Car Of The Month - Aug 10
Dick Knight's 1967 Coupe
A CAR FOR A FUTURE MUSTANGER
This was a figment of my imagination about seven years ago. I decided to buy this car because of the price, and I didn’t have a 1967 Mustang at the time. I thought it would make a good gift to our daughter’s family, so they could get involved in the hobby. Well, I’ve decided to give it to our granddaughter and let her enjoy the Mustang hobby. We will have to wait for her be old enough to drive, but she gets to clean and show the car.
This was my $500 project car, and I wanted it to be a little different. There isn’t a lot a person can do to a Mustang coupe to make it stand out, but I saw some two tone cars, and really liked the idea. I decided on the true Candy Apple Red bottom (my grand daughter loves red) with the complete Silver top and then finished it off with 2 gold pinstripes. We started on this car by having to really work on the rust. This car needed floor pans, quarter panels, doors, hood, trunk, wheel houses and front fenders. In other words, we had the top. With a whole bunch of welding and loving care, we now have a car that she can be proud of. I lowered the car with 2” lower reverse eye springs, cut the front coils and repositioned the upper shock towers. Then I added frame rail connectors to stiffen the frame. Since we were going to modify this ride, and I had purchased a bunch of ’68 Shelby parts at the Portland Swap Meet, we then made this ’67 look more like a ’68 Cal Special. I did add 10 spoke Shelby wheels, and then left off all of the emblems and insignias. In order to make the sequential tail lights to work properly, we had to use a complete Cougar wiring harness. That made everything work well. This car has a 6 grand tach dash with a ’67 brushed aluminum dash, and AM/FM stereo. The complete interior, other then the ’68 steering wheel, is stock ’67.
Just to complete the picture, we used a polished Shelby intake manifold, with polished Cobra valve covers, and chromed GT exhaust manifolds, and then I painted the engine red to complete the red theme my granddaughter loves. The underneath of the car is completely detailed, so she will have to do a lot of cleaning over the next few years.
- Dick Knight