Frenched Tailights for the Mustang

So I put Shelby style taillights  on the 66 Mustang. Rather than installing them on the exterior of the rear panel I cut holes and installed them from the interior of the trunk.

I watched several videos of people doing this. I used a few ideas from them but overall i did it my way.

I started by creating a template out of flat cardboard. I then transfered the shape from  the template to the panel of the car.

Using a jigsaw i cut the holes. I fit the bezels to the holes. Using a flapper disc on a 4.5 grinder I carfully ground off a small amount to get an exact fit. It is much easier to always cut a little smaller  and enlarge it to the correct size.

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I turned the bezels backwards into the holes and marked the screw holes. Center punched  tge holes and drilled them. I cut the heads off #8×1.5 screws and welded them into the holes. I also welded the holes for the original taillights shut.

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I dry fit the lights everything fit perfectly. Once car is painted I will use strip caulk to seal them to the body.

I also sanded the bezels with180 grit, primered, and painted them black.

Fitting Side Windows to Body

After shaving the raingutters from the car it took a lot of time to get the final finish and
fitment of the weatherstrip retainers.

I only used the retainers and not the piece that met the gutters. Once everything was  in place it fit really nice. I used butyl rubber to seal between the weatherstrip  retainer and the body.

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Shifter installed into new transmission hump.

I cut the hole and drilled holes for the rear of shifter brace. I installed the fabricated tranny hump for the last time. It is ready for carpet.  The Hurst shifter is great shifts are short and firm.

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Installing the rear fold down seat

So the car having been a coupe was missing every bracket to install the fastback trim in the rear of the interior. I fabricated brackets tacked them in place and installed the the trim and seats.

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Exhaust on Mustang

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I modified frame rail connectors to get exhaust closer to the car. Frame rail connector is now only an inch from the floor of the car. The exhaust pipes are only a 1/4 inch from the connectors. The lowest point is the header collectors which are 4.5 inches from the ground. This is a very acceptable number to clear driveways and speed bumps.

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