15k: Revelation 2-18: 1970 Ford Mustang Fasback Restomod

This weekend I spent an inordinate amount of time under the bottom of a fastback Mustang and a few thoughts blossomed in my head like early spring flowers.  It was supposed to be a simple bolt in rack-and-pinion steering system (purchased new-in-box and discounted from some dude over the interweb) but the deeper I got into the car the less likely it seemed I would be driving it in the near future.  The list of restorative to-dos flowed onto my plate like a muddy hillside in a typhoon. A few brackets needed sanding/painting and while the steering column is out, may as well start into the gauge cluster issues…heater core rebuild…etc etc.  Today’s revelation isn’t some religious proclamation involving eyes of burning fire or feet like burnished bronze…it is a simple thought…why didn’t I buy a finished classic?  Find this 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback Restomod for sale in Houston, TX currently bidding for $9,100 reserve-not-met with 6 days to go.

This Mustang is not too dissimilar from the one I spent most of the weekend cursing at – just a year newer and a more importantly…a year more complete.  If you enjoy the sting of New Skin liquid bandage, by all means, ignore this advice and get a project…but if you just want to drive…there is certainly a better way.

The seller of this Fastback (technically the seller’s friend, since the ebay seller claims to be a middle man doing a favor) has spent his weekends, his money, his time and his knuckles turning this from an aged classic into a resto-mod.  Part restoration, part modification, the term restomod is a new definition on the age old concept of updating your car with modern parts borrowed from other vehicles.  Read Jay Leno’s piece on restomodding in Popular Mechanics for quick primer if you aren’t familiar with the concept.

This Mustang is powered by a fuel injected 5.0 liter V8 from a Fox-body Mustang and is shifted with a 4-speed AOD transmission – which should make for decent performance.  The interior is in great shape and has certainly been restored by the seller, although details are skimpy in the ad.  Restored cars on ebay are often sold by dealers who include comprehensive build sheets (such as this gorgeous Green/gold-stripe 1967 Mustang Fastback) but also asking comprehensive money.

Would I sell my Fastback for a loss and buy this completed example?  No.  But given the choice between this and an example needed total rebuild…this is by far the quicker and cheaper way to just drive. tips@dailyturismo.com