The Apple of My Eye
I found my 1967 Mustang coupe (#65A) west of Edmonton back in 1994 and, just like that country song “Another Man’s Gold” by Canada’s very own Dean Brody, “I towed that Mustang home.” The drivetrain and motor appeared to be in fair condition, although many replacement items were needed and some cosmetic considerations had to be addressed; however, the rusted parts elsewhere and the faded “reddish” exterior were calling out for a complete restoration. Upon checking the paint tag later, I discovered the official exterior colour to be Candy-Apple Red T with a 2A Black interior—which proved to be a stunning combination once the restoration was complete.
In 1967, Ford changed the body styling from the original 1964 to 1966 model years, offering a somewhat larger design with improved features and characteristics. In all, 325,853 hard-top models were manufactured with only 20,000 sold in Canada—at a base price of $3,000. The only options offered were an automatic transmission, front disc brakes, power steering and a deluxe hood complete with dual-lit, louvered signal lights—better known as the “California hood.” To date, I’ve only ever seen two other of these candy-apple red units on the road.
In due course, I took off everything that was removable from the motor and interior for restoration. Front kick plates and the rusted-out “Flintstone” floor boards were replaced. The neat rear quarters were air-chiseled and totally redone before being reinstalled. My biggest challenge here was marrying the new inner and outer wheel wells and quarter panels (fenders) to align with the doors and trunk; my auto-body training and knowledge of welding really came into play. All metal parts were sandblasted, rust-treated, etch-coated and primed. Finally, the car was ready for a new wind- shield; all the other glass was okay.
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