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Posts: 12
From: Yukon, Canada
Registered: Mar 2006

posted 03-20-2006 12:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74IIGhia        Reply w/Quote
My wife inherited this 74 'Stang II from her Father a number of years ago. At the time, he said he had a friend rebuild the engine (4-banger) but he thought it wasn't done properly. The engine always had a "tick" and he was told it was because when the rebuild was done, a bottom con-rod bearing race cracked. Well, our doughter drove it for 2 years, then one day it , and here I quote my daughter, "went bang, clang, and died".
I turned the engine over once, heard the noise and I'm sure the rod threw a bearing off the bottom end. I parked it at my work place, and later that year, some SOB decided it would be fun to bust every piece of glass in it, along with some interior damage. So, I have some pics at this address.

copy & paste into your browser, then when you get to my gallery, click on '64 Mustang ( I got my fingers mixed up, it should read 74 Mustang)Let me know what you think it will be to rebuild.


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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 03-27-2006 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Welcome to M&M!

I would say yes it would be worth it to restore, just like any other classic car, but only if you are able to do most of the labor yourself. The reason being that these Mustang IIs suffer from low resale value so if you are doing it as an investment, that won't end up well. Labor adds up VERY fast in a restoration, so the more you can do, the better. If you'll have to farm a lot of it out, it may make more sense to sell it unless you really don't care about costs.

'70 Mustang Mach 1 - '70 Mustang Convertible - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150 XL


Posts: 12
From: Yukon, Canada
Registered: Mar 2006

posted 03-27-2006 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74IIGhia        Reply w/Quote
Well, labour isn't a problem because I am recently retired from a job where I worked with automotive and heavy equipment for years. I'm no stranger to engines, etc, and am good at electronics. I intend to make it a daily driver. About the only thing I won't be able to do is the paint and there I'm limited because of the lack of painters in the Yukon. There are a couple I know of, but haven't had the time to check out their work, yet.
Am I mistaken when I say I saw '74 Mustang windows selling for $9.99 each (driver & passenger) on eBay a few days ago? If so, then I'm really p'd off. I will set up a list of parts I need to get the 'Stang running, soon.

'74 'Stang II Ghia (rebuild project)
'91 Honda 400 Quad
'92 Honda 450 Quad
'92 Festiva LX
'02 Honda 750 Shadow A.C.E.
'02 F-150 SCrew 4X4
'05 Harley-Davidson FLHRCI (Road King Classic)

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