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1968 Candy Apple Red Coupe

18 Month family effort!

Our mission was to build a nice daily driver with some modifications.

Modifications include: 351w motor with Duraspark Ignition donated to effort from  '77 thunderbird.  Shelby front drop.  2001 Mustang Front Seats with custom upholstery to look more at home in a Vintage Mustang.  3 Point Seat Belts and Pioneer Head Unit (hidden in trunk) with some Alpine Speakers in the package tray and custom kick panels.  Magniflow 2.5" Stainless Exhaust was the final touch.  They say a project car is never complete, future efforts include some more suspension work to hopefully quiet down the squeaks from the urethane bushings and to raise the front in a bit with some new springs (guess I shouldn't have cut that 1/4 coil out).  We should also get that factory air working too for the hot summer days! 


"The Other Woman's" Humble beginnings.  We found this car through a long time friend.  It had been sitting the past 20 years in a barn just 3 miles from where he grew up.  A project to use a freshly built 351w that is another long story was the plan, now a car was located and only the actual work was left to be done!  Best place to start is a good cleaning!!!  Later Kim named the car "The Other Woman because I seemed to spend a little too much time away from her?

This really was a barn car!



After several months of de-mousing, cleaning, scraping and welding we painted the car ourselves.  It isn't perfect, but it feels pretty good to know we did it ourselves.  Well until I see all the little things!!!  Then I curse the fact that it isn't perfect.  Maybe it is a family thing?



Here is the new heart going into the '68.  A 351w with stock '77 Thunderbird exhaust manifolds fills the shock towers quite nicely and gives her plenty of get-up-and-go.  Thanks to my boys Michael and Matthew, and my future son-in-law Aaron for all the help along the way.  Dad is even letting them take for some spins these days.  And knowing their luck with cars, that is a major step on my part!!


I was trying to come up with a good license plate for the little gal and we bounced around several ideas.  My niece Melissa came up with the perfect tag for our little Red Coupe truly does.