Frank’s ‘66 Mustang GT Restoration. “down under”. A restoration story, in pictures . In the beginning ….
A restoration story, in pictures ...
Back in February 1996, I found this genuine factory-prepared ‘66 Mustang GT out the back of a local classic car importer’s yard in Adelaide, South Australia. Every panel was dented and there was evidence of minor accident damage on the right-hand side... but it was an original GT hardtop - the rarest of the ‘66 GT’s as most were convertibles or fastbacks. Supplied to a customer in Texas, there was no rust and it was clean and straight …. an excellent candidate for a full ground-up restoration. This commenced in April 1996 and 5-years later, it was finally finished. I’m sure you will agree … the result was worth waiting for.
Apart from converting it to right-hand drive, this vehicle has been brought back to completely original condition. The family has had immense enjoyment in owning this American classic and taking it on week-end runs. We have also had considerable success at the few car shows we’ve entered … including runner-up at a major local event, the Birdwood Classic, at one of its first outings in 2001.
The fun continues since the restoration was completed. After 10 years and more than 35,000 new miles on the road, it has proved to be totally reliable… a classic from an era where you actually drove the car, not just pointed it. To any car enthusiasts looking for an enjoyable “mid-life crisis” toy, I thoroughly recommend a restoration project like this. Here is my story ….
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Under the hood, the original 289 V8 … everything’s there, but it’s a total mess ...
All paint now stripped, restoration has begun ...
Conversion to right-hand drive was completed by July ‘97
The engine and trans had been refitted a week earlier
Connected up and ready to crank over ...
A new interior, waiting for the rebuilt aircon unit. Note the right-hand drive conversion and Rally Pac
(The Rally Pac is a pod straddling the steering column, holding a clock and a tacho)
Engine: 289 cubic inch (4.74L) “A”-code “Challenger” V8 engine
Bore: 4.00” (102mm) Stroke: 2.87” (73mm) Lifters: hydraulic
Carburettor: 4-barrel Autolite 4100. Venturi diameter 1.08” (27.4mm)
Power Rating: 225 BHP @ 5,200 RPM
Transmission: C4 automatic, 3-speed Differential: 3.00:1 Ratio
Options & Extras:FactoryGT package - comprising heavy-duty suspension, front wheel disc brakes, fast ratio steering, fog lamps, twin exhaust system, louvred tail pipes, GT stripes, GT gas cap and badges.
Power steering, power brakes, factory airconditioning, styled-steel wheels, white-wall tyres, push-button radio with door & rear speakers, centre console, Rally Pac, deluxe woodrim steering wheel, Interior Décor Group package (“Pony” interior), mesh headlight protectors, full mirror-image right-hand drive conversion, custom “66 GT” number plates.
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