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.”
There 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!