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