Converting A Coupe To A Fastback – Can It Be Done?

1967 Coupe to Fastback Conversion

It’s a question I’ve come across a few times while on this project of mine. Can you convert a Coupe into a Fastback? One though would be “Why?” Well with Fastback prices forever going through the roof and the abundance of Coupes it wouldn’t take a genius think of the idea. So let’s explore it a a bit shall we.

The short answer of course is yes, it can be done. You can convert a 1967 or 1968 Coupe into a Fastback but there are a few things you need to consider.

Price
Not having done myself I can’t say exactly how much it costs, but the chances are your not a metal work expert and you will need to have it done by some professionals. So when factoring in the cost of man hours, the work involved, tidying up and the finishing off to make it look like a real fastback you’re probably look at a bit of dough. And consider how much you paid for a good rust free (or minimal rust fastback) You may be close to the price of a Dynacorn Fastback body.

Almost the cost of a Dynacorn body, why not get one of those? Well you have to remember your coupe will most likely come with all the original Mustang parts whereas the Dynacorn body does not, it’s just that, a body. So add on the cost of an engine, interior, wheels etc. and you find your coupe project looking fairly cheap in comparison.

Structure

So we’ve decided to go ahead with it. Will it be structurally sound? is it legal? Well I’m not sure how the law goes here in Australia but in the states it does appear to be legal. There are several companies offering the service and by all reports they do do a good job, one of them being Drake Customs who state:

ALL OF OUR CONVERSIONS NOW COME WITH A STOCK STYLE INNER STRUCTURE THAT COMPLETES THIS CONVERSION 100%

Supply them your coupe and they will do it for a $5000.00 or buy a completed one from them for $8550. Not too bad if your not the purist. which brings me down the VIN.

Piece of Mind

Let’s say you did get one done, it looks great, drives well, is sound and is the envy of all your buddies. But at the end of the day you still have the Coupe VIN# under the bonnet. A tricky one to explain at the next Mustang Club Day. As I said if you’re not the purist then this won’t phase you but when investing so much money into it you might want to consider the resale value. Even if you don’t mind, someone else probably will. So don’t expect Fastback dollars for your car.

Overall it’s a great idea if you want a Fastback for half the price and you’re not worried about resale. This of course is just my opinion. I am no metal worker, no Mustang expert, just another fan putting some ideas out there. Check out the before and after photos below or read about what others have to say.

Photo’s courtesy of RASCalif

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24 Comments

  1. Carlos says:

    Hello, Everyone! I’m new here and I would just to say that I respect everyone one’s personal opinion on the subject. With that already said I would also like to give my own 2 cents about the idea of a converation.

    1. Everyone wants a Mustang Fastback and most people out there are not willing to pay top dollar for them because of the prices they see. I want a Fastback and I have a 67 Coupe and I would like to convert it because I want a Fastback and I don’t care about the whole “resale” idea because I intend to stay with that car. I like the idea of a “affordable” fastback because it does bring more customers to your door.

    2. Who cares about having a “fake” or so called “Clone” Fastback. Really! in the end its your car, its your money and you should use it or spend it on what ever you want it on. Simple as that. I am really considering going to Drake Customs and leaving my coupe there to be converted and all but…I still would like to know alittle more information about the finished product and how it rates against a “real” fastback. I can afford $5,550 dollars and I really enjoy hearing stories about people reaching their goals and or dreams. And if this Ray guy can help me, well…why not?

  2. Carlos says:

    True! But you have no thoughts about selling it, then there should be no problem as long as your not going to sell it. The only important person in this type of decision is you and you alone not the “other” person who is going to be driving it or that one guy who always asks you if your going to sell it or not, no!

    “It’s your money and you should do what you see fit!”

  3. james says:

    have been researcing this idea and found this page and will begin my conversion starting next week, like mentioned above iam not concerned with resale and its a project my wife and i are doing together. (this will be my first conversion, i also restored my orginal 73 mach 1 last year)

  4. Cameron says:

    Hi James,

    Keep me posted. I only touched on the subject here but wouldn’t mind following someone through it. I would post up updates on here for all to see.

    Thanks
    Cam

  5. james says:

    cam,

    hey no probs, i will definatly keep good pics and drawings, iam awaiting the arrival of my 67 coup tomorrow or thursday. i dunno your location but the place where i got it was old dominion mustang in va. great guys to deal with. and bunch of parts new and old in show room and yard. take care. ohyea my email is ghettoct@yahoo.com

  6. MartyMar says:

    Hey guys nice blog, I have done several coupe / fastback conversions and have to say that it is difficult to a degree but can be done. Also to solve the VIN number issue, for me im always shopping on ebay and other places with totally unrestorable fastback for sale, or sometimes you will find the titles for sale only..meaning the cars or junked out, but the titles are still good and legal. I just take the fastback title, and when I replace the front left appron on the coupe where there factory VIN is stamped I just restamp the new appron with the fastback VIN makeing it.. a real fastback since the appron is the only factory location for the ordignal VIN. but be sure to check with your local laws and such first before you do it, unless you dont care because i dont..lol

  7. rusty williams says:

    will some one give me info on how to or who has a kit avaliable if any

  8. rusty williams says:

    ive been a auto body fabricater for years needing info of parts needed

  9. JIM says:

    IF YOU NEED A DONER FASTBACK WITH PAPERS FOR YOUR DYNACORN BODY I HAVE A 68 FASTBACK 302 AUTO COMPLETE RUSTY CAR I AM CUTTING THE TOP OFF TO PUT ON MY 67 COUPE. I WILL SELL IT FOR 3500. 518-892-5253. I AM IN ALBANY NEW YORK.

