I’ve just received the latest shipment of classic Mustang parts for my 67 Mustang coupe, now I can begin the door and window restoration project.
The vent window and quarter window frames will go out to the chrome shop, they have been disassembled with the glass and trim removed.
I’ve had my door and window broken out into project groups so I can manage my parts purchasing and restoration requirements.
- Vent Windows
- Quarter Windows
- Front and Rear Windshields
For organizing and ordering parts this is great but this is not how I want the restoration part of the task grouped; so I’ve decided to group things by the type of work to be performed.
- Mechanical and internal (clean, blast, paint)
- Glass (clean and inspect)
- Stainless Steel Moldings (clean and polish)
Mechanical and Internal Parts Restoration
The window guides and tracks, brackets and bolts all get cleaned thoroughly, bead blasted and painted when required.
Door Latch Restoration
Although I could purchase new door latches and strikers I am going to spend a little time restoring these, and then I’ll make that decision. If I decide to go new I will have a restored set that I can make available to somebody through craigslist.com or Ebay.com
My door latches and door strikers like so many other had been painted over; but they are in really good shape and worthy of restoration. To remove the paint I used some lacquer thinner to scrub it off, then I continued with the thinner and a tooth brush cleaning the remaining paint and old grease from the assemblies.
After an initial cleaning the door latch assemblies and the door strikers got a low pressure run through the bead blast cabinet, then received a a dusting of protective paint.
Glass Inspection and Restoration
Purchasing new Mustang glass can be expensive, and in my case if I buy new tinted glass I would have to reuse the existing stainless trim and window frames. If I had clear glass I could purchase new assemblies that come complete. I don’t want to put out the expense or labor to replace the glass so I’ll clean and inspect all of the glass to determine the usable condition of each piece.
Each piece of glass is cleaned with lacquer thinner and then washed thoroughly with soap and water. I then inspect the glass, stainless trim and frame to make sure its usable. Most of my glass had water spots so I used 3M Perfect-It rubbing compound and super fine steel wool to remove them; this is a lot of work so if you know an easier way then please leave a comment.
Stainless Steel Restoration
Polishing the stainless steel is the most labor intensive task among the three, takes the most time, requires a lot of patients and your full attention if using a high speed buffer. If you relax for just a moment the buffing wheel will take the piece you are working on and throw it across the room or wrap it around the wheel.
This process takes a lot of hard work and dedication but the results are well worth it, even on new parts.
Vent windows, door window and quarter window trim all get polished to a high luster finish, then the roof rail, windshield and back window moldings get polished.
Door and vent window glass should be protected with duct tape along the trim as a precautionary measure.
Vent Window Restoration
Vent window posts are typically in bad shape and I’ve seen a few cases where nothing is done to make them look more appealing. Take a few simple steps to get this piece to look 100% better than it does. Before you polish the frame, tape off the entire vent window leaving only the post exposed, run the vent window through the bead blaster to clean up the post. After polishing the frame, tape off the vent window again leaving the post exposed, sand the post and then apply a coat or two of chrome paint.
Preserving your hard work
If you took the time and had the patients to polish your stainless steel trim and molding the last thing you want is a scratch on these freshly polished parts.
I’ve saved up quite a bit of packing paper that was delivered with the new interior and door parts in anticipation of wrapping restored parts with it for protection from the elements and potential damage.
“I’ll be posting some of my findings on removing dents from stainless steel window molding in the “How To” section soon.”
Mustang Door Parts List
|MUSTANG STANDARD DOOR PANEL CLIP KIT
|64-73 MUSTANG DOOR PANEL REMOVER
|67 MUSTANG STANDARD DOOR PANELS BLACK
|67 MUSTANG ARM REST (BLACK)
|67-68 MUSTANG RH DOOR HANDLE SHAFT ASSY
|67-69 MUSTANG IGN/DOOR/TRUNK LOCK SET
|65-7 MUSTANG DOOR & WINDOW HANDLE KIT
|64-67 MUSTANG DOOR HANDLE/CRANK SPRING
|67-8 MUSTANG DOOR HANDLES SHOW QUALITY
|64-70 MUSTANG DOOR HINGE BUSHING
|67-73 MUSTANG OE LOCK ROD RETAINER
|67 MUSTANG DOOR LOCK KNOBS
|64-70 MUSTANG DOOR LOCK KNOB GROMMET
|64-68 MUSTANG DOOR BUMPER SET
|64-9 MUSTANG DOOR TAG PLATE W/RIVETS
|67-68 MUSTANG FRONT DOOR TO WINDOW SEAL
|67-68 MUSTANG WINDOW CHANNEL STRIPS
|64-8 MUSTANG DOOR GLASS STOP BUMPR
|67 MUSTANG RH WINDOW REGULATOR(REPRO)
|67 MUSTANG LH WINDOW REGULATOR (REPRO)
|1967 MUSTANG REMOTE MIRROR SHOW QUAL
|67-68 MUSTANG DOOR WEATHERSTRIP
|64-66 MUSTANG ROOF RAIL SEAL (COUPE)
Mustang Vent Window Parts List
|67-8 MUSTANG VENT WINDOW/DR WEATH STRP
|1967 MUSTANG VENT WINDOW HANDLES PAIR
|67-68 MUSTANG R.H. VENT WINDOW SEAL
|67-68 MUSTANG L.H. VENT WINDOW SEAL
|67-8 MUSTANG VENT FRAME TO DOOR SEALS
|67-8 MUSTANG WINDOW CHANNEL GLASS RUNS
Mustang Quarter Windows Parts List
|64-67 MUSTANG LH QTR WINDOW REGULATOR
|64-67 MUSTANG RH QTR WINDOW REGULATOR
|64-68 MUSTANG WINDOW ROLLER & CLIP
|64-68 MUSTANG RH QTR. WINDOW SEAL
|64-68 MUSTANG LH QTR. WINDOW SEAL
|67-68 MUSTANG QTR. WINDOW TO BODY SEAL
Mustang Windshield and Back Window Parts List
|67-8 MUSTANG COUPE REAR WINDOW MOLDING
|64-68 MUSTANG LH WINDSHIELD MLDG EXC.CNV(REP0
|64-68 MUSTANG LH UPPER WINDSHIELD MILDING (REPO)
|64-68 MUSTANG RH UPPER WINDSHIELD MILDING (REPO)
|64-68 MUSTANG RH WINDSHIELD MILDING EXC.CNV(REPO
|64-68 MUSTANG LOWER WINDSHIELD MILDING (REPRO)
|67-8 MUSTANG REAR WINDOW MOLDING RET. CLIP
|66-68 MUSTANG MOLDING RETAINER CLIP
|65-68 MUSTANG WINDSHIELD TINTED
|64-68 MUSTANG COUPE BACK GLASS TINTED