This Is What Makes A 1965 Ford Mustang A Good Restoration Project – HotCars

We can go as far as to say that the Ford Mustang is well and truly, the most iconic muscle car of all time.
The Ford Mustang is widely considered as the car that started the muscle car era. The 2-door coupe-like design quickly caught on right after its introduction into the market. Following the legend that it became, Ford has to be honest, milked the moniker to an extent that they decided to name an SUV after it.
It goes without saying that Mustang has not exactly been a model but a brand rather. However, classic car fanatics would agree that Mustangs of yesteryears pose way more value than anything of today. We can go as far as to say that the Ford Mustang is well and truly, the most iconic muscle car of all time. Various examples of barn finds and abandoned cars have come to our notice and we’re happy to have enthusiasts willing to restore it to its glory.
With restomods becoming a thing, we’d like to agree upon Ford Mustangs being particularly good as a restoration project, especially the early 1965 models. Here’s why.
One of the important things to note when you’re restoring a vehicle of any sort is the availability of parts. Since Mustangs were pretty common and turned out to be a successful model for Ford, restorers have enough inventory to scrounge. Even if you don’t find what you were looking for, there are enough third-party manufacturers who fabricate most of the parts. Moreover, favoring third-party resellers won’t hit hard on your bank account either.
Certified OEM parts from Ford are generally more expensive and may take time to get delivered. Resorting to third parties can be relatively cheap and have fewer waiting times. If you’re Mustang happens to have a tricky bit that’s not available anywhere, there are custom fabricators who’d be happy to get it done especially components in the chassis, underbody, and subframe.
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Mustangs were very popular back when it came in 1965. There were enough varieties of the Mustang, including hardtops, fastback, and convertibles being sold. As you may know, Mustang was successful in that it surpassed speculations by Ford themselves. Imagine coming up with a car and its popularity overcomes your expectations, that’s an achievement to be proud of.
And an achievement it was. Since the first generation in 1965, the success brought in the second generation in 1974. However, before the second-gen Mustang was rolled out, there were special versions of the first-gen that came with functional hood scoops, spoiler, and whatnot. Additionally, performance packages were introduced that included Mach 1, the Boss 302, and Boss 429.
Mustang evolved “from speed and power” to bigger and heavier “luxury” designs which the consumers favored. This led to the Mustangs from 1971-73 getting fatter and bulkier, sacrificing its performance credentials in favor of luxury. Skip through a few decades and it shows why Mustangs of the sixties have a greater demand than the rest of its generations.
Since a ton of Mustangs has been restored up until now, it’s fairly easy to source information regarding the build. There are numerous blogs, forums, and even restoration manuals to make your classic Mustang restoration as seamless as possible. Restoration is no easy task since some turn out to be a quick fix while others become nightmares.
The Mustang with its sheer volume of cars produced has never had the difficulties faced by cars like the Dodge Super Bee A12 Six Barrel. Although rare models of Mustangs exist, it’s less of a faff to get one sorted than a Dodge Super Bee for instance. With a lot of restorers going around making shows even, it’s really not that difficult to find a build series of your favorite Mustang.
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If you’re the sort of person who wants to put in the effort, the Mustang is a good car in terms of showing off your dedication. For one, it’s a car of great demand, and two, you can make a quick buck out of flipping one. However, if you’ve bought the car as a keeper and preferably like to drive around instead of stowing it in a garage, that works fine as well. As long as you respect the car for what it is, there’s no harm in doing so, because, at the end of the day, it’s your money and your decision.
There are examples of pristine ‘65 Mustangs going for $70,000 especially if it’s the K Code convertibles. Other examples that have a similar asking price include low mileage Mustangs having high-performance V8s inside. Not all Mustangs are super expensive as examples with an inline-six motor and an automatic tend to go around the $20,000 mark. Some go even lower depending on the mileage and condition. However, if you start a build from scratch, possibly on a barn find, expect to put $10,000 to $15,000 or perhaps, even more, depending on the car and how you intend to restore it.
Sources: Muscle Car World, Wikipedia, Hemmings
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