Lenny B's First Restoration Project - 1968 Mustang

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:16 am
Hello Everyone,
I decided to post and log my first complete restoration done entirely by myself. I started with a nice clean driver that was starting to showing its age. The paint was OK but there was some bubbles on the lower door and fender. The interior was redone so that was a plus. The drive train was all in good order but the engine paint was starting to flake and the suspension components were rusting and dirty. I bought the car with the intent to do a complete 100% nut and bolt restoration. I plan to get it back to all original with the exception of adding 100 Horse Power and Power Disc brakes. It's a numbers match 302 4V C-4 Auto trans car. So far I've totally disassembled it, then stripped the entire main body including underbody and engine compartment to bare metal, and then Epoxied Primered. So far no rust or dents, just a nice clean car. Then drivers fender and doors have some rust which I'll cut out and patch. Pics Below.

PS - Thanks again for all the good advice you guys have given ~ Lenny b
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:19 am
Disassembly pictures. I did this last fall.
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Surface rust and Tank rust
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Empty body
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Engine bay pre-stripped
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Underbody on rotisserie
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:27 am
I have been working this winter on stripping the entire body to bare metal. Right now I have the entire cab stripped and in epoxy. No rust, other than surface rust, or dents found. Nice clean car to start with. The doors and fenders are another story.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:30 am
I had to strip it in sections do to time restraints.
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Door Jam Stripped
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Door Stripped

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:52 pm
Great looking project!

What are using to strip the paint?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:45 am
I've been stripping it with 7" 3M Scotch Brite Pads on a Sander and 3" ones on a hand grinder. I also used Aircraft stripper on the larger flat exterior panels and then cleaned up with the stripping pads. Once stripped I went over everything with 80 grit on a DA prior to epoxy.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:32 am
Made a little more progress this week. The cab has been totally stripped to bare metal with no rust or dent issues found. I did have to weld shut some holes in the shock towers that were caused by a mechanic's torch that was trying to get at the grease fittings. Also finished stripping the doors and drivers fender. Had to cut out a couple spots that had rust and patch. Hopefully by the end of summer the body will have some paint in it.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:46 am
Keep it up!!

Hey, when you spray that epoxy, do you put plastic down and mask the shop up?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:56 am
Vdubber wrote:Keep it up!!

Hey, when you spray that epoxy, do you put plastic down and mask the shop up?


Nope. Just mix and spray it like any other primer. To keep the shop clean I just use a shop vac to collect any sanding dust as I go. Then I use an old house vacuum to get the floor clean, quick and easy. And I do my best to avoid using the air wound to blow stuff around.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:36 pm
Nice project! Wish I could find some nice rust free cars like that up here lol.


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