Ford says the new body shell will not only save restorers time and money, but will enable them to build a strong, well-engineered classic.
- The original Mustang – America’s favorite classic convertible – can now be assembled complete with all-new Ford-approved restoration parts
- New first-generation Mustang body shells can be made into '64½, ’65 or ’66 models, depending on the trim and powertrain that is installed during the rebuild
- New ’65 Mustang body shells are made with stronger steel and use modern welding techniques, making them better than the original
“The 1964-66 Mustang is the most restored vintage vehicle. But the number of original 1964-66 vintage bodies is shrinking every year,” said Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration Parts licensing manager. “Most of the original Mustangs left in scrapyards are rusted or wrecked beyond repair. The new body shell is made of virgin metal and uses modern welding techniques. It comes rustproofed, and after final adjustment and finish preparation of the body panels, it is ready for painting and final assembly.” Mondrach says that nearly all the parts needed to build a complete new 1964-66 Mustang convertible, except for some minor body hardware, are now available from Ford-approved classic parts suppliers. “Instead of spending money fixing rust and welding in new panels, restorers can now simply transfer their powertrain, interior and trim parts onto the new body shell,” said Mondrach.
Ford says that the interior and trim, for the rebuilt Mustang, can either be bought new or transferred from an existing car to the new body. As with other Ford-Approved Mustang body shells, this shell is produced by Dynacorn International, located in Oxnard, Calif.
“The ’65 Mustang body shell is constructed of higher-grade steel than the original, ”said Jim Christina, vice president of Dynacorn International. “We use a modern universal automotive-grade steel that is actually stronger than the original, and modern welding techniques along with more welds to strengthen the body,” Christina added. The company also offers Ford-Approved body shells for the 1967-68 Mustang, and the 1969-70 fastback Mustangs.
The 1965 Mustang Convertible body includes the doors and trunk lid and all the sheet metal from the radiator support to the taillight panel except the hood and front fenders. Restorers will need to purchase those parts separately.
The body shell (see photo), which is now in production, has a starting cost of around $15,000 and can be delivered by freight truck to any address. Ford plans to display the new body shell at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. It will be parked next to a restored 1965 convertible to demonstrate the high quality of the assembly.
Ford says the original Mustang sold more than 1.2 million units – including more than 174,000 convertibles – before its first redesign in 1967. The 1964-66 Mustang has long been America’s most popular classic car of the postwar era. It is frequently the No. 1 most insured car at Hagerty Insurance, the world’s No. 1 insurer of classic and collectible cars.
For more information, or to purchase the shell, visit www.fordrestorationparts.com.