:25 AM
runningriot,

I think that is closer to seam welding than stitch welding, though local to an area, not the whole car.

Some guys, especially rally car builders stitch weld the car, think on an inch, off an inch throughout the car and especially in the floorpan area to keep the car strong but also allowing a little give.

I am not an expert, but this is what I have picked up. Any all knowing people, feel free to correct me.

break: Good stuff Rusty. She should be a lot stronger with all that new metal you are putting in.

Chris

dipren443
04-20-2010, 04:12 PM
Hope Chris doesn't mind me posting this pic...

I think we can name the project...

Project Snowball sounds good to me... or

Domino effect?

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_twPWJ59W1wU/S848MC83kII/AAAAAAAAEaw/a33ynAjr2Og/s800/59.JPG

rusty428cj
04-21-2010, 03:37 AM
The fender aprons had been replaced at one time but they had not cut out all of the old metal and were not welded in some places. Brian removed the fender apron cleaned it up and welded back in and repaired a little rust.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/64.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/67.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/68.jpg

streetrods
04-21-2010, 04:22 AM
wow this turned into a big project... doing a nice job up front..

Kennedy
04-21-2010, 05:27 AM
Looks good Rusty.

Nick, project snowball might be the nom, especially considering my prowess as a snow skier.

Also, I am glad I saved the drivetrain out of the 2006$ challenge car we built. It will need a refresh, but will get her moving well enough.

Iraq is good all. I am getting adjusted and getting my butt to the gym. It is starting to warm up here....

Take Care,
Chris

dipren443
04-21-2010, 06:32 AM
Looks good Rusty.

Nick, project snowball might be the nom, especially considering my prowess as a snow skier.

Also, I am glad I saved the drivetrain out of the 2006$ challenge car we built. It will need a refresh, but will get her moving well enough.

Iraq is good all. I am getting adjusted and getting my butt to the gym. It is starting to warm up here....

Take Care,
Chris

I think the challenge motor needs some new rings... Whatcha think? I am not quite sure, were we burning wood or gas in that thing? It sure as hell was smoking a bit. :)

csx4766
04-21-2010, 07:43 PM
Good progress. I did the same thing with my shock towers.

randywyatt2000
04-21-2010, 08:15 PM
well at lest you're car is not as rusty as mines

rusty428cj
05-05-2010, 05:16 AM
Brian finished welding the engine compartment and epoxy primed it yesterday.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/76.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/78.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/87.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/88.jpg

rusty428cj
05-06-2010, 05:07 PM
Brian cut the floor out next step will be subframe connectors.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/94.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/98.jpg

796spdbu
05-06-2010, 06:09 PM
Chris,
Thank you for all that you do. I wish you well. I hope your time flys by.

Greg

Kennedy
05-06-2010, 08:29 PM
Rusty and Brian,

The progress looks great. I know it is getting hot down there, so hang in there.

Greg,

I am a month through my one year tour. I have been getting to the gym and am enjoying my job, but do miss my son and girlfriend.

Thanks for the well wishes.

Chris

hivewax
05-07-2010, 10:25 AM
So, what are the plans for the car's engine? Looks like either a 289/302/351 since you kept the shock towers. Brian is doing a heck of a nice job in this Florida heat.

EDIT: Stay thirsty, my friends.

Kennedy
05-08-2010, 01:00 PM
Hivewax,

I have the entire drivetrain from an 89 5.0 in pieces in storage. So it will be an EFI 302 with a T-5. I am not sure on heads yet, I hope to find a good deal on some aluminum heads. I want to keep the car nice and light.

Take Care,
Chris

rusty428cj
05-10-2010, 03:49 PM
This afternoon Brian starting making the right subframe connector. Since the early Mustang has no torque box in the front we are making one out of 2 x 2 and also welding it to the rocker and the rear torque box. He still has to finish welding to the rocker.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/107.jpg


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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/109.jpg

rusty428cj
05-11-2010, 10:31 AM
Brian finished welding the rocker and added the top of the rear torque box

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/112.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/114.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/115.jpg

rusty428cj
05-26-2010, 08:51 AM
The floor is finished and epoxy primed

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/130.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/132.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/137.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/138.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/143.jpg

dipren443
05-26-2010, 10:19 AM
Looks great Rusty. :yum:

Motown 454
05-26-2010, 12:25 PM
Nice work that should stiffen it up quite a bit.

Kennedy
05-26-2010, 08:05 PM
Rusty,

Looks great. I am enjoying the pics. She gets more solid by the week!

Chris

rusty428cj
11-15-2010, 05:46 PM
It has been awhile since we have worked on this project we have been working on a couple of other projects but it is time to start working on the 65 Fastback.

