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  1. #1
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    Default 1966 Mustang no rust repair but we are still going to cut it up

    We will be starting a new project this nice 1966 Mustang. No rust repair but we are making it a restomod. We are waiting for the Rod & Custom coilover front suspension and rear disc brake kit to come in also Procar Elite seats.

    This is what we are starting with





    New 15" steel style wheels & BFG tires



    Flaming River tilt steering column and wheel

    Rusty Gillis

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    sweet! I am subscribing to this thread. I gotta see where this goes.
    Richard
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    lots of stuff done with lots more to do!

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    yep, I'm gonna be following this one too, I'm thinking restomod myself
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    Wow, that does look in nice shape in the pictures. Probably give me a little pain making the first cut.
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    The owner bought it in 1980 had it repainted 10 years ago and the engine was rebuilt and has about 25,000 miles. He wanted to build a restomod so his Mustang will handle and stop better.
    Last edited by rusty428cj; 12-27-2010 at 04:48 PM.
    Rusty Gillis

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    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
    Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenseth17 View Post
    Wow, that does look in nice shape in the pictures. Probably give me a little pain making the first cut.
    kinda like when my uncle cut up a beautiful 64 falcon with a 6 cylinder and a three speed. the car was 100% rust free. Pr**K put a BBC with a 6 speed in it.
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    nice project
    1966 Emberglo Coupe 289 V8

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    another cool project.

    let me know what you guys take off the car. i may need some parts if the owner wants to sell them.
    1966 Mustang coupe

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    Your not cutting it up ,just making it better.Nice Car, wish it was mine!
    Bob

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    Very cool project Rusty! Be really interested to hear your opinon on the R&C setup.

    If the owner is going to sell the original v8 steering and brakes, I know someone that may be interested (me ).
    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    Very cool project Rusty! Be really interested to hear your opinon on the R&C setup.

    If the owner is going to sell the original v8 steering and brakes, I know someone that may be interested (me ).
    I like the Rod & Custom suspension I have it on my 68 Coupe.
    Rusty Gillis

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    Today I removed the front end. Next step remove the engine and trans.

    Rusty Gillis

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    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
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    The 2v 289 engine is out. We will be ordering an Edelbrock intake, Holley carb, Cobra valve covers and a set of headers from Alex.

    Rusty Gillis

    Gillis Performance Restorations
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    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty428cj View Post
    The 2v 289 engine is out. We will be ordering an Edelbrock intake, Holley carb, Cobra valve covers and a set of headers from Alex.



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    Parts came in today from Rod & Custom





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    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
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    Ready to cut out the shock towers



    Rusty Gillis

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    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
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    I fully understand the reasoning for doing it...and I'm all for folks doing what they want with their own stuff - but there's a small part of me that simply cringes when I think of anyone going at such nice, rust-free 40+yr old auto sheetmetal with a torch or cutoff wheel!

    I'm glad I don't have to witness the cutting......!

    The good thing is I trust Rusty & his son to "make it all better" in the end.
    Now if my neighbor or youngest son were attacking this project, I'd be much more apprehensive & vocal about it!

    Ryan

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    Today Brian cut out one shock tower



    The Pro Car seats came in today

    Rusty Gillis

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    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
    Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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    Shock tower is out on the drivers side. Next step cut out off the strut and sway bar brackets and clean up the area.

    Rusty Gillis

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    Brian finished cutting, grinding, and wire wheeling now it is time to start installing the Rod & Custom crossmember.







    Rusty Gillis

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    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
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    Brian finished welding the crossmember and than we fit the sway bar and he welded the bracket to the frame.

    Test fitting the suspension.







    Rusty Gillis

    Gillis Performance Restorations
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    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
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    I really wish I had gone the MII front end swap instead of rebuilding the stock setup.

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    Rusty - those welds are beautiful. Those were done with TIG correct?
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    Default Bracing?

    Are you going to be adding any additional bracing to the front end? With the factory suspension, it seems like the load would be distributed through the shock towers, through the frame members as well as the engine compartment braces to carry the load to the firewall and the rest of the body. With the towers and braces gone, looks like the front frame members are carrying most of the load. From what I understand, the consensus with these types of conversions is to add some drop down bars from the frame members up to the firewall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by senzstang View Post
    Rusty - those welds are beautiful. Those were done with TIG correct?
    I'll let Rusty give the definitive but that looks like a push weld with a MIG using either a cursive "e" motion or a using a "z" given the size of the bead and the size of the HAZ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mavken View Post
    Are you going to be adding any additional bracing to the front end? With the factory suspension, it seems like the load would be distributed through the shock towers, through the frame members as well as the engine compartment braces to carry the load to the firewall and the rest of the body. With the towers and braces gone, looks like the front frame members are carrying most of the load. From what I understand, the consensus with these types of conversions is to add some drop down bars from the frame members up to the firewall.
    No. A friend of mine has a 64 Fairlane with a SOHC 427 with a Rod & Custom front end and has not had a problem.
    Rusty Gillis

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    Quote Originally Posted by senzstang View Post
    Rusty - those welds are beautiful. Those were done with TIG correct?
    The crossmember with the motor mounts was welded by Rod & Custom. Brian welds with a mig.
    Rusty Gillis

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    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
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    Brian has the shock tower patches fit and tack welded in place







    Rusty Gillis

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    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
    Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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    Very VeryNice! I look forward to every update Rusty.
    Bob

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    Brian finished welding the shock tower patch



    Next step was to grind all the welds





    Back side of the fender apron




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    Rusty Gillis

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    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
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