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  1. My experience has only been with a four post lift. It was nice because the car sat on its wheels ( we didn't have jack 71coop mentioned). For rusty or flexible cars, I would much rather have it on the wheels than try to lift by the body. Plus, you can stand on the thing to get into the car or under the hood, can't do that on a two post.
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  2. Well here is a partial repost/cut and paste/edit from my new member introduction last year. I figured this would be a better place for the car's history. So, with apologies for those that have already read this last September, here's my Mustang story: While I am not the original owner, I am pretty close. I bought the car in 1975 used from the local Ford dealer. It is a 1973 2V automatic Mach 1. When I acquired it there was 8000 miles on the clock. The woman who owned it originally traded it for a Mustang II. [how I met her is a story for another time]. I was in college at the time in Southern California and this is the car that I learned to work on cars with. I was a road racing fan at the time and my Mach saw many late night high-speed runs on the Angeles Crest highway back in those years. During my college days I made a number of “improvements” on the car. All of this work was done in the parking lot and under an apartment carport. Hedman headers, Offenhauser Dual plane intake, Holley 650 double pumper, Ram air, 351 Boss valve covers, 1971 4V Ford HO Cam, Rear sway bar, radial tires, Mallory electronic ignition, 1971 rear valence and dual exhaust. I am sure I am leaving out a number of things, but that is what I remember. The car ran pretty well and I managed a high 14 second run in the quarter which is saying something given the 2.75 open diff. In 1977 an idiot riding a bicycle between cars in a parking lot ran into my front fender. I decided to repaint the whole car since I wanted to remove the white ½ vinyl top that came with the car and put on 1972 stripes. I also changed out the tail lights to the earlier black surround style. This is also when I added the rear valence. In about 1980 I moved in next door to a guy with a 1971 Mach 1 4V HO car. He was going to trade his Mustang in on a BMW so I asked him if I could swap out some parts. He said no problem and over the next week or so I ended up with his 4V heads (open chamber), carb and intake manifold and he traded in a slightly modified ’71… Well come the early 80s and life got in the way. New wife, job, small garage…like many it was time to part with my pride and joy. I had a great dad who when learning that I was going to sell the car offered to buy it from me and store it until I could buy it back someday. He was sure I’d really like to have my “first love” back at some point in the future. He like so many others always regretted selling his first car. As I recall he gave me $3000 for it. We never did any paperwork so legally I continued to own it. I guess the transaction is better classified as a fully collateralized loan where there were no payments and he held the collateral. He stored the car in his airplane hangar and drove it monthly around the airport taxiways (you could get away with that back then) to keep it fresh. Fast forward to around 1990. My life situation was changed and I was able to “buy” my Mach back for the same $3000 I gave him 10+ years earlier. I decided the first order of business was to take the car back closer to stock and removed the headers, installing factory exhaust manifolds and factory dual exhaust. The ignition went back to points, coil back to yellow top, steering wheel back to original along with a few other things. She didn’t run nearly as strong anymore, but my days of racing up the Angeles Crest were behind me and I was happy to have my “first car” back. Well, again life got in the way and my automotive interests changed and the old Mach ended up languishing in storage and un-driven for 25 years which brings us to today. Now retired I have the time and flexibly to work on the car again. I’m going to get her back running and do some things I have always wanted to do. I have no illusions that the car will ever be particularly valuable to anyone other than me and I am not interested in showing or having the car judged. Today I am most of the way through a Tremec T5 conversion and have substantially finished my refurbishment. Most of my progress has been posted in the "What did you do to your car today" thread. In hind sight I probably should have started a build thread. Maybe someday I'll recreate that thread for prosperity. A few recent progress pics below (also reposts...sorry). -Chris
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  3. It would be worth the try. I would use a soft plastic putty knife so it would less likely to tear the headliner. I would try a section first and if it seems to be working okay I would pull it back out and put some type of adhesive on it and then redo it.
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  4. I did them myself. Watched some videos and figure I give it a try. Took some time and patience but they turned out nice.
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  5. Engine up date. Let me first say this has been a total exercise in patience. It's been a year since I dropped off my original 2 bolt and 72 4 bolt main blocks to who I will call engine builder #1. Well builder 1 had my blocks over 8 months and never touched them. Every time I would stop by I would get " I'm busy and check back with me in a month or so". The bummer is all the Pantera guys I talked to suggested builder #1 and my brother used him a few years back to build his Boss 302. So needless to say after 8 months I regretfully had to move on. On to engine builder #2 JBA speed shop San Diego. https://jbaspeedshop.com/ Back on a another waiting list. This time about 3 months which they said right up front. Finally I mean finally !!! thing are happening. I got the call from JBA a few weeks back that the blocks have been sonic tested and the 4 bolt main block tested thin above #5. Damn it!! If I was doing a stock build it would be fine. The good news my original 2 bolt block checked out very well. Second part of the call was that they need my flywheel to check the balance to the Scat crank and it just so happened my Tremec package showed up the day before. When I dropped the flywheel off and picked up the 4 bolt main block the 2 bolt block was in process of being board to the pistons. Yesterday I stopped by to see how things are going. Things are moving along. Unfortunately there waiting on Lunati cam . The rods and pistons are ready to go John wants to install the cam and 1 piston rod to degree the cam. The heads are in process as well. The machining on 1 head is done and drilling for the screw in studs on the second head was happening when I walled in. I'm so stoked to see this play out.
