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  • 1966 Mustang Coupe Restomod

    This is what we are starting with. There is not a lot of rust but since Ford did not prime a lot of the inner structure we will be removing all the sheetmetal do any needed rust repair and epoxy priming. The plans are to install Rod & Custom front and rear suspension, Wilwood brakes, Currie 9", AOD and a 347. The body mods will be fender flares, drip rails removed, cowl vents filled in and maybe a few other things as we go.



    One of the first things we did after bracing the body was to remove the cowl



    The quarter panels were removed



    The roof was also removed and there was only surface rust but in a few years it will get worse if it is not cleaned up now

    Rusty Gillis

    Gillis Performance Restorations
    727-847-7973
    www.gillisrestorations.com

    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
    Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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    I'm sure a lot of you are wondering why do we remove all the sheetmetal. The quarters were replaced at one time and we did not trust the workmanship and once they were removed we found rust in the outer wheelhouse. The roof was removed because Mustangs are known to rust in the inner structure in the front by the top of the A pillar. In this case we were lucky and only had surface rust but over time would became holes. The other area on coupes is the sail panel inner structure and we did find rust. A little rust on the left side but the right side had a few small rust holes starting.

    Rusty Gillis

    Gillis Performance Restorations
    727-847-7973
    www.gillisrestorations.com

    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
    Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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    • #3
      100% quality work. :beer:
      '70 Mach 1 - '72 Sprint - '94 F-150 XL -'97 E-150 - '05 Sable LS
      My Mach's restoration progress
      My Sprint's restoration progress
      I wish Americans wouldn't take advice on complex social issues from people that make their living from the talents they learned in kindergarten; singing, dancing, coloring, playing pretend, tossing balls, telling jokes...
      Pay attention to the people who think and highlight honesty.

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      • #4
        Can't wait to watch another great build Rusty!
        1965 Poppy Red Three Peddle - Built Not Bought!
        347 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Strip 10.44 @ 125.97

        2005 Torch Red Topless Three Peddle - 12 valve Monster
        244 Stock Block Pump Gas Street /Street Much Slower

        Current CI Count - 97

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        • #5
          New firewall and cowl was sanded and epoxy primed





          The cowl side panels and A pillars needed to be replaced



          Test fitting

          Rusty Gillis

          Gillis Performance Restorations
          727-847-7973
          www.gillisrestorations.com

          Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
          Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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          • #6
            Rusty you do Great Work, and your Son as well
            '66 Mustang Cp. (Met, Blue) 342-425Hp, 8" 3.55, C-4
            '86 Ford F-150 4x4 5.0 4 Speed

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            • #7
              Ready for epoxy primer





              Two coats of SPI black epoxy primer



              Rusty Gillis

              Gillis Performance Restorations
              727-847-7973
              www.gillisrestorations.com

              Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
              Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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              • #8
                Lower cowl welded in place



                The welds were ground down and epoxy was brushed on



                Upper cowl fit and welded



                Fender apron to cowl extensions welded in place and started to test fit the roof after it was sanded and the back side epoxy primed

                Rusty Gillis

                Gillis Performance Restorations
                727-847-7973
                www.gillisrestorations.com

                Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                • #9
                  Hey Rusty,

                  do you leave the fresh air tubes in the lower cowl just in case a future owner decides to reinstate the upper cowl vents?

                  Nick

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nicklouse10 View Post
                    Hey Rusty,

                    do you leave the fresh air tubes in the lower cowl just in case a future owner decides to reinstate the upper cowl vents?

                    Nick
                    No never thought about it
                    Rusty Gillis

                    Gillis Performance Restorations
                    727-847-7973
                    www.gillisrestorations.com

                    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                    Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rusty428cj View Post
                      No never thought about it
                      Cant see a downside. If anything it might be structurally stronger with those in place, as opposed to removing them and replacing them with a flat piece of steel welded in

                      it wasn't a criticism, I'm just fascinated to learn about your thought process when you're restoring these cars. Especially on a notorious spot like the lower cowl

                      I think on my next project I'll take a leaf out of your book and delete the upper cowl vents

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                      • #12
                        Brian has done a lot of work since I last posted

                        The rear frame rails had a little rust and needed to be replaced





                        Test fitting the trunk floor and gas tank

                        Rusty Gillis

                        Gillis Performance Restorations
                        727-847-7973
                        www.gillisrestorations.com

                        Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                        Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                        • #13
                          Plug welding the trunk drop offs





                          Fitting the rear package tray and sail panels

                          Rusty Gillis

                          Gillis Performance Restorations
                          727-847-7973
                          www.gillisrestorations.com

                          Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                          Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                          • #14
                            The quarter panels were shaped wrong and had to be modified





                            Fitting the taillight panel and end caps



                            Left outer wheelhouse welded in place

                            Rusty Gillis

                            Gillis Performance Restorations
                            727-847-7973
                            www.gillisrestorations.com

                            Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                            Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                            • #15
                              The right side was to long and had to be modified



                              Starting to weld the sail panels



                              Rear panel welded in place along with the sail panels



                              Rusty Gillis

                              Gillis Performance Restorations
                              727-847-7973
                              www.gillisrestorations.com

                              Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                              Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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