Do You Have a Car Project with Dad?
JUN
13

With Father’s Day right around the corner, it got us thinking about car projects with dear ol’ dad. Did you have one with yours? Are you in the middle of one now? What about with your son or daughter? We want to hear about it – click here to submit your story!

Don’t have a story to share yet, or thinking ahead to the next venture? Do we ever have the perfect project car for you! The Ford Mustang! Its 50th anniversary is April 17, 2014, so why not restore a 1964-1966 Mustang! “Working nights and weekends, and as your budget allows, it takes roughly two years to do a complete wheels-up classic car restoration,” says Brian Martin, director of automotive restoration development at McPherson College in Kansas. McPherson is the only school in North America that offers a four-year bachelor’s degree in automobile restoration.

Jonathan Brand and his dad have restored three classic Mustangs in their home garage, a 1965 coupe and two 1969 models. “My dad and I weren’t as close before we restored the Mustangs,” says Jonathan, an artist who now lives in New Haven, Conn. “It definitely brought us closer together, all those hours working on the cars. He taught me a lot about cars, and we had a lot of fun.”

Ford Restoration PartsThere are thousands of high-quality, officially licensed reproduction original Mustang parts available at www.fordrestorationparts.com. These replacement parts look, fit and perform as the originals. Many Ford restoration parts are actually made from the original Ford tools that have been preserved for the restoration market. About 95 percent of all the parts needed to build a “new” classic 1964 to 1966 Mustang are available today! And reproduction Mustang bodies are available in every classic model year from 1965 to 1970, along with the ever-popular 1965 and 1967 convertibles. Meanwhile, Ford Racing offers many crate engines and performance components to meet the needs of every Mustang enthusiast.

Brian, of McPherson College, recommends refurbishing the drivetrain, suspension and other mechanical components before completing the body and paintwork. He says a reasonable budget for a complete restoration is between $30,000 and $50,000, and that would include a new or rebuilt performance engine, transmission, rear axle, brakes, suspension and cooling and electrical systems, as well as all the trim, paint and interior parts to be as good as new.

Jonathan’s advice: Have patience, manage the budget and use Ford-licensed restoration parts, especially for the sheet metal repairs. One other thought: Consider joining a local Mustang club – it could be a good resource for used parts and knowledgeable members.

Now, tell us about your past, current and future projects with Dad!

