Dynacorn’s again back building a new body of an old car, but this time, it has the full promotional backing of Ford Motor Co. and the attention of John Q. Public.

The automaker announced the availability of an entirely new body shell for early Mustangs, allowing restorers a fresh slate for building a vintage convertible pony car.

According to Ford Motor Co., the new body shell for early 1965 (1964-1/2) and 1966 Mustang convertibles is now in production and available for restorers as a Ford-licensed restoration part.

To build a restored Mustang using the new shell, the powertrain, suspension and brakes, the electrical systems, the interior and trim can either be bought new or transferred from an existing car to the new body. Original parts that can’t be reused from an old Mustang can be replaced with Ford-approved restoration parts. Mondrach says that nearly all the parts needed to build a complete new 1964-66 Mustang convertible, except for some minor body hardware, are now available from Ford-approved classic parts suppliers.

In order to keep classic Ford-built vehicles on the road, Ford allows parts suppliers access to original technical drawings, blueprints and specifications for parts.

The new body shell not only can save restorers time and money, but enable them to build a strong, well-engineered classic. The ’65 Mustang body shell is constructed of higher-grade steel than the original.

The ’65 body is in production now and can be delivered by freight truck to any address. The ’65 Mustang body includes the doors and trunk lid and all the sheet metal from the radiator support to the taillight panel except the hood and front fenders. Those items are available separately.

The new body shell can be made into a 1964-1/2, 1965 or 1966 Mustang, based on the powertrains and trim parts added to it. It is the third classic Mustang body shell now available to restorers. The other two are the 1967-68 and the 1969-70 fastback bodies.

The ’65 Mustang body shell starts at $15,000. Ford-approved Mustang restoration parts can be found at

edited text credit: Angelo Van Bogart via © 2012 Old Cars Weekly
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