restoration is not always your only option, good results can be obtained by using
the''ala carte'' method. This approach is the preferred choice for ''daily drivers''
and requires very little down time without the significant investment required for
a total restoration . Pick an area in need of attention and service or renew this
particular area as a sub-assembly (not a u-boat) in the restoration process. The
major hitch with this method is avoiding ''redundant
How much you spend on restoration is directly proportional to the thickness of
your wallet, here's the formula.
Parts and supplies for typical early coupe, from Shasta Mustang Supply
approx. $4500. to $8500.
Shasta Mustang's labor cost usually come out to about $7,500 for
the average '65 or '66 well worn but mostly complete coupe. (not one snatched from
the gates of Ponycar Purgatory). At my reasonable current labor
rate of $45.00 per hour this represents about four weeks worth
of labor !! Such a bargain, actual work time is more than double
that figure. QUALITY AT A PRICE YOU CAN A-FORD.
What you get: Everything* from the cowl forward is removed, inspected,
repaired or replaced with new high-quality parts and detailed to duplicate as new
condition. Seams resealed (structural repairs extra), front suspension and steering
components rebuilt or replaced as necessary. Four wheel brake inspection with repairs
or replacement as per factory spec., transmission r&r, all wheel and axle bearings
and seals, driveshaft & u-joints r&r. All wiring inspected/ repaired or replaced,
door and window mechanisms serviced or replaced, hinges rebuilt or replaced and glass
adjusted. All bolted on sheetmetal reinstalled or replaced and aligned, exterior
trim, bumpers, all lights and door handles etc. removed and replaced as needed. Windshield
and rear glass r&r, show quality interior restoration with all weatherstrips
replaced, trunk detailed, fuel system, heater assembly and components inspected/
restored or replaced. Stereo installed (if purchased from Shasta Mustang), correct
appearing fasteners wherever applicable, extensive cleaning, inspection and detailing
of almost every part that has not been replaced, and some that have been.The end
result is A BEAUTIFUL, solid, rebuilt, turn key Mustang without problems;
THAT'S GUARANTEED! A car that anyone should be proud to drive!
* Exterior body work and re-finish is NOT included. Engine and components removal
and re-install are included . Floor pan replacement or rust repairs are extra as
Sublet items include (your choice of shop); exterior body and paint, engine rebuild,
transmission rebuild, differential rebuild if needed, also front end align, custom
wheels, tires and exhaust system mods, if any.
Factors that determine price are generally as follows:
Year of vehicle, as a rule newer models have more parts, less parts available,
at a greater cost.
Condition of vehicle, rust buckets needing lots of body work can get very expensive.
Wrecked or missing many parts .
Options desired either existing or adding to vehicle for example, console, a/c,
power brakes or power steering, audio systems.
Your ultimate goal, a nicely restored driver could cost less than half as much
as concours ''trailer queen'' yet be barely a noticeable difference to the average
person. Oddly enough, over-restored examples seldom share the drivability as ones
built to drive. This is because more emphasis is often devoted to cosmetics and originality
That fancy ( and expensive ) super duper extra high performance high revving
gear driven high lift long duration roller lifter/ roller rocker 12 1/2 to 1-forged
piston bored out to .060 ported polished and blueprinted aluminum headed supercharged
hi-rise dual plane air gap dual quad aluminum intake equipped engine with multiple
spark discharge ignition nitros system with a lightweight flywheel and a centerforce
clutch and scattershield with headers and 2 1/2'' side exiting exhaust and stage
3 stainless steel Flowmasters that won't run on less than 110 octane fuel and everything
that goes along with it. Things like over-heating issues, fuel milage, rear end ratio,
traction and strength of gears, transmissions, reinforcing of unibody, that is nearly
impossible to drive for more than 1/4 mile at a time. No guarantee .You got
a problem with that, Mister Fatwallet ?
Frivolous add ons like a "bumpin' sound system," ultra modern wheels
with big, fat front end wasting tires, portawalls, $12,000 velvet paint job, how
about a sun roof or maybe a roof rack ...or better yet BOTH, and...and... and a trailer
hitch..some of them big mirrors..and..and...a bar buoy cup holder, the extra large
size....and..........hey, what do ya mean ''calm down''??
Meticulous undercarriage detail or Rotissorie resto's.
All this can be accommodated, it's just more money!