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From: San Lorenzo, CA, USA
Registered: Aug 2001

posted 05-31-2002 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Fellas,

Last year my Dad and I bought an unrestored '66 coupe (289,C4,PS). We have every single receipt from work that the original owner had done to the car (and I mean EVERY). And then we also have the 2nd owners "handful" of receipts. When we aquired the car, everything was original except for the C4 transmission, from what the receipt says, it's a rebuilt same year transmission.

Well, shortly after we bought it, the original exhaust plugged up (seriously, it was wheezing ) and we replaced it with some 40 series flowmasters and it growls now .

A few months later, the fruit jar master cylinder went out on my dad and fortunately he was at a low speed and was able to pump the pedal to stop (single bowls SUCK). Well anyways, more concerned about safety, we added a dual bowl '67 master cylinder and it brakes great with a piece of mind about our safety.

We also detailed the engine bay and painted certain areas where the paint was worn and peeling. The original paint (springtime yellow) is in great shape and still has that "original" shine look (not flat at all). I've updated the paint with Zaino Z-3 (for non-clearcoat finishes) and it shined even brighter.

The leaf springs were old and sagged so we replaced it with OE style 4-leaf stock height leafs. Also replaced the ORIGINAL SHOCKS. I can't confirm 100% that they were original but they were a little dark blue in color with a tiny very tiny shade of torquise. They were so worn that they didn't expand when compressed.

The interior is still original with a bench seat with only 2 small rips on the driver's side seat. We eventually plan to recover the bench seat someday.

The only repair to do on the car is to fix the minor dent on the passenger rear quarter.

My question is, did changing the master cylinder to dual chamber and changing the exhaust to flowmasters de-value the car at all? We don't participate in concours shows, but i'd like to keep the value as much as possible if/when we sell it. I know we can convert the master cylinder back and change the exhaust back if need be, but for now we're enjoying it .



1966 Ford Mustang 2+2
Mine - Restomod in Progress

1966 Ford Mustang Coupe
Dad's - Original Unrestored

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From: Vancouver Island , British Columbia , Canada
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posted 05-31-2002 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You did not de-value the car at all , the dual chamber master has improved your car , and , it is a saftey issue , like you said easy to change back if needed. All you did with the flow masters was to get better breathing , and , give your car a better sound , can never go wrong with that. Would love to see some pics of the car.


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posted 05-31-2002 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HARD TO SAY. Personaly, I don't think so but some would. Enjoy! A rule of thumb is don't do anything that cant be removed. That's in the eye of a traditionalist. Merely stating point of views. I just removed a roller HO mildly built motor out of my 65 GT cv. Why?? Well, plans called for selling the car and putting a 289 in and stuffing the HO in another cv along with EFI/AOD. My 68 is waiting for something! Beginning to question whether to put it back in with the EFI. Realistically, it DOES hurt the value of that car. HAve had a serious offer (not yet high enough) with the 289. With the 5.0 the value drops considerably because the majority of buyers want an original car. At a Kruse type auction it would probably fetch 5/6000 less. There is a big market for restomod cars but some models are better left orig.

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From: San Lorenzo, CA, USA
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posted 05-31-2002 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To be honest, before I brought my car to the appraiser, I never understood the value/meaning of originality.

This guy was a classic car appraiser and he knew where to look man!! He vary carefully inspected paint around the drip rails (you know, around the door). After about 1-2 minutes, he turned to my dad and I and said, "well I'll be darned, this is the original paint!!", he then asked us to pop the trunk. Looked at the spare tire instruction sticker underneath the decklid and saw that is was faded and somewhat crisp & bubbled, turned to us and said, "you guys are lucky!!" Regardless of the minor dent, he appraised the car at more than double what I paid for it!! He told us to get the dent fixed by someone who can knock it out perfectly and use little to no bondo. Then find a spotter who can spot paint a couple tiny dings. He said it's gonna be hard finding someone to do it, but they are out there and they are costly!! I'm still looking for the right person to do the job .


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