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  • Thinking of selling the 58

    Im considering abandoning ship on this. tore apart the engine and it needs a rebuild. just had the tranny remanufactured completely@ $900
    also thinking of parting it out. Any advice or takers?

  • #2
    Also had the Generator and Starter reman. by a pro shop\

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    • #3
      Sorry to hear that you're thinking of selling. However, having bought and sold dozens of cars I have one steadfast rule that has served me well. Never put more money into a car than you can sell it for. Even though the price you paid sounds reasonable when you factor in upholstery, engine work, chrome and all the other odds and ends that it will require you can quickly approach $10,000 before you know it. If you look at car auction sites you will see that really nice Squarebird hardtops can bought in the $8000-$12,000 range. Without seeing more detailed pictures it's hard to tell exactly what your car needs to get into that price range. If you are serious about selling I suggest you put an ad in the For Sale section of the forum and post as many pictures as you can. I'm not trying to push you in any one direction, just giving you my opinion.

      John
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      • #4
        how is the body? (rust) can you post some pictures?

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        • #5
          your right about that John, $100 here and there adds up real quick.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by frank58 View Post
            how is the body? (rust) can you post some pictures?
            ill post the pics on my server tonight and post the link. it only has a few places where there is rust. Im very surprised it isn't a whole lot worse

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            • #7
              i posted pics here, took pics under wheels wells and other places, all rust free. i did a quick repair on the rusted section for the spare tire.
              https://postimg.cc/gallery/pTHppnz

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              • #8
                The biggest issue I see if is the rotted radiator/core support and surrounding structure. That supports the front bumper so it needs to be solid. That's going to need to be fabricated from scratch since good used ones are nearly impossible to find. It's a common issue but can be very expensive to fix if you have to pay someone to do it. Unless it's a convertible that's usually what separates a restorable car from a parts car for me.

                John
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                • #9
                  luckily for me, I own a metal shop, that's not rust, this is rust :-)


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                  • #10
                    The difference is just about every piece of sheet metal for a Mustang is available new. All the inner structure for a Squarebird has to be fabricated from scratch. It would be nice if Squarebirds had the same kind of aftermarket support.

                    John
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                    • #11
                      Here is one solution for the rusted radiator support: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1958-1960-T...kAAOSwMu5ehJu7

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by partsetal View Post
                        Here is one solution for the rusted radiator support: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1958-1960-T...kAAOSwMu5ehJu7
                        fantastic find! thanks.

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                        • #13
                          Robert when you make the decision to sell, we need to move this into the For Sale Forum.. That was a good find by Carl!

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                          • #14
                            quick question, the main bearings seem to have mixed results.
                            Some show main bearings for the FE from 1966-up

                            then others show 58-78

                            are they all the same? in other words, I'm gonna put it back together but if I can do it with one vs the other I can get a better deal.

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                            • #15
                              In the past I've used Sealed Power 4020M or Clevite MS445P main bearings. For some reason they show fitting 58-63 only. That shows a flange size of 3.684 OD. Others that fit 61-76 show a flange size of 3.824 OD. Maybe that's the difference. It seems that the 58-63 blocks need the smaller thrust face bearings compared to the later FE blocks

                              John
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