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Great project! All that practice building your FFR is now paying off - another donor to strip!

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Yeah it will be so nice to have every OEM nut and bolt I need right there in the garage. Beats scouring ebay and junkyards.

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Quick review of the donor car.



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If you're going to drive a Mustang GT and doing burnouts with no door without wearing a seat belt, shouldn't you be holding an open beer in one hand?
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If you're going to drive a Mustang GT and doing burnouts with no door without wearing a seat belt burnouts, shouldn't you be holding an open beer in one hand?
The seat belt is seized from the accident, couldn't pull it out otherwise it would have been on. Good thing I don't drink.

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For that cowl dent, where the hood hit when it flipped up, I have had good luck inserting a deflated football, and then pumping it up slowly to take care of a lot of that dent.
The football trick works nicely, thanks for the tip!


Last night I got the junkyard hood with the hood latch & cable, headlights and correct battery hold down installed.

It's kind of amazing how much stuff is damaged or simply missing from the car. Not sure if it was stripped or ?.

The wiring is another mystery. Nearly every wire under the dash has been cut and crimped back together with a different color. So they might have grafted in a different harness or something. One thing is for sure, the donor car is worth it's weight in gold at this point. It's so nice to have a reference with all the correct parts, harnesses, fasteners etc.

I think the plan is to get the car basically dialed in mechanically, and then gut it and focus on body and paint. Gonna be ugly for a while but we'll get there.

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The wiring is another mystery. Nearly every wire under the dash has been cut and crimped back together with a different color. So they might have grafted in a different harness or something. One thing is for sure, the donor car is worth it's weight in gold at this point. It's so nice to have a reference with all the correct parts, harnesses, fasteners etc.

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Is the donor the same year as your car ?? Having a donor wiring harness will be huge. Even though it is a lot of work to pull the dash and transplant the harness, it would be the safest thing to do. It might also be to your advantage to pickup a copy of a 1992 Mustang EVTM off of ebay...

EVTM is for Electrical, Voltage, Troubleshooting, Manual. They are usually about 20-30, and they are specific to the year and model.. They have the wiring schematics , and I have one for each vehicle I own. Use it once and it's paid for.

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bishko-OEM-...frcectupt=true

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Is the donor the same year as your car ?? Having a donor wiring harness will be huge. Even though it is a lot of work to pull the dash and transplant the harness, it would be the safest thing to do. It might also be to your advantage to pickup a copy of a 1992 Mustang EVTM off of ebay...

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My car is a 92 and the donor is a 93. There are a few minor differences but it is mostly the same. I'll definitely be using the harness from the donor, no question there. And since basically everything works in the donor I can move over harnesses/components and make them work in the 92 shell.

Never knew about the EVTM, got it added to my ebay cart, thanks. That would have helped me figure out why the cruise control stopped working on the 92 back in the day.

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Junkyard hood polished up nicely. I used a magic eraser to get the paint pen off, then did clay bar, 2 steps of machine polishing and some wax. Plenty of deep scratches in it but got some of the shine back. Still may run the cowl hood from the donor car but I wanted to get this one cleaned up anyway.










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That's correct, the EFI harness and dash harnesses differ every year from 90-93. Safest bet is to just swap all of the donor wiring over and you know it will all plug in, etc.

Keep sharing the progress!

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The car is basically gutted. Getting ready to start body work.



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Still at it. Stripping paint off the fender, partial timelapse. Pretty amazing how well this stuff works.


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Using a stud welder and slide hammer to pull out the dented cowl:


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Finally got an update. Got the dented cowl and roof pulled, filled, blocked and into primer. It was dented up pretty bad from the hood flying up on the previous owner. Turned out ok for a first timer with no clue lol.

Next step is to get the rest of the car addressed as far as body work and get the whole thing into primer.












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Baby steps, but it's going to look very nice!
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If only my 1985 IROC-Z was still out there.... it had a rare combo of 5-speed and T-tops, plus an aftermarket cam. Fast for the time...

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If only my 1985 IROC-Z was still out there.... it had a rare combo of 5-speed and T-tops, plus an aftermarket cam. Fast for the time...

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Sounds like a sweet ride, got any pics? I always liked that generation of Camaro and I still think they look great. Back in the day my BIL had a black/gold IROC-Z with plates that read 24KTROC.

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https://www.vanguardmotorsales.com/v...amaro-iroc-z28

I don't want to cloud your post, but my IROC was nearly identical to the one that our friends from Vanguard Motor Sales held, except mine was 5-speed, cloth seats, and carbureted.

The guy I sold my '90 Mustang GT Convertible donor carcass to still has it... title and all... hmmmmm

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Making some progress. After pulling the engine we removed the wiring and dash, pressure washed the engine bay, then removed everything else on the front end. 27 years of oil and grease had to be cleaned up. Welded up some steel plate for the clutch cable entrance that was cracked and partly missing. It's very solid now. Also removed the rear end and fuel tank to get that all cleaned up. Scraped and pressure washed the underside of the car as well. A prior failed pinion seal had made quite a mess back there.

At this point the engine bay is in primer. Need to finish up the rest of the body work (bumpers, block the hood, address some dings) and get the whole car in primer and blocked. Hoping to have it in paint in the next few weeks before the weather cools down too much.

Once it is painted, the rest is just cleaning up/purchasing parts and re-assembly.





Missing bits of the firewall from PO using the wrong bell housing and clutch fork. Way too much pressure here.


Bought the world's smallest welder and got some work done




Not pretty but solid. The rough areas that you can see are seam sealer.


K-member out


Cleaned, primed and slid back under the car


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Fuel tank and rear end pressure washed




This was nasty before! Hasn't been this clean since 1992.


Garage buddy, one of many helpers in my house.


Won't be long 'til paint. More to come.

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It's been fun following your progress.

Not sure why, but I can not see the photos in the last two posts. I can see the earlier images no problem.

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It's been fun following your progress.

Not sure why, but I can not see the photos in the last two posts. I can see the earlier images no problem.

Keep up the good work.
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Hmmmm...I tried something different with posting pics. Looks like it didn't work. I'll fix it. Thanks for the heads up.

Pics should be fixed now.

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I bought all of the paint for the car and got a few more parts in primer (front and rear bumper covers and the spoiler.) The rear bumper cover didn't need much work but the front took some time. It is original to the car, still has the VIN sticker, and as far as I can gather has about 348,000 miles on it. It had several chips, scrapes and gouges, and had been rattle canned black and white at some point. I spent the better part of Saturday cleaning, filling, sanding, trying to repair it as best I could. Still not perfect but looking much better now in primer. Inching closer to paint...

This is from a few months ago before tear down began. Lots of rattle can on the front of the car.


After several hours...


Looking better. Need to address a few things and block it before paint.
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We got paint!

I tried my best with what I had. The base went down perfect which I was really happy about. The clear...not so much. Hopefully I will be able to cut and buff out the imperfections. If I really need to I can take it to a real paint booth and have a pro lay down a few coats of clear for me. So I still have some options to get the clear looking better. Anyway, nice to be done with bodywork and to be close on the paint. Will be ordering brakes and suspension soon.








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This project is really shaping up nicely! With the small helper and small welder, he can do a lot under the car, take a breather dude.
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This project is really shaping up nicely! With the small helper and small welder, he can do a lot under the car, take a breather dude.
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super cool that you found it!!!!

sadly my first mustang was rearended...
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