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Just in time for Christmas, build a 1967 Mustang from scratch

December 20, 2011 |  8:18 am

'67 Mustang body
Here’s the latest gift for the car enthusiast on your Christmas list -– a brand-new body shell for a 1967 Ford Mustang convertible.

Even better, this car body will match or improve on the fit, finish and quality of the original, said Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration Parts licensing manager.

The $15,995 auto part is the fourth reproduction classic Mustang body available to restorers, joining the ’65 convertible, the ’67 fastback and the ’69 fastback.

Made by Dynacorn International, the body panels are stamped from modern automotive-grade steel that is slightly thicker than the original, according to Jim Christina, Dynacorn’s general manager. There are also newly engineered reinforcements in known stress areas to add strength and rigidity to the body, he said.

“These days, the chances are fairly slim of finding a restorable, rust-free ’67 Mustang that has never been wrecked,” said Mondrach of Ford. “As the value of classic Mustangs has increased over the years, garages, barns and scrap yards have been picked clean.”

The automaker said the body can be built into a functioning car using one of the six engines the original vehicle was offered with or with a modern powertrain.  It is rustproofed and primed and is otherwise ready for painting and assembly, Mondrach said.

More than 90% of the parts needed to restore a 1967 Mustang convertible are available new as Ford-licensed reproduction components, allowing enthusiasts to basically build from scratch a new Mustang of that era.

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Photo: A brand-new body shell for a 1967 Ford Mustang convertible. Credit: Ford Motor Co.

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