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  • Writer's pictureFred Schlabach

Elbow Grease...

Updated: Jan 8, 2019

The best part about buying a $400 first car, is that you don't have much to lose. The Mustang I bought was quite simple to work on and parts were readily available. With the help of a friend who had some mechanical experience, I was able to tackle most of the things that it needed to pass inspection. Now that the car was roadworthy, it was time to tackle the body issues. Unfortunately, the only thing I knew about bodywork was called Bondo. Fortunately, by now I was working at a nursing home and one of the men I worked with had a brother with a body shop. In short order he got all of the body issues straightened out and even gave me the family discount. Being on a student's budget a show quality paint job wasn't possible, but I could afford one from Maaco. I did all of the chrome removal and pre taped some things so that the cheap paint job would be as good as possible. All things considered, it came out looking pretty good. I drove it for a year and then sold it to get the second car...

1964-1/2 Mustang - fresh Maaco paint job

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