Solid Restorer: 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe

As a starting point for a restoration project, this 1967 Mustang Coupe looks like it could be quite a good car. Rust doesn’t appear to be too extensive, and the car runs and drives. At the time of writing, bidding has reached $5,000, and it appears that the reserve has been met. The Mustang is located in Parkton, Maryland, and is listed for sale here on eBay.

While the owner doesn’t specifically mention some of the traditional trouble areas of the Mustang such as the frame rails and the torque boxes, he does acknowledge that the car will need a driver’s side floor. Apart from a dent in the passenger side quarter panel, the rest of the car looks quite promising, with no visible rust in the quarters or the rockers. The glass is in good condition, and while the bumpers look like they may benefit from a trip to the plater, the rest of the external trim looks quite good.

Under the hood is the 200ci straight-six engine, which is backed by a manual transmission. The engine has recently been the recipient of an oil change, along with new plugs, rotor, and distributor cap. The owner says that it starts and runs well and that the car also drives. In addition, there is a new clutch and new front tires. There are a few things that will need attention, including a leak in the radiator, along with a new exhaust.

The interior of the Mustang is surprisingly good. There is an aftermarket CD player installed under the dash, along with speakers in the rear parcel tray. Otherwise, it does appear to be original. The owner says that the rear seat and trim are in good condition and that the front seats will need new covers, and the carpet will need to be replaced. The dash pad looks like it has warped and some minor trim items are damaged, so these will probably need to be replaced as well.

This Mustang shows a lot of promise, and if it is as solid underneath as it appears to be on top, then it is ripe for restoration. While it may not have a V8 under the hood, the 6-cylinder equipped Mustangs are really coming into their own as a collectible car. It isn’t that many years ago that people were ripping out the six and replacing it with a V8, but that doesn’t happen anywhere near as often these days. People are recognizing the importance of originality in these cars, and that seems to make this Mustang a viable restoration project.

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Comments

  1. Sandy Claws

    I wonder what you use for petrol in a 52 year old six cylinder? It was made for regular leaded gas, so will unleaded cause problems or have the valves seats been hardened?

    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      The old solution was to pull the head and upgrade the valve seats/valve stems; depending on how original you want it to be it’s the easiest solution in the long run.
      If you’ve a friend with a pilots license, you’re in like Flynn-AVgas @your friendly local airport.
      As well, you can buy gas blends @your local race parts supplier-ask a friend in the historic motorcycle or car racing group.

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    • Jerry Brentnell

      like I said about the other 6 banger mustang on here you will only do the v8 swap once! It a royal pain in the rear end! you have to change the rear end, all the brakes front springs, get rid of the 4 stud wheels, go to 5 stud ones to get bigger brakes that includes the master cylinder and more! better off to find a v8 stang to begin with!

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      • james boyd

        My dad done a v-8 swap in 1971-72 on a 66 Fastback, He said “Never make that mistake again”, even with scrapyards full of 5-6 year old mustangs, it was a headache.

  2. dweezilaz

    Lead substitute additives also work.

    I’ve used leaded, low lead, no lead, Arco EC1, E-10 over the years in my Valiant six.

    Though the engine was replaced with a rebuilt unit from an automotive chain store in 1988, I have no idea if hardened valve seats were included as part of that company’s rebuilding process.

    I have used Instead-O-Lead, STP’s lead substitute, Gunk, etc intermittently over the last 40,000 miles.

    Now it’s Marvel Mystery Oil every tank. Not worried and have an Ampco MMO delivery system to be installed as a useful period accessory.

    There is some debate about whether it’s as much an issue as was thought when the phase out of lead began, especially if the vehicle used is not towing, used under high speed, high heat, highly stressed demands or modified.

    https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/r/advice/car-maintenance/what-is-lead-substitute-and-do-you-need-it
    https://www.bellperformance.com/blog/bid/127758/Unleaded-gasoline-and-classic-cars-A-mechanic-s-viewpoint

    Glad to see this Mustang still has the six.

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  3. dweezilaz

    Lead substitute additives also work.

    I’ve used leaded, low lead, no lead, Arco EC1, E-10 over the years in my Valiant six.

    Though the engine was replaced with a rebuilt unit from an automotive chain store in 1988, I have no idea if hardened valve seats were included as part of that company’s rebuilding process.

    I have used Instead-O-Lead, STP’s lead substitute, Gunk, etc intermittently over the last 40,000 miles.

    There is some debate about whether it’s as much an issue as was thought when the phase out of lead began, especially if the vehicle used is not towing, used under high speed, high heat, highly stressed demands or modified.

    https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/r/advice/car-maintenance/what-is-lead-substitute-and-do-you-need-it
    https://www.bellperformance.com/blog/bid/127758/Unleaded-gasoline-and-classic-cars-A-mechanic-s-viewpoint

    Glad to see this Mustang still has the six.

  4. Paul

    Keep It 6cyl, they hold up better then the V8’s did….these cars run fine with 6cyl power…I have had both 6cyl and V8’s the 6cyl.

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  5. mike

    I don’t worry about the lead issue. Owned and driven lots of old cars/trucks with unleaded and never had an issue. Snake oil.

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