In the Beginning

 

On March 6th, 1993, I purchased this 1967 Ford Mustang coupe from a fellow fire fighter. It was nearly identical to the one I have a lot of great memories in from high school, and I had to have it.  Even then, it was far from perfect, but it was mine and it was awesome.

You can see from the picture, there is some strange aluminum riveted to the rocker panel (I think it was siding). If you look close, you can see the front wheels are a 4 bolt pattern and the back are a 5 bolt.  That’s because when I bought it, it had a 289, but it was originally converted from a 6 cylinder.  While they had to replace the rear end, they didn’t convert the front end, instead, making a mess of the fenders to try to deal with the drop.

I drove it for a few years as my daily driver. Eventually, I decided I wanted to do the kinds of projects we dream of in our youth and I started to work on it. I had plans to drop a 429 in it and convert the front drums to disk with a 5 bolt suspension to hand the 429.  I acquired a 429 and a C-6 transmission. I also managed to find a front end from someone’s 64 Ranchero who totaled it after building it up for racing.  The disk break conversion he did fit on to the mustang, so I went with it.

Fast forward 10 years while the Mustang has been sitting without and engine and on junk yard wheels and tires on the front with the new disk conversion completed up to the point where it needed new calipers and lines. In 2005, Ford came out with a new style Mustang, based on the 1968 fastback. My wife suggested I spend my money on a new one that wont kill me, will handle better, have newer safety equipment, and a better sound system. She didn’t have to tell me twice, but that left the ’67 in the garage untouched for another 10 years.

After years of my kids telling me how cool the ’67 would be to ride in and put back together, I finally started working on it again. That’s where this starts. I want to document the restoration of my dream car and share some of my enthusiasm with my kids.  Along the way, I hope to be able to help some other Mustang enthusiasts with the projects I have ahead of me for rebuilding a 50 year old legend with a variety of new technology mixed with original style.

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