With our hardtop now residing in our own garage instead of the Mustang Monthly tech shop, we're constantly badgered by the Mrs. with "When are you going to finish that old Mustang out in the garage?" Trust me, honey, we're working on it. We're still hunting down the elusive rebuildable 289 core. Our first try at one from friend Jack Smith (see Hoofbeats in the May '01 issue of Mustang Monthly) was too worn to overbore and use. So while searching for a good 289, we decided to continue with the interior buildup. In the past few months, we've assembled the dash and installed the headliner (along with the front and rear glass). Our next step is to reassemble our door internals and install and adjust our door and quarter-glass fit and their mechanisms. These adjustments vary by year, so make sure you have a Ford shop manual handy (either in print or on a CD-ROM) to observe the exact adjustment procedures and their proper order.
A while back we ordered everything we would need to convert our hardtop to a black Deluxe interior from Virginia Classic Mustang. This month we get to blow the dust off of their excellent repop Pony door panels as well as the window regulators, the cranks, and other Deluxe trim we've been waiting patiently to install. To make everything quiet when we take our maiden voyage, we called upon CJ Pony Parts for all of our rubber items for Project '66. This go-around, we'll break open our packaging for door and glass weatherstripping and end seals. Once our glass is installed, all that's left to complete our interior is to mount our Deluxe seats, Ssnake-Oyl restored seatbelts, and carpet set; tune in next month for that. Then it's on to our drivetrain buildup and we'll soon be able to twist the key (hopefully in time for Silver Springs in January 2002).