While all Mustang enthusiasts have their own favorite year, many have found that it is the 1966 that not only has one of the highest values, but is also one of the best picks for a restoration. For those that have recently purchased their own project car or are just now searching the market, here is a look at 5 key components to make this car stand out.
1. The Right Wheels
When looking to add a little bit of life to a ’66 mustang, most owners are going to take a look at the tires and wheels for both form and function. Luckily, the classic 5-spoke wheels are extremely popular and come in a wide variety of designs and colors ranging from matte black to polished chrome. Hub caps are the other popular option, and a good choice for those that would like the original look instead of the hot rod appearance.
2. 4G Alternator and Wiring
Whether it is a new crate engine or the original V8 or straight V6, the electronics will almost always need an overhaul. After dropping in a new battery, there is no better way to power electronics throughout the vehicle than with a new 4G alternator and single-wire wiring kit. This simple upgrade will help to improve the efficiency of the vehicle and will ensure that any devices will run efficiently.
3. Exterior Molding
Finding the exterior molding and trim for a classic Mustang is one of the most difficult steps in this process. There are a few rare options for finding these parts secondhand, but most owners are going to need to get creative when it comes to finding trim. One of the best places to look for these parts is a salvage yard that will often allow customers to purchase these parts for a fraction of the cost of getting them made custom. Mike's Auto Towing a company that carries used auto parts in Kelowna up in Canada is a good example of one of many places all over the country you can go when looking to find those tough to find parts.
4. Bucket Seats
Bucket seats are an iconic part of any classic Mustang and one of the most important parts of the interior. ’66 Mustangs do come in a number of interior colors, but it is hard to go wrong with either the classic black or navy blue faux-leather. For those in a hotter climate, finding generic seat and dash covers will go a long ways towards preserving the hard work of restoration.
5. Re-Chroming Fixtures
A Mustang simply doesn’t look the same without a chrome grill, bumper, and emblems that have been polished to a shine. Due to the age of these vehicles, many times the chrome has become pitted or even rusty, but that is no problem for a specialist. Professional re-chroming is extremely affordable and can be carried out in as little as a day or two.
Whether it is being restored as an investment or as a family heirloom, few cars are as iconic as the ’66 Ford Mustang that has become an integral piece of American history.