Wes Duenkel
May 18, 2011

Jeff admits the biggest challenge was installing his white vinyl top. "I read a lot about how to do it. I did a few practice runs too. Between getting it lined up and fighting the glue, I’ll never do that again. My advice: Let a professional do a vinyl top!"

Mechanically, Jeff wanted to depart from originality in the interest of utility. "Since it was a standard 289, C4, vinyl roof coupe without any special features, I decided to go the restomod route," Jeff explains.

Free from the restraints of historical preservation, Jeff chose a Ford Racing 302 crate engine and an AOD transmission for reliable highway cruising. He rebuilt the 8-inch rear with 3.55:1 gears and a Traction-Loc differential. The front drum brakes were replaced with a disc setup from Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation. Completing the restomod look is a suspension that’s lowered 1-1⁄2 inches on Vintage Wheel Works rims and BFGoodrich tires.

The interior color scheme mirrors the exterior, as Jeff installed a complete Emberglo and Parchment "Pony" interior from TMI Products. If the sound of the 302 rumbling through a pair of Flowmaster mufflers isn’t enough, occupants can listen to a 400-watt Alpine audio system.

Because of its corrosive past, Jeff's '66 coupe earned the nickname, Rusty. After adding the brown color scheme, the name certainly seems relevant. Fittingly, we photographed Jeff's Mustang in a Nashville scrap yard. Had Jeff not resurrected it, Rusty may have well ended up there under very different circumstances.

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