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Another addition to the stable - 66 NJ V8
« on: July 11, 2017, 03:03:54 PM »
Thanks to my very close friend, I am now the owner of another classic Mustang. This car was purchased by my friend back in the early 90's for $800. It needed a lot of work back then and I cut my teeth on some of my first floor pan and frame rail repairs. This is also the first full car paint job I ever did. But, as time went on, with a new business starting and his family growing, he has finally admitted that it needs a better home than what he can give it. I will admit the car is not costing me anything, (we have never exchanged money for helping each other out), but I will be "trading" my time to help him with some odd jobs in return. Over the past few decades this car has seen it's original drivetrain rebuilt, the 289 engine , C4, and rear axle. Not to mention a complete full suspension rebuild as well as numerous cosmetic items. Its a bitter sweet ending on his part but he knows I have the time and know-how to get it back on its feet. While not planning on a concourse restoration to this car, I will be "restoring" it for a second time to make a nice driver/cruiser out of it. I hope that some of this car's info/build would help others on the site, in the hobby/community, in some way and I plan on using the info and tips from this valuable site to make this restoration even better than before.
 
I plan on posting the buck tag and door tag soon (he is still looking for the door tag) but the info that I know of so far is as follows:
1966  Mustang coupe, with a scheduled build date of 12/7/1965, Metuchen NJ
289 2V, C4 auto trans, 2:79 rear
Ford color "X" Vintage burgundy
Bench seat, black standard interior
DSO 16 Philadelphia

Original options:
Powersteering
Remote drivers mirror
Day/Night mirror
Deluxe seat belts
Seat belt warning light
Accent stripe (although he added the quarter ornaments when repainted)
AM radio
RP mouldings

Pics to follow...  I have a lot of work ahead of me but I know it' a diamond in the rough. More info to come!

« Last Edit: August 28, 2017, 08:36:55 PM by J_Speegle »
1967 Springtime Yellow Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Metuchen built, Nov. 17th 66'
1966 Sahara Beige Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, July 21st 66'
1964 1/2 Pagoda Green Coupe, 260 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, June 30th 64'
1966 GT350 Fastback clone, 289 HiPo, 725cfm Holley, 4spd, SanJose built, Nov 25th 65'

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Re: Another addition to the stable
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 03:04:28 PM »
When it was in it's prime, 2011
1967 Springtime Yellow Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Metuchen built, Nov. 17th 66'
1966 Sahara Beige Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, July 21st 66'
1964 1/2 Pagoda Green Coupe, 260 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, June 30th 64'
1966 GT350 Fastback clone, 289 HiPo, 725cfm Holley, 4spd, SanJose built, Nov 25th 65'

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Re: Another addition to the stable
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 03:11:45 PM »
A few from yesterday...  :'( :'(
1967 Springtime Yellow Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Metuchen built, Nov. 17th 66'
1966 Sahara Beige Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, July 21st 66'
1964 1/2 Pagoda Green Coupe, 260 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, June 30th 64'
1966 GT350 Fastback clone, 289 HiPo, 725cfm Holley, 4spd, SanJose built, Nov 25th 65'

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Re: Another addition to the stable
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2017, 03:12:32 PM »
In a sad state now..
1967 Springtime Yellow Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Metuchen built, Nov. 17th 66'
1966 Sahara Beige Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, July 21st 66'
1964 1/2 Pagoda Green Coupe, 260 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, June 30th 64'
1966 GT350 Fastback clone, 289 HiPo, 725cfm Holley, 4spd, SanJose built, Nov 25th 65'

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Re: Another addition to the stable
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2017, 08:29:26 PM »
Kind of like it like that !   (Have enough cars I can't drive /READ WON'T DRIVE)

Mark
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1969 R Code , Sportsroof (non Mach) W Axle
AB , Standard Interior  San Jose built 4/22/1969

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Re: Another addition to the stable
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2017, 11:55:53 AM »
I have its twin!  Vintage Burgundy '66 coupe with the bench seat........but mine's a 6-cylinder 3-speed.   ;D ;)
--1965 fastback, 289/4-spd, built Feb. '65 at Dearborn
--1965 convertible, 289/4-spd, built Mar. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 GT fastback, 289/4-spd, built Dec. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 coupe, 200/3-spd, built Dec. '65 at NJ (in the family since 1968)
--1967 coupe, 289/C4, built Dec. '66 at NJ
--2017 GT

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Re: Another addition to the stable
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2017, 09:57:39 AM »
Wow, that's very cool!  Here is my buck tag, curious if you have yours for your bench coupe?  And I thought buck tags get punched by inspectors??? I guess not in my case?  :o
1967 Springtime Yellow Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Metuchen built, Nov. 17th 66'
1966 Sahara Beige Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, July 21st 66'
1964 1/2 Pagoda Green Coupe, 260 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, June 30th 64'
1966 GT350 Fastback clone, 289 HiPo, 725cfm Holley, 4spd, SanJose built, Nov 25th 65'

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Re: Another addition to the stable
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2017, 03:06:25 PM »
 Hitting this project hard but only on the weekends.. Here are some updated pics of the engine compartment and heater box. The original heater box had a huge crack from the fresh air vent door up to the seal at the cowl vent. I was lucky enough to find another one local from one of my friends. The heater box I picked up has been stored for 30+ years and must have been scavenged early in life as it had the original 5K19 dated FOMOCO heater core and original white stripe heater hoses and tower clamps. I followed some previous post on cleaning and restoring the heater box and it worked out great for me.

