Body Work and Paint

If you picked up your project Mustang and it appears to have the original paint, although faded but in good shape then consider yourself very lucky; you may be able to sand, prime and repaint your Mustang without stripping it down to bare metal.

Others may have purchased their classic Mustang with an already outstanding paint job. However, what appears to be a great paint job on the surface may actually be hiding decades of use and abuse and possibly several layers of old paint, rust and damage and there are bound to be other problem areas hidden beneath the paint that you can’t see.

Getting your Sheet Metal Parts Together

Random_04 041Having all of the Mustang sheet metal available for the body shop is important if you don’t want to hold up the progress, but it’s inevitable that you will more than likely have something on backorder that causes a delay or you will have one of those surprises that requires you to order parts that you didn’t think you needed. Continue reading Getting your Sheet Metal Parts Together

Media Blasting (sand blasting)

BodyShop 018Should you have your Mustang blasted? I would say yes, others will say no; it all depends on your depth of restoration. If you want to expose any possible problems that may be hiding under the old paint job or road grime on the undercarriage media blasting is the way to go, but be prepared for those surprises; what may look like a small rust problem on the floor pan can turn out to be a complete floor pan replacement. Continue reading Media Blasting (sand blasting)

Sheet Metal – New, Used or Reproduction

DynacornDoorRussoDoes it make a difference if you restore your Mustang with imported or U.S. reproduction sheet metal? Should you purchase Ford Licensed or products produced with Ford tooling? I think in some cases yes, but it really depends on your budget, your goal and whether or not you are concerned about receiving a part that’s not quite up to spec.

 

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Dry Build – Pre Body Work Inspection

121108photos2 006[11]After all of the paint has been removed from the body and all of the undercoating has been stripped a few surprised may appear that weren’t apparent prior to media blasting. The panels may not align as well and there may be structural problems like rust and previous repairs that are not up to snuff. All and any of these problems should be identified prior to beginning the body and paint process. Continue reading Dry Build – Pre Body Work Inspection