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Sig's 68 Fastback

Discussion in 'Member's Build Threads' started by sigtauenus, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. sigtauenus

    sigtauenus Active Member

    My first car was a '67 coupe that I bought when I was 16. I made a lot of mistakes on that car, the least of which was going to buy it in the rain, where the faded paint looked shiny, and I didn't get down on the wet ground to look at the frame. I got it home and cleaned it up and found bondo filled quarters, hood, doors, etc, rust bubbles everywhere, cowl leaks on both sides, and a host of other issues. I fixed it up and drove it in high school, but the tired 302 (think it was a 72 or so), the drum brakes, the hacked wiring, all made for more trouble than I really knew what to do with at the time. It was parked when I went to college in the fall of '93.

    While home for Thanksgiving, my dad and I went by Carolina Mustang in Cary and saw a 68 fastback. It was grey primer, no engine or transmission, and the interior was in a pile. Since the car was basically all tore apart, it was easy to crawl inside, around, underneath, and see all the key areas. It was a very solid car, minimal rust. We went and looked at it again over Christmas break, and it still looked like a good deal, but at $2000, I didn't have the cash.

    I went back to college for spring semester, and unbenownst to me, my dad bought that fastback for me about a week after I left and it was sitting at the house when I got home for spring break. That was spring of '94, and its been a fantastic ride ever since. I'll tell more of that restoration story later, but fast forward to the fact that by spring break '95, I had the car painted, rebuilt engine, interior assembled, and drove the car to Penn State. It was awesome. I drove that car as my daily driver until I came back from combat in '03 and bought a new '03 Mach 1. I parked the fastback and other than moving it around the driveway or up and down off a trailer, it hasn't been driven since.

    In '05 we moved to Virginia Beach and for the first time in 7 or 8 years, had a two car garage. SWMBO encouraged me to start the project again. She has been very encouraging the past few years (although I think I may be pushing her patience lately). The car was completely disassembled and my dad and I built a rotisserie from scratch. I blasted the unibody myself, did some minor sheet metal repair on the floors and radiator support, and primed and painted the underside and the engine compartment.

    The suspension is all new ORP parts, the steering is a completely rebuilt system from stanger53, I put on factory power disc brakes, had the mustang steve roller bearings on the pedals put in and a cable clutch, the engine is a carbed 5.0 with all the 68 accessories, I put in a rebuilt T-5 and a rebuilt 9" traction lok. All of this effort took about 3 years, and by summer of '08 the car was hauled off for paint. Surprisingly, the entire back end of the car ended up needing rebuilt from collision damage I didn't realize was as severe as it was. In addition to full quarters, it got everything in between, taillight panel, trunk floors, wheelhouses, transition pan and frame rails. I know there is likely some disagreement on how much really needed to be replaced, but with all of the overlapping seams, it was easier (and cheaper) to just cut it all out and replace it than to splice piececs in or remove and clean up original pieces. Both doors are original, as is the driver fender, and the passenger fender and hood are Ford tooling parts. Everything lined up nicely once assembled. As of now, the car is still at the body shop getting finished, and the last pictures I have are of the car in primer about a month ago.

    I'll try to load earlier pictures later. Here is what I have handy now.

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    Blasting done. Will never do that again inside the garage, most likely never do that again period. Did not bother blasting rear areas I knew would be cut out.
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    Minor repair up front, had some more on on the outside of the radiator support too.
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    Minor floor repair. Rest of the floor is original.
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    Underside painted
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    Suspension and brakes going on. Love this picture everytime I see it, don't care whose car it is. Everybody takes this picture, don't they?
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    Engine going in
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    Underdash going in. Unconventional perhaps, but I painted the back side of dash and underside of cowl pure white. Easy to see up there, and pretty bright and clean.
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    This was the car the last day I saw it, taking it to the bodyshop. Realize something like the coil won't stay there, it was a temporary deal to get the engine running to drive it on the trailer. Obviously a lot of work will be done in the engine compartment once I get it back to finish out the a/c, wiring, etc.
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    These pics were sent from the body man. Note the dates in the pics. Hopefully some more progress has been made in the past month.
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    Doors are still hanging on the car but will be painted off. Doors, fenders, and hood were all installed and aligned before anything got cut off the back of the car. With the doors aligned, new quarters can be installed aligned to the doors, and then once everything is welded, the doors come back off again for paint.
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  2. Tony R

    Tony R Member

    good looking project. I made the same mistake of blasting in my garage. Sand is still coming out of every nook and cranny.
     
  3. daveSanborn

    daveSanborn Active Member

    Sam,

    Great story/progress pictures!

