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So i might be buying my girlfriends uncles 1969 ford mustang fastback
It it gutted and stripped of 2 of the quarter panels and all doors hood and deck lid.
Body seems to be in good shape.
He has all the parts with some extras
All doors and deck lids and quarter panels are there just not attatched.
Has a brand new 351w Clevland Stroked and polished
Edelbrock intake.
1 8" rear end
1 9" rear end not attached
C4 Transmission
Power steering setup
All engine and tranmission and gauges and dash and interior are out of the car
What are some things i should look for?
What are some of the inherent problems i could face putting it all back together?
Any idea on how much i could expect to pay?
Is it worth it?
Thanks alot.

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Its a old car rust is the biggest problem look everywhere for it.65-70 fastback are pricey 8 grand for a rusted out shell is normal price for one so if you can get it cheaper jump on it.
There is a little surface rust covering the entire chassis but it all seems to be surface rust.
he is saying about $4500 for the entire thing
Engine tranny all body just not attached
How hard will it be for me to build?
I do not know too much about cars But my girlfriends dad said he can build the engine and tranny assembly and install it but what about the doors and quater pannels and gauges and dash?
Could i do that all by myself?
Any suspension problems i should look for?

Also can anyone explain what a 351 clevland is in terms of engines. good / bad? What makes it different from a 351 Windsor?

Sorry about all the questions.
Thanks alot for the help
the 351 C is stroked to just over 360
What kind of horspower is that with the edelbrock intake??
4500 id done bought it you can sell it for 8 grand or more with out even doing a thing to it.Some people like the Cleveland some like a Windsor.Both can make some power.Only problem i see with a Cleveland is if you want a auto tranny your stuck using a c6.They probably make a adaptor to use a c4 or aod haven't looked.If i was you id buy it now then worry about what engine to use engine is cheap if you don't mind rebuilding one out of a junkyard.
Im buying it for sure because he isnt in a hurry to sell it and is only selling to me because im like family.
I don't want an auto tranny but im thinking of hooking up a T5 transmission to it. would that fit well or no?
And what kind of horsepower?
For $4500 that's steal for the car/parts that you're getting!

If you're willing to tackle the work yourself and either have the tools or are willing to buy them then you can finish repairing the car and reassembling it. It WILL get costly if you have to farm the work out to shops.

The other thing that can add up is all the small detail parts and items that may be missing or damaged that will nickle and dime you. Depends on how far you want to go with the restoration and how "new" you want the car to look. Plus spreading the restoration out over time helps so you don't get all the costs at once, similar to what me and countless others do.

Is that engine a Windsor or Cleveland? You mention a "351w Cleveland" but the "w" after the 351 indicates a Windsor. If it is a w then it's most likely the original engine or the same type of engine the car originally came with. It would also mean the C4 and 8" would be original to that car. I would personally put the 9" in there though as they are stronger and more desirable and harder to find than a more common 8".

New weather seals, condition of wiring harnesses and the interior are other costs that you may face depending on how they are.
That was just a typo
It is a 351 cleveland stroked to a little over 360
The C4 and 8 " rear end are stock and i planned on putting in the 9 " anyways
Im just wondering about the whole quaterpanels and stuff like that includind doors.... could i just bolt that stuff on myself?
The quarter panels are welded on if you can weld its not hard to fix any rust.On a t5 talk to Modern Driveline - T5 / TREMEC TKO Transmission Conversion - Swap your Ford Mustang, Falcon, Cobra, Hotrod into Overdrive! Performance Parts if you want to save money buy everything but the tranny off him find one in a junkyard and have it built up.Cheapest place i trust for a 9 inch is Rears Axles and Housings
Here's a link showing a quarter panel replacement on a 69 Sportsroof, Limited Edition 600 Restoration - Part 5

This will give you an idea what's involved and needed for it.
The rear quarter panels are there but the front ones are the ones i need help on.
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