Many of us dream of restoring an old car to its original condition, but most of us lack the mechanical expertise to achieve such a lofty goal.

Grant is a reddit user known as glang25, and he has an affinity for 1960s muscle cars and always wanted to restore one to factory quality. He gradually saved enough money to purchase an old 1969 Ford Mustang that had definitely seen much better days. The problem was, he was not a serious mechanic and was forced to learn the restoration process through trial and error.

Check out his amazing progression that led to one of the most beautiful restorations we’ve ever seen.

12. Scouring The Internet

His web-based search led to the discovery of this beauty on Craigslist. Ok, so she’s not beautiful now, but you can imagine what this baby looked like in her prime. It isn’t clear exactly how much Grant paid for this rust bucket, but it probably wasn’t much.

11. In A Previous Life

What is clear is the amount of potential Grant saw in the car. He was obviously hungrier with his eyes more than his stomach because he got himself into a world of work. The previous owner sent Grant this photo of the car when she was initially retired from the road.

10. With A Little Help From My Friends

With the help of friends and acquaintances, Grant got to work on the restoration process. Dedicating a little bit of time in between his career, appointments, errands, and other obligations, Grant got to work on assessing the damage and determining the parts he would eventually need to restore the Mustang to its former glory.

9. Her First Spin

After a few months of internal engine work and a set of brand new tires, Grant took her out to attempt the first drive in what could have been years. His heart came to a near-stop when he put the key into the ignition. He took a breath and turned it over for the first time since he bought her!

8. Exterior Improvements

The next step was to give the car a brand new beautiful paint job. To save some money, Grant decided to add the coat of Bondo and prime, which he decided to do at home. When working on a car like this, restoration can get ludicrously expensive but check out the job Grant did in slide #7!

7. Already An Improvement

It’s incredible what a coat of primer can do to improve the aesthetic look of the old junker. Doesn’t it already look like a brand new vehicle? The next step was to add new accessories, interior work, and to decide on a final color for his new baby in slide #6.

6. Leave This To The Professionals

Adding a base coat of primer is one thing, but giving her a brand new coat of paint is something that is best left to the professionals. Grant found his person and decided on this classic-looking silver base. It would not have been my first choice, but it looks gorgeous so far!

5. Prepping For The Racing Stripe

Next, Grant and his co-restorers prepped the car to add a racing stripe down the center of the hood. No 1960s Mustang is complete without a sleek stripe to show the other cars on the road that this monster is not to be messed with. Check out the change on slide #4.

4. Racing Stripe Success

Just when you thought it couldn’t look any better, the racing stripe adds a whole new dynamic to the old car. It’s already pretty apparent that Grant had the exact vision of what he wanted the car to look like before he got started on this lengthy project.

3. Time For The Interior

The next step was to completely redo the disgusting old interior of the ’69 Mustang. Leather seats are essential and the work will definitely involve replacing nearly everything. Thankfully, Grant found new parts and the next step will force him to install the new upholstery and lining in slide #2.

2. Interior Is Now Complete

We know what you’re thinking. Yes, this is the same car that Grant purchased for pennies on Craigslist! We could hardly believe it ourselves. Brand new fresh-smelling leather makes all the difference in the world. But click over to slide #1 to witness the final product. Prepare to be amazed.

1. She’s A Beaut!

According to Grant, the whole project cost him around $9,000 and an unknown amount of time. Being up until 3 am or 4 am most nights can scramble the senses. But overall, Grant did an amazing job for being an amateur! It feels kind of weird calling him an amateur.

Throughout the whole process, Grant learned a lot about restoring classic cars and even more about himself. Through blood, sweat, and undoubtedly some tears, Grant proved that no car is garbage as long as you are willing to add a little tender loving care.

Under to hood, Grant says it’s “302ci (5.0L) bored over .30 with new Holley 4b carb and high output distributor.” Not sure what that means, but it sounds good. Well done, Grant!

Have you accomplished any incredible restoration projects like this? Which car would you choose to restore if you had the time and resources?

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