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Potential Pitfalls of Restoration Order
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https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-what...ur-restore

I started by reading the above thread.  I am still hesitant on which way to proceed and want to make sure i have considered all potential pitfalls of going in any certain order.  Car is as shown below (with 20 yrs of dust on it)
[Image: 20191009-180359.jpg]
Suspension has been completely replaced. I have a little bit of metal work in rear quarters.

primary focus on paint, would like to get primered this fall (miscellaneous dents filled as part of primer process)
winter about to set in, garage not heated, install underlayment, wiring, brakes, steering, conv top mechanism, gas tank, fuel lines, miscellaneous front end components
final paint door jambs, inside fenders, parts of doors corresponding to door jambs, under hood and trunk lid
install all body panels (should i leave hood off to have better access and will also need to remove to install engine?)
final paint and topcoat
Get engine and tranny done (tranny rebuilt but sitting for 20 yrs, want to also go to more clutches in the one drum)
interior and top (dash, seats, glass and weatherstrip)

I am worried about damaging paint or asking myself "why didn't I install this BEFORE that"

Any help appreciated

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1971 convertible, 1987 Bronco II
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Well, mine was painted upside down then right side up, doors on, front clip off.

Before Paint, test fit all bright trim to make sure the 1/4s and any replaced panels are spaced properly. It's a good idea to make sure all the panels align well when you test fit.

1st Door hardware, latches, internals  so doors will close and not scratch the body
1.5 suspension
2nd all brake/fuel runs
3rd Pedal box and bleed the brake system out.  If the brake system leaks, you need to repair paint.
3.5 Wiper Linkage
4th Steering box steering column
4.5 Heater box
5th  Wiring Harness for underhood,  might ass well do them all
6th Power train.  Do engine and tranny together if possible( put the rear end HIGH on jack stands to get a good insertion angle
6.5 Exhaust system
7th Dash and Guages
8th  Windshield(My opinion)
9th  Drivers seat( Start the engine and break it in)
10th Convertible Mechanism and hydraulics(Test and adjust)
11) Rear 1/4 windows and internals
12) Shifter assemblies and boots followed by carpet
13)  Rear inner 1/4s followed by rear seat
14) Front seats sill plates
15) Headlight buckets/ Hood latch assy
16)  Hood Hinges and hood( Put Ram Air Plenum on hood before install if applicable)
17)  Front Fenders( Put extensions on first)
18) Grille assy
19  Front bumper assy
20) Front and rear valance
21) Decals

Or something like that

kcmash
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my god, if that pic shows 20 years of dust, then my 73 has nearly 200 years of dust on it. amazing !
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Once its painted, run all new brake and fuel lines with new clips and hardware. You won't want to even try once the engine is installed.

"I drank what?" - Socrates
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(10-12-2019, 02:03 PM)jowens1126 Wrote: Once its painted, run all new brake and fuel lines with new clips and hardware.  You won't want to even try once the engine is installed.
Thx. I have new ss brake lines but was thinking to reuse the gas line. Should I buy a new one?

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1971 convertible, 1987 Bronco II
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45 years is a long time to trust something that can burn your car down if it fails.

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(10-12-2019, 02:17 PM)jowens1126 Wrote: 45 years is a long time to trust something that can burn your car down if it fails.
Live dangerously? Ok...j/k. Point taken. Will add it it the list. Now I am thinking I need to replace all the stupid nylon gas lines in the 87 Bronco II.  Those things are awful

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1971 convertible, 1987 Bronco II
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(10-12-2019, 02:09 PM)cwalker509 Wrote:
(10-12-2019, 02:03 PM)jowens1126 Wrote: Once its painted, run all new brake and fuel lines with new clips and hardware.  You won't want to even try once the engine is installed.
Thx. I have new ss brake lines but was thinking to reuse the gas line. Should I buy a new one?

I used SST brake lines thinking that would be wise.  They are a bear to get seated in all the brass fittings.  A real chore to stop leaks.  I suggest the non-stainless original style lines.  It's not like these cars see road salt anymore.

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