Throwing Away Parts You May Need Later
John Murphy uses plenty of good old-fashioned horsesense. Murphy's law? Never throw anything away you can use or restore later. Old original Mustang parts can be good reference sources when you're trying to figure out how the car goes back together. "Bag and tag all the parts you remove," John tells us. "As we learn more and more about Mustangs, we discover the very parts needed for a first-class restoration are the ones we threw away years ago and replaced with new reproductions." John adds, "Ford used so many unique and different parts on these cars that, once you throw them away, it can be impossible to find another, especially if a part was used for a short period of time in production." Although we have a great selection of reproduction parts available to us, they aren't always a suitable substitutes for original Ford parts, especially if you're doing a Thoroughbred class restoration. Put old parts away for safekeeping.