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1969 mustang "Rusty"

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Hello Everyone, 
I bought a 1969 Mustang Grande at the ending of August with the help of my parents to be a father and son project. the carIhas a 302 2v which is now a 4v with a c4 trans and of rust from being outside in the elements for too long. there is rust on the quarters, front torque boxes, passenger side cowl, floors, roof, trunk lid, taillight panel, and hood and other places. I have removed the interior besides the lower dash. , and both quarters. so far I have removed the grill area, entire interior besides the lower dash, fenders, trunk lid, vinyl roof, door glass, and doors. I'm hoping to get it driving by 2020, so I can have it on my graduation from High school. 
Here is the car info 
Warranty Number: 9R01F163829
Year: 9 1969 
Plant: R San Jose, CA 
Body Series: 01 2 Door Hardtop 
Engine: F 302 2v V8 
Unit: 163829 163829 

Miscellaneous Vehicle Data

Body: 65E 2 Door Hardtop, Grande, Deluxe 
Color: I Lime Gold Metallic 
Trim: 1GA Dk. Ivy Gold Vinyl and Dk. Ivy Gold Hopsack Cloth, Grande Luxury
Date: 09D April 09, 1969 
D.S.O: 72 San Jose 
Axle: 3 2.79:1, Conventional 
Trans: W C4 Automatic 

9R01F163829

 
This is what the car looked like when i bought it

 

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You can have the inside and the front end /engine compartment sand blasted .I would not sand blast the body panels /fenders ,hood, roof ,quarters or trunk lid because it will warp the metal .They would be best paint stripped or sanded off .I am trying some rust remover that is supposed to be non toxic on some smaller pieces soon, i will post how well it works .

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That's not rust: that's called "patina".  *G*

 

Good luck with the car.  The rear quarters look problematic, but the rest of the seems reasonably solid.  You're going to have a lot of fun!  Enjoy.

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My 69 Coupe has spent most of if not all its life in NJ & had a lot of rust issues that related to a lot of sheet metal that needed to be replaced. I sanded all the paint off the car to get it to bare metal before doing the metal replacement. As stated above do NOT sand blast the outer body, either sand the paint off or use paint stripper to remove it. Good luck with your project.

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would I just paint over the old paint on the lower dash because I don't want to remove the texture on it? 

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The texture is actually in the metal so the cleaner it is the better it will look. I glass bead the dash before painting, and spray any primer light so it doesn't fill the texture in.

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I would use stripper on it.  just dont use anything too harsh like sand blasting as that will ruin it.  Stripper with a scotch brite for the bulk of it, then a brass brush to get into the texture.  Mine came out great with a rattle can paint (NPD has the right color) carefully applied out side the car.

 

Good luck with the project.  Mine took 4 yrs, so get after it!

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here is what the car looks like right now. I am in a stand still because I need to start getting the sheet metal and a welder to start welding in new floors and footwells, tail panel, quarters ,and a couple other thingsIMG_3416_zps0z1xfsr7.jpgIMG_3406_zpslkibzhar.jpgIMG_3404_zpsg9b0ihwd.jpgIMG_3409_zpsh527eqql.jpgIMG_3410_zpsjvxbv73p.jpgIMG_3405_zpsiq9t6ab5.jpgIMG_3412_zps9nfw4de1.jpgIMG_3411_zpshwkvade0.jpgIMG_3414_zpss6nrdcpk.jpgIMG_3415_zpsbpghiwld.jpgIMG_3417_zpsbijodfvd.jpg

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Woah, tell me you're going to post more updates! The work that needs to be done on this car is massive, and it's impressive that you want to do that. You're also really, really young! I'm proud of you, keep up the good work!

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Well when I left for school, I might of broken or chipped the flywheel, or broken the starter because I had some tran fluid and metal bits on the garage floor. 

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Just for clarity, C4's or any auto trans has a flex plate, not a flywheel. A flywheel is used on standard transmissions.I doubt a chipped starter ring on the flex plate has caused your C4 to leak. Without inspecting and confirming where the metal bits and trans fluid originated, you're guessing. Most early trannys leak. Only way to be sure is to inspect it with the car raised and removing the inspection plate at the lower front of the C4 for the starter ring gear, and looking at the gasket area and anywhere lines, shifter rods or any thread accesses the interior of the trans. If it's not leaking a bunch or having starting issues, I just might leave it be. 

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