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December 7, 2022

1971 Ford Mustang


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Step into the world of classic American muscle cars as Texoma Classics meticulously restores a 1971 Ford Mustang in Sherman, Texas. This vintage Ford Mustang isn’t just a car; it’s an embodiment of American muscle and style, and we’re dedicated to bringing it back to life. Join us on a captivating visual journey through the restoration process, where the essence of classic Mustangs meets modern craftsmanship and innovation.

At Texoma Classics, our passion for preserving automotive legacies shines through in every restoration project we undertake. With the 1971 Ford Mustang, we’re not just restoring a car; we’re rekindling the spirit of American muscle cars. Our team of skilled artisans and restoration experts meticulously breathe new life into every aspect of this legendary car, from its iconic design to its exhilarating performance.

This isn’t just a restoration; it’s a transformation. As we pay homage to the original aesthetics while infusing modern upgrades for enhanced performance and reliability, we’re crafting a Mustang that captures the heart-pounding essence of a bygone era while meeting the demands of today’s roads. Whether you’re a classic car enthusiast, a collector, or someone who appreciates the timeless allure of vintage Mustangs, our restoration projects epitomize the spirit of American muscle.

Witness the magic as Texoma Classics turns this 1971 Ford Mustang into a roaring testament to American automotive history, ready to hit the open road once more. Explore how we’re turning dreams into reality, one restoration at a time, and envision the possibilities for your own journey with Texoma Classics, where classic Mustangs are reborn with a touch of modern sophistication.


When it comes to restoring a classic car like a Mustang, addressing the wiring and paint is often a top priority. Wiring issues can cause a variety of problems, including electrical shorts, blown fuses, and even fires. At Texoma Classics, we take great care when working on the wiring of a vehicle, inspecting each wire carefully for signs of wear or damage. We also use high-quality replacement parts to ensure that the wiring is reliable and long-lasting.

Media blasting is a process that involves using abrasive materials, such as sand or glass beads, to remove old paint, rust, and other debris from the surface of a vehicle. This process is an important step in preparing the vehicle for a new paint job, as it ensures that the new paint will adhere properly and provide a smooth, even finish. At Texoma Classics, we use state-of-the-art media blasting equipment to ensure that the surface of the vehicle is clean and ready for painting. Once the media blasting is complete, we carefully inspect the vehicle for any remaining debris or damage, and then begin the painting process using high-quality paints and finishes.


Removing the fenders, hood, grille, and deck lid is an important step in the restoration process, as it allows our technicians to access the underlying components of the vehicle more easily. This can include the engine, transmission, suspension, and other systems that may need to be repaired or restored. By removing these exterior components, we can also inspect the underlying structure of the vehicle for signs of rust, corrosion, or other damage that may need to be addressed.

Blocking off the windows is a critical step when media blasting a vehicle, as it helps to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage caused by the abrasive materials used during the media blasting process. Media blasting involves using high-pressure air to blast abrasive materials, such as sand or glass beads, onto the surface of the vehicle to remove old paint, rust, and other debris. This process can generate a significant amount of dust and debris, which can easily find its way into the interior of the vehicle if not properly blocked off.

After media blasting a vehicle, we can get a clear view of how the metal looks and identify any areas that may need to be repaired or restored. Media blasting is a highly effective method for removing old paint, rust, and other debris from the surface of a vehicle, revealing the underlying metal that may be in need of attention. By examining the metal after media blasting, our technicians can identify any areas of damage or corrosion that may need to be addressed, such as dents, scratches, or rusted areas.

Removing the rear passenger quarter panel is an important step in the restoration process, especially if the panel is damaged, corroded, or otherwise in need of repair or replacement. The quarter panel is an exterior body panel that covers the rear portion of the vehicle, and it can be subject to a variety of issues over time, including rust, dents, and collision damage.

At Texoma Classics, we take great care when removing the rear passenger quarter panel, using specialized tools and techniques to ensure that it is removed without causing any further damage to the vehicle. Once the panel is removed, we carefully inspect the underlying structure of the vehicle to determine the extent of the damage and the best course of action.

