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How NOT to Buy a Mustang

This is an example of How NOT to get taken while buying a Mustang, Some of the signs that you can look for when considering buying a classic car of any kind.
A customer stopped by to show me the mustang he just bought and asked me "What do you think, did I get a deal or what ?". I looked the car over for a few minutes and told him You've been taken ! The car looked shiny and clean on the outside, but what was underneath those bright clean fenders was the ugliest mess you ever saw. A Mustang-Owners Nightmare. I showed him some of the things I saw and told him that we could return it to original quality, but it wouldn't be easy (or cheap). This is what prompted us to create this How Not to Buy a Mustang gallery in an effort to help mustang owners, and those considering buying a classic mustang and to help Mustang owners understand what might be involved in fully restoring their cars. This photo gallery is actually older than the internet and we've seen and done hundreds more since these photos were taken. Check out our Photo Gallery Page for a sampling of the cars we have done.
This is where we begin taking the car apart. As you can see, simply removing the fenders shows that the previous restoration was just a makeover.
This is another shot of the car during the project.
As you can see, by this time the car is starting to look sort of ugly.
This is the right front floorboard after we removed the carpet. Notice the rust. This is usually a sign of bad cowl vents leaking water into the interior of the car. The cowl vent repair it'self isn't cheap either.
This is the left rear floor pan. Notice the patches glued in with silicone as well as the most important part, the frame rail.
This is the right rear floor pan and frame rail after removing the glued-in patches. This shows that the right rear frame rail and torque box are at least 80% gone, and we exposed this with very little effort after the carpet and seats were removed.
This is the left rear floor pan being installed. Notice the left inner rocker panel is completely removed, which is also known as the frame rail.
This is the left inner rocker panner (AKA frame rail) being installed. Take notice that we painted it blue to help you see it.
This is when we were installing the new torque box.
Here's the inside view if the same left front floor pan and new blue frame rail, and new grey inner frame rail installed prior to the floor pan being installed. You can also see the new torque box (blue) between the inner and outer frame rails.
This is a shot of the car when we put it up in the air to do some finshing touches on the metal work on the bottom of the car.
As you notice from the previous pictures, the motor was removed. Not only because it was old and tired, but also because it was seven years newer than the car, and not the correct year and model for the car. This a 1965 block that we completely rebuilt. As you can see, it's just like brand new.
This is a close-up shot, just to confirm that this is a 289 that belongs in a mustang.
This is a shot of the original intake manifold. This shows how nasty the parts were we were dealing with.
This is the engine compartment before we started working on it.
This is the engine compartment during the work.
This is the engine compartment after we finished working on it, preparing to put the engine back in.
This is another picture with the engine compartment finished, before we installed the engine. Notice that we're protecting the paint it came in with, as we did not paint this car.
This is a shot with the long block installed in the engine compartment.
Here's another shot of the engine compartment as we are assembling the engine.
This is the finished view under the hood. You can sure tell the difference.
This picture is of my late brother, Clifford Thomas (left), and me, Bryan (right) while we were working on the car. This entire page is dedicated to his memory, as I can remember what a good job he did on those mustangs, and those who had him work on their cars were luck to have someone of his talent and skill. He was as dedicated to working on mustangs as he was to being a great brother, and we will all miss him and all his talents.
Here's when we were putting the fenders back on. Notice they are still shiny red.
This is another shot of the sheet metal being installed.
This is a picture of the headlight bucket and grill assembly being instaled.
This is a shot of my brother, Clifford Thomas putting his magic final touches aligning the sheet metal.
This is a picture of the car getting ready for the first test drive after we finished all of the mechanicals.
And HERE IT IS, going for it's first drive, and guess what ? it went over without a hitch (or a hitching post).
This is the car after returning from it's successful test drive. We are putting the final touches on this mustang, and bringing this project to a close. Notice we didn't paint the car, do any interior or convertible to work (or any other exterior work) on this mustang. it looks the same as it did when it came in except now it is a car worthy of owning (and a very costly lesson).
This is the first completed shot of the car after we finished the work we were contracted to do, the day before delivery to the customer. As you can imagine, he was pleased.
We at Palm Beach Mustangs and 5.0s not only care about the ponies, but their owners as well. That is why we created this page, in hope that you, Mustang owners, and future Mustang owners might realize what you may be getting into, and also to let you know that we at Palm Beach Mustangs and 5.0s can help you out of any nightmare you may be involved in with your pony. Don't give up if you have a nightmare mustang, as we are here to help, and any mustang or shelby can be restored perfectly to the touch as long as you get it to a qualified mustang restoration shop such as ourselves.

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