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Dynacorn’s Licensed Ford Mustang Replacement Body Shells

A Brand New “Classic” Look with Modern Parts

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Dynacorn’s Licensed Ford Mustang Replacement Body Shells

1970 Dynacorn Replacement Body

Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas
There’s something to be said about a sharp looking classic Mustang cruising down the road on a Sunday afternoon. Often times these cars are the original deal, never having been restored because they were handled with tender loving care over the years. In most cases, however, these cars have been restored. Maybe they sat in someone’s garage for years before they found a caring owner. Maybe they were purchased by an enthusiast who was unable to own an original when they first came out. Whatever the case may be, these restored Mustangs attract attention wherever they go.

When it comes to restoring these rides, original body parts often end up being replaced. After all, nature’s elements can rust parts over the years, accidents can cause dings and dents, there are many things that can ruin a perfectly original Mustang body. In the past folks had to search for these replacement parts in scrap yards, online, or take them from donor cars.

Enter Dyacorn Classic Bodies Inc. located in Oxnard, Calif. This company produces brand new replacement body shells for the 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback. That’s right, a brand new body shell that can be outfitted with parts from an original Mustang. Or you can outfit it with brand new parts, in essence allowing you to build a “brand new” classic Mustang from the ground up. Quite the oxymoron, classic and brand new, but Dynacorn makes it possible.

The first Dyancorn licensed Ford Mustang Body Shells to hit the market was for the 1967 and 1968 Mustang Fastback, and by licensed I mean the product is approved through the Ford Restoration Licensing program. The shell debuted with much fanfare several years ago at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Then, at the 2008 SEMA Show, Dyancorn returned with a 1969 and 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback body shell.

Pricing

Pricing for the replacement Mustang shells is as follows:

  • 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback (Part #MS67FB): $15,500 + $495.00 Crating and Handling Charge
  • 1968 Mustang Fastback (Part #MS68FB): $15,500 + $495.00 Crating and Handling Charge
  • 1969 Mustang Fastback (Part #MS69FB): $16,500 + $495.00 Crating and Handling Charge
  • 1970 Mustang Fastback (Part #MS70FB)/*Special Order Only : $16,500 + $495.00 Crating and Handling Charge

What’s Included

In all, the body shells come complete along with doors, export brace, deck lid, and reinforced big block shock towers. They are also all coated with a layer of Electro-Deposit Primer (EDP) which protects the body from rust. The 1967 Body shell, however, does not come with side or quarter panel scoops or quarter panel extensions. Those parts must be added separately.

While at the 2008 SEMA Show, I asked the Dynacorn folks what type of steel they use. They told me their shells use 1006 universal automotive grade steel which is generally thicker than that used on the original Mustang body shells. They added that their steel contains fewer additives than the original steel found on original Mustangs. This is said to result in steel that is more flexible than the original, making it easier to work with in the shop.

I also asked if their shells are completely finished or is additional work required after purchase. Dyancorn said some fitting and working is required to make everything line up, but they stressed their shell parts fit together as close as possible for a body that’s not built on an assembly line somewhere. That said, expect to put some elbow grease into the job if you decide to utilize one of their body shells. As they say, nothing in life worth having comes easy. A magnificently restored classic car is no exception.

Popular Cars Using Dynacorn Replacement Bodies

As you can probably imagine, Dyancorn’s replacement body shells paved the way for the creation of many custom classic rides that are less than a few years old. For instance, Jason Engel of Classic Recreations uses these body shells to create officially licensed replicas of the 1967 GT500 Eleanor Mustang featured in the 2000 movie remake of Gone in 60 Seconds. Meanwhile, Classic Design Concepts (CDC) used the 1967 replacement body shell when they built their Bullitt Flashback 002 Mustang. Another custom creation, the Dyancorn Phantom DSC II, is nicknamed “the car that never existed.” Built by Autoworks International, this one-of-a-kind Mustang uses a 1967 Dyancorn replacement body shell. Although the car looks like a customized classic Mustang, it’s really only a few years old.

Where to Buy

Dynacorn Classic Bodies, Inc. sells their replacement body shells through various dealers across America and through Golden Leaf Automotive in Canada. Before you decide to build a Mustang from the ground up using a replacement body shell, I’d recommend checking with your local department of motor vehicles to determine what actions are required to register the vehicle in your state. You’ll need to obtain a VIN number to register the car. The company offers a link on their web site which will direct you to your local state DMV. Dynacorn’s replacement shells are all shipped in a raw-steel 2-inch x 2-inch tube cage with shoes for forklift transport.
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