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Friday, December 10, 2010

1965 High Performance Mustang Convertible Restoration Project

Today, we have a few more pictures of the 65 Mustang HiPo Convertible project.  The dash is pretty much completely together, and it should not be long before the engine and transmission goes in.

The sealant has been applied to the firewall area.  The steering box was blacked out.  This black out procedure was observed on many Mustangs built around the production date of the convertible and was duplicated here.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

Here is another look at the steering box black out.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

Here is a look at the sealant that was applied to the headlight harness wiring plug area at the firewall.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

...and here is the Gauge Feed Wiring Plug.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc





All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

The earlier cars, such as this August '64 production Dearborn car, had a type of caulking cord sealant applied to the holes where the heater hose comes through the firewall.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

We also observed that the earlier production Dearborn Mustangs had a flowable seam sealer applied to the cowl area.  This provided a smooth like finish.  Most other cars have a "sloppier" brushed and/or caulked on seam sealer that is rougher looking.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

The Rally-Pac is finally back where it belongs!  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

The stock AM Radio is at home in the dash.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

The glove box is also in place.  The glove box light is the earlier style with the fatter black button.  The later cars have a thinner style button.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

The cardboard glove boxes were stamped with an "M."  We assume this was a manufacturer stamp.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

Early style accelerator pedal with no groove around the outside for the stainless steel trim.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

...and the earlier style clutch and brake pedal pads.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

Here is a shot showing some of the detail under the dash.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc


The rear bumper guards have been fitted into place.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc


The gas tank sending unit wire running through the trunk area.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc

Frame bracket for the motor mount is bolted in place.  All images ©Virginia Classic Mustang Inc


5 comments:

Rod said...

Simply amazing! This is going to be one incredible car. Thanks so much for the great photos and descriptions of the details. I'm seeing the same thing on my unrestored 65 Dearborn car. Should the rally pac be the low profile design? I know there is some uncertainty about what is factory correct and what is dealer installed.

Thanks again!

Virginia Classic Mustang said...

Thanks for the comments and for reading the Blog.
In most all cases, the High Profile Rally Pac (pictured here) goes with the long style speedometer that is found in the 65 with standard interior/non GT.
The Low Profile Rally Pac is used with all 66's and the 65 GT and Pony Interior Mustangs that have the round speedometer and gauges.

Rod said...

OK, thanks for clearing that up for me. Did the 2 styles use the same mounting hardware and wiring channel?

Virginia Classic Mustang said...

Rod,

The "hooded" style high profile Rally Pac for the Mustang uses a simple U Bracket with no wiring channel. This is listed as our part number IN-704.

The Low Profile Rally Pac uses a U Bracket with an integrated wiring channel along with an additional channel. See our part number IN-713 for this style.

Thanks again for your comments.

Rod said...

Thanks!