Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
February 1, 2001

Though our '66 Mustang hardtop project has been painted for almost two months in real life, in "magazine life," we're still working on the bodywork. Previously, we've featured articles on floorpans (with the addition of torque boxes), rear framerails (with trunk floors), radiator core support, and fender apron replacement. This month we'll head toward third base with our sheetmetal repairs by replacing the rear quarter-panels and outer wheelhouses. After this, the only repairs left for our '66 are replacing the taillight panel and repairing the rusty cowl vents, which will be featured in upcoming articles. Then we will follow through with preparing the car for painting and showing you how you can paint your own car.

Before we replaced the quarter-panels, we discussed our options with Merv and Pat Rego of Classic Creations of Central Florida. Classic Creations has been ably handling our '66 up 'til now. Since our quarters were poorly patched when we bought the car, our only option was a full replacement. We're not saying that using patches is bad-they can be quite cost-effective for small rust problems-but the poor installation by the previous owner and the overall condition of the remaining quarter dictated that we replace the complete quarter surface.