Anyone ever dream about owning a classic Ford Mustang, like from the first generation of 1964 to 1966? They can have it now, if willing to put in some work, as Ford Restoration Parts is now manufacturing nearly all the parts required to restore or build one from the ground up.
Car restoration is a big thing. Legions of people commit annually to restoring a classic car in varying states of disrepair to showroom condition. Apparently, a lot of them use Angie’s List, the business review website that many people have likely seen television commercials for; the site reported in 2010 that nearly one-eighth of its users owned a “classic, custom or restored” car.
However, completing a restoration is a real chore, as it usually involves a lot of time under the hood. There is also the significant challenge of finding parts for one’s project car. However, Ford wants to make it a little easier for people to restore one of that automaker’s all-time icons, the Mustang. More specifically, according to AutoBlog, the first generation Mustang of 1964 to 1966.
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Building under license
Ford Restoration Parts, partnered with Ford but not part of the company, has relationships with enough suppliers to deliver nearly all necessary parts to restore a 1964, 1965 or 1966 Mustang. Manufacturers the company works with produce parts under license to original specifications. The company put out a press release covering the subject before Father’s Day, according to AutoGuide, and also emphasized the 50th anniversary of the Mustang next year.
Through the various manufacturers that Ford has licensed to make the parts that partner with Ford Restoration Parts, 95 percent of the original parts are available including whole bodies, according to the Los Angeles Times, including highly desirable convertible models.
However, it isn’t an easy route to a mint condition classic Mustang. According to the press release on AutoBlog, the build is projected by Ford Restoration Parts to take at least 200 hours of work, which will require a garage and the requisite tools to put it all together. It will also cost anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 to fund the build and that is for a standard road car; a performance model can run much more.
After the production run of a car ends, car makers often will sell original tooling or license it to third-party manufacturers who continue to make the parts to Original Equipment Manufacturer or OEM specification. Ford Restoration Parts also does more than just those years of Mustang; suppliers on its website have parts for various cars including the Galaxie, Ranchero, on down to the Model A and Model T.
Ford Restoration Parts is hardly alone; GM launched its restoration parts program in 1996, according to the Chicago Tribune, and licensed OEM parts are available for classic cars of just about every make and model.
Ford Restoration Parts: https://www.fordrestorationparts.com/restoration/indexSEMA.jsp
Chicago Tribune: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-09-27/business/9609270324_1_gm-cars-and-trucks-original-equipment-parts-restoration
Angie’s List: http://www.angieslist.com/articles/car-lovers-invest-classics-and-customization.htm