Yes, there’s a lot the Mustang needs. Bodywork is low on the needs list. There’s some chipping of the paint here and there, and a couple of small spots on the rear deck lid, but the body as a whole is solid. It had bodywork done in the late 80s (note the bitchin’ chemically etched rear window), and it was done to a decent quality. The quarters are solid, although missing the ‘68 correct rear side indicators. The front fenders are solid, rockers solid, even the doors, cowl, etc. The floor itself is good, but the driver’s side torque box is not. I’ve got a buddy that’s willing to help with that.
Anyway, it’s in my garage. The 4Runner still fits as well, so all three vehicles can be garaged. My wife is excited about it. I’ll admit, once I got it home, I became overwhelmed with the level of work it’ll still need, so I picked up the polisher and did a little bit of correction on the passenger side. Overall, it’s what I’d hoped to find, a solid body that looks decent, but needs some mechanical work. Brakes, suspension/steering rebuild, etc is on the list.
Yes a Mustang and a Cougar are very similar. I’ve had more than a few questions from people about why a Mustang. This is the car that started it all for me:
A 1967 Mustang convertible, 6 cylinder. It was the first “project” car that I helped my dad with. I come from a large family, and at one point, there were 8 various Mustangs owned by various family members. Granted, that is when they were simply used cars and not classics, but that’s when the Mustang bug bit me.
Yes, I can see the Cougar being cooler due to its relative scarcity when compared to a Mustang, and that scarcity led to parts costs being higher than anticipated as well. Mechanical parts weren’t any more expensive, but body, interior, trim was a lot more.
I feel the Mustang I picked up yesterday was a decent price point for a fairly solid ‘68 V8 car. It is not be dream car, nor my dream color combo, but I’m pretty pleased with it, and maybe with some work, time, and PATIENCE (not a strong suit), it be a long term cruiser.