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  • 1978 Mustang II

    I took this in trade a few years ago toward some of the labor on restoring a Mustang. This is what we are starting with. The hood scoop has to go.







    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

  • #2
    Can't wait to see this one come together! What are your plans for it Rusty?

    I agree, lose the scoop!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by ford84stepside View Post
      Can't wait to see this one come together! What are your plans for it Rusty?

      I agree, lose the scoop!
      First thing is to strip the many layers of paint and see how much rust we have to deal with. Let's just say it won't be stock when I'm finished.
      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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      • #4
        I'm not sure what they were thinking or what they used to cut this hole in the hood.



        After Brian worked on 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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        • #5
          Originally posted by rusty428cj View Post
          I'm not sure what they were thinking or what they used to cut this hole in the hood.

          Looks like it was Biff's first attempt at modifying.
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          • #6
            It'll be fun to see what you do with it Rusty!!
            Current stable:
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            1986 FHP SSP Mustang
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            • #7
              It appears that the scoop allowed road debris & rain in on the engine......NICE.....NOT!

              Ryan
              Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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              • #8
                The hood was sanded down to bare metal and all the old scoop holes welded.



                It looked good before it was primed but it needs a lot of work



                After a little block sanding and bodywork





                I plan on using the Mach 1 scoop and once that comes in I will bolt it on and finish the bodywork. At this time the hood is low in front of the hole but the scoop should draw that up.
                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
                  Rusty, I think a 429-460 is a bolt in swap

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                  • #10
                    The right quarter will need a little help from Brian







                    The left side looks a lot better

                    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
                      Looks like a pretty good solid one to start with, that big scoop must have really hurt the gas milage, talk about a parachute....Can't wait to see it, thanks for sharing the progress.....
                      1970 Mach 1, my wife's first car purchased for $1800 in 1977. .30 over 351 Cleveland 4V FMX tranny. Best ET with 3:00 to 1 gears 13.9 @ 102 mph

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                      • #12
                        This must be a common rust problem with the design of the Mustang II fender brace. We had a lot of rust on one side but removed both and sandblasted them.



                        Starting to fabricate a new piece



                        After Brian finished he epoxy primed and fit it back on the fender and marked where he drilled out the factory spot welds. Next he will sand those spots to bare metal so he can weld.



                        Clamped in place ready to weld

                        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


                          Welds ground down and ready for 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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                          • #14
                            The fenders were sanded to bare metal


                            Two coats of SPI black epoxy


                            Bodywork
                            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
                              One coat of epoxy for a sealer


                              Two coats of SPI Turbo 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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