Restoration of the 1969 Ford Mustang from SCL GLOBAL Concept LV2.
Today we will tell you particularly about the work carried out.
After the complete disassembly of the body, we decided to send certain parts to sandblasting, and to prepare the body, doors and trunk for a visual result with the help of machines and manually (complete removal of the paintwork and preparatory material).
As you can see, there is a lot of preparatory material on the body (putty for various purposes, liquid putty, primer and layers of paint and varnish), and in some places the putty reaches a thickness of over 1 cm.
Of course, with such an approach, the preparation, painting and finishing result can't be of a decent level.
And even if all this looks good after painting, then time will put everything in its place.
The temperatures will change from — to + ... and in Russia that's on average from -30° to +30° Celsius,
and the black paint in summer weather heats up to +70°... you also need to take into account the fact that the heat from the engine is coming from under the hood.
In general, with such temperature changes, all these preparatory materials in an abundant volume will eventually play a cruel joke.
And the result, which initially seemed quite good, will float in front of your eyes!
In the photos, you can already see how we prepared the body without putty, minted it and corrected all the discrepancies in the gaps.
Now you can safely prime with thick-walled primer and remove the remaining irregularities exclusively on the primer. Thus, we avoid a lot of different materials, which, as many know, differ at least in density, and this has a bad effect on preserving the aesthetic result.
Simply put, with different thickness and density of the preparatory material, it sags over time and all the work is almost wasted.
Finally, the bodywork is coming to its logical conclusion, and very soon the Ford Mustang 1969 will shine like it didn't even do when it came from the factory!
In the photo, the body is almost ready for the paintjob after finishing on the primer.
We did 99% without putty materials on this body and finished with a final black primer.
All this, of course, is to achieve the best result and, most importantly, it is a quality guarantee for many years.
We will also share with you a small part of the many improvements and alterations of native, missing and newly invented fasteners.
Despite the fact that we ordered some of the fasteners from the USA, we can't take into account everything when restoring such old cars. So we had to reinvent some of them. Some were restored, some were replaced with new ones, some fasteners were selfmade.
This is one of 3 cases of different factory fasteners. Most of them were attached to screws of different calibers and we reduced their number to a minimum (or replaced with new ones where it was necessary).
You can write a whole article about the work done on the topic of fasteners, but we think this part will be enough.
The next task that we had to solve was to disassemble the wiring of the engine compartment, remove everything unnecessary, make a prof. cleaning, painting damaged and rusty elements, packing bare wires, replacing broken ones, removing unnecessary blocks, etc…
Also, the fasteners of the radiator of the air conditioner and fan were redesigned, the insulating seals from the sponge were replaced with water-resistant foam rubber, the fan casing and the fan itself were painted. Of course we had to disassemble everything first.
Plus, we replaced the old paper filter with a higher reusable zero-resistance filter.
We sorted out not only the wiring of the engine compartment, but also the harnesses of the front headlights and taillights + electrical components + partially the wiring of the interior.
Also, we threw out unnecessary extra wires that someone had previously installed.
Wiring work is not the easiest thing, and even more so when you work with an old car and with the quite complex schemes. Especially if someone has already worked with it before, and everything was done as if it was the last time.
Now only the interior of the car needs to be done. But we will tell you about this in the next part, which we will publish very soon!
P.S. If you missed the first stage of the work, you can find it here: drivetribe.com/p/1969-ford-mustang-restoration-by-MIjo9CzCRxabflM0WVWQZA?iid=OPWo0eDQQDOJBnQnXrXuPA