NONWICK: My 1967 Ford Mustang Project – The Real Part 1

This is the real part one for my 1967 Ford Mustang. I’ve already introduced the car, but it’s time to actually get started. You can’t finish if you don’t start. So I started and I’m diving right the hell in… but ripping out the wiring. My plan is to rewire the car using the kit from Painless or Autowire.

With most of the wiring out of the way, I can then start draining fluids and disconnecting engine and transmission connection points. Because my next step is to pull this I6 and this C4 and put them on Craiglist with a dirt cheap asking price. They do work, but they also need love. So rather than just junk it all, I could try and get a few bucks for them. Someone out there needs the parts, I’m sure of it. Just not me.

With the wiring removed, I can no longer turn the car on to move it around. This means it won’t run again until I fix it. And if ever there was a motivating factor to get going, it’s that. I’ve created a Mustang-shaped brick that takes up a lot of space in my garage, and I don’t want it to stay that way forever.

You can’t finish, if you never start. Let’s go!

(I’m terrified…)

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4 responses to “NONWICK: My 1967 Ford Mustang Project – The Real Part 1”

  1. Zentropy Avatar

    Looking forward to the build. I feel like with the abundance of parts available— and the ease of modern upgrading— the first-gen Mustangs would make excellent daily-drivers.

    I love V8s, but honestly I think I would do an inline-six build just for something different. Sure, it’s easier to get great power and sound from a small block V8, but that’s exactly how the six would be more interesting. I rarely look under the hoods of Mustangs at car shows because if it didn’t have a V8 stock, then someone swapped one in. Seen that a zillion times.

    What would be killer would be a Barra Six from Down Under. Unfortunately the first thing killed would be the budget. But damn, that would be sick.

    Regardless what direction you take, there’s never anything bad about a Mustang project.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Yeah a Barra would be neat, but as you said the cost on that would be crazy – also those things are way bigger then people think!

  2. I_Borgward Avatar

    That looks like big fun about to happen!

    My two cents of guidance: Bodywork often makes or breaks a project. Start with a focus on the body, and the body alone.

    Engines are engines, but every old car body has its own individual set of problems to address and overcome to make it worthy and sound. Figure out what state you want it in when complete (concours? custom? nice daily driver? rat rod? etc.) and get the ducks lined up.

    If panels need to be replaced, rust repaired, unibody straightened, welding done, get all of that done first. It’s the biggest hill to climb, trust me. Engine, drivetrain, suspension, glass, even the interior all pale in comparison.

    You can do it! Good luck!

  3. matt Avatar

    go with a inline 6, hopped up a bit. 4.9l ford inline six is pretty easy to get to ~300hp, and even more torque:) just as a suggestion.