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98 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Chase Martin 1991 5.0 coupe it needs alot of work
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michelet Fleurant I wish, can you guys send me one please, thanks
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jonathan Quintero 1987 300zx turbo :-)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Terry Hennessey D
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jerry Popelka My great Dad passed away 27 years ago. Several cold Ohio winters found me handing tools to him while rebuilding two Crosley station wagons in our unheated garage. Back then, I would have preferred to have been inside watching TV, but he wanted me at his side and he taught me a lot about mechanics. To this day, at his insistance, I clean every tool and place it back where it came from for future use. I sure do miss him. His pride and joy, a blue-green 1964 Thunderbird was unfortunately stolen, then recovered completely stripped in Cleveland. He really missed that fine car.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sandrabee Anderson above video, 31 GM's 1 Ford street stock feature watch and see who wins
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Eschenberg a 1954 customeline
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
George Jenkins We always have on we started off with a bromco 2 then we had a cj willys then a jeep grand cherokee now a ford explorer never a dull moment
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jon Lindman 1976 Ford Maverick
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Zappulla My son's job for father's day is to figure out how to save me enough money so I can buy a 2013 GT500! Stat! :-) unfortunately I have to suck it up and buy a used one in 3 years :-( Have to keep the payment to $650
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Engvold Dad is in heaven now, but I'm sure he is smiling down on me and the 1991 Foxbody...sure wish I had his help with this weird hesitation!!! Happy early Father's Day everyone - don't forget how precious time with dear ol' dad really is!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chris Moulton 1994 cobra mustang indy 500 pace car what we are working on. Doing a little of everything little bit of mods little restore. Great car to work on. Every time I see it I can't help but smile.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brandon Keiderling 88 t-bird and 96 lincoln continental
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Hendry 1977 XC coupe. It'll take a long time, but we'll get there!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Maverick Cornett 53 ford f-250 with the original 215 inline 6 and four speedd
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Roy Watkins No.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Curt Rahtz 1984 mercury capri with a 93 drivetrain built to 347 pusing 475bhp!!! Needs some work yet!!! Me and my boys this summer!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Peter Cotterill (Sent before I finished writing), mini is to be his college hack
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Peter Cotterill 1959 morris mini minor .my son is 17 passed his test and we acquired the mini as a project
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bram Jared Childress I did until we decided to sell it. 63.5 galaxie. Had a 390 and a cruise o matic
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Twizted Darin 91 Ranger with a 351w swap. Then I have a project 86 GT with my little brother, little does he know I'm giving it to him next year for his 16th birthday
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Caleb PantyDropper Wetherton Working on a 331 Stroker ttop Capri
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Wyatt Anderson A 1990 f series pickup we are rebuilding from the rust issues in the cab and bed. Its the new farm truck, (old one was a '76 f-150 with the 400 and a 4speed in which we did the same with)! Almost done!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Helen Stocker Hi,iv dun some work ön a mk1xr2 with my boys some time ägo,im there mum ,come ön guys its nöt just 4 u boys,LOL,Happy farther Day
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dan McEwen 1985 Monte Carlo SS. Can't wait to start
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joey Goedeke 1981 and 1986 Ford F-150, F-250
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Steve Cambio My 67 Cougar
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Miguel M escort xr3 and explorer 93...
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Ty Tumulty No, never have...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sarah Etches Cant remember the year but mk1 anglia :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joshua Carper My Dad and I are slowly working on a 1948 Ford F-1. We are building it in memory of my Grandpa that was a mechanic. The truck still has the flat 8 in it but when we get to it, I would like to drop the new Coyote 5.0 in it. It will be a street rod, but built for Good Guys Autocross races. I'm a designer on the side, and I'm designing this whole truck from the air intake to the exhaust tips. I think this "will be" the best looking '48 Ford F-1 out there. I hope.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Matt Molner *done
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Matt Molner When I was 9 my dad bought me a 1956 F-100. With his help I got it down and took first place in my class in the Portland Roadster Show when I was 17.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Elmer Salazar i wish......
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Graham Womack 1971 Ford Mustang Grande' Future Grabber lime, was wrecked in the front and is almost back to life!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kenny Burns 64 Ford Falcon Ragtop.. had it since 93, still in the garage :(
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Hunter Kyler nope. my dad wont work on cars with me. i do it all myself
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Daniel Rajkovich '21 model T old schooling it
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael Cervantes My Dad has a 1956 Ford Pickup all fixed up and another 56 in his back yard.My Uncle Bill 2nd has a 1956 Ford Pickup all fixed up and another 56 in his backyard. My Uncle Jimmy has a 1955 Ford pickup in the process of being fixed up. My Grandpa Bill had a 1955 Ford Pickup and gave it to my Cousin Billy The 3rd,and its all fixed up now.I purchased a 1956 Ford Pickup in 1996. Its in my gararge,all in pieces. I never touched because lack of funds.Recently I've been able to pay off some bills and buy some parts for my 56. My Dad and I are gonna start putting it together. I can't wait till my F-100 is all fixed up so I can go cruising with My Dad,Uncles,and Cousin.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Justin DaRosa I love fords, but my project with my dad is a 79 corvette
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jon Philp Sr. Yes my 12 year old and I are fixing up the 1967 mustang
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tyler Wood 66 Falcon 2-door w/ a Windsor
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Will Prince i wish. thatd be awesome
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Hugo Pedroza A 66 Lincoln Continental....
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dalton Avery DuRee 1968 mustang coupe 302 with lots of aluminum heidt front end
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
michael c My dad has a 1956 Ford pickup fixed up and another in his back yard. My uncle Bill has a 56 pickup fixed up and another in his back yard. My uncle Jimmy has a 55 pickup and is in the process of fixing it up. My grandpa had a 55 and gave it to my cousin Billy the 3rd.My cousin Billy now has it fixed up. I purchased a 56 in 1996 put in my garage and never touched it,because lack of funds.Recently I have been able to pay some bills off and buy some parts.My dad is helping me put it together.I can't wait to get it all fixed up,so I can cruise my F-100 with my dad,uncles,and cousin.
2 year(s) ago via
Chris Cj Morey My Dad passed away 10 years ago, and I just got possession of the 65 Mustang hardtop project we had given him for Xmas a year and a half before his death. So that's back, my son and I are puting a 4.6/AOD-E into his 86 RX7 (code named XRX7 since the donor car was a Cougar XR7) and my grandson (3-1/2) is helping me with my 56 F250 on a 92 Crown Vic chassis with a (planned) Navigator 4cam 4.6/E4OD combo. And my brother (who will be equal in the Mustang) also has a 75 Pinto that belonged to our Uncle that is getting restomodded as a summer driver.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
