Lookin’ After The Pony

The weekend has gone and I have finally got a chance to catch up on the blog. The man cave has been my residence for the last week or so. I have run out of the consumables that I needed to finish the floor pans inside the car. A change of plan that switched my attention to the smaller things I can do in the mean time, the first was the air filter pan which is finished, apart from the final top coat colour what ever that may be. However, I did promise myself not to do any of the pretty things on the car before the basics have been done, such as paint, mechanics, rust etc. But every time I walk into the man cave there is a grill that hangs on the side with this dirty Mustang Corral on it. The grill is no good as the top part has finally broken (when I picked it up), so it won’t be able to be fixed onto the car now. So now I need a nice shiny new one, (never mind then), the original grill has had a poor spray job of black paint from the front which has also gone over the underside of the Corral, but saving the pony Corral was  the most important thing to me as it’s the cars identity after all.

I took the Corral apart and noticed a broken mounting leg or support which was repaired by body filler! The outside of the Corral was cleaned up and the leg was repaired with some JB Weld. The pony was fine, just very dull and no shine so I used a mixture of chrome cleaner and Gibbs Brand to bring it back to life. The results were really good and came out better than I had hoped for, so obviously I am well pleased with it. The full process of the cleaning and repairs I have added a page to the Photo Menu – Body Work – Mustang Corral, or click here for the hyper link, there are over forty photos in total. I did however take a few arty shots of the iconic horse while it was out as I may want to change the header at a later date with my own car and grill. What do you think?

The chrome cleaner was removing the dirt but seemed to be moving the dirt from one end to the other. A different approach was required, the Gibbs Brand cleaned up most of the dirt first and the chrome cleaner done the rest. As some of the metal work was pitted slightly I didn’t want to make it worse by catching the chrome with a cloth and leaving a chromeless spot and so it was treated carefully. The brushed effect wasn’t given any rough stuff either for the very same reason, the Gibbs Brand was the staple cleaner for those areas. I could see that brushed effect would scrape off if abused and ruin the look of the two-tone finish as a few tiny scratches revealed that point after the dirt was removed.

The finished result is a well-groomed pony looking forward to more open road adventures.

finished

finished

Quick Links:

Photo Menu – Bodywork – Mustang Corral click here

About One man and his Mustang

I'm just a man with a Classic 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe and a collection of tools that just keeps getting bigger in order that I could do the job right. When I first started this blog this is what I wrote: I had bought a project car, that had been neglected, set fire to, rusted and abused. As a result of that she needed a bare metal strip down, a nut and bolt restoration. Four and a half years later the car was completed, on the road and shown at the UK's premier Classic Car Show, everything that was done to that car is documented here. I now have the privilege to drive one of America's most recognised cars and a true Icon, the Ford Mustang. I'm still sane after the blood, sweat and tears, so would I do it again? Oh yes!
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8 Responses to Lookin’ After The Pony

  1. Debbie says:

    Favorite part of any Mustang is the front horse! Great job…PS a nice floor board, repaired hood latch, and singing pistons can be considered “pretty” things any time!

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  2. mud4fun says:

    Nice work. Don’t worry, I too started to do detail work before I[d finished the mechanicals and bodywork of my Land Rover and many others have done the same. I spent ages painting up the black and silver badges before I even had any bodywork to mount them to! I look on these little items as mini projects that lift the spirits during a long restoration.

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    • Hi, thanks for the comment, you know what – you have hit the nail right on the head! It’s the little things that just seem to move things on a little and lift the spirits like you say. The fact I am not the only one that does it makes me feel so much better too 🙂 Little secret – I am walking around with this corral like I have just won the world cup showing anybody who will look and listen. lol. Have a great holidays. Thanks again.

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  3. StorySmitten says:

    Nice job! Looks proud and free, just as it should if it were brand new.

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  4. Dana S. Hugh says:

    I really love this pony. More than other horse or animals…
    I think your beast posed on the side with an angle from the front will look great instead of the green tunnel. Even better a diagonal view from the trunck to the side.

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