How to Restore Your Mustang 1964 1/2-1973: Step-by-Step Restoration Sequences

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How to Restore Your Mustang 1964 1/2-1973
How to Restore Your Mustang 1964 1/2-1973
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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


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.

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

  • Publisher: CarTech Books
  • Author: Frank Bohanan
  • Pages: 192 - Hundreds of B&W photos
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.5 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-932494-96-9
  • Years: 1964 - 1973
Table of Contents
What Type of Restoration Do You Want? | Who Will Do the Work? | What Models and Drivetrain Options to Look For | What to Avoid | Matching the Numbers | Where to Find Your Mustang GETTING STARTED
Initial Inspection, Evaluation and Creating a "Needs" List | Planning and Organization | Initial/Basic Disassembly | Tools and Equipment | Trim Removal and Repair | Finding Replacement Parts | Cataloging and Organizing Your Parts BODY MAKES BEAUTIFUL
Minor/Surface Rust Repair | Small Area Repair: Fabrication | Large Area Repair: Panel Replacement | Dent and Ding Repair PAINTING YOUR MUSTANG
Decision Time: Paint It Yourself or Go to a Professional? | Final Surface Preparation: Using Body Fillers | Painting Basics ENGINE REBUILDING
Disassembly and Evaluation | Cylinder Block and Head Preparation | Short Block Assembly | Cylinder Head Installation | Final Engine Assembly REBUILDING TRANSMISSIONS
Automatic Transmission Disassembly and Inspection | Automatic Transmission Reassembly | Torque Converter | Clutch, Flywheel and Pressure Plate | Manual Transmission Disassembly and Inspection | Shift Linkage DRIVETRAIN
The Driveshaft | Rebuilding the Rear Axle Assembly BRAKES
Initial Inspection and Evaluation | Front Brakes: Installation | Rear Brakes: Conversion and Installation SUSPENSION
Inspection and Evaluation | Front Suspension | Rear Suspension ELECTRICAL
The Basics: Grounds, Connections and Shorts | Some Common Trouble Areas | Miscellaneous Accessories and Possible Upgrades INTERIOR
Initial Inspection and Evaluation | Carpet Replacement | Interior Trim Panel Refurbishment | Rear Fold-Down-Seat Installation | Inner Door Panel Replacement | Miscellaneous Interior Refurbishment | Seat Reupholstery OTHER MECHANICALS
Fuel System | Exhaust System | Cooling System | Steering System | Air-Conditioning
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