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Hey how is everyone doing I am kinda new to the old classic mustangs I have done up a couple of Fox bodies and now I have decided to try something new (old) I have only seen one convertible done up like the Eleanor fastback and I was wondering if anyone has done this and if anyone has any pics or advice about doing a convertible like this. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you
 

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Someone sold a white one at Barret Jackson for a ridiculous amount
 

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Eleanor Convertible

I just recently completed, Sold, & delivered a very nice 67 Eleanor vert. The new owner requested colors of Black W/Silver stripes. It has a IRS from 2000 Cobra, Heidt's Mustang II frt suspension, Power Rack & Pinion, 1 Wire Ford Alt, Aluminum drivshaft, Cobra brakes, "IDIDIT" GM tilt column, OLD AIR Product A/C, Power antenna, Griffin aluminum Radiator, Twin Electric cooling fans, 22 gallon fuel safe racing cell, KONI rear racing shocks, Flowmaster custom exhaust, customer ordered small block V8 W/ C4 trans. Beautiful car. It can be seen at WWW.Mustangmaker.com or on the streets of Cherry Hill, NJ. As for building this car, it took one man(ME) 6 months. 7 days a week 12 hrs a day. The body & fiberglass work on this car was by far the toughest I ever encountered. I've been doing Mustang restorations for 20 yrs. Molding Fiberglass to steel is tough. I've seen alot of seemed Eleanors and the just don't look the same. They are however, more functional for driving. You'll have to choose. Molded, or Seemed. Either way it's a no loose deal if it turns out nice. The Eleanor Kit is here to stay. It also looks like all kinds of other spin off fiberglass kits are coming too. Great time to be a "Mustanger" Good luck. I'f you have any questions just ask or call. My # on the web page. Lots of Pics Too!!!!!!
 

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mustangmaker67---that is a sweet looking 67 Eleanor convert. bet the owner is quite pleased with it.

xtremstang--go for it, after all it is your car. let the purest cringe. sounds like a good project that should keep you busy for quite a while.

my stang is currently in the paint shop, body is done and they are working on the hood, trunk, and spoiler. changed color to redfire. saw it yesterday.

enoy your project
Jon :drink:
 

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true collectors cry each time an "Ellenor" is made, there are too many now, please do not do it
I'm sorry. I guess you'd be considered a "True Collector". Myself, I guess, I'm just a "collector". I've only been doing it for 20 years now and own over 30 mustangs. I've built too many to remember. The problem is guys like me who spent their whole lives rebuilding rusty old cars, spending 100's of hours, spending 1000's of dollars, only to see the value of that car be 1/3 what we have in it. Then have something as great as "Eleanor" come along, Where a guy can actually make a profit and enjoy what he builds. This is too great!!!! I also understand that guys who just loves wrenching and driving an old Mustang are left out in the cold if they want to buy one at a cheap price. I believe those days are over. Our beloved Mustang has become front page news, Mostly because of "ELEANOR". Just look at any Mustang or Ford magazine, Eleanor is selling better then sex(or at least as good as). The old guard either must step down or at least scoot over. We all should praise God we had Chip Foose & Gone In SIxty Seconds to make all this happen. The public loves it, the rich are buying it, and companys are making more parts then ever. Could it get much better? Try to buy a dash or leather seat covers for a Comet, We all better be thankful for all the "Eleanors". YES, I'll be building Eleanors, ALL I CAN. I have several orders now. I buy all the fastbacks & verts I can get my hands on. Coupes are next. I have a unique style fiberglass kit in the works as we speak for coupes. Of course there isn't a great movie that sells a coupe. But just maybe, I'll build the style that catches on. Then maybe the coupe will be as sought after as the fastback or the vert. MUSTANGS, MUSTANGS, MUSTANGS, It's my life, Eleanor is a Mustang, Ford didn't design all of her but she's a Mustang just the same. Deal with it, she's here to stay.
 

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Well like I said I have doen a few fox bodies and was just looking to do something different I will be honest ever since Gone in 60 came out I have been in love witht he Eleanor. My wife has always wanted a 67 vert well untill I thought of doing an Eleanor vert I hed naver seen one and I will say they look just as awsome as the fastback. So Mustangmaker67 thanx for the pics and if you got any advice or any tips please feel free to share. I have never messes witht this old of a car so kind going in to new territory here.
 

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I'm sorry. I guess you'd be considered a "True Collector". Myself, I guess, I'm just a "collector". I've only been doing it for 20 years now and own over 30 mustangs. I've built too many to remember. The problem is guys like me who spent their whole lives rebuilding rusty old cars, spending 100's of hours, spending 1000's of dollars, only to see the value of that car be 1/3 what we have in it. Then have something as great as "Eleanor" come along, Where a guy can actually make a profit and enjoy what he builds. This is too great!!!! .
I have to agree with your whole statement. Look, I am 41 years old and started with Mustangs at 14. I used to show my first and took home two 1st place and one 2nd place trophy. Much to the chagrin of my fellow mustangers. You see, I modify my cars, but not blatantly. I always loved to see what other people did, but it was the purests and their nasty attitudes who drove me away. I love seeing a perfectly restored mustang, but I thrilled to see great jobs like the Eleanor types (or any on your page, cheesus but those look great). I am saving currently for my next Mustang, and trust me, it won't look or run like anyone else's...especially if my girlfriend talks me into doing an AC Cobra replica instead.
 

