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Question Restoring a 1967 mustang. Where do I start?

My name is Horacio and I'm 16 years old and I am about to buy a 1967 mustang that needs restoration. I don't know a lot about cars and this is my first project. I subcribed because thi looked like a good website to get some tips. I was wondering where do I start or what do I have to look at first?
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My name is Horacio and I'm 16 years old and I am about to buy a 1967 mustang that needs restoration. I don't know a lot about cars and this is my first project. I subcribed because thi looked like a good website to get some tips. I was wondering where do I start or what do I have to look at first?
start with the things funds allow. if you want the car running, start on the motor and fix/replace whatever needs to be fixed. you really can't go wrong no matter where you start on a project car as long as you do it properly.
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Welcome to AFM! First, you need to have a plan. What do you want the finished car to be? A show car... a nice daily driver... a drag car? Second, make a list of it's strenghts and weaknesses - like what definately needs repaired or replaced vs what can be salvaged. I'll move this to the Classic Talk section so the gurus there can help you out. Save as much money as you can because projects will always run more that what you budget for them. Lastely - have fun!
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If you plan on driving the car while you fix it up - fix all the safety related stuff first. Like brakes, steering, tires, fuel lines, electrical, etc. Then move to relaibility issues like engine & tranny. Then on to the looks of the car. Too many young poeple want the bling and get wheels first and don't have the funds for brakes when it's time for replacement.

If you are going to fix up the car an not use it for driving during the resstoration, that's a different story.

Tells us what your initial thoughts are for this project and it will greatly improve your responses.

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Hey!
I am 16 as well and have a 67 of my own Well I have had mine for almost a yr and what everyone is telling you is the same as they told me and it is working very well! I would also suggest, if you can, coming up with a approximate date that you want her done by, then figuring out what you can afford to get and what you need to save up for, I have been buying the smaller things that do not cost much while I save for one big item or several of them depending on the cost and that has worked pretty well for me. Also keep your eye on the vendors section of AFM! there are some ones on there like CJponyparts and a bunch of others that have good sales on a regular basis, I can not tell you how much I have saved by doing that. And never forget to ask questions and a lot of them, even if they seem stupid or simple to you, which they probably are not, the guys on here are grate for that sort of thing and will answer as many as you ask, trust me I know! lol
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Jamais arriere - (means Never Behind.a Scottish: Douglas Clan Motto) is the name of my 67 mustang coupe, restore project No mods YET.
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First of all thanks for the tips. I want to drive this car daily but keep upgrading at d same time. I'm a little worried about the cost though. About how much do basic restorations start?
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The more work you can do yourself the more you can save, I've been restoring a 1966 sprint 6 cylinder for a year and a half, here is what a few of the things cost me:
Complete engine rebuild, $1700.00
Complete C-4 transmission rebuild $1200.00
Concours Autolite 1100 carb rebuild $450.00
Distributor rebuild $157.00
Water pump rebuild $65.00
Steering box rebuild $140.00
Radiator purchase and recore $450.00
Seatbelt restoration $250.00

I am restoring my car to be a driven concours car, so some of things I did were to keep matching numbers, so some of things you can do for much less, hope this helps give you some kind of idea
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First of all thanks for the tips. I want to drive this car daily but keep upgrading at d same time. I'm a little worried about the cost though. About how much do basic restorations start?
I am doing the same thing to mine. And trust me I can relate to the cost, hence the reason it is going so slowly lol But as I said watch for good deals, do not just go buy the first thing you find, personally I have been pretty lucky with the things I have found. So far I think I have spent about $1200 TO $1500 on mine. $400 for a complete original, not manufactured, Deluxe int.(upholstery, seat pads, dash, door panels, carpet, kick panels and side glass, all in perfect condition) I got that one by posting on AFM, both the forms and the classifieds, that I was in need of int. parts, one of the guys on here was changing his int to black and just wanted to get rid of it all
And I got a new front grill assembly, front and back bumpers and seat belts for $600 on sale from CJponyparts and then some small parts that added up, as of yet I have done all the work myself with some friends help and that has saved me a lot. So just ask around and keep you eyes peeled, you would be surprised to find how many people happen to have some good parts laying around that they just want to get rid of.

Jamais arriere - (means Never Behind.a Scottish: Douglas Clan Motto) is the name of my 67 mustang coupe, restore project No mods YET.
Ride Fast and Live free.
I am foolish, reckless and some times dumb, but never stupid
Chevy like a rock.........you got to kick it to make it move :yelpleased:
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