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I see the light ... body and paint

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So I have been in a queue for getting paint and body work so long I only know it is over a year but not whether it is closer to 18 or 24 months. A month ago I got tired of the delays from my shop and discouraged by all the cars they have in the shop at one time even though they said I was next so I called another shop to check in.  Slightly more money but they seem to get cars in and out quicker and I aint getting younger.  I want to enjoy my car not just leave it to my kids.

Today the second shop said they were moving me up in line from March to late December/early January.  So excited.  Now I'm talking to an individual and a shop on rebuilding the engine that burns oil/fouled plugs while it is at the body shop.  Reduce the amount of time the car is down and get the engine bay detailed at the same time.  I have pretty much done everything else myself and these are the last steps.  My wife actually seems peeved that I have saved for so long towards this goal and would rather I spend it on something else.  Fuck it, I'm happy and here to share the excitement with like minded people.

So share your stories, encouragement and advice.

Drivetrain Plan:

  • Pull the engine, AC, Radiator and transmission
  • Give the engine to the rebuild shop for a mild stroker build (331, heads, intake, cam, stay carbureted)
  • Optional C4 to T5/TKO swap and upgrade the 8" open diff to LSD with taller gears

Body and Paint plan:

  • I remove the interior except the dash
  • I disassemble the headlight buckets
  • I remove door glass and vents

Shop does

  • remove the stainless trim
  • remove the front and back glass
  • Strip the paint from whole body and door jams
  • shave the fender emblems and fill antenna hole
  • prime and paint with base clear in 2part formula for the original Candyapple Red
  • Outsource the headliner install before the glass is reinstalled
  • Detail the engine bay
  • Get the glass and stainless reinstalled
  • Align doors and fenders 
  • Install new rear louvers and front chin spoiler
  • optional add a '70 Grabber c-stripe to the sides

Engine guy will install the engine transmission and diff.

I could potentially do all the following

  • Reinstall door glass, vent glass and interior including Ridge Runner sail panels
  • Install all rubber seals
  • Reinstall fender extensions/headlight buckets, side scoops and qtr panel extensions
  • Reinstall headlights, tail lights and marker lights
  • reinstall engine accessories and radiator

Thanks!

 

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More than likely you could get the glass installed at your place, a lot of the glass guys will come to you.  When your finishing up interior, etc. it is nice to have the glass out, especially in the back if your doing a folding rear seat.

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I rolled it into a tree next to my driveway.  Took me almost two weeks to go look at the damage.

Cutting the tree down in a week or two.  It is too close to the driveway now that we have a third driver in the house and was always a problem getting the Mustang out.

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Damn. Sorry to hear this, but you are not alone. Last year in October while leaving Ogallala Nebraska I backed into a parked Yukon damaging my bumper and rear panel. Back circa 1999 with the 69 idling I was adding tranny fluid. Apparently it was started in reverse, and when the trans had enough fluid, it took off into an 8x8 gate post. Damaged the quarter panel, bumper, deck lid,  and rear body panel. 

I feel your pain bro. 

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Some things to think about

 

you remove and reinstall:

emblems

bumpers

door handles

etc

 

how bad is the engine compartment and how extensive of a paint and detail,do,you want to do?

you might want to pull the engine and trans before sending to the body shop, pull the bolts and electrical out of the engine compartment to get a better paint job in there.

you may need to do blasting if there is rust and acid damage

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5 hours ago, Rsanter said:

Some things to think about

 

you remove and reinstall:

emblems

bumpers

door handles

etc

 

how bad is the engine compartment and how extensive of a paint and detail,do,you want to do?

you might want to pull the engine and trans before sending to the body shop, pull the bolts and electrical out of the engine compartment to get a better paint job in there.

you may need to do blasting if there is rust and acid damage

Yeah I did not list all the details but would pull the emblems and bumpers.  Only the medallions and the trunk letters will go back on. Leaving fender emblems off.

The engine and transmission are coming out.  I listed that above.

Not much acid damage.  The engine bay will need to be degreased and power washed at minimum.  I'll consider adding the engine bay stickers back afterwards.  I'll stick with satin black in the engine bay.  Don't care for the color matched bays on Mustangs.

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So the next question I have is:

how well do your windows line up? If all is well you may want to just roll them down! Remove the felts, and then cover the glass with an static or adheasive wrap to prevent overspray.

 

who are you paying the shop to remove the trim and rear glass? That’s something I would look at doing myself.

 

who,is removing all the wiring and brake lines in order to properly paint/detail the engine bay

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12 hours ago, Rsanter said:

So the next question I have is:

how well do your windows line up? If all is well you may want to just roll them down! Remove the felts, and then cover the glass with an static or adheasive wrap to prevent overspray.

 

who are you paying the shop to remove the trim and rear glass? That’s something I would look at doing myself.

 

who,is removing all the wiring and brake lines in order to properly paint/detail the engine bay

Good questions...

Drivers windows line up good but not great.  It will get new felt and rubber so I don't think it matters.  Passenger glass is already out and is getting a new door so I will wait to put the glass in after the door is on and painted.

I'm paying them to do the trim and front/rear glass I don't want to mess with the trim and the glass is too much for me to do.

I'll remove the brake lines and wiring once the engine is out.  I plan to take headlights, tail lights, marker lights all off and tape up the connectors.

 

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My brother was reving up my mustang ,when he owned it ,in the driveway ,i had told him not to do that unless you are setting in the driver seat with your foot on the brake . While he was leaning over the fender reving it it jumped into gear and slammed into the front porch knocking one of the post out of the ground ,could have crushed him . Those automatics can jump into gear if the tranny and motor mounts are weak allowing the shift rod to pull the gear select . 

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