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Unread 07-06-2016, 07:42 PM   #1
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Howdy guys it's been a long time again.

My dad has a 65 mustang coupe with an I6. He has had this car since 75. Some body rust as with most old cars. Had the engine rebuilt 15+ years ago but not much in miles on it. He has had some set backs recently as he lost his job of 35 years. Due to thus he has come to the conclusion that he will probably never get to work on the car and so he has talked about getting the fluids changed out and driving it a few times then selling it.

I find this to be frustrating. Not sure what the car is worth but I don't think he is selling for the money any way.

Here is my question. If he were to give me the car what would you guys recommend doing to the car. As in keep it original or install a new engine. Body work I can do most of my self or can have my uncle help.

What kind of investment would I be looking at with upgrades. Engine, transmission, new rearend, etc.
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Are you set on keeping it original or some cautious upgrades or all out hotrod?

I like the old classics and muscle cars, but I won't pay the price for all the original stuff to preserve it, at least not the mechanicals.

Those old cars were great in the day, but with today's technology I'd be putting a F.I 5.0 engine/transmission from a later model Mustang into that car to get great performance and a great driving car. Upgrade the brakes so it will actually stop! Some good shocks and tires and you will have a great looking classic that drives like a new car.

That's what I would do anyways....
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If I were to keep it original I would keep the I6 as its all original now. But to upgrade I'm open to anything.
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My dad had talked about installing a 351 Cleveland at one time. The only problem I see with a newer FI motor is the knowledge base I have access to in person is more old school so I'm not sure how much work that would take.
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I'd start your search with the brakes - the braking on those cars are absolutely awful.
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True that.

At any rate I'd at least do that before doing anything to the drivetrain. Adding more power (and weight, if it's a heavier drivetrain) without the matching ability to stop it is nonesense.

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Those old cars were great in the day, but with today's technology I'd be putting a F.I 5.0 engine/transmission from a later model Mustang into that car to get great performance and a great driving car. Upgrade the brakes so it will actually stop! Some good shocks and tires and you will have a great looking classic that drives like a new car.
Tires are probably the first avenue to explore. After all, they are what actually moves (and stops, and turns, and bump) the car, but I'd caution against using very grippy ones or the roll angles could get somewhat out of hand.

Dampers are more of an issue. It's really not easy to get a measureable improvement in the performance of a car by simply fitting other dampers.

It should be a very well thought-out exercise or you'll end up with a car that might feel great in terms of response and ruggedness, but with deletrious handling and very little performance to show for, not to mention ride quality.

Changing the drivetrain also has issues. It's not necessarily in the power, but in the possible change in weight, weight distribution, polar moment of inertia and chassis rigidity. It will affect your choice of shocks, for one.

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