You may remember previous stories in Old Cars Weekly about the availability of new steel bodies of old cars from Dynacorn (read about it here), although the news didn't seem to attract attention outside of the hobby. Well, Dynacorn's again back building a new body of an old car, but this time, it has the full promotional backing of Ford Motor Co. and the attention of John Q. Public.
The automaker announced the availability of an entirely new body shell for early Mustangs, allowing restorers a fresh slate for building a vintage convertible pony car.
According to Ford Motor Co., the new body shell for early 1965 (1964-1/2) and 1966 Mustang convertibles is now in production and available for restorers as a Ford-licensed restoration part.
"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."
To build a restored Mustang using the new shell, the powertrain, suspension and brakes, the electrical systems, the interior and trim can either be bought new or transferred from an existing car to the new body. Original parts that can't be reused from an old Mustang can be replaced with Ford-approved restoration parts. 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.
Ford-approved Mustang restoration parts can be found at www.fordrestorationparts.com.
For a restoration part to be approved by Ford, suppliers must meet or exceed the fit, finish and quality of the original, said Mondrach. In order to keep classic Ford-built vehicles on the road, Ford allows parts suppliers access to original technical drawings, blueprints and specifications for parts.
The new body shell not only can save restorers time and money, but enable them to build a strong, well-engineered classic.
"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.
The '65 Mustang body shell is constructed of higher-grade steel than the original, said Jim Christina, vice president of Dynacorn International, the Ford-approved company that is manufacturing the '65 Mustang. "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 said.
The '65 body is in production now and can be delivered by freight truck to any address. The '65 Mustang 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. Those items are available separately. The '65 Mustang body shell starts at $15,000.
The new body shell can be made into a 1964-1/2, 1965 or 1966 Mustang, based on the powertrains and trim parts added to it. It is the third classic Mustang body shell now available to restorers. The other two are the 1967-68 and the 1969-70 fastback bodies.
Ford will display a new 1965 Mustang body shell Tuesday through Thursday at the 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.
Read about the Ford Mustang in "Mustang: The Original Pony Car"
Identify and verify Mustang and all Ford VINs in "Standard Catalog of Ford"
Read about Old Cars Weekly readers' Mustangs and other Fords in "Just Fords"