  10. albert says:

    I am looking for a roof for my 67 fastback my roof is to rusy fro repair and i need to replace anyone know where i could buy one alvarez_alberto@hotmail.com

  11. Roman higgins the greatest running back alive says:

    Im 13 yrs of age but im looking for a mustang with 900 hp i drove a 1992 5.0 with a nitrious kit and a twin turbo kit and smoked a corvette but if you have a mustang for 10,000-under i can work something out when i get a job

  12. Bryan says:

    DONT do business with these guys. I placed an order and paid $9000 for a car on June 1 2009 and was suppose to have the car by the first week in August. Here it is Nov 20th and I still don’t have the car. Six weeks ago they gave me the excuse they were having problems with the paperwork (Title) for the car but should have it finished by October 15th. Still no car and they don’t return my phone calls.

  13. Richard says:

    Bryan in right! DO NOT give Drake Customs any of your money. My story is worse. I placed an order with them in January of 2009. They told me my car was “done” in March so I wired the balance. When I asked about delivery I started getting a lot of excuses about titles-blah, blah-and “let me pull your file and call you right back” only to never get a call back. I finally had to drive 5 hours to AZ from CA to actually talk to someone about the car. “We’re working on it. It should be done soon.” Have done that twice now (the second time was to pick up some extra parts I had delivered there to be put on the car). 12 months later, I’m now looking into lawyers to try to get my money back. AVOID AVOID AVOID!

  14. Pony says:

    I do like the idea, however your coupe, like mine is an original piece, the more we mess with the old cars that are left the more we fukk with the history of the mustang..they made so many with 6 bangers..and so many v-8′s..an so on..there were alot of 67′s produced..but tell me how many are actully left?..The thought of a fastback is kool but when i see a 67 on the road, thats just to kool for school, no matter a fastback or a coupe..they all rock!!

  15. Adrian says:

    I know muscle car factory here in Victoria has built a few of them.And it is cheaper and easier to do than fixing up a poor fitting body from dynacorn

  16. mitchell angell says:

    are their companies that will convert a coupe to fastback on the east coast?

  17. Mike says:

    Hi I am starting a coupe to fastback conversion right now. It is on a 65. After I am done, we are going to start another, then take orders I hope. Does anyone have pictures of the conversions?

  18. Richard says:

    UPDATE**********UPDATE**********UPDATE**********

    AVOID Drake Customs! Note: they are now going by the name of “Recon Classic Car Bodies and Performance”.

    My car was supposed to be ready in 3 months but after 21 months of lies, excuses and stall tactics, my patience has run out and I have opened a fraud case with the Arizona Attorney General against them and owner Ray Carmody. At least one other person I know of has also done this. I suspect this is why they’ve recently changed their name because the truth about “Drake Customs” is starting to come out. I have lost $10,181.00 at this point. They refuse to refund my money. According to shop manager Bobby Morris they have taken money from approximately 20-25 customers who are waiting for cars already but they have given us no estimated delivery times. If the AZ Attorney General can’t get my money back I’ll be getting a lawyer.

    AVOID, AVOID, AVOID Drake Customs, Recon Classic Car Bodies and Performance, Ray Carmody and Bobby Morris!

  19. Dean says:

    Hey i know that its been a while since this was released though i belive that it can not be very hard. Because the 67 68 69 70 mustangs were so popular they started to recreate them you can buy a whole 69 shell for 20 grand and you would be able to build a whole mustang out of the caterlogs they sell everything just by replacing the rear panels and the window and rear window, boot and the roof i think it woun’t be very hard to do compared to buying a rusting fastback roof that someone just choped off

  20. Ty Foxworthy says:

    We do conversions and can give some advice for coupe owners that are thinking about this. I know some companies out there do not perform as advertised. That is bad for our industry. The fun is in the driving!

  21. dillon says:

    Hey man im.just wonderi.g is what you have to do os just cut the roof off a fastback and weld it on to.your coupe bc that’s what I have been told plz email me with info chris_Offield@yahoo.com

  22. Nathan Frutiger says:

    Hey guys we are located in wny south of buffalo we have done five conversions in the last few years if your are considering building one I would suggest finding a roof in a field as far as the sheet metal work if your good with a welder its not to difficult but if you’ve never welded before I would not start on something this big till you get familiar with welding you can convert 1965 and 66 just as easy as a 67 or 68 1969 and 70 are completely different from coupe they can be done also but a lot more involved if some one is looking to have one built we can usually do the conversion in a boy a couple of weeks that’s just the metal fab if you would like one built give me a shout at my email nfrutiger7@Gmail.com or if you have questions

  23. Travis Furgason says:

    Hi, I want a 67-68 fastback to.turn into the “eleanor” replica but im having difficulty with the cost. A regular 67-68 fastback that runs is.like 20,000$ plus but if I buy a coupe and turn it into a conversion and then a replica later down the road would that be doable?

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