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  6. Names are for dogs, cats and horses. The only reference my car gets is 'scar maker'.
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  7. Great story, but: :worthlesswithoutpics: ----- So after my pal Jim bought a 1963 1/2 Galaxie 500 XL to have a cool hot rod to work on, I was jonesin’ pretty hard for a cool hot rod of my own. After pokin’ around on Craigslist for a few weeks, I’d decided to look at a 1971 Mach 1 being sold for way too much money… but it was locally in San Angelo. I originally saw the first pic (below, swiped from the CL ad, as a matter of fact) and was intrigued, but not “all-in” for $2800. I kept seeing it on CL for a few weeks with the price dropping a bit each time. It had gotten down to $2200 when I called the seller and asked about it. He said he’d had lots of interest (B.S.) and it wouldn’t last long (more B.S.). I waited a few more days and called to go see the car – meanwhile, my wife had found his ebay ad for the same car (more pictures) with pretty much the same description – for $2000. I printed that out and took it with me. My pal Jim was warning me off the whole time, but I had the Mach 1 Goggles on and I was going to have this car. The seller had said something about the $2200 CL ad price, and I showed him the ebay ad… to which he reluctantly agreed to honor that price. After crawling all over the car, noting the holes in the floor, the seized engine, seized master cylinder, the fact that he had no title or even a set of keys, along with Jim “Dude-ing” me the whole time, I walked away. We both came to the conclusion that it was WAY too rough for the money and that it was probably better to pass on this one (OK – he decided it was better to pass on it, but I wasn’t done considering all options yet). After another week, I called the guy back and asked how things were going, and he once again came back with the ‘lots of interest’ and ‘won’t last long’ B.S., and I told him I’d like to check it out one more time. So, I met him on a Saturday morning with a trailer and looked it over one more time. He still wanted $2200, and I reminded him of the ebay ad I’d shown him last time. He sighed and agreed again. But then I threw him a healthy dose of reality. He kept claiming it was a rare and desirable car, and worth a lot more – he’d just seen one go for $40K on Barrett Jackson. To which, I threw up the B.S. Flag. During that week away, I’d joined 7173Mustangs.com and I think this forum as well, and done a ton of research. Turns out it was a Boss 351 that went for $40K (very much NOT a ratted-out H-Code Mach 1), and I explained everything in detail about the car (production numbers, DSO code, how insignificantly not-rare or collectible the car is, etc.) and told him with the seized engine, rust, no title or keys, and overall sad shape of the car that I would give him $1600 and not a penny more. He started to protest and I basically told him that I’ve been watching this car not selling for the past 2 months, and that he wasn’t going to find another sucker to give him even that much. He wanted to argue, but finally agreed after seeing the trailer outside… and a few minutes later my other friend Don and I winched the Mach 1 onto the trailer, I handed him 16 Benjamins and took his quickie Bill of Sale that he’d scribbled out. I later found out he’d only paid something like $1000 for it, and was trying to pull off a Gas Monkey kind of a deal. It wasn’t until I got it over to the Auto Hobby Shop that I’d started being concerned about a few things… First, that I’d gone against Jim’s advice, Second that I’d paid too much, and Finally that there were no keys. I wasn’t even concerned with the lack of title, but that would sink in later and turn out to be no big deal as well, since it had ancient Texas plates, a military ID tag, and a Texas registration sticker from 1980 (it had fallen out of the system a long time ago). Jim was there just shaking his head, looking more like a disappointed father after I’d just wrecked the family car or something. He wasn’t pissed or anything, but he was definitely not initially very supportive. I’d even asked him, “OK, Jim. What should I start with?” Without missing a beat, he replied, “A tetanus shot.” Looking back on things, that was freaken hilarious… but at the time it just irritated me. Don said he’d ease the car off the trailer with the winch, but after I hopped in, he hit the release and the Mustang and I rolled off the trailer and picked up speed before bouncing hard onto the pavement and coasting away. This was the first time ‘driving’ the Mustang, but I was really more of a passenger, since the steering wheel was locked (with no keys), and the brake pedal was solid from the seized master cylinder. After it came to a stop, the guys helped push the car to an outside stall, and the comments began to roll out. Everything from, “whatta pile,” to “I wouldn’t have bought that POS,” to “what possessed you to buy THAT,” to “you’ll never make that nice again,” came from just about everybody who laid eyes on it… which just made me more determined – whatever… it’s my car now, and I’m going to make everybody eat their words. Here are some pics – a couple of Craigslist pics and a few from after getting the car to the shop. And 4 years later, this:
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