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Monday, December 22, 2014

Just the Details...Rebuilding a 65-66 Mustang Heater Box

Here is the finished Mustang heater box.  See below for more information.
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The work continues on the restoration of 6S033, our Carryover '66 GT350 Shelby.  Today, we will look at the super nice restoration of the heater box.  This work was performed by Jeremy at Maple Hill Restoration.  We want to also thank Jeremy for the great pictures.

65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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The original heater box had the date stamp of Y5FC.  We are not sure about the "Y", but the "5" indicates 1965, the "F" is June, and the "C" may be the third week.  This is right in line with the production date for this particular Mustang.

65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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Most of these fiberglass heater boxes are broken at the indentations for the clips that hold the two halves together.

65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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These areas were carefully filed in preparation for repair.

65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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Small pieces of fiberglass cloth were laid in these previously broken and chipped areas.

65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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After the fiberglass cured, Jeremy filed the area back to it's original shape to hold the clip.  The area was finally touched up with paint for an exact match to the original gray color.  Even upon close inspection, the repair is undetectable.  Check out the rest of the pictures below for the complete process of the restoration from painting the doors, to reassembly, and to finally restamping the date code.

65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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65-66 Mustang Heater Box Restoration.
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