Got this I wanted to share with you, and gather some opinion. It's a concept I'm working on, using a 71-73 Grandé or base coupe. Basically it's a notchback. I call it the Sportster. It will be a two seater with a rear seat delete with storage centers in the delete area.
My concept story:
The year is late 1971. Ponycar sales are going down due to the uncertianty of an energy crisis, and the insurance and government regs are starting to make there presence known. The guys at Ford sales come up with another way to market the mustang to a broader buying public, like the sprint edition and compete with the corvette, a design which Bunkie Knudsen helped along. Hopefully it would cut sales for his fomer his employer. After all.... this was his Mustang.
(This post was last modified: 07-27-2010 03:16 PM by MachSport72.)
So what do I need here fellas?...I know ther will be work involved in some sheetmetal but what is the best approach? This was photochopped from a fastback so do I start with that or simple coupe (with c pillar modification right?) Just need to figure a way to make it look like the concept, and I don't know if a coupe is the right thing, or do I need a convertible to somehow get the look of a hardtop? If you look at it from a side profile, I guess I'm tryin to pull off a little of the 69 shelby gt convertible or the look of a convertible only with a hard top......what do you guys think?
(This post was last modified: 07-26-2010 09:49 PM by MachSport72.)
Based on what you say you want to do, I would say go with your original post - - use a 71 - 73 coupe or Grandé. A convertible would also work based on your stated desired result.
"Modified Mustangs & Ford" magazine currently has a project (68 Mustang) where they chronicle the "tweaking of the metal" in their April 2010 issue. It is a very good read and should give you some ideas (if you don't already have them) on what is involved.
Unlike a couple members on this "board", I am not a welder but it certainly seems doable to me - - if you have the expertise for fabrication.
Again, I believe the best option (based on what you have stated so far) is to go with the Coupe or Grandé. You can probably find one fairly clapped out "for cheap" and you will be ahead of the game. Quite frankly, I have seen a picture in one of my Ford-related publications that shows something similar that Ford had looked at as part of their concept - - just can't put my paws on it right now.
Are you planning on using fiber glass or metal? Lots of options out there.
Cool!!...see if you can hunt that up when you get a chance. I don't really want to use glass..it develops stress cracks after some years. Thought metal would be the way to go. But of course I'll do what's need for the style and do-able-ness. All comes up to $$ I guess.
For my Birthday, sweetie pie said we could have one of those magazine type artists render a couple views. I'm in talks with a shop but they seem not too interested, so I'm just trying get things rolling a bit. I'm here in Illinois, and Rad Rides by Troy is up the road here in Manteno...wonder if I could talk sweetie into that?
But as for the car itself, would the vert give off the lines better? I think if I used a Grandé, it might come off too "chunky" in the rear.
(This post was last modified: 07-27-2010 04:50 PM by MachSport72.)
Here is a link to a couple pictures of the concept car that was allegedly used in developing the 71 - 73 mustangs. It looks more like the SportsRoof version that was ultimately built but you get the idea.