Kevin Tetz
December 1, 2004

First-gen hardtops are sometimes passed over in favor of fastbacks and convertibles, but they truly represent the Mustang icon. Mustang Depot of Las Vegas, Nevada, has recognized this and has put together an "Eleanor" body package for the sexy notchbacks that is similar to the movie car in spirit and design, but has slightly more raw appeal than the swooping lines of the larger '67-'68 fastback used in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 seconds.

Flared fenders, side exit exhaust, Shelby-style deck lid and modded facia, rear body treatments, as well as sidescoops and a familiar front have copied the movie car in the original Shelby style. This coupled with several custom hood options make the E2 a great looking package, and one that you can modify to suit your personal taste and budget. Hardtops, such as the one we're installing our E2 kit onto, are still relatively plentiful, and even inexpensive if you are not too choosey about options. We purposely picked a low-optioned, "blingless" rust bucket to transform. Our '66 will get a late-model mechanical transplant, a Mustang II style front suspension and steering, four-wheel disc brakes, and a host of other restomod treatments that will transform this once dull and abused six-banging car into a great looking, ground-pounding head turner with modern appointments and accessories.

Panel alignment and fitment of fiberglass body kits can be tedious and tricky, but attention to detail at the mock-up level will pay huge dividends in the final outcome and appearance of your project. We'll show you the basics of fitting your E2 kit to the sheetmetal, and give you some excellent pointers on preparing your body kit for primer and paint.

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