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  1. @bishoppeak thx man Today was an exhausting day again. Spent like yesterday the entire day crawling under car, on the floor, and up, and down and up... Played with acid and finished to remove what was left till the member holding the trans support. Will take it from there again when I will handle the underside, so I needed create some overlap. While there, I saw brown... so I know already I will be crawling again when I'll do the floors! :( Also did entire frame from torque boxes to radiator and all the rust is now gone. Thanks to a thick layer of oil
    6 points
  2. Man thank you all so much for the kind words and support. I dropped the car off at the painter yesterday I can’t wait to share pics with everyone! im headed back up to anchorage to be with my wife and soon enough we will have our son which I’m so ready for, appreciate everyone!
    6 points
  3. I have never cared what other people thought about the 71-3’s... I like them, would never own any other. Nothing wrong with the 73’s either....
    6 points
  4. I first saw a '71 Mustang walking home from High School in '71, brand new, sitting in a neighbors driveway. Compared to what I had been used to seeing in the muscle car/pony cars of the day, the new '71s struck me as ugly. The one I saw was Medium Yellow Gold.......kinda "American Cheese" looking, and I didn't care for the color either. Today, after owing a '66 GT-350, a '65 Hi-Po GT coupe, a 1970 Olds 442 W-30, a '69 GTO Judge, several assorted vintage hot rods,.....I've changed my opinion from when I was 18. I dig my '71 Mach. It's been very dependable to me for a good many years now
    5 points
  5. I doubt there are very many of you that ended up at your original home and birth place. My parents moved to Hendersonville, N.C. in 1946. My dad was drafted and sent home said he had a heart mummer but never had any issues from that. Anyway they bought a one bedroom home and little over 1 1/2 acres for $800. After both Dad and Mom passed away my sisters offered to sell their part of the home to me so I said yes and went to China to work and bought the home and my shop. I had lived at 11 or 12 different places over time. When I am anywhere here memories are everywhere. There is not a square
    5 points
  6. You sure thats not off your John Deere???
    5 points
  7. Nothing wrong with Thomas Dolby. Actually, "science' wasn't all that bad when I first heard it. Boy George I thought was just B.S. But who am I to judge, as I have found DEVO to be more of interest. Still, I think I'm turning Japanese and eating Iguana in Tijuana on a Mexican radio whoa-whoa.....
    4 points
  8. Hey guys, Today won't be for asking questions, but more to share my weekend find. My father used to have this yellow/black heavily modified '73 for about 20 years before selling it in 1995. I see an add last Monday with a similar car, only to found out that she was still alive, 20 minutes from my home. I pay a visit to the guy, really friendly man, that decide to keep it finally.
    4 points
  9. Hello! Former owner of a 1967 coupe and lucky new owner of a 1973 convertible! Looking forward to meeting folks and learning about the 71-73 ponies. Steven
    4 points
  10. Been very busy on many fronts lately and realised I did not post an update for a while now. So here's a glimpse of what i've been doing... On the mustangs side of things, it's been heaven for a few weeks. The weather was terrible most of the weekends but the moment it was dry, I could enjoy taking the 73 for a spin into the nice surroundings of my town. Put a few hundred miles on it.. Back home or forced to stay because of the rain, I've been busy on the 71. Done lots of time consuming things, here for instance, I've started to look at the gearbox Removed the
    4 points
  11. Like any little job, it would be easier the second time! But not much to it. Was lucky Motor City Mustang had the pieces I needed! Little by Little, My High School Mach 1 is coming along! Brad
    4 points
  12. Last weekend I pulled the exhaust off. I had "borrowed" this exhaust from a friend in 2003 when I first got it running. Was supposed to be temporary, but life intervened. He had originally installed it on his 67 coupe in high school - back in 1985! Have a pair of the height of early 80's exhaust tech - Sonic Turbos .... I had the guys in the shop make the sheetmetal parts for me. I designed them in 3/16 steel - it might be a bit overkill. Bent up a set of tubes to test fit. Passenger side fit nice, driver's side not so much. I formed a new driver's side Friday after I
    4 points
  13. My favorite tweet about ‘Merica ever:
    3 points
