View Full Version : 88 Mustang tear down

2011-03-11, 12:28 PM
With all the build threads on here I figured I would do the same
I started with this, rusted, beat up, multi colored ugly POS.

after pulling front clip, started on yanking the interior out and getting all the sound deading up.


It was nice out yesterday so I rolled it out of the garage to do some cleaning... pretty much as it sits now, I test fit the new hatch on it last night, got the old 1/4 windows out.

I'm hoping to have it done some time in the next decade... I've still got to replace both 1/4s, patch the floor, have sub frame connectors installed in the floor, pull 306 out and start working on the engine bay...

2011-03-11, 12:53 PM
Anxious to see more. I love tear downs like this.

2011-03-11, 04:55 PM
thats a lot of work! good luck/skill with the project!

2011-03-11, 07:12 PM
It has already been slot of work, I'll just be glad when it's ready for primer. I don't plan on having it done anytime soon. I'll make a "build" thread when I start to put it back together in a couple years.

2011-03-11, 09:54 PM
Im going to miss the POS look.


2011-03-12, 04:28 AM
Look at that turd

2011-03-12, 04:42 AM
Very cool! Look forward to seeing more.

2011-03-12, 07:47 AM
Worked on it all night and got it done.. lol..

Just kidding... This is what I hope for it to look like when done though, I'll have a 93 cobra rear spoiler and front bumper instead of factory spoiler and that ricer Stalker front bumper..

2011-03-14, 02:55 AM
that after pic looks killer :shocked:awesome goal man. can't wait to see her all done, seems like just yesterday i murdered that ole turd on spray :lolg:whats that been 4 yrs ago :mrgreen: get back to work james :cheers:

2011-03-14, 12:34 PM
Never got a chance to run ya with the 306, to even the score. It has been awhile since I've been out at the same time as you. One of these years when its done I'll re run you with the windsor motor in it.. lol..

2011-03-14, 08:40 PM
Maybe in 2015 we will both be fast haha

2011-03-14, 09:35 PM
Maybe in 2015 we will both be fast haha2030.

2011-03-14, 10:27 PM
Looks a lot like my notch build, I was in the same spot you're in a couple of months ago.

2011-03-15, 06:43 PM
Did you end up having mid america paint your coupe?

2011-03-15, 08:01 PM
No they never got back to me after the initial quote about setting up a date for me to deliver the car so I ended up having a local shop do it for me here in Sterling. Here's a link to my build thread if you're interested:


2011-08-01, 02:51 PM
I've been slowly working on this turd some, it kinda looks like a car again.

Old 1/4 panel cut off the car
Replacing rotten wheel well..
New 1/4 set on to mark where to cut old one.

Inner fender cut out for new 4" air intake.

Making sure body panels all lined up good to the new 1/4 panel before finish welding it on.

2011-08-01, 03:05 PM
This is why i want one so bad, the sky is the limit and part's seem to be fairly cheap.Your car looks incredible man:thumbsup:

2011-08-01, 03:11 PM
Most parts are cheap, I've got quite a bit tied up in the drivetrain of it, now trying to make the body match it..

2011-08-01, 03:26 PM
I bet when i finally get one i wanted to go with just about the same color(winning blue)from a 2005 mazda rx8.I just need to bite bullet and get one lol

2011-08-01, 04:49 PM
awesome progress!

2011-08-04, 06:01 AM
what color is your car james?

2011-08-04, 07:19 AM
what color is your car james?

Which part? lol

plan is to paint it sonic blue.

2011-08-04, 10:32 AM
no mini tub?

i are dissapoint.

2011-08-04, 10:36 AM
Nice. love watching progess threads.

2011-08-04, 01:23 PM
Did you find those qurters at a yard?Can you order reman quarters?Man i love your car:thumbsup:

2011-08-04, 04:09 PM
no mini tub?

i are dissapoint.

I don't plan on running a huge tire on it, 10" slick on prostars and 315s on 17x10.5 mach 1 wheels. Plus I plan to put rear seat back in it so my son could ride in the back. Probly by the time its done my daughter will probly be old enough to drive it though (she is 2 months, lol)

Nice. love watching progess threads.

Thanks, I wish I had more time to get it done faster.

Did you find those qurters at a yard?Can you order reman quarters?Man i love your car:thumbsup:

I picked it up from a guy in claycomo. I bought a door and the 1/4 from him.. You can buy the 1/4s online but they only go up to the body line not a full 1/4. the way I did it its less to weld, and with my experince in body work I'd rather try to hide a 6" splice then the whole length of the 1/4 panel. This is what I started with for the 1/4, had to remove it off this chunk of a wreck car.


I've still got the do some metal work on the passenger 1/4 panel.. Then I'm going to set the block/trans down in it and put the intake on it and make sure its going to clear the hood before doing body work to it. I might end up having to go with a 4" hood instead of the 3" thats on it, I think it will fit without the intake spacer but not with one on it. Plus I'd like to get a windshild back since I think they look awsome.

Here is a couple of the engine that is in the car, just a 351w with trick flow 205cnc heads. I don't have the rotating assembly yet so not sure what CID its going to end up being..

2011-08-04, 05:15 PM
you can have a back seat with mini tubs

2011-08-04, 09:39 PM
I've seen vert seats in them when mini tubed, I don't think I'll ever need that big of a tire on it, I would consider it to be able set the car down alot lower later on though.

2011-08-04, 10:31 PM
Looks like you're making good progress keep us updated!

2011-08-05, 03:36 AM
should do it in bright atlantic blue ;)

2011-08-05, 05:07 AM
i love foxbodies but for some reason just cant stand the GT ground effects...... but the car is coming along nicely good job

2011-08-05, 02:58 PM
i love foxbodies but for some reason just cant stand the GT ground effects...... but the car is coming along nicely good job

I like the looks of the gt nose and cobra rear, doesn't look right to me with out side skirts. I'm going to put 93 cobra ones on it before painting it, ones I have mached up on it now are pretty rough.

2011-08-06, 01:48 AM
i'll be waiting for pics......:lurk: haha, deff. is looking a ton better though, makes me miss my notch

2011-08-06, 01:04 PM
Very nice build, I wish I would've kept my 91 GT

2011-08-12, 08:36 PM
I need to stop by to check out the progress.


2011-08-15, 12:35 PM
Thanks guys, I got bored and set the engine and trans down in the car to make sure everything was going to clear. My hood will fit without the nitrous plate but intake hits with it on.