This is what we found under the cowl panel

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/145.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/146.jpg

After the lower cowl panel is removed

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/150.jpg

The dash also has rust and was removed

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/151.jpg

dipren443
11-16-2010, 08:10 AM
Jeesh. Chris sure knows how to pick a solid shell. :)

Kennedy
11-16-2010, 11:17 AM
Thanks Nick. I wanted to start with a nice light car, something that could beat up on piggy mid 70s Camaros, but the rust may have taken it too far.

I admit, I didn't pick the best shell. If I every buy another car like this, I will tell the guy we can settle on the price after media blasting. The frame rails are good front to back as is the engine bay, roof, tunnel, firewall, rear deck lid, and passenger side fender. And after all, I could have probably done this cheaper with a dynacorn 67, but this will be a real 65 Fastback, built to my specs.

The other good part here is that the car is being taken apart and epoxy primed. No matter how original a car you have, the original materials don't always hold up.

Rusty and Brian's work looks great so far.

dipren443
11-16-2010, 11:40 AM
Thanks Nick. I wanted to start with a nice light car, something that could beat up on piggy mid 70s Camaros, but the rust may have taken it too far.

I admit, I didn't pick the best shell. If I every buy another car like this, I will tell the guy we can settle on the price after media blasting. The frame rails are good front to back as is the engine bay, roof, tunnel, firewall, rear deck lid, and passenger side fender. And after all, I could have probably done this cheaper with a dynacorn 67, but this will be a real 65 Fastback, built to my specs.

The other good part here is that the car is being taken apart and epoxy primed. No matter how original a car you have, the original materials don't always hold up.

Rusty and Brian's work looks great so far.

Well... with so much rust, the car should certainly be light...

whayden2003
11-16-2010, 12:24 PM
Just finishing the metal work on a 66 fastback with the same light body must have been a factory option back then huh. When we took off the upper cowl panel someone had been in there before us to fix a lightening hole in put some shove pipe in there for the raised portion for the air intake. It was nice might post some pics if u don't mind.

dipren443
11-16-2010, 02:09 PM
Thanks Nick. I wanted to start with a nice light car, something that could beat up on piggy mid 70s Camaros, but the rust may have taken it too far.

I admit, I didn't pick the best shell. If I every buy another car like this, I will tell the guy we can settle on the price after media blasting. The frame rails are good front to back as is the engine bay, roof, tunnel, firewall, rear deck lid, and passenger side fender. And after all, I could have probably done this cheaper with a dynacorn 67, but this will be a real 65 Fastback, built to my specs.

The other good part here is that the car is being taken apart and epoxy primed. No matter how original a car you have, the original materials don't always hold up.

Rusty and Brian's work looks great so far.

Yeah, the work looks great and I am just taking easy pot shots at ya... The fastback and "piggy" will just have to face off when they are complete. I think the power to weight ratio may be in your favor until I install an LS... Or buy everything Anvil has to offer to lighten up Ms. piggy... Bench racing til then. :)

Kennedy
11-16-2010, 05:29 PM
Nick,

Great bench racing buddy, I don't mind some light mockery, all in good fun. With the extreme shortage of go-fast parts for 5.0L mustangs (i think someone may make some nice spark plug wires), I will have a hard time keeping up with your mullet mobile, especially considering the nuclear powered LS motors running around these days.

whayden, Sure, throw up some pics.

I made it back to Iraq today, 4.5 months to go. The jet lag rough. I am wide awake at 3 am.

Take Care,
Chris

whayden2003
11-16-2010, 07:13 PM
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whayden2003
11-16-2010, 07:26 PM
42261

whayden2003
11-16-2010, 07:36 PM
42262 dont know why they are small ?? ideas

rusty428cj
11-17-2010, 05:05 PM
Brian cut the drip rails off than drilled out the spot welds and removed the roof. Now he can repair the rust and epoxy prime the area that the factory left bare metal.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/157.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/162.jpg

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Restomod
11-17-2010, 05:10 PM
AAAAHHHHH Early Mustangs.... They are on the Bondo can for a reason!! Early Porsches could make the can to........

hightower2011
11-18-2010, 04:28 PM
This makes me feel a little better about my rust '68 coupe.... :D

rusty428cj
11-19-2010, 06:56 PM
Removed the top layer of the door jamb and this is how it looked

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/171.jpg

Cut out the rust and started making a patch

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/173.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/175.jpg

rusty428cj
11-19-2010, 06:57 PM
Brian made a patch for the top of the side cowl panel.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/180.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/179.jpg

Bryce
11-20-2010, 06:41 AM
You do very nice body work. That is something I dont think I could ever tackle.

