Episode Summary

Ford Mustang community, we are stepping back into the future today. Imagine being able to engineer using today’s technology car parts that work for your Classic Mustang. Today’s guest Keith Kelley is going to share his experience with the collision of new and old and the lessons he has learned from owning a classic pony.

Episode Notes

Ford Mustang, The Early Years Podcast — Guest Interview Application

Please upload a favorite pic of your Mustang or a classic car you drive now or have owned in the past.: 

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What do you do for a living and is it related to classic cars or Mustangs?: 

Dixmont, Maine.   

April 1st 1964 – build date

Is there anything specific you would like to share on the show? 

 I would speak about my car, how found, how restored, how found previous owners, and how have my students help me work on car and use 3D printer to make parts for the car.

If you own a Mustang or classic car, have you named your car? If so, what is his/her name?: 


How long have you owned your classic ride?: 

1992 purchased restored 2005 driven ever since

If you’ve made improvements to your classic car or restored it, what work have you done?: 

Restored body panels, floors, structure, convertible top, rebuilt motor & transmission, restored to daily driver quality.  Still need to restore the interior and get another paint job.  Restored car from inside out…. driver train & motor, body work.  Drove car in primer (without top) for one year figuring out any driving issues. 

Do you work on your classic cars yourself or do you have a mechanic or shop do the work?

I found a body shop with someone who loved Mustang,  I would pay him for what he could do (welding, cutting, painting) and he let me do what he could train me to do or I could learn.  I could grind down spot welds, wire wheel and clean.  I could prep surfaces by sanding for paint.   What I couldn’t do I had a specialist do, like rebuild the motor, rebuild generator/starter motors, power steering units.  I used youtube and internet research to help learn what I didn’t know.

What plans do you have for improvements/restoration/modification of your classic car?:

I have not restored the interior since it is so original, but as the seats have ripped I will redo interior.   Once that is done then I will redo the paint job to fix issues (it is a Black car that shows everything)  I would like to restore parts that I did replacements like a crushed bumper or a fender.. so the original parts I still have go back on the car rather then any replacement parts.  That will be over time as I gain expertise since labor is the most expensive part of restoring the car not the parts.

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Twitter: @keitkelley

Here is a web album of relevant pictures of my car




Twitter: @keitkelley 


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