    In the latest photos depicting the body work..... did the body shop get ANY filler in the two seams on the panel that seperates the back glass from the deck lid? The seams are on the outside edges of the panel where it connects to the upper rear qtr./sail panel area.

    The reason I ask is that there is a lot of body flex transmitted to these two seams and any filler in the seams under fresh paint will likely result in a crack in the paint along these seams. As this has happened to me and it wasn't pleasant to have to dig the filler out and repaint these two seams, I'd mkae sure the seams are filler free before paint.

    Penn State grad? I didn't know that. One of my best friends down here is a Capt. who's also a PS alum.
     
  4. sigtauenus

    sigtauenus Active Member

    Relinked pics that were dead for a week or so.
     
  5. lethal289

    lethal289 Active Member

    Wow, good story. How far away is the body shop that you haven't made a trip over there in months. I think i would be dropping in every couple of days if it were me. Thats going to be a very nice car.
     
  6. sigtauenus

    sigtauenus Active Member

    I was referred to a shop in PA outside Reading, one man show, all he does is mustangs. My buddy's car was a 67 fastback and is gorgeous, painted 6-7 years ago and still looks brand new. Had a few cars in the shop when I dropped it off, excellent work that I saw underway. Think he had a 67 coupe, a 69 sportsroof, 65 convertible, and another 68 fastback there when I dropped off my fastback.
     
  7. Fast68back

    Fast68back Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Jake, Aren't you a Penn State alum as well?
     
  8. lethal289

    lethal289 Active Member

    Yes, me and the swmbo, 2002 and 2003. Slightly after sam i reckon.
     
  9. sigtauenus

    sigtauenus Active Member

    That's cool. SWMBO graduated in '99. Yes, I robbed the cradle. And besides the ridiculous college football addiction, SWMBO is the best thing I left college with.
     
  10. Grabber70Mach

    Grabber70Mach Well-Known Member

    Looking good, keep us updated with the progress.
     
  11. sigtauenus

    sigtauenus Active Member

    Went by the body shop this weekend, here's the latest pics. Trunk should have color this week, rest of the car estimated at end of the month for color and body panels assembled.

    Underside repairs in the back have color. Transition pan back and frame rails/trunk is all new metal.
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    Interior shot of the transition pan and seat brackets rewelded. Don't remember if I said it before or not, but you can see in these pics that he shot primer and color on the inner side of the quarters and wheelhouses/rockers before welding everything up.
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    Quarters ready for final sanding and color
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    Trunk lid underside has color.
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    I absolutely love the color, can't wait for it to be done.
     
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  12. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    It's a great day when you finally see some color going on :vic
     
  13. Fast68back

    Fast68back Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Could not agree more!! Looks great!
     
  14. lethal289

    lethal289 Active Member

    Really looking good. You green guys trying to compete with the GO crew around here?
     
  15. sigtauenus

    sigtauenus Active Member

    That question implies that there is any competition to be had. The clear winner is obvious.






    Ahem, ahem, ok, ok, my next big project is a GO '70 for my wife.
     
  16. sigtauenus

    sigtauenus Active Member

    Rear wheelhouses were painted with bed liner. Its all new metal, and I contemplated going with just paint to show off just how solid it is up under there, but then reality hits that I'm going to drive the car and it won't last long and may actually contribute to damage in the long run not properly protected. I went with the bed liner in the interest of longevity, and you can still clearly and cleanly see the metal contours and that it was a solid smooth surface underneath. Well, I think anyhow.

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    The interior of the trunk compartment was painted with color and clear this week, I'll prove it as soon as the pics come in.

    Rear end is back up under the car with all the lines hooked back up.

    I just ordered tinted door glass and all the original bright work is at the chrome shop getting polished (for the stainless stuff), and the chrome guy said my vent frames looked nice and was going to try polishing them too before he rechromes them.

    Its been so long its hard to process that I may actually have a painted car on my hands here in the next few weeks.
     
  17. sigtauenus

    sigtauenus Active Member

    Here is the color in the trunk. Yes, it did happen. Only reason the transition pan was shot with color and clear is because sometimes the 3-4" upholstery flap that hangs down on the rear upper seat is trimmed off and you see the metal behind the gap when that happens.

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  18. apollard

    apollard Active Member

    looking good. Is that the dark moss green poly? My first car was that color, still think it's one of the best colors.
     
  19. sigtauenus

    sigtauenus Active Member

    Its 68 highland green.

    Thanks.
     
  20. beach pony

    beach pony Drunkfest Coordinator Donator

    Amazing job. Car looks fabulous! Can't wait to see it finished.
     

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