Bjkadron
11-20-2010, 07:03 AM
Progress is looking great! Keep up the great work!

Kennedy
11-20-2010, 11:10 AM
Looks great Rusty.

Gents, Thanks for the positive comments. Rusty and Brian seem to take it a patch or panel at a time and work the problems.

Take Care,
Chris

rusty428cj
11-22-2010, 08:28 PM
Brian made a few more patches for the right front door jamb.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/181.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/183.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/185.jpg

Brian made patches for the cowl and than I used 3m panel adhesive to bond them

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/161.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/169.jpg

rusty428cj
11-25-2010, 05:07 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965 Fastback Mustang/187.jpg

Brian repaired the top of the firewall

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965 Fastback Mustang/188.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965 Fastback Mustang/193.jpg

rusty428cj
11-29-2010, 07:18 PM
The heater holes were filled in.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/202.jpg

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r.a.w.rods
11-29-2010, 07:52 PM
Looking good.

csx4766
11-30-2010, 11:16 AM
Looking real good. Doing the same thing myself on my 67 mustang right now.

rusty428cj
12-02-2010, 04:52 AM
Brian is starting on the left door jamb it has more rust than the right side

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/195.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/196.jpg


Repair one section at a time


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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/207.jpg

rusty428cj
12-03-2010, 04:13 AM
Progress on the left door jamb.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/209.jpg

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/213.jpg

rusty428cj
12-06-2010, 05:28 PM
The inner structure of the left door jamb is almost finished this afternoon Brian starting making the outer section.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/214.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/215.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/216.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/217.jpg

rusty428cj
12-08-2010, 06:47 PM
Brian taped the area he will be plug welding before applying epoxy

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/218.jpg

Fitting the inner cowl panel

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/219.jpg

Welding the inner cowl panel

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/220.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/221.jpg

CruizinKev
12-08-2010, 08:16 PM
looks great! good work!!!!!

rusty428cj
12-12-2010, 07:51 AM
Brian ground the welds and is now ready to install the top cowl panel

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/222.jpg

Top cowl panel after welds are ground

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/223.jpg

austin552
12-12-2010, 09:43 AM
This makes me feel a little better about my rust '68 coupe.... :D

+1
:guilty:

rusty428cj
12-15-2010, 06:05 PM
Brian made the last patch on the right windshield post

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/233.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/234.jpg

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/238.jpg

rusty428cj
12-22-2010, 11:18 AM
Brian is starting to repair the top of the left windshield post

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/241.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/243.jpg

Making a pattern out of poster board first

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/244.jpg

Brush some SPI epoxy before the patches are welded

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/247.jpg

Starting to make patches

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/248.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/249.jpg

rusty428cj
12-25-2010, 04:09 PM
Brian finished the top of the windshield post

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/252.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/253.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/254.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/257.jpg

rrrcustom
12-25-2010, 07:31 PM
The door jambs in my '68 were rusted out like that. That's when I decided it wasn't worth keeping. At the time I was just a 20 yeard old kid, and knew it would take more than it would cost to get a nice, used 5.0, so it made no financial sense for me.

Good to see your keeping it alive!

Kennedy
12-26-2010, 11:58 AM
rrrcustom,

Rusty and Brian are doing a great job of bringing her back to life. I joke that she spent the 70s and 80s stored upside down in a salt water pond with the engine bay and frame rails sticking out above the waterline.

I didn't do the best job in picking this car up, the previous owners patched a lot with fiberglass that didn't show up until it came back from media blasting.

This is quite a commitment, but I really trust the shop and even though this is going to cost quite a bit, they are really fair with their rates. Considering all the ugly stories on here about paint jail and deals gone bad, I can suck up some rust repair.

Take Care,
Chris

rusty428cj
12-31-2010, 02:50 PM
Brian has the windshield posts and front door jamb finished. Today he sanded and epoxy primed the next step is to install the new dash.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/261.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/262.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/265.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/267.jpg

1969CamaroRS
12-31-2010, 03:01 PM
Looking good :smoke:

Rebstew
12-31-2010, 04:10 PM
WOW! Some really nice metal work going on here. Thanks for saving one. I use to love cruising around in a 68 fastback GT when I was 17 years old. Seems like these poor cars have just rusted away to nothing in the last 15 years. One of my favorite muscle cars of all time.

rusty428cj
01-01-2011, 01:20 PM
The new dash was installed

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/271.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/272.jpg

rusty428cj
01-24-2011, 08:56 PM
The major bodywork is finished on the cowl. I just need to prime and block sand a couple of times. We are waiting for the apron to cowl extensions to come in than I will epoxy prime.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/274.jpg

slocobra
01-24-2011, 11:00 PM
Wow, My hats off to you guys for saving this one, most would have scrapped it. most people dont understand what it takes, but I have done alot of this and it is just plain and simple hard work, and very time consuming.

