1970 Ford Mustang Convertible Restoration at V8 Speed and Resto Shop V8TV
We’re finishing up a 1970 Ford Mustang convertible restoration at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. This is a cool Mustang Restomod with a rich history, and has been in the same family since the summer of 1972! The V8 Speed team completely disassembled the car for rust repairs and suspension upgrades, fixed the bodywork, and repainted the Mustang in a nearly-original color. We thought we’d share an update as we build the car in our latest “What are you in for” video series where we share in-process projects from around the shop!
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The 1970 Mustang convertible is powered by a 302 V8 backed by an automatic transmission, and was equipped from the factory with air conditioning. Our customer drove the car often, as it was her first car back in 1972. Over the years, the ‘70 Mustang was driven by the next generation, until it was wrecked in 1993 and parked. It has not been used since then, and we are looking forward to returning it to the road after the restoration is completed.
The V8 Speed and Resto Shop team disassembled the entire car, and stripped all the paint to reveal previous damage and rust repairs. The convertible Mustang was mounted on a fixture to keep the body structure supported and true, and sheet metal repairs began. The quarter panels, rear tail panel, doors and floors were replaced with all new steel.
While this 1970 Ford Mustang convertible is being restored to appear original, we are modifying a few aspects of the car for better drivability and more enjoyment. For example, we are upgrading the front suspension to a system from Rod and Custom Engineering, which provides a tubular upper and lower control arm assembly based on the Mustang II geometry. It also features an oversize sway bar and a rack and pinion steering unit for more precise control and modern Mustang Road feel. Improved front disc brakes are also installed, along with all new wiring and brake lines.
The color is very close to the original Medium Bright Blue, but it’s been tweaked a bit as preferred by the owner. And where the original paint was a single-stage blue, today’s urethane 2-stage basecoat / clearcoat shines far more than the original finish ever did.
The V8 Speed and Resto Shop interior shop rebuilt the original bucket seats and reupholstered them in the original white / parchment hue, and a new black carpet will cover the sound-deadened floor. The top frame is restored and new top material will be stretched to fit.
This family heirloom 1970 Mustang Convertible will be nicer looking, and nicer to drive, than it was when it rolled off the assembly line brand new. We at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop are honored to have the opportunity to bring it to a new level for many more years of family enjoyment.
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The V8 Speed & Resto Shop is a full-service classic car and muscle car restoration service ready to perform everything from simple maintenance on vintage cars to full frame-off restorations and modifications. Whether you are seeking a stock restoration, a pro-touring muscle car, or a custom restomod, the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in Red Bud, IL, can help. Contact us today to put the V8 crew to work for you. Transport services are available.
V8 Speed & Resto Shop
817 S. Main Street
Red Bud,IL 62278
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