I’ve always wanted to do a nuts and bolt restoration of a Mustang. I had my 1968 Coupe but really didn’t want to put the effort into a 6 cylinder car to do a concours restoration. My brother still had the 1970 Mach 1, but I needed to “cut my teeth” on another car so I located this GT coupe through a reference from my nephew and proceeded to buy it.
The car was originally Silver Blue Metallic with a white interior. As with many Mustangs, this one was re-painted “resale Red” and the interior had been dyed and painted black. The odometer read 78,000 miles, and when I talked to the guy I bought it from “they were original”. Needless to say, it was more like 178,000 miles because during a title search, I found in 1972 that it had 102,000 miles. The car had set for quite some time and had the usual Mustang rust, plus quite a bit more. In retrospect, knowing what I now know about Mustangs, I would have passed on this car, but it is what it is….
I opted for a chemical dip over normal media blasting, and what I got back really surprised me. I hired a “restorer” and went through an 18 month oredeal getting the body done, with many of my own hours working on the car in the evenings.
We replaced much of the sheet metal including full quarters, trunk drop offs, tail light panel, inner and outer tubs, full frame rails, floorboards, cowls, firewall extensions, and the battery tray. About every piece of sheet metal available, and some were fabricated.
It took about 5 years to totally restore, but as usual with restorations by us amateurs, there were some big gaps where there wasn’t much activity. The first major show was at the 2000 CarQuest World of Wheels show. It took home a Class award.
Since then, it has traveled the country going to Mustang Club of America events competing in the Concours Driven class. It won Gold awards at three Kansas City shows, Dearborn, MI, Louisville, KY, Mustang, OK, Chandler, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, Spriginfield, IL and one Silver (long story) at another show in Springfield, IL.
In doing so, we have recieved the Blue Grille Medallion award for Concours excellence and the car is now shown in the MCA Conservator class. It is the 162nd Mustang to recieve a Grille Medallion and the 47th Mustang to become a Conservator since MCA started these programs. We recieved our first Conservator award in 2009 at Indianapolis, IN.
This car is often referred to as “Re-do Blue Two” after having some road side repairs. It bears the name “Two” since Gary Allen, who owns the original “Re-do Blue” did a road trip restoration of his 1966 Convertible on the way to Atlanta.
Re-do may get a hard rap sometimes, but believe me, it is fun to drive, and fun to show. It has its hood up a lot but not always because it is being worked on.
1965 Mustang GT – Specifications
Warranty Number: 5R07A258797
Year: 5 – 1965
Plant: R – San Jose, CA
Body Series: 07 – 2 Door Hardtop
Engine: A – 289 4v V8
Miscellaneous Vehicle Data
Body: 65A – Hardtop, Std Interior
Color: Y – Silver Blue Metallic
Trim: D2 – White with Blue Appointments, Standard Interior
Date: 20V – August 20, 1965
D.S.O: 53 – Kansas City
Axle: 1 – 3.00:1, Conventional
Trans: 6 – C4 Automatic