BulldawgMusclecars
01-25-2011, 08:02 PM
Very nice work! I have done lots of Mustangs (have 3 in my shop right now), and can appreciate how much time and effort has gone into this. I once did a '65 coupe for my cousin, and it got every piece of exterior sheetmetal that was available replaced, except the cowl and rear deck panel. This is the more extensive rust than I have had to deal with on a Mustang, but with the workmanship going in, and epoxy priming areas that never would have been accessible otherwise, this car will last much longer than even a cherry original.

fordrule
03-09-2011, 07:07 PM
wow this thread is more updated than the thread on stangfix.com awesome build. I myself got home in dec from the box also

Scarelane
03-09-2011, 07:26 PM
Looking good man!!

rusty428cj
03-09-2011, 07:47 PM
We had stopped working on this for a little while because we had to work on a couple of other long term projects. Here are the before and after pictures of the other cars we were working on that needed a lot of rust repair.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/12-4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/476.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/486.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1969%20Nova/004.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1969%20Nova/276.jpg

Motown 454
03-09-2011, 08:05 PM
Wow that Galixe looks killer is it a real 427 car ?

Crestronwizard
03-09-2011, 08:17 PM
Looking great.........I have to replace both my quarters and the rear panels........the trunk floor is fine though. How do you plan to make sure everything is the back ends up adjusted correctly? Is there a jig?

rusty428cj
03-09-2011, 08:18 PM
Wow that Galixe looks killer is it a real 427 car ?

Yes it is an R code 427

rusty428cj
03-09-2011, 08:20 PM
Looking great.........I have to replace both my quarters and the rear panels........the trunk floor is fine though. How do you plan to make sure everything is the back ends up adjusted correctly? Is there a jig?

You have to put it together to test fit everything before the final welding

Crestronwizard
03-09-2011, 08:22 PM
You have to put it together to test fit everything before the final welding

Thanks Rusty.....I guess I will make good use of some sheet metal screws :-)

rusty428cj
03-16-2011, 07:38 PM
It may not look like it but Brian plug welded the fender apron extensions to the cowl and than I epoxy primed.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/276.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/277.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/279.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/280.jpg

rusty428cj
04-11-2011, 07:50 PM
We have a new rear panel so Brian removed the old one. This will save a lot of time.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/282.jpg

After the panel was removed he had to make a patch for the front trunk floor

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/283.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/284.jpg

After Brian cleaned up the plug welds

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/285.jpg

cobragt
04-11-2011, 08:57 PM
And I thought my brothers 66 convertible was bad when he started on it. Nice job!

BlackFlame
04-12-2011, 03:50 AM
Excellent work guys! Bringing it back to life :)

Kennedy
04-12-2011, 11:22 AM
Rusty/Gents,

I am back from one year in Iraq! It feels great to be home. I spent the last few weeks skiing out west with my son and girlfriend and did a little house hunting in N California. I am spending the next month off from work and at the beach prior to moving out west. I am enjoying my downtime.

The progress looks good. At least the frame rails made it!

Take Care,
Chris

rusty428cj
04-12-2011, 03:40 PM
Fitting the trunk floor and gas tank

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/288.jpg

Next step was to test fit the quarters, taillight panel and deck lid. Once everything is lined up the trunk floor will be drilled and plug welded.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/289.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/290.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/291.jpg

Kennedy
04-12-2011, 04:46 PM
Looks good Rusty. Its not so naked!

rusty428cj
04-13-2011, 05:57 PM
Now that the rear panels fit it is time to prep the frame rails. As Brian was cleaning the front trunk floor he found a few rust pin holes. He cut out the bad area and made three patches one at a time to keep it from warping the edge that hangs down.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/292.jpg

Brian ground all the welds on the patch than brushed a heavy coat of epoxy in the frame rails

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/293.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/299.jpg


Sorry Chris it is apart again!

cobragt
04-14-2011, 08:02 PM
You should use the rear truck floor crossmember reinforcement and corner trunk braces for the convertible to help stiffen it up more. Actually using as much of the convertible parts as possible would be the way to go. Ford has done this with the Cobra "R" models to make them stiffer for racing.

rusty428cj
04-15-2011, 05:41 PM
Left side trunk floor welded to the rear frame rail

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/300.jpg

New rear panel with package tray test fitted and also the quarters and taillight panel installed before the rear crossmember is welded. We wanted to make sure everything lines up in the rear before the rear crossmember is installed.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/302.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/303.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/304.jpg

Rear crossmember welded to the trunk floor and rear frame rail

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/305.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/306.jpg

Rear trunk floor prepped for epoxy primer

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/307.jpg

Epoxy primed

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/308.jpg

SHOVOLVO
04-15-2011, 07:22 PM
New rear panel with package tray test fitted and also the quarters and taillight panel installed before the rear crossmember is welded. We wanted to make sure everything lines up in the rear before the rear crossmember is installed.

