Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
April 1, 2000
Photos By: Chuck James
Our '66 has a fresh nose and is straight as an arrow. Making sure the unibody is straight and properly welded together makes bolt-on sheetmetal installation that much easier.

Progress on our '66 hardtop is moving right along, thanks to the swift work of Classic Creations of Central Florida and the generous assistance so far from KS Reproduction, Goodmark Industries, Virginia Classic Mustang, and others. In previous articles, we tackled rear framerails and trunk floors, as well as the recent addition of torque boxes when our new floorpans were installed. We wanted to finish up the back of the car before moving on to the cowl repairs and the front sheetmetal, but a problem prevented us from doing just that.

The problem lies in the fact that Danny Gaydos of Classic Creations prefers to hang the doors when installing full quarters--which, in all actuality, is a good thing. We just didn't know to order the doors sooner. Since our original doors were well beyond repair, we decided to order up a pair of reproduction doors. The doors were on back order and, to keep things moving, we moved on to other metal repairs. We hope to finish up the rear quarters and get the sheetmetal completely assembled in time for the Silver Springs show, which by the time you read this, will have been almost two months ago.

We're going to save the cowl for a later article, even though we have the patch panels here now. Instead, we will go forth with the engine compartment area and replace the radiator core support and inner fender apron, where the battery tray bolts in. You will also see that we came upon a surprise in the framerail that had to be repaired as well. The core support and inner fender are both KS Reproduction items and are available at many Mustang parts retailers. The lines are crisp and the holes for the starter solenoid and rubber battery shield are already stamped in the inner fender panel.