I’ll give you the short version first:
Now for the long version. In our last episode we left the hapless mustang in a sad and depressed state as it’s floors had been ripped out and left in a rusty pile on the garage floor. The poor stang was sitting around moping and rusting, hoping for an infusion of new life.
Getting the floor pans to fit well enough to be bonded instead of welded was a time consuming project. In the end they fit well enough that they only had to be clamped in a few places. After the pans were bonded in place I had to fabricate a bunch of patches to repair the floor under the pedals where the floor pans were too short to cover. This also was quite time consuming. The fabricated patches were also bonded in place. Then I had to make a number of small patches for the rear floors to repair some smaller holes.
After finishing up with all the floor patches I decided to tackle the wiring mess under the dash. One thing I love about this car is the simplicity of it. I got out the manual and looked up the wiring schematic and within a few hours I had all the wiring straightened out and everything working including the radio. I removed a bundle of wire that was just an absolute mess because one of the previous owners just butchered everything they tried to wire up in this car.
The only thing I need to do now is acquire some courtesy lights and install them in front and in back. For unknown reasons one of the previous owners had removed all the courtesy lights and some of the wiring.
So, after all that I decided to sand down the dash. Guess what? I found more rust holes. So I had to cut those out and patch them and fill and sand before I could prime. I also decided to sand down the steering column and the pedal levers so everything could be primed at once. This was a lot of work. Also a lot of work was masking and taping everything off, but finally it was ready for primer.
The rear floor is now looking great as well. By the way, those yucky looking areas on the rear floors are not where I put in patches. They are actually areas where the original factory seam sealer was applied rather heavily and haphazardly. (My patches are hardly visible which is kind of the idea.)