Is the "package tray" sheetmetal new? I have been waiting for several years for Dynacorn to begin reproducing the stamped supports that connect the curved metal that is below the rear glass to the side supports inside of the sail panels... I would love to know where you found this metal if it is new...

Thanks!

rusty428cj
04-16-2011, 05:00 AM
New rear panel with package tray test fitted and also the quarters and taillight panel installed before the rear crossmember is welded. We wanted to make sure everything lines up in the rear before the rear crossmember is installed.

Is the "package tray" sheetmetal new? I have been waiting for several years for Dynacorn to begin reproducing the stamped supports that connect the curved metal that is below the rear glass to the side supports inside of the sail panels... I would love to know where you found this metal if it is new...

Thanks!

It came from CJ Pony Parts

Kennedy
04-16-2011, 06:17 AM
Rusty, That is great progress. Good stuff! I grinned big when I saw the pics.

cobragt: I will look into the trunk corner braces. Since the rear crossmember is welded in, I am not going to worry about it. I don't know if you saw the earlier pics, but there are some pretty stout subframe connectors installed. Additionally, the seams on the shock towers were welded up. We are also going to install a metal plate behind the rear seats for a some additional rigidity.

The dynacorn piece saved me serious cash. It was about 300 from CJs.

cobragt
04-16-2011, 09:05 AM
From what it looks like the convertible brace goes over the other one. We were actually going to do this with my brothers 66 coupe before it was hit in the rear. After it was totaled he got his Fastback and we just transfered everything.

rusty428cj
07-14-2011, 06:54 AM
Brian started patching the right quarter and roof inner structure

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/309.jpg

The outer structure was removed so he can repair the rust under it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/315.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/316.jpg

Brian made the first patch

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/317.jpg

rusty428cj
07-14-2011, 07:18 AM
Brian made a few patches than cleaned everything and epoxy primed

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/318.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/320.jpg

Starting to put the puzzle back together

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/321.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/322.jpg

craigs73
07-14-2011, 07:32 AM
wow some great work your doing there. i seen the nova build over at steves but forgot about it did you ever get it done?

rusty428cj
07-14-2011, 08:20 AM
wow some great work your doing there. i seen the nova build over at steves but forgot about it did you ever get it done?

The owner picked it up to install the drivetrain and he has not brought it back.

rusty428cj
07-14-2011, 08:29 AM
More pieces of the puzzle added.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/323.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/324.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/325.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/327.jpg

Motown 454
07-14-2011, 09:13 AM
Rusty the car is coming along great, nice repair work. It'll be better then new.

Z06killinSBF
07-14-2011, 10:10 AM
Wow, nice work. Proof that a car can be built from nothing.

Ripped
07-14-2011, 02:00 PM
nice work, I look forward to seeing it continue to evolve!

Rols574
09-09-2011, 06:22 AM
I like the detail of the explanations given for the repairs. It makes it very easy to understand for the ones of us who are afraid to tackle this type of work. Keep it up

rusty428cj
09-09-2011, 08:22 AM
Brian has to make or patch the inner structure since it is not available.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/330.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/332.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/334.jpg

Next epoxy before making another patch

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/336.jpg

Speedy911
09-09-2011, 12:05 PM
A lot of hard work going into that car. Its coming along great.

irregal83
09-09-2011, 01:52 PM
Amazing fabrication.. two thumbs up!! good to see such an awesome car being saved from the scrapyard.

rusty428cj
10-25-2011, 11:12 AM
Since you cannot get this Brian had to patch the original

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/338.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/340.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/344.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/347.jpg

rusty428cj
11-02-2011, 02:40 PM
Brian is replacing part of the left outer rocker

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/356.jpg

This is what was inside

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/357.jpg

He also cut a hole in the front so it could be cleaned out and epoxy primed

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/358.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/359.jpg

85coupe50
11-03-2011, 05:44 AM
Great progress...

rusty428cj
02-01-2012, 02:49 PM
Brian replaced the left rocker

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/366.jpg

Starting to repair the left quarter panel inner structure

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/365.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/368.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/369.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/370.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/371.jpg

preston
02-01-2012, 03:28 PM
Does he prime (weld thru primer ?) the inside surfaces of the metal before welding ? Is any other rust prep done other than to paint with a primer ? As a home builder I usually just rattle can primer on bare metal, and need to start trying some weld thru primer for spaces that I can't reach. Just wondering how the pros do it differently.

racedaddy
02-02-2012, 04:48 AM
Man that work is superb

rusty428cj
02-02-2012, 05:51 AM
Does he prime (weld thru primer ?) the inside surfaces of the metal before welding ? Is any other rust prep done other than to paint with a primer ? As a home builder I usually just rattle can primer on bare metal, and need to start trying some weld thru primer for spaces that I can't reach. Just wondering how the pros do it differently.

