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Old 08/24/2009, 11:38 PM   #1
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Help getting started on my project

Quick intro and thanks to those commenting in the classified section - I picked up a j code car this past sunday for 10k. Marti report shows:
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c-4
f70x14 wide oval tires
white sidewalls
power disc brakes
power steering
air cond
am radio
tinted glass
deluxe belts
wheel covers

build date 2/7/68

I'm hoping to get some advice for places to buy parts and places to stay away from. Also maybe some advice as to what to start with first and how far to take the resto/mod. I bought the car as a project for myself - I want to do most of the work myself - if possible. To gain experience, not as a money saving issue.

Here's a summary of the condition of the car:

It looks like it has been partially restored -

Body appears to be OK - there is evidence of some repairs (replacement door), but for the most part it's straight and has very little rust - so far that I have discovered.

It Runs and functions - I drove it 4 hours on I-5. No major issues. The motor is a replacement. The steering seems very loose. I plan on rebuilding the entire suspension system.

The interior is shot.

Here's a few pics.







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Old 08/25/2009, 05:23 AM   #2
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Welcome to the site. You came to the right place for help. Just about any question you have, to the detail, can be answered here. We are all a friendly family here, and have experts in just about anything Mustang and everything GT/CS and HCS. It looks like you have a great starter project.....mostly seems like a lot of detail work if you already drove it 4 hours! Is it the original color? Thanks, Casey

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Old 08/25/2009, 06:08 AM   #3
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It looks like a great starting point. You will find much help on this site. With that help you will be suprised what you can do your self. I am a MCA gold card judge, and can help with any quetions of MCA rules ect. Good luck and welcome! Marty
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Old 08/25/2009, 06:36 AM   #4
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Welcome bassman2!
...What Casey and Marty said. Another member; "clubpro" is a proven resource for finding correct parts at the best prices.

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Old 08/25/2009, 08:30 AM   #5
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Welcome Bassman2!
Loose steering can be a combination of alot of worn things, bad alignment, or just one very worn component. As you give us more information maybe we can help you put your money in the best spots. Many things can be done "down the road" so to speak.

But you may have very deep pockets (I don't) and can just attack all of it. I think one of the first things you will need to decide is whether you want to go for a complete "rotisserie" job with everything removed or what I call a “rolling restoration” where you kinda attack it with the engine and suspension still in the car. That is what I have done mostly as the cars I have where pretty solid.

On other thing is total originality for concurs judging or just a respectable fun car with some mild modifications. This site (not me) has tons of advice on the concurs route. I am more a modified guy.

Anyway, what a great start of a car!! All of us love to assist with advice from basic engine tuning to high performance stuff. I am very adept at spending other peoples money!!!

Ask away. You will be amazed at the help. There are no stupid questions. Trust me; I have done every “bone head” blunder you can imagine.

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Old 08/25/2009, 09:15 AM   #6
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Thanks for the welcome!

As I research costs etc, I'll decide on what type of resto to do - "rolling" or rotisserie.

I'm pretty sure I'm not going concours - unless someone here talks me into it based on the potential value etc...

The car started life as a 302 4v, sunlit gold, nugget interior.

Here's a question - How many J codes were built?
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Old 08/25/2009, 09:22 AM   #7
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Can't go wrong with black! The inside is red? Going with a red exterior stripe? You can do red, white, or gold (ask midnightspecial for a photo).

Which state are you in? If you're near the NW we're planning another CS get together soon.

And where did the car come from? Post your Marti- there is a sticky thread where we share/compare them.

And I agree- you drove it 4 hours, so it must be passing inspection mechanically. I only got 30 mins into the drive with mine before the clanking and smoke began.

Clubpro is your source for parts. This forum is your source for experts in bringing any Special back to life. Trust me, this forum is magic. You need proof? Read my posts. My car came back from the dead.

And true- there are no stupid questions. These guys may get a laugh or two in, but in the end they will steer you in the right direction.

ISO well behaved, dependable, and determined CS.
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Old 08/25/2009, 09:31 AM   #8
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Here's the marti report - too small - I'll have to scan it and reload!

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Old 08/25/2009, 10:29 AM   #9
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Nicely optioned: P/S, P/B, A/C, Tinted glass, 302, A/T. The J code is the most desirable (IMHO) except for the big blocks. You dun good!!
Lots of info & help here. Where are you located? If you're near enough to some members, we can sometimes entice someone to give hands-on assistance. We're scattered all over the country.
Welcome.

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Old 08/25/2009, 10:51 AM   #10
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I'm a J code too.

Extrapolating numbers from other Marti reports, the GT/CS J codes break down like this:

962 total J code 302-4V GT/CS.

658 with C4 automatic transmissions.
218 with 4 speed manual transmissions.
86 with 3 speed manual transmissions.

Yes, please scan your Marti report, I can only make out a small amount of it.

Scott Behncke
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Old 08/25/2009, 11:55 AM   #11
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I'm located in the Vancouver WA area!
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Old 08/25/2009, 12:19 PM   #12
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I'm located in the Vancouver WA area!
...Son of a gun, I was just up there! I got to meet Rob Campbell for a wonderful time while doing business in Vancouver. Small world!

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Old 08/25/2009, 02:27 PM   #13
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Looks like a nice start and you have some great neighbors to offer help when you need the physical kind. Wish I had some CS neighbors close enough to hang out in my garage.

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Old 08/25/2009, 02:43 PM   #14
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Bassman,
I am in Bremerton. Amy in Seattle! My car was supposed to be Anniversary Gold. Black interior, J code, auto PB, PS, Convenience Group, Rear window defroster (fan). Amy is trying to get a group of us together in Seattle in September. You be welcome to join!!

Don’t talk to me about concurs!! I will have you hacking and cutting in no time.

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Old 08/25/2009, 03:56 PM   #15
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Here's another attempt at the report...

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