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Offline tclark

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65 GT Conv. not finished
« on: July 01, 2017, 12:07:51 PM »
 It's been 3 1/2 years since sent mustang out for restoration. We have been hoping to have enjoyed it by now, but no such luck. I was hoping to use this site often during restoration because there is always a lot of great info. I gave the job to Mike who I have known for a long time before the start of this. I believed he would have done an excellent job. Still do, but he just won't work on it, or very little at a time. I did give him a large amount of $$before the start. The mustang is painted, except for engine compartment and undercarriage. About 3 months ago he said that would be done in a few days. (no such luck) Now he has informed me he has a foot injury
that would delay things even longer. So I told him I'll just come get it and bring it home.
 Now I have to figure out how to go about it, then find someone to finish it locally.  The Mustang is in Ky. I now live in SC
Mike had started a youtube video in the beginning . (Sunrise automotive Mike Lang).
I'm sure there is a lot of stories of shops not finishing what they started. This happens to be one of them.

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Re: 65 GT Conv. not finished
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2017, 05:34:47 PM »
 Just brought home most of the parts for the 65,, hopefully the body should be here soon.
 Then I'll have to figure out where and how to start on it?
attached is picture of my parts

Offline J_Speegle

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Re: 65 GT Conv. not finished
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2017, 11:19:08 PM »
An often head of scenario. Other shops may be leery if too much work has been done or will surely want to write some limitations on liability and expectations

Not a bad thing just what I've seen done in other similar cases.

Sorry you were another
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Re: 65 GT Conv. not finished
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2017, 11:20:07 PM »
We all hate seeing something like this...........BUT MOST of us have experianced such things.  (But in my case it was 22 years ago)!    Since then I do all of my work.   Sure I have found a few good painters,  was telling a friend today that Tim picked up the shell of the SCJ the week before THanksgiving (2005) and delivered it painted on Jan 2nd.

PESONALLY I prefer to reassemble cars myself!   YOU will put the time and effort into the build quality WITHOUT cutting corners OR using wrong fasteners or finishes !   (not all shops will)

It looks like you have many of the pieces to the puzzle!   That is a great starting point.  Assmebly takes an "area', that you can lay out items, collect the sub assembly parts and triage so you can move forward.   I do my assembly in my "clean" garage, away from paint, sandblasters and DIRT.   You also need the seperation so you can clean, use chemicals  and paint.

PERSONALLY I don't know that I could "pay" someone to do work !   I do a car a year.   Ususally, stick to MY AREA of comfort on projects.   I don't buy cars that need welding, I don't buy cars that don't come with all the parts.  That way you don't have to use reproduction parts at all (except headliners and carpets-though I've tried to use 45 year old carpets).   My guess is this is "your car", and you are going through this so YOU can enjoy it. (like all should) !

I did a reassembly of a 1967 Triumph (from boxes for 18 years) in 2004 with my 11 year old daughter!  She asked "when are you going to put the red car together?"  I said, you want to put it together with me?  Tell you what - you come to me every day after school (as long as you don't have homework) and we will but ONE part on the car.   6 months later we recieved first place at an all British show.   

Good luck moving forward,

P.S.  Consider a Photo restoration on the forum or Facebook !   It will motivate you to do work, post photos and keep at it !!    There is a Saab collector that has a big collection and his rule is "I work on my cars ONE HOUR a day!"  (no more no less)    Once you start doing that you are looking for the time to work !
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Offline RonsMustangs

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Re: 65 GT Conv. not finished
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2017, 02:05:40 PM »
If you're in SC (lenny 864-488-2883) gaffney sc. He does a lot of show cars.