  14. And I can't forget to post my custom made cross-brace, export and Monte Carlo bar. It is based on Mike Maier's for 70s Mustang (https://mikemaierinc.com/products/64-73-mustang/chassis/64-70-mustang-mod-shock-tower-brace/). I bought his DIY kit which comes with the shock tower pads and straight tubing. I had to redo the firewall brace, bend the tubing, modify the pads and weld. I still need to paint it. I will eventually post a separate thread with more details. PS: don't spend too much time looking at the welds
    3 points
  15. Well Guess what guys? I'm back It's been 5 years since I last posted on the site (man time flies) In that time I've finished a few other projects (including my other 1972 Mustang) & unfortunately this car got put to the back burner. I also had to give up the shop I had it in. But that's another story for another day the main thing is that I'm on a major mission to finally FINISH this car. I'll try & post up on here & also try to get more videos done, I've revamped my you tube channel & have posted a few new videos. I've also posted up on the site face book page, For the new m
    3 points
  16. The last thing of the past weeks was installing some roller rockers for pedestial mount from Scorpion instead of the original rockers complete with setting of valve lash and preload the hydraulic lifters. Furthermore refreshening of the intake manifold due to the old carb leaking with new seals and gaskets... There she is: Before: After: Worst part was cleaning the heads and the valley off of the old gasket and rtv material...
    3 points
  17. Oh yes -- big shake down after all my work and boy - now feels like a new car -- I'm going to have to change my signature from the old green one .
    3 points
  18. Greetings.......These are the over rider traction bar mounts for the chassis and the axle.I made them out of 1/8'' and patterned them from a Shelby team car.They tie into the chassis at the rear torque boxes,The frame rails,and into the inner rockers.The holes are for 5/8'' heims.Next will be relocating the axle bump stops to the inside of the frame rails and notching the frame for the axle mounted traction bar mount.
    3 points
  19. Big news on my project—it’s shiny! Monday was paint day. I got up at 5:30am and called AAA because I had “car trouble”. The tow truck showed up and hauled the car to work for me. I got there early and moved everything into place and started my final prep work. Then I got the best gift I could ever ask for in this project. My co-worker Frank who runs the training center was going to help me! Frank is a fantastic painter and super highly skilled, so this was a major bonus. Frank did the tricky bits of masking, questioned a few setup issues and led me to better decisions, and made some pr
    3 points
  20. The fan belt is on correctly. Just the type, I guess. I drove to the small car show. Ran smoothly!👍😀 Here is a picture from show👇
    3 points
  21. With the Rickster off to the paint shop, I turned my attention to the interior and the motor. I had posted a question on the interior forum because I discovered the dash had 3 odd holes down to the left of the headlight switch. From my query, I learned that switches in that panel would have been for a convertible top, or associated with the factory convenience group. This car being a Mach 1, and without the factory convenience group, it's unlikely that those holes are factory. Also, they are kind of irregularly spaced, not lined up well, and off level, so I decided to eliminat
    3 points
  22. Here's how it looks under my A/C compressor. I like it.
    3 points
  23. Right now it's just a blunt end cut and "C" brackets that wrap around the rail just below the shock crossmember. I'll probably just do an angle cut at whatever makes sense and cap it with .125" steel. I have a couple other tweaks that I need to make before I'm ready to weld. Had a nice FB Marketplace buy this weekend, responded to an ad for a pair of toploaders and while I was there, also picked up a nice Weiand 351C tunnel ran for dual 4500 Dominators. I'll never use it, but it looks awesome on the shelf....
    3 points
  24. So I ended up making a change of plans. I ended up giving my brother the cooler that I had for his '60 Thunderbird since he is going to be putting a C6 into it. And ended up grabbing a B&M cooler instead. But it worked out much nicer in terms of mounting and Im really happy with the final result. It was easier to do braided lines to this, although what I ended up doing was using the factory lines most of the way to the front and then converted them to AN lines. Car is almost fully back to gether. A couple last things with the new radiator and she will be ready for the streets.
