If you plan to restore your first generation Ford Mustang pony car, How to Restore Your Mustang 1964 1/2-1973 is the book you want to read.
With a practical approach to the restoration process, this book actually shows you how you can restore each major component, such as the chassis, the suspension system, brakes, body, interior, engine and more.
In addition to that, it also gives you a clear picture of related expenses, drawbacks and benefits that you will encounter, whether you perform the restoration at home or hire a pro to do the work for you.
Also covered are important considerations such as using aftermarket or OEM replacement parts, instead of repairing original parts. And how you can make upgrades in order to improve safety and performance, while still maintaining originality and your Mustang's collector value.
More than 400 black and white photos make this book easy to understand and use, which can save you a ton of money in the long run.
Book Excerpt: How to Restore Your Mustang 1964 1/2-1973
CHOOSE YOUR MUSTANG
The process of restoring a car is much like most other things in life. You need to know where you are going and how to get there. Therefore you need to make a plan and stick to it as much as possible, to avoid extra expense and a less-than-satisfying result. Still, it's almost never possible to completely plan everything out to the last detail.
WHAT TYPE OF RESTORATION DO YOU WANT?
The inevitable and unforeseeable events, that always accompany a project of such magnitude, make planning a challenge for even the most experienced restorer. Anybody who says otherwise is dreaming.
No two cars are alike; no two projects are completely alike. Most of all, no two people are alike and what each person wants out of the restoration, and has the means to accomplish, is the single largest factor in determining its ultimate success.
As the saying goes, any journey starts with a single step. When it comes to restoring a vehicle, the first step is to decide what you want to end up with.
This is simultaneously a simple and a comlex question. It starts with what you'd like to do, but continues on to what is reasonable to do for the condition of the vehicle, progresses on to what resources are available, and ends with what can actually be done under the circumstances.
I get into all of these particulars in detail throughout the book, but first things first. What would you like to do? The answer to this question may not be simple either.
There are different levels of restorations, which range from a relatively minor refreshing to a full-on concours level in which money is not object. I don't cover minor refreshing or a complete frame-up restoration but, rather, the middle range.
This covers most restorations. For the sake of simplicity, I break things down into three classifications: daily driver, weekend cruiser, and show car.
Subject: Automotive Restoration: DIY: Ford: Mustang: How to restore your 1964½-1973 Mustang. 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 ISBN-10: 1932494960 | ISBN-13: 9781932494969 | CarTech SA165