Well the Mustang progress had slowed drastically due to winter conditions and no garage to work in. However I have got all the engine work done, put in a JEG performance camshaft, rebuild the 600 CFM Edelbrock carburetor, took off the stock fan and put an electric fan and thermostatically controlled switch on, traded out the cobbled together exhaust system and put in 2 flowmaster pipes. As far as body work goes, got about 5 of 7 layers off and did some bondo, still have a lot to do this summer but she's coming along. I'll update with pictures soon...
For the folks that are following the blog updates - here are some more pictures of the interior of the car and some more of the outside.
I mean, after all, if we don't show off just how bad of shape this pony is in right now, it's going to be a lot harder to brag about how good it looks later.
Oh, and Jesse promises not to use the hammer on your car. Unless, you know, it needs it. He also promises not to greet you at the shop with this expression. Unless, you know, you need it.
If you took even a sideways glance at the last photos we posted of the Mustang, you know that the first thing we needed to work on was the purchase and installation of a new door.
Well, guess what? The new door has arrived!
In fact, here's Jesse opening it up. It's like Christmas, except better because grandma didn't pick out the presents. Of course, she didn't pay for them either, which is a drag, but beside the point.
Jesse picked up this beauty for a mere $2,000. She might not be much to look at now, but the idea is to make it look more like this:
Of course, we could have just bought this one. But that wouldn't have been any fun. Besides, this one is located in Madrid, Spain, and costs € 8.800. We aren't sure what € means, but we definitely don't trust it.
It's going to take Jesse awhile to whup this car back into shape, but he'll be posting updates as he moves along.
In the meantime, a few interesting facts about the '66 Mustang. The one Jesse bought has a 302 V8 engine. This is actually an after-market engine. The original baseline '66 came with a 289 V8 with 225 horsepower standard, or for another $50 bucks the buyer could upgrade to a high-performance version of the 289 that cranked out 271 horsepower.
Back in the day a brand-new '66 hardtop would cost right around $2,600.
It's amazing that Jesse paid $2,000 for this piece of work, huh?
In 1966, Ford Motor Company sold 499,751 hard top Mustangs. It was the best selling car that year. People called the trend "Mustang Mania".
Well, here at One Guy and a Wrench we've got a bit of Mustang Mania ourselves. Check back often for updates as Jesse restores his Mustang. In a few months, or perhaps a few years, it's going to look a lot more like America's classic pony car.