CJ Baumann Spencer Edmonds I know a place were u could get all the parts u need if u live on the eastern sea board or mid west johns classic cougars if u all ready know but the # 6163960390 it is in holland mi
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Josh Madden I have been fortunate enough to work on several projects with my Dad. 65 and 68 Mustangs, 50 Mercury, several 73-79 F series and currently my 48 F1.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jay Charity Yea my 1984 mustang gt 5.0. 5 speed t-top. Gonna get a lot done this summer
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Anthony Lardo 86 tbird 5.0 64 mustang covertable
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jarrod Dougherty i have my grandfathers 1961 F100 unibody needing a ground up resto that i will be lucky enough to do with my son
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kyle Langham 1968 Ford Galaxie 500 with a Big 7.5L 460 V8! With some other nifty add ons
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mitch Roy 1982 Bronco Full Size w/ a 351W
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
CJ Baumann 1985 Capri got it in detroit had a 80 sold it and got the 85
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Neil Nelly ST Hudson Mondeo ST220 + ST tdci est both used in shows :o)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Daniel Helmick Got a 68 fair lane fastback me and the olman acquired a couple years back got a 351 Cleveland that we had bored .060 over, had the heads shaved ten thousandths , and a three angle valve job done. She oughtn't scoot down the road pretty good
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert York Grandpa has a 57 fairlane convt, dad has a 94 thunderbird sc, brother has a 92 mustang gt and I have a 02 mustang gt. so plenty of projects to go around.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Huck Northcutt Does holding on to my '92 Ranger XLT for my 6 year old son count?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chad Washesky Jr The last 3 are my dads
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chad Washesky Jr Yes my 02 focus and 2013 f150 and 67 fastback and a off road ranger with a v8 swap
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tim Beveridge 68 mercury cougar, bought it in high school after a 67 mustang restoration went wrong and threw a lot of the parts into the cougar. It's our families fourth child
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lorraine Rutherford Justice My husband and his grandson r rebuilding a 1986 ford f150 4x4 short wheel base. Has a perfect body. Have put a rebuilt engine but still has. A few problems
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rob Snook Sure do. My 1971 Mach 1. Bought when I was 12 and restored it together. Crashed when I was 15 and restored again. I'll be 33 this year and want to find a project to restore with my son now.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brian Webb 1969 Lincoln Mark lll and a 1990 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 These are me and my 8 year old sons project.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Luke Vlahopoulos 1990 KF TX3!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Spencer Edmonds Working on a '68 mercury cougar right now haha gonna stroke to 347 soon
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Will Trujillo Yes '67 Mustang
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sara DePorter-Williams When I was 6 he had me hand him tools while he rebuilt a old fashion bug. It was awesome!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Daniel S me and my dad Restored a red and white '57 Ford fairlane 500. that inspired me to buy a '63 Mercury monterey (rear breezeway window) as my first car, which we are now restoring. Slow going, since I fund all of it!
2 year(s) ago via
Chase Schnelle My son and I are building 29 model A. We have the complete frame and running gear just deciding on the body now.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dwayne Cats Premiers Buswell Martin do u want to sell ya mk1 1974 ford escort??
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marvin Robinson We found all the parts for our project at bargain prices here: http://samaritaninternational1.com/Auto.html
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sean Lucey Not right now soon hopefully
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Scott Longstreth 01 focus se 50+mpg
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bruce Wyatt I have a 68 mustang
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dwayne Cats Premiers Buswell Can't be a good one if it's not a FORD FOOL!!!! David!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tina Schwalb Taylor My stepson(16) is a third generation owner of a '62 tbird. Him and his dad have rebuilt the engine and repainted it and have plans on being a drag racing if dad can get his '66 fairlane done.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Brown I have a good one aswell NOT a ford Pension thieves shame on you all find out more at *visteon pensioners action group*
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dwayne Cats Premiers Buswell Want to sell Scott?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cameron Speelman yeah, 1956 chevy 210 post car. we're converting it to a Bel-Air (because the trim looks better), and tubing it out. not mention the sweet big block chevy engine we're putting in it :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Scott Peter Eddy Maxwell No but a 1979 ford cortina 6 with my brother
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dwayne Cats Premiers Buswell Martin do u want to sell?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ryan Raymo 1995 bronco with 12" of lift. Built 429 c6 trans 205 tcase Dana 44 straight axel up front and a ford 9 inch in the rear. That's until something breaks and I make it bigger.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ernie A Zavala unfortunately, we lost him this past weekend, I'd like to buy back the 77 F100 Explorer (reg cab, short bed, white w/ red stripes) to restore. might settle for another truck just like it if anyone knows of one. the cheaper the better, funeral costs have eaten up all the savings.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Martin Van Schalkwyk Got a Ford Escort 1974 Mk1 that I want to restore, but do not have the required funds to do it...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jorge Fuentes 93 mustang lx V8. Rebuilt 89 motor.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dwayne Cats Premiers Buswell I haven't but I have a XD falcon, all original, my wife I pregnant with my baby boy, when he is 5 and old enough to help dad the XD will be 38 yrs old and yep he will be helping me do body work and re-spray job maybe put a 351 in it also, see how we go :) LOVE MY FORD!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Eugenio Ascanio I wish I did :(
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Keith Dorschel Dad has a 1966 Mustang Fastback hipo 289 "K Code" with 22,000 original miles, he's had for 30 years, restoration has just begun at Dorschel Twins Customs - check out the build at Facebook.com/BuiltByDTC
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jamie West I get out of the Marine Corps today and am driving back to Alabama and rebuilding the engine in my 2001 Cobra all weekend with my dad.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Victor Omar Solorzano 00 mustang gt, the front/end
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shannon Housh 48 ford pickup with 400 ford 6c tranny 9" rear end front disk brakes rack and pinion steering.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jagadeesh Jegu give me rport nw..
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Catherine Epperson yes. 64 Falcon
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Fleeger 1968 mustang v8 351 with over $2,000 n the engine. Also a 1991 bayliner classic bow rider
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rex Neely Yeah to many!!! Hahaha
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tom Sing No but if he was still alive I'm sure he would be there for me :-)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
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