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Ford Restoration Parts offering classic Mustang kits with virtually all parts

Acquiring parts for a classic vehicle restoration could be a real pain in the neck. That said, people rebuilding a 1964 to 1966 Mustang are in luck, as a company called Ford Restoration Parts can get them as much as 95 percent of the parts, newly manufactured. Do you need a buy here, pay here, car lot?

Work needed

Vehicle restoration is a big thing. Legions of people commit annually to restoring a classic car in varying states of disrepair to showroom condition. Evidently, a lot of them use Angie's List, the business review site that many people have likely seen television commercials for; the site reported in 2010 that almost one-eighth of its customers owned a classic, custom or restored vehicle.

However, completing a restoration is a real chore, as it usually involves a lot of time under the hood. There is also the significant challenge of finding parts for one's project vehicle. However, Ford wants to make it a little easier for people to restore one of that automaker's all-time icons, the Mustang. More specifically, according to AutoBlog, this is the first generation Mustang of 1964 to 1966.

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Original specs

With license to produce parts to original specs, Ford Restoration Parts will be able to produce parts for 1964, 1965 and 1966 Mustang restorations. Right before Fathers Day, the company publicized a press release announcing that the 50th anniversary of Mustang will happen next year and that these parts will not be accessible, according to AutoGuide. The company is not component of Ford but is in a partnership with Ford.

Through the several manufacturers that Ford has licensed to make the parts that partner with Ford Restoration Parts, 95 percent of the original parts are accessible including whole bodies, according to the Los Angeles Times, including highly desirable convertible models.

However, it's not a simple route to a mint condition classic Mustang. According to the press release on AutoBlog, the build is projected by Ford Restoration Parts to take at least 200 hours of work, which will require a garage and the requisite tools to put it all together. It will also cost anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 to fund the build and that is for a standard road vehicle; a performance model can run much more.

Other restoration jobs

Ford Restoration Parts also provides parts for other Mustang years. You can find several car parts on its site for Galaxie, Ranchero, to the Model A and Model T. A ton of auto makers will sell original tooling or license it to component manufacturers who use Original Equipment Manufacture specs, or OEM, to produce the parts.

For nearly every make and model of GM vehicle, you can get parts for classic vehicles, according to the Chicago Tribune. GM launched the program in 1996, meaning Ford Restoration Parts is not alone.




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