Hello there Tony and everyone else at LABP,
We have started work on this project which involves a 2005 Mustang GT Coupe, This mustang’s journey is an interesting one: it was new when it was involved in a terrible accident. It took heavy damage to its driver side. Repairs were made and it was re-coated with a hot red paint job.
By the time we got the car the front bumper cover was also damaged by another crash which also damaged the passage side fender and the fiberglass hood; the driver side door could’t open – maybe based on the job done to repair it from the first accident I suppose. It has a leak that is coming from the upper near middle section of the windshield. It is coming from where the glass meets the roof underneath the weather stripping. Rust had corroded that area & the car overall was not in proper running conditions. What really triggered us for a repaint was the fact that the red paint job done before was flaking off the car in multiple areas.
The main reasons why we got it was because it was a rare find based on where we live, it was the first ever model in our country – there are now about 5 of them(we live in a very small populated land) and we really wanted to get this project restored to as close as manufacture quality as possible by ourselves with a custom paint job to finish it off.
We are beginners at this but I was lucky enough to have found Tony on YouTube and lead to my eventual sign up for the VIP course.
We have already learnt so much and already started work on the car. We have replaced the driver’s door, plastic welded the front bumper cover, pull out the driver side body panel a bit more so the replacement door would sit and started sanding the vehicle. I did some body work on various sections where there were dents and dings. The biggest area of repair was the passenger side fender. It was crushed inwards.
Here are some pictures of the mustang with work in progress:
Front View, damages to hood & bumper cover.
Driver Side; replacement door
Below you are looking at the quarter panel that was repaired from first crash; That side where the door meets the quarter panel was body filled in order to keep the original door in place; the original door was reshaped and refitted on the car. The door was so badly corroded when we got that we had to replace the entire door itself.
Due to the door jam where the door meets the quarter panel being rebuilt with bondo, the replacement door could not close properly, and we had to have the entire body filled section grinded all the way down to metal and redid the body work on it.
Roof; rusted edge, leak point
Rear; Dent repaired
We are currently working on a DIY paint booth to further ready ourselves for painting. We have brand new primed steel replacement fenders and a custom rear bumper ready to be installed.
Since the red paint job done started flaking off; should we continue sanding all the way down to original paint job? - We are planning a complete repaint here, a totally different color.
Since there is rust developing on the rooftop, is the best way to approach this is to remove the windshield?
We are planning on documenting the entire process here and hopefully share some lessons learnt or mistakes during our process. Thank you all for even reading and showing interest in this project.
So yeah, that is all for now.
Let us know Tony if we are on the right path and we are sorry for this long post!
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