    3 points
  25. Summit Racing was having a sale on QA1 suspension stuff and I have been looking at there coil overs for some time. Well.....the time was now. Regular price was $629.95 and they were on sale for $566.96. I had to bite! They are expected the week of the 25th. Can't wait to see what difference they make in handling and ride
    2 points
  26. Things are getting awfully close. I got some pics from the painter. When he got it from me he blocked the last bit and then painted one last coat of primer. soon he will do the final wet sand before Paint this weekend, I can’t wait to see the end result the lines are crisp and straight. im still traveling back and forth and to day marks 32 wks which is a huge milestone for my wife’s pregnancy. For those who’ve been keepin my family in your thoughts I can’t thank you enough. I told him not to send me any pic of it in color so I can see it in person and film my reaction
    2 points
  27. I can just see the "Revenuer Race Team"..with their distinctive blue racing light.....and Thunder Road as the Nascar theme song played at the beginning of every race by a guest blues or rockabilly guitarist (to bring this back around to guitars...)
    2 points
  28. Wow—definitely family first. Best of luck and prayers for your wife and baby. The car will wait. I know this from experience, come see all my unfinished projects and then look at my kids’ race cars that are completed/ongoing race prep....and their massive pile of trophies. We’ve made a jillion memories Soap Box Derby racing all over the United States, and I wouldn’t trade any of those memories for the time I gave up on my own stuff. Prayers!
    2 points
  29. I have them in my 73 (bought that one first). Decided against them on my 72. I REALLY like the look, especially on the boss blackout (which my 72 does have)... But they are a bit finicky and you have to adjust them just right or they cause a valley around them on that long hood. It makes a sort of halo around them in the light. The area they go on is not very strong. For what it’s worth, the latch already has a safety catch, so they aren’t terribly necessary. I have heard of guys disabling them and just having the upper part to get the look without the hassle. I was actu
    2 points
  30. The primary reason for this thread was to discus reducing the amperage across the headlight switch and increase the power to and the brightness of the headlights. Another benefit of reducing the amperage consumed by the headlights is increasing available power (and voltage) to most of the rest of the car. All of the electrical systems in these cars is fed by that fat yellow wire that runs from the solenoid or terminal through the firewall and under the dash, except for power windows, convertible top, and heated rear window. All wire, including copper wire, has a small resistance to the fl
    2 points
  31. Look guys -- I'm glad in a way If these cars were so famous - say Marty McFly said the words "...you built a time machine ....out of a Mach 1?" then I wouldn't be able to afford any of them
    2 points
  32. Very productive afternoon today. The AOD is now totally dismantled and great news is that its in super condition. It also has all the goodies one can hope for a reliable operation behind a healthy V8. From the servo that was discontinued in 89, it's a OD type B, has the extra oil circuit on the governor and 4 or 5 frictions plates, so won't need to let some parts machined as I did on my C6. The friction plates are as if it drove only a few thousands, or the driver was really gentle. No dmg or wear noticed anywhere. In fact I could have placed that trans without doing a thing and like
    2 points
  33. That is a nice torque curve. I hear ya on the cost - spent a chunk of change on mine as well. I see you had the same issues as I did, going lean in the 4k range and up. I am running a Holley 750 Street HP and we had 80/88 jets in it. It was getting late and we elected to leave it as-is and I'd do the final tune when it was in the car with a wideband O2, as the exhaust might cause it to richen up. I'll be getting some qulaity time in a month or so playing with air bleeds and PVCR sizes.
    2 points
  34. I have Rocketman's harness. And although I have not used it yet, it's an obvious quality piece, and he's a site supporter. I'd definitely recommend his product over an Amazon product.
    2 points
  35. Quite right --- that was the French influence to Anglo Saxon -- I totally agree ... I like dropping the "u" ..and that also goes with "humor" and let's not forget that French is the sound of someone trying to speak and hurl up at the same time.