We use SPI epoxy primer

rusty428cj
02-03-2012, 06:19 AM
More rust repair

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/372.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/373.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/375.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/376.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/379.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/380.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/381.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/382.jpg

ATOMonkey
02-03-2012, 08:19 AM
Is there going to be any original metal left on the car?

dipren443
02-04-2012, 09:53 AM
The trans tunnel was good :P I will say this, when Chris first picked up the car, it didn't look that bad... I began to wonder when we were ripping the window trim off. I think I have a new nickname for the poor thing, Skeletor. Or Robostang maybe. :-)

rusty428cj
02-05-2012, 02:08 PM
Test fitting the sheetmetal before welding in the rear package tray panel

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/398.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/399.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/400.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/391.jpg

Rear panel is welded

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/393.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/401.jpg

Marking the area that needs to be cut out for the Graverobber wheel wells

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/396.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/397.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/395.jpg

dipren443
02-05-2012, 02:10 PM
Looks great Rusty, can't wait to see all of the tail welded in.

Kennedy
02-06-2012, 10:47 PM
Getting really excited about the car. She will be a nice clean shell soon (with a few tweeks). Great work Rusty and Brian.

ATO: Not a ton of the original car is left. Trans tunnel, firewall, front clip, trunk and backseat floor, frame rails. I think they can salvage the roof skin.

MrQuick
02-06-2012, 11:02 PM
rusty? Graverobber wheel wells? is that a descrition or a brand. LOL


great job, metal work galore.

rusty428cj
02-07-2012, 05:52 AM
rusty? Graverobber wheel wells? is that a descrition or a brand. LOL


great job, metal work galore.

Goodmark makes them for Graverobber.

rusty428cj
02-07-2012, 07:35 AM
The frame rail was notched and epoxy primed inside

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/402.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/403.jpg

Patch welded in place

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/404.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/405.jpg

Ready to install the right inner tub

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/406.jpg

Tack welded in place

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/407.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/408.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/409.jpg

rusty428cj
02-10-2012, 03:06 PM
The outer wheelhouse did not match the inner. We had this same problem on the 65 coupe and the outer wheelhouse was from a different vendor. Brian cut it in two than test fit the front

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/410.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/411.jpg

He cut the rear section than welded it together

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/412.jpg

After taking the B pillar apart we found it was beyond repair.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/413.jpg

They only make them for a coupe so he had to make a patch

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/414.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/415.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/416.jpg

rusty428cj
02-15-2012, 03:02 PM
Today Brian finished sanding and I sprayed two heavy coats of SPI epoxy.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/417.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/418.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/419.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/420.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/422.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/423.jpg

syborg tt
02-15-2012, 07:35 PM
Rusty - it looks nice

Kennedy
02-15-2012, 09:29 PM
Awesome work Brian and Rusty!

ATOMonkey
02-16-2012, 05:25 AM
Wow, that is really coming along. It's going to be better than new by the time you're done with it!

rusty428cj
02-18-2012, 02:01 PM
Brian is lining up the sheetmetal with screws for the last time after he drilled holes for the plug welds

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/424.jpg

Starting to plug weld

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/427.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/428.jpg

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85coupe50
02-22-2012, 12:44 PM
This is looking great! The finished product is going to be outstanding...

Kennedy
02-26-2012, 08:39 PM
Thanks gents for all the kudos. Truly amazing watching the recent string of pics.

On my end, I need to start working on some of the subcomponents. I have a T-5 that needs a rebuild, a 302 that needs to go to the machine shop and odds and ends that i need to locate and clean up. Also, need to figure out a rear end.

Nick Ostas
02-27-2012, 08:17 AM
very nice.

Dalamar
02-27-2012, 05:26 PM
Brian is the man!

Great sergical recovery

garner67
02-28-2012, 07:07 PM
Great progress guys! At this pace you'll be driving by summer.

Auto Rod Technologies
02-28-2012, 08:17 PM
looking good, looking good!

CruizinKev
02-28-2012, 09:57 PM
wow awesome work!!! :twothumbs

Crestronwizard
02-29-2012, 10:47 AM
That's the cleanest garage I've ever seen!! The car is looking great too :)

rusty428cj
03-04-2012, 11:05 AM
Brian has everything back together except welding on the roof.

