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 |  Jun 17 2012, 10:01 AM

Father’s Day is today, and if you’re still scratching your head looking for a last minute gift, you may want to consider starting a restoration project with your ‘ol man.

Ford sent out a friendly reminder that its Mustang model will be celebrating its 50th birthday in less than two years. And with average restoration projects taking about two years time, starting one today would mean you could celebrate with everyone else when the milestone date comes around in April 17th, 2014.

Classic Ford Mustangs are a staple in the automotive community, and the American automaker has continued to support its classic models by offering Ford-licensed restoration parts for classic 1960s Mustangs to help with those projects. Best of all, if you take your time to plan out your restoration project, it could be done in your own garage without breaking the bank.

95 percent of classic Mustang parts are available through Ford’s Restoration Parts website, which means anyone could get their hands on original parts for even a 1960s-era Mustang.

“We offer everything from a door handle to a complete Mustang body,” said Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration Parts licensing manager. “We just recently launched a 1965 Mustang convertible body – the complete assembly, all the sheet metal from the hood to the trunk. It is designed to enable fans of the original Mustang to build the classic of their dreams using a body that is stronger than the original.”

Want an idea of what it would cost to fully restore a classic ‘Stang? A reasonable budget for a complete restoration can be anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 – but that also includes a new or rebuilt engine, transmission, rear axle, brakes… you get the point. So print out a nice photo for your Dad today, and pitch the idea of starting a restoration project together. Not such a bad idea is it?