|1968 Mustang Fastback|
|In 1992, the car was set on fire by its owner for the insurance money. It was saved from the insurance company's salvage yard by a friend of mine, who replaced the burned roof and began restoring the car. In 1998, he sold the unfinished car to me for $3,500, which included a 390 V8 engine, C-6 automatic transmission, deluxe interior, and overhead console--none of which came with the car originally. The fire had completely gutted the interior and he had acquired the parts from other cars. The fastback basically was a rolling shell, which we towed home with all the extra parts in the back of a pickup truck.
Although repairs had been made and the car had been repainted a dark burgundy color, there were several serious problems with the bodywork and paint. The car looked good from a distance, but a close inspection revealed a variety of problems. Thus, I started over by media blasting the body back to the bare metal. That's when I really knew I had trouble, but also a perfect car for a restomod project.
|This is my 1968 Mustang fastback, which my father bought for me in 1998, 30 years after purchasing my coupe. Sure hope I don't have to wait another 30 years for a convertible! The car is named Trouble, because as my friends and I began working on it, we kept saying, "This is going to be trouble." Here is the background on this car, and my ongoing efforts to turn it into a high-performance, driven restomod.|
|October 30, 1998 - Trouble Arrives|
|Trouble's Original Specifications|
|The fastback was built at the San Jose assembly plant on May 2, 1968, and was sold out of the Phoenix DSO, so it appears it has been an Arizona car all of its life. That certainly explains the rust-free floor pans. However, it was a hard-driven car and had been in several accidents. This is what the car came with originally:
- 289 V8 Engine
- C-4 Automatic Transmission
- Lime Gold Exterior Paint
- Ivy Gold Standard Interior
- Folddown Rear Seat
- Tinted Glass
No other options came with the car, but that is definitely changing now!