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Old 04/05/2014, 10:11 PM   #1
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Introductions - And bringing one back from the dead

Hi everyone,

Today I joined the ranks of California Special owners. I have always loved the GT/CS since I first laid eyes on one. I come from a long line of Mustang owners. This is my first vintage Mustang, however I did own a 35th Anniversary Edition GT that I bought new.

The CS was found high up in the foothills of California. The car may have been kept in a garage since about 1993 or so. It has a ton of potential, but it's in pretty rough shape right now.

It was originally purchased in Sunnyvale, so I like to think that it's coming full circle and kind of coming back home since I live in San Jose.

The bad:
I need to get the engine, transmission, read end rebuilt. All of this is under progress.

The paint is done, gone, kaput. It's been worn down or something, and metal is exposed on the hood. It has a good deal of the original Highland Green paint and the white striping.

It's missing the original grille, as this one has the Mustang affixed to it and the screw holes are in the grille, so it's obviously not correct. Also, it has the stock 1968 Mustang rims on it. It may have come with those.


The good:
The body is in amazing shape. There isn't a single spot of rust anywhere on the car. Not a single bubble. Top to bottom...it's just wow! The only damage to the body is that it has a single silver dollar sized dent in the rear fender.

The all original interior is the best you could possibly hope for from a survivor car, as is the black vinyl top (which might not be original, no way to tell).

It has factory installed AC, Power Steering, and Power Front Disc Brakes. It has a standard 289, with a 2v Carb. 2:79 gearing..etc.



My intent is to bring it back to it's former glory one step at a time. I also intend to keep it as close to the original as possible.

I really look forward to getting to know y'all and sharing my progress on the car as well as pick your brain on how to do things right! It has so much potential and I want it to shine like it did in it's former life!

Sorry for the low res pics. I will post better ones once the car gets the drive train completed and I get back down to San Jose.





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Old 04/05/2014, 11:59 PM   #2
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You did well finding the GTCS. Lots of good people and info here. Enjoy the resto. Love the Highland Green cars.
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Old 04/06/2014, 05:19 AM   #3
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Congrats on your new car. Is this the one from Paradise, Ca. formerly owned by an pilot at Beale AFB. Could you send me the VIN and door Data Plate info for the Registry? The Previous owner was suppossed to send it to me but never did. Very nice car.

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Old 04/06/2014, 05:26 AM   #4
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Great looking car and I concur that you did well in finding a very nice unrestored GT/CS. Post some pics of the grille so we can see what might be missing, does it have the light brackets? I really like the colors on your car, the green and white really stands out!! The good news as you stated is all the rare CS parts seem to be there. Looking forward to see more pictures of the car in the future.

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Old 04/06/2014, 05:49 AM   #5
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Old 04/06/2014, 09:52 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by somethingspecial View Post
Congrats on your new car. Is this the one from Paradise, Ca. formerly owned by an pilot at Beale AFB. Could you send me the VIN and door Data Plate info for the Registry? The Previous owner was suppossed to send it to me but never did. Very nice car.
Hi Mike,

This is exactly that car. I sent you an email with the Data Plate. I also input what I know about the car to be factual on the website here.

There is a conflict with someone who previously put the information on here and the story I was told about the original owner. I may never know...
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Old 04/06/2014, 09:54 AM   #7
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Thank you everyone for the warm welcome. Here is the best pic I currently have of the front grill...



As you can see it has a Pony on the grill when it shouldn't. Also, the grill obviously was meant to have the Pony on it...so it tells me that it's not original...not sure what happened...but there it is. Also, it has the Lucas fog lamps.

I hope this can help.
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Old 04/06/2014, 10:23 AM   #8
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welcome

very nice car... and welcome

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Old 04/06/2014, 10:28 AM   #9
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tell me did you guys notice that he had the Convenience Control Panel...look at the interior pic and look at the white console.....very cool and rare

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Old 04/06/2014, 10:29 AM   #10
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Ah heck, I bet she will buff right up!!! May have to lean on it a bit on the hood and tops of the fenders!! What a great color combo!!! Looks like an easy restore to a fun show and shine car!

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Old 04/06/2014, 10:29 AM   #11
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What is the "convenience control panel?"

And nice to meet you Cool68
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Old 04/06/2014, 10:33 AM   #12
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If the grille was changed it's possible the hood was also replaced. The best way to tell is to open it and look at the holes that were drilled for the hood locks. The underside holes should be huge.
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Old 04/06/2014, 10:34 AM   #13
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Manchu,
It is the little lights in the front face of the console. You have air conditioning and the lights would normally be above the radio where your cent ducts are. I have this option in my car. But it is not air cond.

It is a door ajar light, a seat belt light, a low fuel flight and an e-brake light.
Very cool! You have a special fuel sending unit and tow little switches in your door latches. Lots of fun to get to work if they don't.... The door switches are way fun to get to.... Not....

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Old 04/06/2014, 10:37 AM   #14
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Thanks Rob! Given how long the car has been sitting, I am sure not much is still going to work. I need to get it back on the road first and then start my laundry list of things to fix. :)
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Old 04/06/2014, 12:48 PM   #15
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