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rusty428cj
03-09-2012, 06:05 AM
Brian attaching the roof. Now he has to repair some rust in the corners and where the drip rail was.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/442.jpg

rusty428cj
03-10-2012, 08:27 AM
Brian has the roof welded and did away with the drip rails.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/443.jpg

The welds were ground down and than he added a patch over the factory lead joint

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/444.jpg

fordsbyjay
03-10-2012, 10:11 PM
Nice bunch of body work. Any reason you didn't start with a new body? Hailing from Canada I have seen my share of rusty cars but the amount of work you are having to do would cost 1.5-2x the cost of a new body. Just curious.

dipren443
03-11-2012, 06:08 AM
Jason,

Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't believe 65-6 fastback shells are reproduced... And knowing Chris quite well, I think he prefers the idea of rescuing an original one from near death over a reproduction piece. Also, I just looked, Dyanacorn only makes convertibles in the 65-66 style

syborg tt
03-11-2012, 06:14 AM
Great Progress

New Body -- no vin

fordsbyjay
03-11-2012, 10:33 AM
That is kind of what I was wondering Nick but I don't keep up on early Mustangs to know if that year/model was available. . My uncle did a 66 Fastback that was severely rotted and his build cost was in the 6 figures. It was all shop built but the body shop bill on those kinds of cars is crazy due to the insane amount of hours.

I think Dynacorn is going to come out with one but that sure doesn't help you know. Good luck with the build, I will be following along.



http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e3/fordsbyjay/66%20Mustang/Larrys5_0.jpg

fordsbyjay
03-11-2012, 10:36 AM
Great Progress

New Body -- no vin

Yes but there are legal ways of dealing with that and they cost a lot less..:)

Kennedy
03-11-2012, 08:11 PM
Jay,

Fair question, there may have been a point where, melting the thing would have been the way to go, but at that point I was deployed overseas and was willing to gut it out. Also, would rather have an original VIN and can't get a 65 Dynacorn.

Rusty and Brian have very fair rates, especially considering their quality. I also trust the guys and given the number of paint jail stories on the site, that counts for a lot.

In terms of costs, i got most of the drivetrain and EFI cheaply, so in the drivetrain part of the build, it will be reasonable.

Lastly, some of the custom stuff is cheaper to do when The car is apart, thing like the cowl, drip rails, subframes, rear wheelhousings all would have to be done by pulling stuff apart. In this case, it was as far apart as possible.

Thanks for following along, there are a few more custom touches in the works.

Take Care,
Chris

fordsbyjay
03-11-2012, 08:28 PM
I guess having a Falcon I am used to not having replacement parts while the Mustang guys always seem to have everything (complete bodies included). :)

dipren443
03-12-2012, 04:13 AM
Seems like ages ago now that I think about... The drivetrain came out of the car in Vermont, right?

Kennedy
03-12-2012, 05:04 PM
Yeah Nick. Got the engine and trans out of 450 89 5.0 rust bucket in Vermont, including wiring harness and all accessories. That was one hard car to pull apart (rusted together...what is it about Mustangs and Rust?). For those that have heard of the Grassroots Motorsports $200x Challenge. Nick and I built a 88 notchback for the race, did OK and then removed it for a future project.

rusty428cj
04-10-2012, 01:30 PM
Today Brian worked on the left side

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/446.jpg

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rusty428cj
04-17-2012, 09:01 AM
More rust repair

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Filling the factory lead joint

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rusty428cj
04-20-2012, 07:02 AM
The last patch needed on the roof

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/450.jpg

Brian cut out the rust than epoxy primed

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/463.jpg

Next he made a few patches

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/464.jpg

Brian at work grinding the welds

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Finished grinding

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/467.jpg

rusty428cj
04-24-2012, 05:38 AM
I finished most of the body work and now ready for epoxy primer

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v393/rusty428cj/1965%20Fastback%20Mustang/469.jpg

I sprayed 2 coats of SPI black epoxy

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LeighP
04-24-2012, 06:08 AM
Nice!!!! Very clean!

Zoin
06-27-2013, 09:00 PM
What do these two things have in common? Jesus walked on water and you fixed that mustang. =)
Pretty amazing!
How are things with it now?

1fststang
07-01-2013, 06:06 AM
Hey Rusty,

wanted to see if you could give me some guidance on the drip rail shaving or repairing.

I am in the middle of restoring my 67 fastback and have it on the rotissiere.

I had some rust in the door opening where the drip rail piece wraps underneath and plug welds to door opening. The rust wasn't terrible but had a few holes thru the drip rail piece underneath as well as the base metal for the opening.