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Thanks for the support

Thanks for the support. I'm currently building another Eleanor vert. This will have the pepper grey/ black paint. It will be powered by the tried and true Cobra 4.6 4V, with the 5 speed. And of of course the rear IRS. I've also been working on a customers 65 fastback GT. I've practicully built a whole car. the door post & roof panels are about the only thing I reused. turning out pretty nice. Also have a 2001 Cobra vert wreck I'm rebuilding for my wife. Been very busy, I'll post more pics when I can.
 
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I'm sorry. I guess you'd be considered a "True Collector". Myself, I guess, I'm just a "collector". I've only been doing it for 20 years now and own over 30 mustangs. I've built too many to remember. The problem is guys like me who spent their whole lives rebuilding rusty old cars, spending 100's of hours, spending 1000's of dollars, only to see the value of that car be 1/3 what we have in it. Then have something as great as "Eleanor" come along, Where a guy can actually make a profit and enjoy what he builds. This is too great!!!! I also understand that guys who just loves wrenching and driving an old Mustang are left out in the cold if they want to buy one at a cheap price. I believe those days are over. Our beloved Mustang has become front page news, Mostly because of "ELEANOR". Just look at any Mustang or Ford magazine, Eleanor is selling better then sex(or at least as good as). The old guard either must step down or at least scoot over. We all should praise God we had Chip Foose & Gone In SIxty Seconds to make all this happen. The public loves it, the rich are buying it, and companys are making more parts then ever. Could it get much better? Try to buy a dash or leather seat covers for a Comet, We all better be thankful for all the "Eleanors". YES, I'll be building Eleanors, ALL I CAN. I have several orders now. I buy all the fastbacks & verts I can get my hands on. Coupes are next. I have a unique style fiberglass kit in the works as we speak for coupes. Of course there isn't a great movie that sells a coupe. But just maybe, I'll build the style that catches on. Then maybe the coupe will be as sought after as the fastback or the vert. MUSTANGS, MUSTANGS, MUSTANGS, It's my life, Eleanor is a Mustang, Ford didn't design all of her but she's a Mustang just the same. Deal with it, she's here to stay.
I am dumbfounded. I don't know what to say. You must have more money than you know what to do with.
 

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It's your car do what you want to with it. If you want an Eleanor, then build an Eleanor....if you want a concourse original, then build it that way. Have fun with your car. Isn't that what the Mustang hobby is about???? I too am building a Eleanor conv. Mine is a 68. Thats the way I want it and if you don't like it then deal with it because I do.
 

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I believe most of the general public perfers the Eleanor look. At least for now. However, That may not always be the case. Popularity of custom cars normaly drop in value when the trend fades. Original cars hold fast or climb in value. Both have their place in history. Thanks for the support.
 

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I'm sorry. I guess you'd be considered a "True Collector". Myself, I guess, I'm just a "collector". I've only been doing it for 20 years now and own over 30 mustangs. I've built too many to remember. The problem is guys like me who spent their whole lives rebuilding rusty old cars, spending 100's of hours, spending 1000's of dollars, only to see the value of that car be 1/3 what we have in it. Then have something as great as "Eleanor" come along, Where a guy can actually make a profit and enjoy what he builds. This is too great!!!! I also understand that guys who just loves wrenching and driving an old Mustang are left out in the cold if they want to buy one at a cheap price. I believe those days are over. Our beloved Mustang has become front page news, Mostly because of "ELEANOR". Just look at any Mustang or Ford magazine, Eleanor is selling better then sex(or at least as good as). The old guard either must step down or at least scoot over. We all should praise God we had Chip Foose & Gone In SIxty Seconds to make all this happen. The public loves it, the rich are buying it, and companys are making more parts then ever. Could it get much better? Try to buy a dash or leather seat covers for a Comet, We all better be thankful for all the "Eleanors". YES, I'll be building Eleanors, ALL I CAN. I have several orders now. I buy all the fastbacks & verts I can get my hands on. Coupes are next. I have a unique style fiberglass kit in the works as we speak for coupes. Of course there isn't a great movie that sells a coupe. But just maybe, I'll build the style that catches on. Then maybe the coupe will be as sought after as the fastback or the vert. MUSTANGS, MUSTANGS, MUSTANGS, It's my life, Eleanor is a Mustang, Ford didn't design all of her but she's a Mustang just the same. Deal with it, she's here to stay.
It may seem like a great thing now but in a few years I've got a feeling we're all going to regret the Eleanor fad. It's great when a car gets popular but when it gets over popular lookout, prices will sky rocket and a lot of perfectly good fastbacks will be ruined for good. Remember the Prostreet fad of the late 70's and 80's? How many cars were chopped up beyond restorable condition?...a bunch. A car is the property of the owner and they have a right to do as they please with them. I just wish folks would respect them for what the are. They are not a renewable asset and when they are gone they are gone forever. I'm not saying every car out there should be stock-mines not. But customizing to the point of no return just doesn't make any sense.
 
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