I initially thought I would do my own body work. But I got intimidated and decided that this car needed worked on by someone with much more experience than I had. So I talked to Jeff Yergovich at R&A Motorsports and they worked me in starting in mid March 2014 and it was finished on September 11, 2014.
The car was outside for quite a few years so it was in pretty bad shape. One of the first things moved into our house in 2003 (or rather the detached garage) was the 1970 Mach 1 and 1968 Coupe.
Like many people, I work on cars when I get time. And having other Mustangs, I don’t always have as much time as one would thing.
In 2008, the car was taken to Eagle Auto Stripping to be blased with a plastic media blast, then blasted with glass bead. Imagine driving down the road and seeing this:
As usual, there was much more rust than what I thought there would be:
Fellow club member and friend Tim Davis helped deliver, pickup and prime the car:
At R&A, the floor was removed and a whole floor was put back in.
Of course, before that, there were lots of patches done.
Quarter patches were done on both sides.
The battery tray was replaced, patches were done on the aprons.
Panels were fit, doors were patched and fit getting ready for paint.
More body work, primer, more body work….
Since this is Dearborn built car, the under side was shot with “slop” or “batch” grey. Ford used whatever was reclaimed and left over from shooting all cars mixed together on the undercarriage and certain parts.
Then the car was undercoated and seam sealed in all the right places.
Then we got color and clear.
Other parts were painted and cleared.
Then the engine compartment was painted.
Stripe was painted. Note there is no “428” in the stripes. This car was built in October of 1969, to early to get the engine size. A hood from a car in the same date range as mine was used as a template. It was a 70 Twister.
Other black was added. Details in all the right places.
Then the fenders, hood, decklid, valances were assembled and the car was delivered back to my shop.