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    Default 1983 Mustang GT Convertible

    Some pictures of the progress I've made
    What I had to do
    Torque Boxes
    Passenger Frame rail
    Brake Lines
    New Dash
    GT Emblem Kit/Stripes
    - Fix Door Locks
    - New Plug Wires
    - New Air Filter
    - New MSD Blaster Coil-
    Replace Exhaust - It's now straight back from the long tube headers, true dual
    General Detailing/Cleaning

    17,000KM's - About 9000 Miles on the Odo
    Engine Still Bears original Ford Blue Paint
    Car still has original paint

    *Pics / Links Below*
    Engine when I got it (Sorry for link I cant attach more pics)

    Engine Now
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    Exterior Right Side
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    Exterior Left Side
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    Front Now
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    Front when I got it
    New Dash



    Video
    Soon
    Last edited by BTD; 02-16-2017 at 05:20 PM.
    1981 Mustang Hatch 3.3 "Orange Juice"
    1983 Mustang GT Convertible "Triple Black"
    1994 Ford ThunderBird SC
    1987 Firebird T/A
    1984 Firebird Forumla
    1988 Mazda RX-7 Infinity
    1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II
    1994 Eagle Talon TSI
    1991 Eagle Talon TSI
    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

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    bump for updated pics
    1981 Mustang Hatch 3.3 "Orange Juice"
    1983 Mustang GT Convertible "Triple Black"
    1994 Ford ThunderBird SC
    1987 Firebird T/A
    1984 Firebird Forumla
    1988 Mazda RX-7 Infinity
    1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II
    1994 Eagle Talon TSI
    1991 Eagle Talon TSI
    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

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    Nice car man. Where did you get your dash pad from? TMI?

    What did you have to do to the frame rail?

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    @Dave
    Yes the pad is a TMI.

    For the frame rail, I used replacement rails from foxresto. The drivers side was rotted away almost completely as their was a brake fluid leak, so had to completely replace that one by cutting it out, then welded the new one in.

    The passenger side I had to use about a 1/4 of a replacement rail to repair near where the battery sits. Fortunately the strut towers are fine as the car was mostly taken care of, just not really ever driven.
    1981 Mustang Hatch 3.3 "Orange Juice"
    1983 Mustang GT Convertible "Triple Black"
    1994 Ford ThunderBird SC
    1987 Firebird T/A
    1984 Firebird Forumla
    1988 Mazda RX-7 Infinity
    1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II
    1994 Eagle Talon TSI
    1991 Eagle Talon TSI
    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davedacarpainter View Post
    Nice car man. Where did you get your dash pad from? TMI?

    What did you have to do to the frame rail?
    I wanna see the interior pix. Did I miss them.
    Rob

    current cars:
    83 GT Convertible
    83 Project GT T-Top Coupe
    84 GT T-Top Hatch
    86 GT Hatch low mile car
    00 V-6 Convertible

    all white cars!

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    What would you like to see specifically ? The lighting sucks in my garage so I avoid them, but I can make a point to do one if you need a reference image
    1981 Mustang Hatch 3.3 "Orange Juice"
    1983 Mustang GT Convertible "Triple Black"
    1994 Ford ThunderBird SC
    1987 Firebird T/A
    1984 Firebird Forumla
    1988 Mazda RX-7 Infinity
    1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II
    1994 Eagle Talon TSI
    1991 Eagle Talon TSI
    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

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    Dash from drivers seat and door panel. I love 83's
    Show it off!
    Rob

    current cars:
    83 GT Convertible
    83 Project GT T-Top Coupe
    84 GT T-Top Hatch
    86 GT Hatch low mile car
    00 V-6 Convertible

    all white cars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTD View Post
    @Dave
    Yes the pad is a TMI.

    For the frame rail, I used replacement rails from foxresto. The drivers side was rotted away almost completely as their was a brake fluid leak, so had to completely replace that one by cutting it out, then welded the new one in.

    The passenger side I had to use about a 1/4 of a replacement rail to repair near where the battery sits. Fortunately the strut towers are fine as the car was mostly taken care of, just not really ever driven.
    Ok what are those rails under. I can't find them. I put in frame rail on the website and nothing. Help me.
    Thanks
    Rob

    current cars:
    83 GT Convertible
    83 Project GT T-Top Coupe
    84 GT T-Top Hatch
    86 GT Hatch low mile car
    00 V-6 Convertible

    all white cars!

