StangNet's 1986 GT Project

StangNet's 1986 GT Project

When I started this project, I wanted to keep it completely original, including all colors. I worked for a few months collecting all the needed items in Canyon Red, the interior color of this 1986, however not very many of the new restoration parts and materials were close the original color. It's not that they do not try, it's just a hard color to match. Sourcing materials needed to color match a 28 year old car, not easy, and not red.

I decided to drop that plan and go with the interior year color correct 'Grey'. I sourced all the correct parts I could and then color matched the grey with some 'One Hit Wonder' paint.

I use this paint with our Hyrodgraphics that we do and it is designed to stick to anything, period. Old plastic, sure! We had them make us up a single stage batch, even with some shine reducer, to give us the sheen we were after. Turned out great and I really can't even scratch this stuff off, forget the PPG dye paints!

Started with...

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So far....

New dash pad from Late Model painted with OHW (was black)

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Center Console Painted with OHW (was red)

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Dash recolored inside car

  • no fun to remove 86 dash
  • removed all cluster, trim, radio, vents, etc
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Looking good I think!
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The Mustang was in bad need of a total refresh... body time!

We stripped the interior and all the exterior attachments.

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Gave her freshly painted door jams

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Rebuilt the rusted rear deck from 2 and made one.

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We also removed the lead at the A &B pillars and filled with All-Metal
(for those that do not know, new modern plastic paints do not breathe, and the lead will stiff off gas. Visit a car show and check the A & B pillars on Fox bodies and check for all the pop bubbles, you will be surprised.)

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Nice body prep, 2 coats of base Oxford White and 3 coats of clear and sanded and buffed.

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Next for the body is moldings, graphics and windows and trim.