I'm now installing new shocks and cleaning up the trunk and gas tank area before I start it up. It has had new floor pans but the frame rail supports are split with rust so they will get replaced soon. Also servicing the C4 with new fluid and filter to play it safe before I get it started and moving under its own power.

1967 Springtime Yellow Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Metuchen built, Nov. 17th 66'
1966 Sahara Beige Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, July 21st 66'
1964 1/2 Pagoda Green Coupe, 260 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, June 30th 64'
1966 GT350 Fastback clone, 289 HiPo, 725cfm Holley, 4spd, SanJose built, Nov 25th 65'

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Re: Another addition to the stable
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2017, 04:31:27 PM »
More work being done to get her back on the road. Here are some updated pics of the engine, front floor support replacements, and interior panel repaints.. 
1967 Springtime Yellow Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Metuchen built, Nov. 17th 66'
1966 Sahara Beige Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, July 21st 66'
1964 1/2 Pagoda Green Coupe, 260 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, June 30th 64'
1966 GT350 Fastback clone, 289 HiPo, 725cfm Holley, 4spd, SanJose built, Nov 25th 65'

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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2017, 04:35:08 PM »
Thanks to those who chimed in with what they have used for rattle can interior paint. I chose the Eastwood underhood black. Found it to be a great match to what I wanted as well as a very good spray nozzle and easy application.

I started by stripping the old paint off of the door, using a scrub brush to help loosen the paint off. Then a quick bath to neutralize the stripper. After drying I gently scuffed with a 3M gray pad before removing the old tape/paper. I then did a fresh re tape followed with a wipe down of a tag rag before lightly applying self-etching primer and final black topcoat.
1967 Springtime Yellow Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Metuchen built, Nov. 17th 66'
1966 Sahara Beige Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, July 21st 66'
1964 1/2 Pagoda Green Coupe, 260 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, June 30th 64'
1966 GT350 Fastback clone, 289 HiPo, 725cfm Holley, 4spd, SanJose built, Nov 25th 65'

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Re: Another addition to the stable - 66 NJ V8
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2017, 08:38:12 PM »
Going to move the thread over to the Member Restorations/Builds section    :)
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Re: Another addition to the stable
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2017, 07:32:07 PM »
Wow, that's very cool!  Here is my buck tag, curious if you have yours for your bench coupe?  And I thought buck tags get punched by inspectors??? I guess not in my case?  :o

Enjoying watching this come together. My Jan NJ coupe has no inspector punch on the buck tag either.
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1966 C Code NJ Springtime yellow
C-4 Automatic
Build Date Jan 21st

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Re: Another addition to the stable - 66 NJ V8
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2017, 03:19:13 PM »
I now have the interior where I want it. All the wiring issues are sorted and interior panels painted. Next I'm working on getting the rust pitted roof sealed and primed. I made up a "bag" system where I could pour rust converter over the areas and let in sit overnight. Then I cleaned the area and used Eastwoods rust encapsulator to seal the metal. Next will be some filler to smooth everything out and a final primer. I am not going to paint this car until next spring so that gives me time to make sure the rust fix works and holds ( the car will likely be driven over the next few months).
1967 Springtime Yellow Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Metuchen built, Nov. 17th 66'
1966 Sahara Beige Coupe, 289 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, July 21st 66'
1964 1/2 Pagoda Green Coupe, 260 2v 3spd, Dearborn built, June 30th 64'
1966 GT350 Fastback clone, 289 HiPo, 725cfm Holley, 4spd, SanJose built, Nov 25th 65'

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Re: Another addition to the stable - 66 NJ V8
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2017, 06:13:23 PM »
It may be a bit late, but did you do some anti-rust treatment on the inside of the roof? A friend's 65 hardtop roof was vinyl covered and the vinyl turned out to be a moisture retaining feature (even in California). It was removed permanently for repainting. Even though the top looked "fair" in paint preparation, when the interior was done, there were traces of rust that came thru. Many words were spoken. It was corrected, and the roof repainted.
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Re: Another addition to the stable - 66 NJ V8
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2017, 03:47:11 PM »
I now have the interior where I want it. All the wiring issues are sorted and interior panels painted. Next I'm working on getting the rust pitted roof sealed and primed. I made up a "bag" system where I could pour rust converter over the areas and let in sit overnight. Then I cleaned the area and used Eastwoods rust encapsulator to seal the metal. Next will be some filler to smooth everything out and a final primer.

How are you going to get the filler to stick to the rust encapsulator?
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