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Old 10/07/2009, 07:51 AM   #1
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Smile Update on My Lime Gold GT/CS

I've been away for awhile and thought some of you might enjoy seeing the progress on my lime gold GT/CS (8R01J148913). The car was rescued from Flagstaff Auto Recyclers over 10 years ago, and is nearing completion...hopefully for the 2010 Knott's Show. The car is a nicely optioned car with PS, power disc brakes, console, Selectaire A/C, argent styled wheels, A/T and the J-Code engine.

I had the car painted two years ago, but the paint job was substandard, so it was redone by a man in Humbolt, AZ, and he did a superb job. The undercarriage is being completed to MCA concours standards, and the engine, while not original to the car, is a correct, 1968, four barrel 302 cu in engine. Then engine is nearly completed and is totally rebuilt. I just installed the headliner and the black upholstery is ready to install. I've had to use some reproduction parts since the car was in such poor condition, but most of GT/CS fiberglass is original (the only repro fiberglass is the passenger rear fender extension).

I've used the Marti report extensively to bring this GT/CS back to life, and I am very happy with the results. Russ
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Old 10/07/2009, 07:54 AM   #2
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I thought some of you might like to see this car in a "before" condition. It was very poor at best. Russ
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Old 10/07/2009, 08:17 AM   #3
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Awesome job Russ! That green really looks nice! Keep us updated. Thanks, Casey

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Old 10/07/2009, 08:29 AM   #4
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BEEEAUTIFUL!!
You're doing a superb job.
Don't let dieseldonna see this car- she'd wanna take it from you!

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Old 10/07/2009, 09:16 AM   #5
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...DD would only "take it " if Russ puts white stripes on it. But I'm sure she would return it after she removes her plates following the calendar photo shoot...
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'Coming along very nicely Russ!

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Old 10/07/2009, 09:34 AM   #6
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Great job bringing the car back to life.

What are you planning for the engine? I see aluminum heads, anything else.

Good luck with your remaining work.

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Old 10/07/2009, 11:44 AM   #7
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What are you going to do the interior color?

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Old 10/07/2009, 12:09 PM   #8
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Beautiful work!! It's coming along very nicely. Would love to see the pictures when finalized.

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Old 10/07/2009, 12:41 PM   #9
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My compliments as well!

As soon as you get it all done and get bored call me, I've got one in way better shape to start with that you can work your magic on. ;-)

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Old 10/07/2009, 01:01 PM   #10
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The engine is an original, 1968 302 engine with original, 4V heads (not aluminum). The head work includes new valves, hardened valve seats, and new springs. The heads were glass-bead blasted and milled to insure they were flat. The crank mains and rods are standard and required nothing else, other than new bearings. The cam is a new stock hydraulic, so you can tell that I'm keeping it pretty original. The date code on the intake is "8B4" so it fits with the build date of March 4, 1968. I feel lucky to have found a true 1968 J-Code engine to go into the car.

The interior color is code 2A, black standard vinyl. I think with the black GT/CS striping and the black interior, the car should "pop". I know many people chose to change the color of their lime gold Mustangs, but I really like this color when it is done "right".

I think it is interesting that there is a new post regarding the springs on the trunk lid, and since my trunk lid needed so much "work", my trunk lid does not want to remain open. This post was very helpful.

Thanks for all the compliments, and I'll keep you posted as it progresses. Russ

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Old 10/07/2009, 05:09 PM   #11
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Great job...
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Old 10/07/2009, 05:51 PM   #12
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It looks great Russ. FYI, when I had my trunk lid repaired, the guy put so much fiberglass in it, it wouldn't stay open either. There was hardly any definition to the spoiler, it just sloped up to the leading edge. I ended up grinding it all out and starting over. When you get ready to start putting all the stamps in the engine compartment, please share them. I had stamps made, on your patterns years ago but never got around to using them. I'd like to see where each one is supposed to go. Also, if you could tell me what you use as an "ink", it would be appreciated. Your stuff is always top notch.

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Old 10/07/2009, 06:31 PM   #13
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Very nice. You must have a great sense of accomplishment seeing where she came from. Would like to see the finished goods.

it\'s great to own a 68\' ......live free or die
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Old 10/07/2009, 07:44 PM   #14
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The engine is an original, 1968 302 engine with original, 4V heads (not aluminum). The head work includes new valves, hardened valve seats, and new springs. The heads were glass-bead blasted and milled to insure they were flat. The crank mains and rods are standard and required nothing else, other than new bearings. The cam is a new stock hydraulic, so you can tell that I'm keeping it pretty original. The date code on the intake is "8B4" so it fits with the build date of March 4, 1968. I feel lucky to have found a true 1968 J-Code engine to go into the car.

The interior color is code 2A, black standard vinyl. I think with the black GT/CS striping and the black interior, the car should "pop". I know many people chose to change the color of their lime gold Mustangs, but I really like this color when it is dones "right".

I think it is interesting that there is a new post regarding the springs on the trunk lid, and since my trunk lid needed so much "work", my trunk lid does not want to remain open. This post was very helpful.

Thanks for all the compliments, and I'll keep you posted as it progresses. Russ
yes, another LIMER
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Old 10/07/2009, 07:56 PM   #15
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Wow Russ it is on its way to being a top show car. Hope I can judge it some day. Marty MCA38812
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