1966 Ford Mustang Convertible
Well guys and dolls, it may be time for me to get on my soapbox for a second. I do not know why I have not ascertained this before, but most of the Mustangs out there are junk or they are so far from what the cars were originally, it is ridiculous. We have a responsibility, I believe, to keep these cars close to what they were when they were new or the next generation will NOT know what they were really like. There is a certain feeling you get when you drive one of these cars they have been kept original. And NO, they will NOT stop on a dime or do other things that modern day cars will do, but boy are they cool!! There are not many modern day cars that will elicit the emotions that you will get as you go by another car or when you just stop at a stop light. Well, I guess you have heard enough from me about early Mustangs. It is my pleasure to tell you about this car.
As you can see for yourself, it is absolutely stunning. The black with red color combination is incredible. This car is a real “attention-getter”! Please pay attention to how nice the interior of the car is. The steel dash and the steel door panels have been very nicely detailed.
Please then draw your attention to the engine compartment. I wish I could convey to you how much time and effort we put into these engine compartments. For instance, look at the fender bolts. Do they have black paint on them like the color of the car? Probably 90 or more percent of the cars you look at have fender bolts painted the same color as the car. Did Ford do it that way? I don’t think so!
Look at what I call the female hood latch assembly. As part of our preparation process we almost always completely pull the grill out along with all the other pieces on the radiator core support including this latch assembly. We then bead blast, prime and paint all these items along with the horns, all nuts and bolts.
When we have all the items off, it is a perfect time to paint the radiator core support and the rest of the inner fender panels. These items are all cleaned and prepped and primed and the proper semi-gloss color is applied. Incidentally, while we have the grill out, we clean and prep it and shoot it the proper color. It is really a very satisfying experience for us to make these cars look like this. When we do this process on the engine compartment it is very time consuming and tedious as there are NO short cuts.
When we pull a bracket or a latch assembly or even a bolt, they all need to be taken off the car (which sometimes is not always easy). We unfortunately do not have a machine that can do this; it is all done by hand. These pieces are then bead blasted, primed and painted the proper color. This engine compartment was actually much nicer than what you would normally see out there. But, because the car itself is so stunning, we are going through the whole process anyway. To me, the engine compartment on one of these classics tells the whole story.
Most of the time when you look at the cars for sale, there are NO engine shots. Obviously the reason for this is the engine compartment looks so bad they do not want you to see it. When we do these engine compartments, we even get the Auto-lite battery cover and a new battery (which costs over $100) plus all the stickers and decals that were there when the car was new. The feeling I like to create when someone opens the hood on one of the cars that we have done is what I call the WOW FACTOR!! I want the person’s knees to almost buckle when you open the hood. The new owner of this car should be tremendously proud of the way their 1966 Mustang looks whether it is in the engine compartment or the interior or the trunk area. It all will look the way it should.
This Mustang runs and drives the way it should and even the A/C works. I cannot tell you how many times I have been told that all the “A/C needs is Freon”. Normally that means that you need to spend at least $1,000 to get it to actually blow cold air out of the A/C vents. Please observe the very nice Ford factory console that is made for A/C cars and the addition of the other more modern console that will hold your drinks.
We have detailed the front of the A/C face plate by pulling it completely off and polishing the chrome part of the face plate then prepping the black part of the face plate and the painting it. We also purchased new A/C vents for the unit so they look very nice. Please note in the pictures that all the lights in the interior actually work including the rear console light. Please also notice that the factory console has the chrome end cap on it, just as it was when it left the Ford factory. Most of the time these caps are not on the console.
The passenger side door is nicely detailed, not just black paint everywhere. The door latch, screws and bolts are all nicely detailed with proper door rubber and caps that covers holes in the door from Ford. Again, most of the time these caps are missing. There was one gone on this door. We bought one and proceeded to bead blast, paint and install it. The dash, glove box and console have all had the deluxe paneling put on them to match the factory deluxe steering wheel that has been installed on the car.
Let me run down the list of all the items that are options on this car; day/night mirror, dual outside mirrors, factory A/C console with proper end caps, modern console, power brakes, 4 bbl carb and intake, style steel wheels with new white wall tires, automatic transmission, stereo cassette radio, door scuff accessory plates.
We have now started the engine detailing process so I will be showing you all of the items that we take off the car to bead blast, clean, prime and then repaint the proper color. It should give you an idea of how intricate and involved this project is. Please take note of the grill, shock tower caps, brackets and latch assemblies plus all the bolts that you see in the pictures. This is not even half of what the entire project entails.
When you are comparing our car with the rest of the Mustang Convertibles you are looking at remember; the detailing in the engine compartment, the doors that have been nicely detailed, the detailing in the interior of the car and last but not least the trunk area. I have just purchased a new gas tank just so the trunk area looks nice and detailed as I think it should. This car comes with a spare tire that is in excellent shape. How many cars have you seen for sale with no spare tire or jack or lug wrench?
When we took the gas tank sending unit out of the car old tank, it was the original one as you can see from the pictures I have supplied. It even has its’ C4 part number on it.
Steve 281-531-9090 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The three pictures below show items that have been taken off the car and are getting ready to be bead blasted, cleaned, primed and painted the proper color.
The following four pictures show parts that have been completed.
If you do not understand date codes and part numbers, please call me. I
will be glad to explain. Steve - 281-531-9090
If you do not understand date codes and part numbers, please call me. I will be glad to explain. Steve - 281-531-9090
I have taken the following pictures so you can see how nice the supporting gas tank area is. Normally this area is all rusted away.