It can seem like a daunting task to restore a classic Mustang or Ford. The worse the project is at the start, the more work you have in front of you to get to the end result. It takes a special kind of enthusiast that can see a project through to conclusion on a tight budget. We know because we’ve been there. A lot of cars are built in record time, but we feel the ones that slowly come together are often appreciated more by their owners due to the amount of time spent in the garage building said project. One individual who can certainly understand what we’re talking about is Chris Meyer of Tampa, Florida.
Chris has had his ’67 Mustang coupe for a decade now and it has finally seen the light of day (along with several major national events!). As an active member of the Mustang Club of Tampa, Chris used basic networking skills with his club members to help find parts that he needed to get his coupe back on the road. He found an engine and transmission and the owner graciously donated it to the cause. Chris rebuilt the engine and transmission himself and then stored it in his garage, while the coupe sat as an empty shell—just how Chris bought it back in 2003—until the funds could be scraped up to start the body and paintwork.
When Chris had finally saved his pennies, he sought out the paint and body expertise of fellow club member, Rusty Gillis, who owns Gillis Performance Restorations. Rusty spent some quality time on Chris’ coupe, getting the flanks smooth as glass and repairing the body as needed before spraying the coupe in a base/clear finish of the original Brittany Blue color. Rusty also shaved the driprails on the coupe. Once back in Chris’ home garage, the freshly painted coupe was reassembled with fresh suspension and steering, a rebuilt rear, new wiring, all new brake and fuel lines, and a complete interior upgrade including high-back seats with three-point seatbelts.
While Chris daily drives an S197 Mustang (that’s an ’05 and up for you old-school folks), he enjoys taking the coupe out to club events and shows/cruises. The coupe recently took First Place in the MCA’s Occasional Driver class at their Pensacola, Florida, show earlier this year. A friend of Chris’ wife, Eileen, christened the Brittany Blue beauty as “Blue Belle” and the name has stuck!
Autolite 4100 carburetor
C4 automatic transmission
Dual exhaust with chrome turn-down tips
’68-style foglights and ’05 Mustang running horse emblem in grille
Shelby upper A-arm drop
Mid-eye leaf springs
Borgeson power steering system
Collapsible steering column from ’68 Cougar
Pertronix III billet distributor with matching Flamethrower II coil
110 amp 1-wire alternator
Power disc brakes
Refurbished stock interior wiring with new blade-style fuse box
Custom dash cluster with Auto Meter gauges
Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror with Homelink and compass
’70 hi-back Mustang front seats
Aftermarket AM/FM/cassette radio
Rear window defogger
Electric trunk lock
Power radio antenna installed in right rear quarter-panel
LED taillights with sequential turn signals
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