How to Restore your Mustang 1964 1/2 - 1973

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In the past, restoration guides have provided authenticity information, such as accurate paint codes, badges, wheels, and other equipment. A bona fide hands-on how-to book for restoring your Mustang from the ground up has not been offered for years. This unique guide will cover the restoration process for every major component group and also provide detailed step-by-step restoration information for the most important procedures. With clear, insightful color photography to accompany this how-to information, any ...

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Overview

In the past, restoration guides have provided authenticity information, such as accurate paint codes, badges, wheels, and other equipment. A bona fide hands-on how-to book for restoring your Mustang from the ground up has not been offered for years. This unique guide will cover the restoration process for every major component group and also provide detailed step-by-step restoration information for the most important procedures. With clear, insightful color photography to accompany this how-to information, any at-home restorer can confidently restore a car and save a substantial amount of money in the process. While restomod books have shown how to install latest technology on vintage muscle cars, this book will focus on factory-accurate restorations, and some simple bolt-on upgrades that do not detract from the collector value but rather enhance the reliability and performance of the car. How to Restore Your Mustang 1964-1/2-1973 delivers a detailed explanation for finding the right model, how to assess condition, how to spot a fake, and how to select the right car within your budget.

In addition, the book will cover how to plan, prepare, and select the right tools. This unique guide will cover the restoration process for every major component group and also provide detailed step-by-step restoration information for the most important procedures. The latest techniques and best restoration products for each system will be discussed and detailed. Also, the book discusses how to source parts and what you need to consider between new/old stock and reproduction parts. Readers will also learn how to determine if a certain task is best left for a professional shop. All crucial aspects of restoration, including engines, drivelines, body, interior, trim, electrical systems, brakes, steering, and suspension will be profiled.

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Editorial Reviews

Larry Jewett
Bohanan doesn't leave much to the imagination, presenting all of the challenges, expenses (a key point), drawbacks, and finally, benefits that a restorer will encounter.
Mustang Enthusiast
How to Restore Your Mustang 1964 1/2-197
All in all, How to Restore Your Mustang is a solid and meaty tech book, and a useful purchase if you've been eyeing that dilapidated Mustang in your garage with renewed enthusiasm. -Musclecar Enthusiast, October 2010
Hemmings Classic Car
If you're contemplating picking up the original pony car, this inexpensive book should be on your short list.
Muscle Car Review - Andy Bolig
"The text is clear, as are the pictures. The scope is wide, but it covers most bases. There are a number of similar books on the market, but this one is worthy of your consideration." -Classic American, September 2013
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932494969
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 770,455
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Bohanan has been a muscle car guy for more than 30 years. He is a regular contributor to Muscle Car Enthusiast, Mustang Enthusiast, and many other magazines.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Choose Your Mustang
Where to find your Mustang
What models to look for
Most desirable drivetrain options
What to avoid
What you can do versus what needs to be done professionally
Chapter 2: The Numbers Don't Lie
Drivetrain Numbers
Model Numbers
How to Spot Fakes
Chapter 3: Getting Started
Planning and Organization
Analyzing and Creating a "Needs" List
Tools and Equipment
Finding Replacement Parts
Basic Disassembly
Trim Removal and Repair
Cataloging and Organizing your parts
Chapter 4: Body Makes Beautiful
Body Repair for Dents and Dings
Body Repair for Rust
Body Prep for Paint
Chapter 5: Painting Your Mustang
Analysis of Doing it Yourself versus Professionally Done
Equipment Needed
Painting Basics
Post paint Finishing
Chapter 6: Engine Rebuilding
Analysis of Work Required
Analysis of Doing it Yourself versus Professionally done
Removal and Installation
Rebuilding Basics
Chapter 7: Rebuilding Transmissions
Analysis of Work Required
Analysis of Doing it Yourself versus Professionally done
Removal and Installation
Rebuilding Basics
Chapter 8: Drivetrain
Clutches and Linkages
Driveshafts
Rebuilding Differentials
Chapter 9: Brakes
Analysis of Work Required
Removal and Installation
Rebuilding Basics
Chapter 10: Suspension
Analysis of Work Required
Analysis of Doing it Yourself versus Professionally done
Removal and Installation
Rebuilding Basics
Alignment Basics
Chapter 11: Electrics
Analysis of Work Required
Wiring Harnesses
Gauges
Chapter 12: Interior
Analysis of Work Required
Analysis of Doing it Yourself versus Professionally done
Removal and Installation
Chapter 13: Other Mechanicals
Cooling Systems
Fuel Systems
Wheels and Tires
Etc.

Appendix: Source Guide
List of Parts Suppliers

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Not recommended

    What a great idea and job it was to document a restoration in words and photographs. Unfortunately, as a "how to" it falls severely short. While the larger areas such as body work, engine work and transmission overhaul get great coverage, it seems the author loses interest in other areas that get just cursory coverage. This book is more about what needs to get restored rather than how to do it. As with any automotive restoration project or endeavor, the thing that sets it apart from the pack is in the detail! This book lacks a lot of detail

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