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Of the many classic American muscle cars, Ford’s Mustang is probably the most beloved and iconic. If you have a classic Mustang, you own not only a car, but a small piece of American automotive history. Your Mustang, though, may not be in the best shape after all of these years. Here are four steps you need to take to restore your classic Mustang to its full glory.
The first step in restoring your vehicle is making sure that it is structurally sound. This means eliminating all the rust you can find, including on the frame itself. If you aren’t comfortable with welding and metal replacement, you may need to take it into a restoration body shop to have the rust cut out. Once your Mustang is structurally sound, you can proceed with the rest of the restoration.
The heart of your Mustang is its engine. If that engine is 30, 40 or even 50 years old, though, it may need some pretty serious work to run like new again. This means a complete engine rebuild to bring your motor back to life. While you’re rebuilding your engine, you should also do any other repairs while it is out, as this will make the engine compartment far easier to work in. During this process, you should also replace all wearing parts, such as belts, hoses and your brake system, just to be sure your car is running on as many new parts as possible.
Repairing collision damage is a little different than the typical restoration work you may normally need to do. However, if your Mustang has ever been in a collision, it’s an important piece of making it like new again. Certain companies, such as Automotive Super Sports, know that dented body panels may need to be replaced, even though some can be repaired. Even if your car has old but not very well done collision repair in the form of Bondo, it’s a good idea to get it replaced with real metal. A specialized collision repair shop can easily take care of all of these issues for you.
Once your car’s body and mechanical issues have been taken care of, it’s time to make it beautiful again. This means having a new coat of paint put on it and restoring its interior. A good paint shop will be able to give you new paint and clear coat at a fairly reasonable price, and several companies make restoration interior parts for classic Mustangs. If you want to maintain some extra originality, you can even have your original seats reupholstered and keep them in.
These are the basic steps that will be needed to give your Mustang a new lease on life. It will be a lot of work, but don’t let that stop you. When you drive into your first car show after the project is finished, you’ll know immediately that it was all worth it.