Progress Thread '78 Ii Rising From The Grave

Discussion in '1974 - 1978 Mustang II Talk & Tech' started by jozsefsz, Sep 17, 2013.


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    Hi guys,
    Just thought I'd share the progress on my '78 restoration. I started with a completely trashed hatchback... seized engine, rusted and water-logged transmission, no brakes, tons of electrical gremlins, no exhaust, body a mess, and interior just terrible. Good part was it came with spare engine and transmission, A/C, and a whole bunch of interior parts from a '76 Cobra and it's a Florida car so it has minimal rust.
    Got it moving last winter, fixed everything else I mention, even have the A/C blowing cold. My kids and I redid the entire interior with lots of vinyl dye, new carpet, headliner, etc. Next up is the bodywork and paint, I've already repaired a few spots but I'm in it for the long haul.
    Here are a few pictures of what a junkyard Mustang's interior can look like with some vinyl dye and a lot of elbow grease. It's not perfect and it's not concourse-correct but it's a really nice transformation from where we began. Good luck to the other II owners out there!

    mustang_dash.jpg mustang_front_seats.jpg mustang_interior.jpg mustang_roof.jpg
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    :nice:
    Nicer than my interior! :)
    Good job!
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    Thank you! If my exterior turns out half as sharp as yours I'll be happy. Rustoleum Vinyl & Fabric dye is some awesome stuff -- I hope it holds up well over time. At some point I'll pick up some nice Fox or SN95 seats since the originals are hidden under covers. I probably have less than $200 in the interior - including a headliner, Ozite carpet by-the-yard (that stuff was incredibly easy to work with -- a pair of scissors and some 3m contact adhesive), half-a-dozen cans of vinyl dye, and a dash-cap. Definitely a budget restoration from a very poor starting-point so I was happy with the outcome. Thanks for your reply!
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    Interior looks great! I can't wait to see the rest of the car.
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    Thank you! I'm hoping to get it in paint before the cold weather arrives. It's going orange like the door jams (from an ugly sunfaded brown), I painted those while I had the interior out. The link in your signature, is that your site / restorations?
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    Yeah the "home" website listed in my profile is for the two MII's that I own. Unfortunately the CBII project has been stalled for many years (but at least it's been inside) while the Ghia resto has been stalled for about a year. I was hoping to take the Ghia to the 50th anniversary show in Charlotte SC next year, but it's not looking so good right now...
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    It looks like you do some very expert work in your restorations. I'm more of a "slap it together, get it running and driving as quickly and cheaply as possible, and make it look good from 10ft." kind of guy. I can definitely appreciate what it takes to attain near-perfection. And I'm old enough to know I don't have the time or patience to do it, so lots of respect from me.
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    I would be a lot farther along if I would be less about the perfection and more about the driving! :nice:
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    Hi guys, I finished up the exterior this week. Here's the final form. The pictures and the rainwater make it look quite a bit better than it does in person -- still needs to be wet-sanded and polished. This was my first at-home paint-job and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. The key for the frugal-minded: Tractor Paint (lots of good stuff out on the web). $25/gallon about $50 total for the paint / reducer / hardener and all the supplies.

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    Looks great! Is that single stage Acrylic paint?

    I've been reading up on the Rustoleum 'brush-on' technique which looks really nice if you have the body smooth and if you have the required time to buff it back smooth after each coat.
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    Thanks again!

    This is the stuff I used ... http://www.majicpaints.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/8-0951-tb.pdf

    They describe it as an 'alkyd / oil-based enamel.' You can pick the stuff up at Tractor Supply (or whatever it's called in your area). It's a single-stage and appears to be tough as nails when it dries and you use the hardener. I saw some folks were reporting that they weren't super-happy with the Rustoleum brush-on technique as it fades easy and seems to take a lot of time and effort. With the cheapest of spray-guns (an old siphon-feed) I hit it with about 5 thin coats and 4 hours later it was completely dry to the touch and very glossy. I'm no expert so it has more orange-peel than I'd hoped but I'll see what it looks like after a wet-sanding.

    For my straight-from-the-junkyard restoration it seemed like a perfect match (I wasn't going to put a $2000 paint-job on the car). I'm also probably the worst painter I know (very little patience for the process) so if I can do it, pretty much anyone can!
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