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.
PricingPricing 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 IncludedIn 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.