Way back in 1981, when the previous owner graduated from high school, his 1965 Ford Mustang convertible was stashed away in a garage to await a future restoration that never came. Now it’s up for sale here on eBay. Bidding is just under $4,000 at this point but the reserve has not yet been met. The convertible is located in sunny (and unfortunately, salty) Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
I find myself actually liking the “GT350-esque” paint, but the car was originally Twilight Turquoise as this picture of a restored ’65 shows. I would not be able to resist cosmetically restoring the car eventually as that’s one of my favorite early Mustang colors, but I really think I’d get it driving just as it is for the looks it would get!
As you can see, there are some rust issues to be taken care of. This is a representative example of what you are facing.
The underside shows some rust as well. The owner mentions “frame repair” in the list of items that need to be fixed. That being said, it is a convertible, and it is an original V8 car (although it’s a two-barrel, not a K-code car). Perhaps that alone makes it worth maintaining and improving to you? This does look like a car that you could both drive and improve over time. Of course, you’re going to have to get it driveable first!
I could live with the interior for a good while after I cleaned it up. Someday, perhaps I’d get around to fitting some new seat covers, but again, that could be a while down the road. Surprisingly, the convertible top mechanism operates well and is shown in this video.
After repairing the carburetor and replacing the plugs, wires and distributor, the 289 V8 was brought back to life. A video of the engine being started is here. It sounds a little rough to me, but that may be my imagination. So what do you think about my plan of drive while you refurbish? Any takers?