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Selene/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang

Discussion in 'Member's Build Threads' started by abrahamfh, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. abrahamfh

    abrahamfh Active Member

    :run Everyone told me I was crazy and to run away. I found my dream car sitting in a shack rusting away neglected for the last 15 years. Got what I thought was a good deal but having no previous experience in restoring anything I have been officially told I have a pretty big project ahead of me. Since purchasing the car on 7/21/2009 I have done nothing but mistake after mistake but with the help of some very helpfull people on a couple different sites I am starting to learn a few things. The reason behind the name of the car was my crush on Kate Beckinsale which started while watching underworld and thinking, that super hot chick can totally kick my a$$ and I like it. My three year old son on the other hand loves the Pixar film Cars and named him Fred after the rusty car who's bumper falls off when Lightning McQueen said hi to him. I will start off presenting some photographs of the first day I got her and photographs of the process leading up to the present.


    B.T.W. I am very open to suggestions and look forward to hearing from you all. Just an F.Y.I. I don't get my feelings hurt to easily and I would like as much input as possible to make sure I get her done right (right, meaning, quality work and help in making the right choices for her purpose of being enjoyed) from this point on. Thanks everyone.

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    I began oddly enough with the removal of the radiator, I have no idea why. I then decided I should start removing the interior. Started taking out the seats, the floor carpet, the headliner, the dash pad and then proceeded to tear into the seats.

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  2. Fast68back

    Fast68back Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Re: Saleen/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    Nice project. Looks fairly solid. Nice to see a classic saved.

    This is probably one of my favorite pictures of all time:

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  3. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    Re: Saleen/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    your Stang looks like the oposite of what mine was. It looks worse than it really is. Glad to see the pics.
     
  4. hivewax

    hivewax Member

    Re: Saleen/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    selling the Corvette to fund Saleen/Fred?? :cool
     
  5. Fast68back

    Fast68back Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Re: Saleen/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    Thats not Saleen/Fred, its a different car. Its an old picture that someone (AzPete, IIRC) posted on the VMF once, I saved it cuz I thought it was cool.
     
  6. abrahamfh

    abrahamfh Active Member

    Its not a picture of Selene/Fred but I wouldn't have a Chevy in my driveway. Come to mention it I don't have a driveway either. :vio If I did have a spare car I would definitely sell it to fix her up in a heartbeat.
     
  7. Sacbill

    Sacbill Member

    Re: Saleen/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    Heartbeat. I get it. Good pun!
     
  8. abrahamfh

    abrahamfh Active Member

    Sorry Sacbill, pun was intended (I wasnt sure to specify or not). I just recently noticed Chevy calls themselves the heartbeat of America.
     
  9. lethal289

    lethal289 Active Member

    Re: Saleen/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    I'd say it looks pretty solid. A lot of work to be sure, but doable. Gotta love them coupes. Panel alignment looks pretty good too. Now get us some progress pics. :toot :toot
     
  10. hivewax

    hivewax Member

    Re: Saleen/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    looked the same to me. :wtf after a double take, i see primer differences. :pick
     
  11. abrahamfh

    abrahamfh Active Member

    Once the seats and flooring we're removed this is what revealed itself. :roulette

    There is a 6"x6" hole on the PS floor, a 3"x3" hole on the DS floor and there is what looks to be a 20"x12" fiberglass patch for the entire PS rear floor. :wtf

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  12. abrahamfh

    abrahamfh Active Member

    The upholstery was very bad so I removed everything down to the wire frames, wire brushed the rust, treated them with a rust converter and then used some black Rustoleom rattle can paint. The DS bottom seat frame was the only unsalvagable piece

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  13. Fast68back

    Fast68back Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Re: Salene/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    Wow, almost a shame to cover those things up. Let me know when you get ready to cover them, I got about 2000 hog rings left over from the bag Sanborn sent me.....
     
  14. abrahamfh

    abrahamfh Active Member

    Thank you very much Fast68back for the offer, I will keep it in mind when the time comes, I hope sooner than later. My completion goal with this car is to hopefully have it done by the time I have to drop off the little guy at his first day of school, but again want to make sure I do it right the first time.
     
  15. daveSanborn

    daveSanborn Active Member

    Re: Salene/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    You know Abe..... those floors really don't look too bad. The toe boards still appear painted/solid. With the pictures I'm seeing, I wouldn't replace the entire floor. I'd grab the zizz-wheel, cut out the rotted metal into probably something resembling a rectangle/square and then butt weld in a patch panel.

    How bad is the passenger side rear floor board? Have you pulled up the FG "board" yet?

    What about frame rails and trunk panels?

    Rear quarter panels?
     
  16. abrahamfh

    abrahamfh Active Member

    I will take pics and post ASAP, had to re-pipe the house so all the furniture and junk that makes up the house is surrounding the car. Had the day off because I'm working the weekend so everything is going back in now so as soon as I clear the car I will jump in and post those pics.

    Just out of curiosity, which is the FG board?
     
  17. daveSanborn

    daveSanborn Active Member

    Re: Salene/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    You stated that the rear passenger side floor board had a sheet of fiberglass applied to it..... what is underneath the fiberglass (FG)?
     
  18. abrahamfh

    abrahamfh Active Member

    Thank you for the FG explanation. I tried looking everywhere for what it stood for. LoL

    So I checked out what was under the FG patch and what a surprise. :expl NOTHING. Absolutely no metal. Yeesh

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  19. daveSanborn

    daveSanborn Active Member

    Re: Salene/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    Abe,

    The rust doesn't look that bad. Granted, a lot of little areas will need to be fixed, but from the pictures most of the rust appears to be just surface rust and not rot.
     
  20. abrahamfh

    abrahamfh Active Member

    Re: Selene/Fred is a San Jose built 1965 Mustang C code

    Just bought a 4.5" grinder and will pick up a wire wheel on my home and get going on the floor. I guess we will see.

    The cost of a new full floor pan was a little nerve wrecking and thanks for chiming in everyone.

    As of now its looking like a few patches here and there and a Rear PS floor pan.
     

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