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#11 of 14 Restoration of 1968 Mustang
Nov 28, 2008 (3:25 pm)
I've got a 1968 Mustang...convertible, 6cyl 200, blue...8T03T196100
It is in fair condition...runs, good ragtop, some rust
I want to get it restored by restoration experts, and getting body work done is first priority
I would like to get some guidance on the right way to go about choosing good group to do this and also not getting ripped off. I don't have unlimited funds!
Car is currently in NE Florida
I'd appreciate info or guidance to help scope this project.
#12 of 14 Re: Restoration of 1968 Mustang [jpc01]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 28, 2008 (4:50 pm)
Well good body work is generally pretty expensive, especially if rust is involved, so the primary thing to remember is to get a good estimate from whatever shop you choose and make sure that the costs don't run away. The problem with rust is that as you attack it, you may find other problems.
Do you have some particular emotional attachment to this vehicle? The reason I ask is that being a '68 and being a 6 cylinder might indicate that you could just buy a nicer version of this car for less money than the cost to restore this one.
As you may know, the 65-66s are worth more than the 67/68s, and a V8 is worth more than a 6 cylinder.
I don't know how much of this restoration you intend to turn over to the "experts" but if you just hand a car over to have the body/paint/upholstery and mechanicals redone, it's going to cost you way more than the value of the car when you're done.
If on the other hand, all you want is decent bodywork and paint and not a show quality type of work, and if you intend to do the mechanicals and interior yourself by using reproduction kits (or if the interior is good enough for you as is), then you might get away with $5,000 to $8,000 for paint and bodywork. (body taken down to bare metal, all trim removed)
You can even get paint or bodywork for less, with just a taping over the trim and glass, and rust repair and a good sanding of the old paint, but then things get dicey and the car will not look as good in sunlight or under close inspection.
So it depends on whether this is going to be a "driver" or a local show car that you might want judged.
The best plan is to examine the body shop's other work and also talk to their customers. You shouldn't see things like overspray on the chrome or underside of the car, ripples along the flat sides of the car, and "orange-peel" texture on the paint.
right now I would think you could find a nice clean '68 Mustang 6 cylinder convertible for about $15,000---$20,000, and a near-show car for $30,000.
#13 of 14 Re: Restoration of 1968 Mustang [jpc01]
Nov 29, 2008 (8:45 pm)
It has already been said that you could do better with a 65 or 66 mustang for the money you are going to spend in the 68. I happen know where there are two or three mustangs for around 15 to 20 k and they are the fastback models. I am in Oceanside, California so if you are in the mood for this type of mustang drop me a line and I will get you the address. If you like I can send you pics of cars if you have an interest.
#14 of 14 Re: Help with mustang identification [mach2liquid]
Nov 29, 2008 (9:09 pm)
1. Under the hood the first digitwill be a star like this *
2. The next number is the year of the car.
3. The next number is Assembly plant code.
4. The next two numbers and a letter
5. The next two number is the body serial code.
6. The next letter is the color code
There are more to the code but this what you will need I think. hopefully I did not get it out of order.