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    My bad, it was from LMR for the frame rails
    https://lmr.com/item/LRS-FRLH780/197...yle-Frame-Rail

    As requested :
    From Drivers Side for the Dash
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    And I'm not sure if you have the sticker on yours 83GTRAG , but I like this decal better as it matches what the GLX had
    1981 Mustang Hatch 3.3 "Orange Juice"
    1983 Mustang GT Convertible "Triple Black"
    1994 Ford ThunderBird SC
    1987 Firebird T/A
    1984 Firebird Forumla
    1988 Mazda RX-7 Infinity
    1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II
    1994 Eagle Talon TSI
    1991 Eagle Talon TSI
    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

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    That interior looks great, all original! Mine has a GT interior and is not original to the car. I don't have the sticker either, mine is painted on.
    I do appreciate the info and the heads up on the rails. I am working on another 83 and the previous owner cut the rails for a turbo. I may do like you said and piece one in.
    Rob

    current cars:
    83 GT Convertible
    83 Project GT T-Top Coupe
    84 GT T-Top Hatch
    86 GT Hatch low mile car
    00 V-6 Convertible

    all white cars!

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    Did you buy the dash pad directly from TDI? Thanks

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    I got it from TMI through Summit Racing. I went through a binge on summit after watching roadkill because they wouldn't shutup about it
    1981 Mustang Hatch 3.3 "Orange Juice"
    1983 Mustang GT Convertible "Triple Black"
    1994 Ford ThunderBird SC
    1987 Firebird T/A
    1984 Firebird Forumla
    1988 Mazda RX-7 Infinity
    1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II
    1994 Eagle Talon TSI
    1991 Eagle Talon TSI
    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

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    As for the rails if you are handy with a welder they are pretty user friendly. I ended up using about 1 and 1/4 frame rails as the drivers side was a lot worse than the pass. The kits are kinda pricey, but they come with everything you need and look perfect ( I painted mine because they come silver)
    1981 Mustang Hatch 3.3 "Orange Juice"
    1983 Mustang GT Convertible "Triple Black"
    1994 Ford ThunderBird SC
    1987 Firebird T/A
    1984 Firebird Forumla
    1988 Mazda RX-7 Infinity
    1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II
    1994 Eagle Talon TSI
    1991 Eagle Talon TSI
    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

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    The interior also isn't 100% original , I re upholsterd the backseat with the old interior from my uncles 1956 F-150. I think it gives it more of a "hot rod" look. No ones ever sat back there while I've owned it anyway, at 6'3 I sure can't sit there lol.

    On the to do list is the drivers seat, it has two rips along seams. The pass side one is pretty much perfect. The inside of my top needs some need staples as well to hold in the pad that goes against the rail.

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    @GTRAG - Do you have power windows on yours ? Do you have the manual roll up rear quarters ? 83 was the only year you could get them. It's really weird having power windows AND manual windows in the same car from the factory. It does look neat though, reminds you that 83 was right on the cusp of tech, when old stuff was still around, but was being phased out by new advances in tech (Like EFI to come)
    1981 Mustang Hatch 3.3 "Orange Juice"
    1983 Mustang GT Convertible "Triple Black"
    1994 Ford ThunderBird SC
    1987 Firebird T/A
    1984 Firebird Forumla
    1988 Mazda RX-7 Infinity
    1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II
    1994 Eagle Talon TSI
    1991 Eagle Talon TSI
    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

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    Well, isn't that interesting! Manual windows in the rear and power up front. I learn new things every day.

    I'm loving your car, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davedacarpainter View Post
    Well, isn't that interesting! Manual windows in the rear and power up front. I learn new things every day.

    I'm loving your car, btw.
    f

    83 didn't have rear power windows. That one year vert quarter window. Try to find the guides for the belts. Good luck
    Rob

    current cars:
    83 GT Convertible
    83 Project GT T-Top Coupe
    84 GT T-Top Hatch
    86 GT Hatch low mile car
    00 V-6 Convertible

    all white cars!

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