In some cases, we may be able to repair the existing quarter panel using welding, sanding, or other techniques. However, in other cases, the panel may need to be replaced entirely. If a replacement panel is needed, we use high-quality replacement parts to ensure that the panel fits correctly and matches the original design of the vehicle.

Cutting off both the driver and passenger rear quarter panels is a significant step in the restoration process, and it is usually done when the panels are extensively damaged, corroded, or otherwise in poor condition. The quarter panels are an important exterior body panel that covers the rear portion of the vehicle, and they are responsible for providing structural support, as well as contributing to the overall appearance of the vehicle.

Cutting out the rusted parts on the floorboards is a necessary step in the restoration process, especially if the rust is extensive or has caused structural damage to the vehicle. The floorboards are an important component of the vehicle’s structure, and any rust or corrosion can weaken the structure and compromise the safety of the vehicle.

At Texoma Classics, we take great care when cutting out the rusted parts on the floorboards, using specialized tools and techniques to ensure that the cuts are clean and precise. We also take the time to inspect the underlying structure of the vehicle to determine the extent of the damage and the best course of action.

Welding the passenger floor pan into place is an important step in the restoration process, especially if the original floor pan was damaged or corroded. The floor pan is an essential component of the vehicle’s structure, and any damage or corrosion can weaken the structure and compromise the safety of the vehicle.

Welding in the rear floor patch panels.

We are doing some body work to the front fenders.

Rear passenger quarter panel has been welded on.

Removed the braces and began cleaning up to reinstall on rear quarter panel.

We have gotten the drivers rear quarter panel welded on.

Welding the rear quarter panel in the trunk.

Bodywork on the drivers door in preparation for paint.

Welding in a patch panel due to rust under the battery tray.

Completed the patch panel for the battery tray.

Performing bodywork on rear quarter panels for a smooth paint job.

Doing bodywork on the hood to ensure a smooth paint job.

The bodywork process on front passenger fender is being completed.

Mocking up the trim to ensure a proper fit.

We have begun block sanding in final preparations for a new paint job.

We have gotten the deck lid, hood, fenders and doors sprayed with primer.

The body has been sprayed with primer.

We have gotten the body, doors and deck lid sealed and ready for paint.

The body and doors have been painted Ruby Wine.

The doors and fenders have been reinstalled.

After buffing the new paint job, it has a beautiful shine to it.

We are ready to start rebuilding this vehicle again.

We have gotten the front and rear valences, battery tray and side mirrors painted Ruby Wine.

The front disc brake upgrade has been complete.

We have gotten the cowl, trunk and engine bay painted black.

The bumper support has been installed.

The rear fender extenders have been installed along with the rear mid panel and trim.

We have pressed the rear axle bearing on.

The rear brakes have been installed.

We have installed rear wheel well trim.

The door handles have been installed.

Installed driver and passenger doors window tracks and glass.

Installing door and drip rail trim on driver and passenger side.

We have gotten the rear quarter windows installed.

We have gotten the knobs installed on the dash.

Installed the steering column.

Started installing carpet under the dash.

We have installed the brake pedal and brake light switch.

The blinker lever has been installed on the steering column.

We have installed the headlight buckets.

More progress on the carpet being installed.

The gauges installed in dash and shifter plate on.

The steering wheel has been installed on the steering column.

We have installed the trim pieces around headlights installed.

Installed the seatbelts in the interior.

Door sills installed for holes cut into carpet for seat mounts.

Installing the instrument bezel and front speakers in the drivers and passenger doors.

We have installed the kick panels.

We have begun building the door panels.

Building rocker panel molding by installing the rivets in molding clips.

We have installed the rocker panel moldings.

Installing turn signal assembles, truck light and all the wiring that goes along with it.

We’ve got the radio ready to be installed in the bezel and the Grande emblem installed.

The radio and radio bezel have been installed in the center dash.

The trunk mat has been installed.

We have gotten the temperature sending unit installed.

Wire looming rear truck wires and speaker wires.

We have gotten the front and rear seats installed.

Working on modifying the door panels so that the speaker grille would fit properly.

The rear dash and speakers have been installed.

The passenger door panel installed.

The driver’s door panel has been installed.

We have installed the interior door handles on the doors.