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Hey all.

Give a little history. This project was supposed to be done with my dad. He passed away in 2019 and i didn't touch the car since. Why a Boss 9? My dad had 2 of them, and one of them had a 494 aluminum block. He sold them years ago but I always wanted one. So I bought a Mustang on ebay in 2018. The sellers did a pretty good job of making a car that was probably dragged out of a field, sellable. I have lovingly referred to it as my grey turd ever since. Originally was a Acapulco Blue base fastback. Only 3 options. Automatic, factory AC, and power steering that I know of. 302 and a C4. Car ran and drove sort of. I had to rebuild the tranz, rewired the car, had to replace the rear end, nothing electronic worked in the car. The dash was literally full of sand. Its been parked in the garage for the last couple years. 

For an ugly s.o.b girls sure like it LOL

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So more recently I got the bug to get the project going already. Built a rotisserie and ordered a butt load of parts from Mustangs to Fear. Bought a floor pan from NPD (they are 10 miles away)

Yesterday my brother and I tore into the car. It's almost a bare shell. Just have to remove the front suspension/brakes and other bits.

There is a lot of rust. A lot of deterioration. I need you guys to help me figure out what is reparable and what needs to just be replaced. 

As far as I can the following are in good shape/easily repairable:

Front fenders

Bumpers

Exterior cowl

Fold down rear seat

Hood 

Trunk Lid

Doors maybe? 

Parts on order:

Full floater 9" rear with brakes

MTF Watts link

MTF Long subframe with IFS and brakes

MTF minitubs

MTF roll bar 

MTF radiator support and cross member

MTF frame stiffeners 

and some other things

The plan was to cut out the old floor, install new. Mount on rotisserie and then media blast the car to really see what's what. But with so much rust I'm not sure what to do.

 

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Please let me know what yall think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I don't thing the rot in the inner roof structure is common ... at least I've never seen anything like that.   As it it was upside down for a while !!

The real body men need to get in here and comment !!

Doug

 

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Car has been completely stripped. I built some bracing to prevent any flexing. The car may be rusty but it's straight and has never been wrecked. I dropped it off at the media blaster and was worried it might flex or something being picked up by a forklift The car is still really heavy even with all the rust so maybe there is more metal there than meets the eye.....

 

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Make sure you do the frame/unibody dimensional checks before you start welding. Then you can adjust your bracing. Don't assume the rest of the car is straight.

Mike from the forum (Latoracing) built a frame jig and used lasers to align my car. I had missing floor pan and rockers.

 

 

 

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Thank you for this. I have been deciding for the last couple of weeks which way I want to go. If I order all the parts out of the NPD catalog, it'll cost around 13k. If I get a new shell, it'll cost around 20k. Either way, I'm going to have a new car at the end of it but I am not sure which way I want to go with it. It would be fun to build a car from scratch. 

Do you have any measurements that include the interior dimensions? 

I may decide to build a new shell from the floor pan assembly up. I would keep my current shell to assist with reference points, but the entire floor is gone now...

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My car actually looked a lot worse than yours.  For instance, your floors in the rear don't look that bad from the door jams back.  I just did a 1/2 floor replacement.  I would personally replace just what is needed, and try to keep the original structure as much as possible.   But up to you.

I don't have any interior dimensions.

I would also reach out and get some feedback on the Dynacorn experience.   I think that is an expensive proposition.   You would be better off finding a six cylinder sportsroof and starting with that.  Good luck

 

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Here's where the car is now so you can see what i'm working with and why I decided to stop working on the original shell:

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Literally... i think the only good piece of metal on the car is the passenger side outer rocker. That's it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s a shame. What’s the VIN on the car, was it a big block or something special to begin with?

if not it may be time to get a good single malt have a farewell drink with the car, and give it a Viking funeral…

 

 

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