I had planned to cut out both layers and weld in a couple patches but after removing some of the drip rail piece underneath it has more corrision than I expected. I am trying to figure out should I try and patch them, replace them completely or shave them.

To patch them will be tough since I would need to trim out the entire a pillar piece from underneath and would likely have to butt weld them back together in the actual drip rail seam and that would probably be a nightmare to grind smooth and make look right.

To replace the entire drip rail(they do have replacements) I can see how the rails attach underneath at both pillars but in the middle of the door it looks like the lip is vertical and slides between the roof structure and roof. Not sure how I can remove that and would removing the roof be required to do that?

The last option is to shave them and I kind iof have mixed feelings on this. The cars you have done look pretty slick but I was hoping to not make drastic mods to the care although I probably will never sell it.

If I shave them I should drill out the spot welds and remove the part of the rail that plug welds in the dopr opening. then trim close to car with body saw or die grinder/cut off wheel then gring the area down flush and but weld the panels together. Working a small section at a time. That sound about right.

Any advice or info is appreciated, Mike

kmdracer
07-01-2013, 08:02 AM
Over a year since last post from builder or owner. Is the project still going?

rusty428cj
07-01-2013, 09:30 AM
Over a year since last post from builder or owner. Is the project still going?

It was on hold for a little while but we now have it on a rotisserie to clean up the bottom and epoxy prime.

rusty428cj
07-01-2013, 09:35 AM
Hey Rusty,

wanted to see if you could give me some guidance on the drip rail shaving or repairing.

I am in the middle of restoring my 67 fastback and have it on the rotissiere.

I had some rust in the door opening where the drip rail piece wraps underneath and plug welds to door opening. The rust wasn't terrible but had a few holes thru the drip rail piece underneath as well as the base metal for the opening.

I had planned to cut out both layers and weld in a couple patches but after removing some of the drip rail piece underneath it has more corrision than I expected. I am trying to figure out should I try and patch them, replace them completely or shave them.

To patch them will be tough since I would need to trim out the entire a pillar piece from underneath and would likely have to butt weld them back together in the actual drip rail seam and that would probably be a nightmare to grind smooth and make look right.

To replace the entire drip rail(they do have replacements) I can see how the rails attach underneath at both pillars but in the middle of the door it looks like the lip is vertical and slides between the roof structure and roof. Not sure how I can remove that and would removing the roof be required to do that?

The last option is to shave them and I kind iof have mixed feelings on this. The cars you have done look pretty slick but I was hoping to not make drastic mods to the care although I probably will never sell it.

If I shave them I should drill out the spot welds and remove the part of the rail that plug welds in the dopr opening. then trim close to car with body saw or die grinder/cut off wheel then gring the area down flush and but weld the panels together. Working a small section at a time. That sound about right.

Any advice or info is appreciated, Mike

I like the look without the drip rails so I would cut them off and patch whatever is needed under them. You could get new drip rails (have never put them on so not sure if they will fit) but you have to make sure and put them in the right place or your trim under the roof rail weatherstrip won't fit. Also replacement drip rail trim that I have seen is thinner and does not want to fit.

kmdracer
07-01-2013, 09:38 AM
Thanks for the answer Rusty! Good to hear the project is still moving forward.

Kennedy
07-01-2013, 10:41 AM
KMD,

I just sent Rusty a rear valence, decklid and doors from NPD. Yesterday, I picked up an 8.8 I had narrowed. It is from an Explorer with 3.73s and discs.

Some incremental progress!

Thanks for following.

Chris

kmdracer
07-05-2013, 08:04 AM
Awesome! I have a fondness for first gen Stang fastbacks. Judging from the market, so do many others lol

skooli
12-17-2013, 12:37 AM
That is kind of what I was wondering Nick but I don't keep up on early Mustangs to know if that year/model was available. . My uncle did a 66 Fastback that was severely rotted and his build cost was in the 6 figures. It was all shop built but the body shop bill on those kinds of cars is crazy due to the insane amount of hours.

I think Dynacorn is going to come out with one but that sure doesn't help you know. Good luck with the build, I will be following along.



http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e3/fordsbyjay/66%20Mustang/Larrys5_0.jpg

Not to hijack a thread, but do you have any more info on this car? That thing is beautiful.

fordsbyjay
12-18-2013, 06:46 AM
Not to hijack a thread, but do you have any more info on this car? That thing is beautiful.

It has a 347/AOD in it. It is a stock style suspension with standard upgrades from years ago. For the amount he has in it today you could build a much nicer car underneath. The inside/outside is gorgeous. I just need to introduce him to DSE now. ;)