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Looking good Kevin. A ton of work but will be worth it to save another one. Let's face it, you had to fix it, there wasn't enough metal left for a scrap yard to take it!!

I'm sure we're all looking forward to seeing this one finished. I am anyway.

Geoff.

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Been pretty busy with work last few weeks and haven’t had much of a time to work on the 65. Also was waiting on parts to come in. So I got the side cowl panel replaced and got the floor supports screwed in and fitted. Got most of the front end fitted. Now I can hang the fenders and hood and do final adjustments and get some screws in the final position. Then I will blow it all apart prep for weld then put it all back together and weld her up! Here’s some pics! 
 

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Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Got some panels fit tonight. Put a few self tapping screws in to hold it all together. Now I will tear it all apart again, grind and prep weld area, and start welding! Getting closer! 2050014D-8C12-4C5D-BBAD-1E1CC4EFABB2.thumb.jpeg.4c6d52aadaec9116544f19415c1a0050.jpegB6A6FA98-E71B-4DD5-9E51-F979AF9E9BAF.thumb.jpeg.5f74ff8b5890bd192f4eadd991e37704.jpegCC6795C0-18CE-4505-8E85-B6DB2CEDFFBF.thumb.jpeg.3f20f98faadc66c647a4ccfc883fbe80.jpegE911C8A6-2E57-4059-A039-7C9111740A96.thumb.jpeg.0b98d56e96d196f0c52711dc48459bed.jpeg54DD6752-BB25-4C28-BC57-E24F7676DDD0.thumb.jpeg.82db00fb7ce788401f979c9d38de88be.jpeg670C144D-9C41-4EB5-9505-FFC2195E1510.thumb.jpeg.fe0c9c1042e19838f6d7fcbffb0f3e30.jpeg

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Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Got the 65 blown apart, prepped and ground for welding. Put it all back together and check fit again. Everything seemed to line up well. Then weld, weld, weld! Just finished up all the welding. Now I need to spend a day grinding the spot weld and checking where I need to touch up some welds.  Then seam seal and shoot everything with epoxy primer. Finally get to start putting this thing back together. 
 

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Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Got all the spot welds ground down today. Got the strut rod brackets welded in. Swapped the vin number in. And started fitting the Monterey Carlo bar.  It’s starting to come together. 43AA6A16-497A-4F38-9ABA-7F42C18D7625.thumb.jpeg.59fa63db3b7e834eb651fe0132145946.jpeg38F32910-997F-4860-8714-5421B87DE1BC.thumb.jpeg.83e212ff9e6a158cd8df76438ca02d5e.jpegA9EE02B3-1BD1-423E-A962-A95912E4E53B.thumb.jpeg.9ac9d047233b5d2f3e5a5c557656fd3f.jpeg22E3FE37-4828-47FA-B1DC-377135E936B9.thumb.jpeg.03a48803e1357f3df89311c29b10e359.jpegA2B5D309-F6F3-4757-9B96-6C1F3233F9DD.thumb.jpeg.2df08fd7eed94803337742ced4c02c1c.jpeg2D62CE33-0593-4CED-A3A4-817DDAD8133C.thumb.jpeg.94a4aae28b8b09ed53fab4ddda1be041.jpeg

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Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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30 minutes ago, midlife said:

It's name is a Monte Carlo bar, not Monterey Carlo bar.

Lookin' real good!

Haha!!! Damn auto correct!!!  

Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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59 minutes ago, Stanglover said:

Looking really good Kevin. Front end nearly done, what's the ass end like? Or is that a story for another day?

The back isn't too bad. The rear frame rails were replaced at some point. Trunk pan, drop offs, rear quarters, and floor pans have all been replaced. Not the prettiest work but its solid.  

On another note....... what do you guys think something like this should cost??  I am detailing, cleaning and painting all the parts as I am reassembling them also. So it should look pretty good once its back together. Just in front sheetmetal and and small parts he is around $2,200 or so into it.  By the time it is done, Im going to have a ton of hours in this thing. 

Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Keep a log of your time working on the car. When you are done, do the math at a few different hourly rates to see what seems reasonable to you. The last time I worked on something for money (4 years ago) I charged $55.00 per hour plus the cost of parts. You work is impressive. Chuck

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5 minutes ago, c9zx said:

Keep a log of your time working on the car. When you are done, do the math at a few different hourly rates to see what seems reasonable to you. The last time I worked on something for money (4 years ago) I charged $55.00 per hour plus the cost of parts. You work is impressive. Chuck

Thanks! Yeah Chuck. That’s what I usually do. I usually charge $35/hr. But on this project I was lazy with my time keeping, and to be honest I have lost track. I was guessing 100 hrs when I first looked at it but as we all know you always find more wrong. So I know I will be over that estimate. I was guessing $3500-4000 for labor plus materials. 

Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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I'd keep the customer informed of the additional things you find that need to be fixed and prepare him for a higher labor bill. The "Big Surprise" at the end doesn't work very well for either party. Chuck

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He knows all about it. Visited shop few times so far and is very pleased with how it’s turning out. I send him pics also. 

Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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9 hours ago, turtle5353 said:

The back isn't too bad. The rear frame rails were replaced at some point. Trunk pan, drop offs, rear quarters, and floor pans have all been replaced. Not the prettiest work but its solid.  

On another note....... what do you guys think something like this should cost??  I am detailing, cleaning and painting all the parts as I am reassembling them also. So it should look pretty good once its back together. Just in front sheetmetal and and small parts he is around $2,200 or so into it.  By the time it is done, Im going to have a ton of hours in this thing. 

Well, that's a relief if the back is not too bad and solid. At the end of the day, you saved another classic Mustang. Well done. 

Geoff.

 I learn something new every day!

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Getting a little done each night after work.  Got the Monte Carlo bar final fitted and holes drilled.  Motor mounts are in. Battery tray is fitted. And got all the seam sealer applied.  Hopefully tonight I will able to get it prepped for epoxy primer.  Get everything taped off and scuffed.  We will see.  
 

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Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Finished fitting battery tray. Had to drill 2 new holes for bottom mount and weld 2 holes up. The holes were not in correct place on inner fender apron. Got the car wiped down with wax and grease remover.  Taped off and wrapped foil on lines I didn’t want painted. Covered car in plastic and paper to prep it for epoxy primer.  Hopefully get it scuffed and shot Friday or Saturday. Then I can actually start assembly. 
 

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Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Got the front end and few small parts sprayed tonight. It looks pretty good. Should dry to a nice satin black. My buddy told me about using epoxy primer for under hood color and it works great!! Durable and nice sheen. Hopefully get the car into a roller and possibly off the frame jig this weekend. 
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1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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More stuff added. Steering and some suspension. Wiring. Brake lines. Still need to get a spring compressor to install springs and shocks. But it’s getting there. 36A6A36E-2390-4119-9434-BEEEB79BF22E.thumb.jpeg.d2d264dfce6f1fc4122b4d6982dbfc25.jpeg83702060-6A45-410D-A15C-63937E4112DB.thumb.jpeg.7913707b58fe15013b989db2ab197741.jpeg7E3DCAE0-67C4-4091-BDCF-BD295A61976D.thumb.jpeg.478faf77d05e71c3524f1082695f5410.jpegC6BA5407-6976-4A1B-AD0F-40F891BA0A22.thumb.jpeg.bc26877060a26ef81569fbc0c7e948ff.jpegF697CC9E-C5F3-4C04-9EC2-6B1C0EF7ECBC.thumb.jpeg.d5e47d5089d6c76284d671075de0390b.jpeg12640CAF-3168-44CC-879A-D5710B153BFC.thumb.jpeg.a99b2ca4a556e8a1555c4750bcc45773.jpeg09528F06-ED4C-456F-BEFC-CC76B3671154.thumb.jpeg.45bc792fb5e535c6b6e73c67363c2dde.jpeg09528F06-ED4C-456F-BEFC-CC76B3671154.thumb.jpeg.45bc792fb5e535c6b6e73c67363c2dde.jpegF1038137-A177-4F18-BFA3-E33108DEC442.thumb.jpeg.8901f96b4a978dbf92cc62fe0f0a73ab.jpeg2B320EFA-0887-4947-BDA2-618032805326.thumb.jpeg.9cfb1e9d55c0d3f7b56cf202e29cbcb5.jpeg

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1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Not much tonight but it’s something.  Took couple hours to get the damn springs in. The spring compressor was pain in ass. Had to try numerous compressor configurations to get the spring in.  But they are in and so are the shocks and sway bay.  Hopefully get the wheels on it and get it cut off the frame jig a day this week. 
 

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1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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