    2 points
  36. Watch me stumble through my ways as I get the last glass in. Huge thanks to forum member Kilgon for his write up. This was my source material for sure
    2 points
  37. Ok, so today I installed the new rear Addco 990 anti-sway bar. I got it yesterday, but too late to do it. Besides, today was a lot warmer. Getting the old 990 bar out proved to be a bit harder than I thought. In 2019, I had new mufflers and tail pipes installed and the pipes were custom made. After a bit of struggling, I figured it out, drop the tailpipe and muffler on one side, then it came out easy. Putting the new bar back in was a reverse of getting the old one out. There is one thing I'll mention and that is the fuel vapor return. Before, I had to add a spacer under the clamp so it would
    2 points
  38. Hello from Seattle! 73 351 H Code with a C6 transmission. Coded Blue Glow (repainted) with Med. Blue Knitted Vinyl interior.
    2 points
  39. Yes your car did come with AC. The second picture on the right is the heater core hook up and on the left is the AC lines going to the box. There should have been an expansion valve there and then hoses to the compressor. I would suggest you take the heater box out probably a leak in the heater core. Search for threads about it on the Forum. You have to pull the dash out to get the heater box and blower out. Not difficult and there are several threads about it. Also go to the WCCC, West Coast Cougar Classics, web page they have great video on how to open the heater AC box and how to restore. Y
    2 points
  40. On your 8-Track. I have several in car and in home. One thing that people do not think much about are the tapes. There is a place on the net that sells new rubber wheels and one thing that goes bad is the foam pad behind the tape. Will cause the player to eat the tape. Be sure can clean the head and the drive on the side that pulls the tape across. If it gets dirty tape will surely stick and make a mess. You can get them to wind back up sometimes by pulling on the tape fast and it will rewind sometimes. It is tricky getting the cases apart you have to pry the hooked pins to the side and spread
    2 points
  41. Although we got 6", the roads were warm enough that it didn't really stick, so a waste of time and money, but as I said before, "liability". Oh well, my new rear sway bar will be here in a day or two, so I'll have some work to do before I'll want to take it out to check out the handling and headlights!
    2 points
  42. I'll second that, droptop73. I think this is a change I definitely want to make even though I don't do a lot of night driving in the Mach. Then I can say ALL my lights are now LED type!! (with the exception of the ALT bulb in the idiot light cluster)
    2 points
  43. Maybe, it was like this from the factory? As delivered to me on my 71 J Code Vert in 2015... It was black under this colorful example.
    2 points
  44. Thanks, David and Trig. This car didn't have a rear window defroster, wasn't a convertible, has seatbelt light above the dash, and this car didn't have the factory convenience group with the parking brake warning light. The holes were not lined up very well, had rough edges, and were off size, so after cleaning up, I welded them closed. A little grinding cleaned them up, and then a skim coat of body filler and a little sanding... And then some primer and the dark charcoal metallic paint and Voila!! So that is done, and while it's not perfect, I
    2 points
  45. Biggest thing is to not go too aggressive with your sanding or buffing. ESPECIALLY on corners and edges. Don't run the buffer too fast or build up excessive heat. Its very easy to burn through fresh clear and paint. To be honest if you have never done it before , I probably wouldn't recommend starting on this car! You can do way more harm than good if your not careful. Your water and paper have to stay clean, clean, clean. If your getting dirt nibs out first, make sure they don't stick to your paper because they will scratch the hell out of the clear if they get embedded in the paper.
    2 points
  46. Here, my example, freshly painted, without cutt and buff, 1 layer primer, 2 layers base, 2 layers clear, all in one noon:
    2 points
  47. Holy Shamolee! It's a real Bobby-Dazzler!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2 points
  48. 2021 marks our 50th anniversary together.....she has aged far better than I have!
    2 points
  49. I’m a marine mechanic certified in Honda and suzuki outboards. live in Homer, Alaska right next to the water!
    2 points
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