Saving The Lives of Two '67 Mustangs at Once

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Saving The Lives of Two '67 Mustangs at Once

How do you save two vintage Mustangs at once?  This is a question answered by fabrication and Mustang enthusiast BJ Adams.

This project started as two '67 Mustangs, one being a parts car coupe and the other a severely neglected fastback.

The coupe in question:

Saving two 1967 vintage mustangs by combining a parts car coupe with a rotten fastback by grafting and fabricating the fastback roof and interior structures onto the coupe chassis to make one good car out of two cars destined for the junk yard.

The first question that came to mind is "How bad was the fastback to justify cutting the roof off?".  In BJ's words, "Well, it was broken in half.."

As illustrated in the picture below, the car had rusted to the point of falling in on itself.

Saving two 1967 vintage mustangs by combining a parts car coupe with a rotten fastback by grafting and fabricating the fastback roof and interior structures onto the coupe chassis to make one good car out of two cars destined for the junk yard.
 

All of the important structures had rusted through and the car retained none of it's structural rigidity.

BJ managed to save the roof, interior pieces and original glass out of the car.

Saving two 1967 vintage mustangs by combining a parts car coupe with a rotten fastback by grafting and fabricating the fastback roof and interior structures onto the coupe chassis to make one good car out of two cars destined for the junk yard.

 
The rest collapsed into a pile of dust and fragments.

Next came prepping the coupe for the new roof.  After measuring and sectioning off the coupe's roof, it was ready to receive the transplant.

Saving two 1967 vintage mustangs by combining a parts car coupe with a rotten fastback by grafting and fabricating the fastback roof and interior structures onto the coupe chassis to make one good car out of two cars destined for the junk yard.

Here's a few shots of the mock up.

Saving two 1967 vintage mustangs by combining a parts car coupe with a rotten fastback by grafting and fabricating the fastback roof and interior structures onto the coupe chassis to make one good car out of two cars destined for the junk yard.

Saving two 1967 vintage mustangs by combining a parts car coupe with a rotten fastback by grafting and fabricating the fastback roof and interior structures onto the coupe chassis to make one good car out of two cars destined for the junk yard.

Saving two 1967 vintage mustangs by combining a parts car coupe with a rotten fastback by grafting and fabricating the fastback roof and interior structures onto the coupe chassis to make one good car out of two cars destined for the junk yard.

Once properly aligned, the tedious task of welding up the body panels and all of the structurally important braces begins.  

At this time, BJ has gotten the majority of the welding done and the car is nearly ready for it's first batch of body work.

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When asked about this project and what the premise of going through the trouble of completing a fastback conversion, I'll bring you BJ's thoughts on it....

"It's simple.  For me to save a rusty piece of American muscle car history is like a sports figure getting that score. Every car that I save becomes someone else's dream car."

BJ frequently saves these cars, restores them to driving project level and then sells them in "ready for paint" condition.  It's a hell of a way to keep these cars on the road and give someone a reasonable way to obtain a car that would've otherwise rotted away.

The plans for this car include painting it the lighter color blue that originally came on the fast back, as shown below.  If my Mustang knowledge is correct, it appears to be Arcadian Blue.

It's simple, for me to save a rusty piece of American muscle car history is like a sports figure getting that score. Every car that I save becomes someone else's dream car

Keep up with BJ and his various shop shenanigans on Instagram by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more Killer Fabrication from BJ and others!  We'll publish updates on this build as it progresses.

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