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    Default 1979 Ghia Coupe Build Thread

    After a long break from Fox bodies, I have re-entered this world and recently picked up a Ghia coupe from a member here. She is a 5.0 with 4-speed that is all original and in good condition for her age. I am going to update her in a tasteful way that preserves her beauty but enhances performance. I was hesitant to title this a build thread as the mods will be moderate but still want to chronicle and share it with the great folks here.


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    Very pretty.
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    Everything else stock and fully functional.

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    Nice Coupe.

    I have moved this to the Online Car Show/ Show & Tell section of the Forum for you where build threads are located. Good Luck!
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    watching..... nice car.

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    Default 1979 Ghia Coupe Build Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by wraithracing View Post
    Nice Coupe.

    I have moved this to the Online Car Show/ Show & Tell section of the Forum for you where build threads are located. Good Luck!
    Yeah wasnít sure what category it should go in. Thanks for the compliment and help.
    Last edited by saleen428; 10-23-2018 at 10:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emerygt350 View Post
    Very pretty.
    Sheís in pretty good overall condition. Someone took good care over the 39 years. I continue to be intrigued by the originality. This is the same year and body style my dad brought home from the dealer to test drive for a day (remember those days?!). That was an orange one with black interior. It was a 2.3 turbo. Mom made him return it but it did sit in our driveway for 2 hours!! I was hooked then and now 8 Mustangs later this is my first 4-eye! This ones a keeper.

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    Very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by homer302 View Post
    Neat interior.
    Thank you. I love the white over red. Super classy. I have started gently cleaning the interior piece by piece. Some of the plastic is a bit brittle and fragile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erratic50 View Post
    watching..... nice car.
    Thank you. I will be looking to the good folks here for assistance along the way

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    What a beautiful car!

    My dad bought a brand new '79 mustang 5.0 as well. It was white with the porno red interior. As a seventeen year old at the time I was in love with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davedacarpainter View Post
    What a beautiful car!

    My dad bought a brand new '79 mustang 5.0 as well. It was white with the porno red interior. As a seventeen year old at the time I was in love with it.
    Nice! Is the car still in the family? As a side note I will be looking to you for pointers when the time comes for a repaint in the factory color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saleen428 View Post
    Nice! Is the car still in the family? As a side note I will be looking to you for pointers when the time comes for a repaint in the factory color.
    Nah, dad would trade the mustangs in every couple years to get a newer one. Except for the mustang II years, he never got one of those, lol.

    Any help you need, just holler. Trey or I should be able to answer anything you need.

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    Okay, I am going to follow this one! I recall that car for sale I think!

    You and I should share restoration details! I am just starting to do some work on a 5.0 Ghia coupe also! Ours in an auto at this time but intent is to do a SROD swap with factory parts. Yours would be a nice reference!

    Not sure what your intent is for "in a tasteful way that preserves her beauty but enhances performance" but my current plan is to not do too much to take away from the stock look of the engine compartment and car.

    A couple of early 5.0 threads I have saved for basic info:

    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...h-stock-79-302
    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...rformance-mods

    Here is the start recently to our car thread:

    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...um-Blue-Bomber

    Good luck and keep posting pictures!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    Okay, I am going to follow this one! I recall that car for sale I think!

    You and I should share restoration details! I am just starting to do some work on a 5.0 Ghia coupe also! Ours in an auto at this time but intent is to do a SROD swap with factory parts. Yours would be a nice reference!

    Not sure what your intent is for "in a tasteful way that preserves her beauty but enhances performance" but my current plan is to not do too much to take away from the stock look of the engine compartment and

    Good luck and keep posting pictures!
    Hey 82GT - Funny I read your threads prior to getting my car. I first reached out to the seller back in May but didnít make a deal until September . Great seller BTW as car was in Michigan and I am in California. As for my plans, I am keeping all of the interior and exterior components and cleaning/repairing/replacing as needed with a repaint in the factory color. What is getting modded is the engine,tranny, suspension, wheels and tires. The wheels are first as the tire on the car are 20 years old and do not hold air. The very next priority is getting it smogged and registered. Not looking forward to that at all with California way overboard on regulation.

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    Last edited by saleen428; 10-25-2018 at 04:41 PM.

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    Outstanding find! Beautiful starting point for a stock looking appearance build!
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    Very likely one of the Top Five '79 Mustangs I've ever seen. Good luck with it.

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    Would you mind showing a pic of the headliner if it's still there? Tier grain white vinyl I'm guessing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlehma13 View Post
    Would you mind showing a pic of the headliner if it's still there? Tier grain white vinyl I'm guessing?
    Yes itís white and falling down lol. Iíll snap a pic. Let me know what specifics you need to see

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Knebworth View Post
    Very likely one of the Top Five '79 Mustangs I've ever seen. Good luck with it.
    Thanks for the compliment! Not sure itís Top 5 in its current state but hope it becomes that over the next few months

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    I have started to order parts and here is one of the first that arrived. Not anything that would cause a lot of excitement but I get to check one of the cells in the project spreadsheet lol


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    Love it! I don't know why Ford didn't put those on more years than they did honestly.

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    Certainly differentiates this Gen from all that follow


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    Really sharp and clean, congrats!
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