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1967 Ford Mustang Coupe 289 V8 Restoration Project, Switchback

1967 Mustang Restoration

The project's name is a reference to part of the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational course, the twists and turns involved in a car restoration project and getting back to driving the Mustang.

1967 Ford Mustang on a trailer

Junior/Senior year in high school, I wanted to buy my first car, a 60's Mustang was high on the list. In April 1987, Sandra saw an ad for a 1967 Mustang for sale in Ontario, CA. We drove down to take a look and liked what we saw. On May 6, 1987, with cash in hand, I purchased the 1967 Mustang Coupe for $2,850.00 from the original owner. It had an odometer reading of 95,056 miles. The car was driven senior year in high school, through college and for about two years after that. In October 1993, after purchasing a new car, the Mustang was garaged in Southern California, with an odometer reading of 153,453 miles.

After talking with Jennifer, Jason, and Sandra, I decided it was time to get the Mustang running again. Let the jokes commence; it is a long story, but that is what happens with 35+ years of history between us.

Three things needed to happen to get this project started; Get permission from Jennifer (wife), a space to work, and the Mustang in Northern California. Jennifer agreed to let me start down this road, woo-hoo! The garage was cleaned up and reorganized to allow for a workspace and some storage. On September 9, 2019, Keith (father), Justin (brother), and I loaded the car onto a U-Haul car trailer. At 4 a.m., Justin and I started the drive up I-5 to Northern California.

Mid-day, September 10, 2019, the restoration started...

Restoration Project Planning

Planning and Organizing - Switchback Project is an adaptation of the They Might Be Racing Frame-Off Project Planning Guide. There are several books, web posts, and YouTube videos related to restoring a classic Mustang, but generally, they described a piece of the project, not a grand overview. This is my first restoration project, They Might Be Racing provides a complete framework, for the whole project.

1967 Ford Mustang Coupe 289 V8

1967 Ford Mustang Project Car
1967 Ford Mustang Exterior
1967 Ford Mustang Engine

Vehicle Identification Number

Body Type 01 - 2-Door Hardtop
Engine C - 289 CID V-8 2V
Production Number 168,631

Vehicle Certification Tag

Body Code 65A - 2-Door Hardtop Bucket Seats
Exterior Color Z - Sauterne Gold
Interior Color 2G - Medium and Light Ivy Gold Crinkle Vinyl (Medium Ivy Gold)
Date Code 14A - January 14, 1967
DSO Code 71 - Los Angeles
Axel 0 - 2.79:1 Standard-Open
Transmission Code W - Automatic C-4

Engine Identification

Engine C.I.D 289
Engine Plant Code E - Windsor
Model Year 67
Year of Engine Production A -
Month of Engine Production E - May
Engine Code No 236-B
Change Level 15 - Canadian Built

Engine Specifications

CID 289
HP @ rpm 200 @ 4400
Bore & Stroke 4.00" x 2.87"
Carb 2V
C.R. 9.3:1
Family Small block


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Page last modified on Saturday July 11, 2020 05:42:50 GMT-0000 by MichaelAlber.

Assembly Manuals

Faxon Auto Literature - 1967 Ford, Lincoln, & Mercury Engine Assembly Manual Reprint

1967 Ford Mustang Engine Equipment Assembly Manual Reprint This is a reprint of Ford's original factory exploded diagrams and illustrations. This guide will covers items like air cleaners, fuel pumps and lines, heater hoses, pulleys, alternators, emissions, fans and fan shrouds.


Faxon Auto Literature - 1967 Ford Mustang Interior Assembly Manual Reprint

1967 Ford Mustang Interior Assembly Manual Reprint This reprinted manual shows you exploded views of the interior of your car and includes original part numbers. Use this manual to help you disassemble or reassemble the interior, and/or to help identify parts that may be missing or incorrect.


Faxon Auto Literature - 1967 Ford Mustang Electrical Assembly Manual Reprint

1967 Ford Mustang Electrical Assembly Manual Reprint This reprinted manual shows you detailed illustrations of your car's electrical system and power accessories. In addition to conventional linear wiring diagrams, this book gives you dimensional diagrams of the wire routing plus pictures of the looms so that you can see exactly where the wires are situated in the car, where clips & connectors go, and what they look like. Includes color codes for wires.


Faxon Auto Literature - 1967 Ford Mustang Chassis Assembly Manual Reprint

1967 Ford Mustang Chassis Assembly Manual Reprint This reprinted manual gives you exploded views of mechanical parts, and includes original part numbers. Use this manual to help you disassemble or reassemble the chassis, and/or to help identify parts that may be missing or incorrect.


Faxon Auto Literature - 1967 Mustang Sheet Metal Weld & Sealant Reprint Assembly Manual

1967 Mustang Sheet Metal Weld & Sealant Reprint Assembly Manual This reprinted manual gives you exploded views of the body of your car, which you can use to help you repair body damage. You will find out how to attach sheet metal parts to the frame; you will see assembly diagrams for fenders, quarter panels, wheelhouse, door hinges & doors, trunk hinges, trunk lid, roof rails, roof moldings, and roof panels.

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