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  1. OK, with a bit of Corel PhotoPaint trickery I bring you a Mustang sporting an XA and XB Falcon grille (XA top, XB bottom). To tell the truth I was pretty sceptical how it would look considering the Mustang front is not as wide as the Falcon and thought the extra headlights would look crowded in there - but it actually looks pretty smart! (although the XA makes grille makes it look a bit too much like a Camaro for my liking). Both grills would need sections cut out and the grille rejoined to make it fit but I'm sure it could be done. The XB grille is plastic and could be plastic welded if someone knew what they were doing, but from memory from when my Dad had an XA Falcon I think the grill was metal and would require a little bit of creative welding/ brazing to do the job. Fangstang might have a better memory about the XA grille being metal or plastic though. In fact, I wouldn't mind putting an XB grille in my own car after seeing how nice it looks, but doing that here in Australia would see me getting crucified by other Aussie Mustang owners!!
  2. i had a look at a grill on the weekend, i was surprised to find out the xb falcon is wider then my 72 mustang, i have a mate who is doing up a xa coupe and has not made up his mind what front to use xa,xb,xc so ill take a pic of the grill against my mustang and give you a look. The Falcon coupe is certainly wider with the rear quarters bulging out to add almost 3 inches of extra width over the Falcon sedan version, however other dimensions between a Falcon sedan and a 71-73 Mustang are very similar. Having said that, although the Falcon sedan is not technically much wider than the Mustang, I think it appears that it is because the Falcon has very flat sides in comparison without the sculptured side radius and flared wheel arches of the Stang - also the tapered front of the Mustang adds to the slimming effect. The bottom line is that the Falcon is certainly a bulkier looking car than it's US Mustang cousin. So the different contoured sides between the two cars add 4 inches of extra width to the Falcon interior - 60 inches for the Falcon (from information off the internet) to 56 inches on the Mustang (measured myself), I know there's not much height to look out of a Mustang windscreen, but I remember when I used to own my Falcon coupe it was literally like looking out of a letterbox!! Length Falcon = 190.4" Mustang = 189.5" Width Falcon coupe = 77.5" Falcon sedan = 74.8" Mustang = 74.1" Like they say, if you want to look thin then hang around with people fatter than yourself - so if you want your 71-73 Mustang to look thin then try and find an Aussie Falcon Coupe to park it next to! BTW, nice XR6 Fangstang!
  3. Hi John, I live down in Bendigo (central Vic) Brett Thanks mate I know Bendigo we lived at Bealiba about 30 years back I have seen a few Mustangs on Ebay from radio girl in Bendigo John Did a bit of gold prospecting with my metal detector about twenty years ago around Bealiba, though I'm sorry to say the yellow metal always did elude me. If horseshoe nails and spent .22 cartridges were currency I would be a man of great wealth today. I've seen the cars radiogirl has been putting up on ebay of late and have been surprised at the fair buy it now prices the seller has listed when compared to a lot of the other dreamers on there. A yellow 72 Mach 1 went for $7800 a couple of months back which I thought was alright, though it must of had it's problems because the new buyer put it back up on ebay about two weeks later and sold it for about $1000 less.
  4. Hi John, I live down in Bendigo (central Vic) Brett
  5. Hey, thanks for posting that pic of the Cobra's - only 400 of them made and it looks like a good swag of that number turned up for the photo shoot! I don't think Eric Bana had any effect on the prices as the value of the coupes skyrocketed a few years before his Love the Beast film came out. There were only ever about twenty thousand of these coupes made, so I think it's just a case of motor enthusiasts here realising what a unique body style the car is and that a good percentage of the 20,000 cars probably no longer exists. And really, if someone here decides they want a piece of the Aussie coupe muscle car history from the 60's and 70's there is hardly any choices - a few different models Ford Falcon's, Holden Monaro's, Holden Torana's and Valiant (Chrysler) Charger's are all we've got to chose from, and all of these cars are pulling good money now. I'm guessing the reason the US didn't get our Falcon's is you guys were already spoiled for choice with the range of brands and models and I doubt the local Ford factory thought there would be a business case to engineer a LHD vehicle and pay to ship it stateside against so much competition. You guy's might get a ute yet; I read recently were there is a reasonable chance Holden will be exporting their 2014 ute to North America under the Chevy badge as a new El Camino. I've got a '99 AU Falcon ute and it's the handiest car I've ever owned!
  6. Welcome from the down under of Down Under (Victoria). Stick a pin in the south of the members map if you feel like it - it's too top heavy at the moment ---> http://www.7173mustangs.com/usermap.php
  7. I'd always been drawn towards the XB coupes because of the Mustangy like front, but those XA hardtops were the toughest looking of the XA-XC hardtop breed. In fact if it came to a choice now between and XA or an XB I reckon I'd pick the XA hands down!! If they destroy any coupes in the new Mad Max movie there'll be hell to pay I tells ya!
  8. Pedal sequence in RHD cars is the same as in LHD - left clutch, middle brake, right accelerator. Indicator lever is on the opposite side of the steering column though. Gas (petrol) is about AU$1.50 per litre here at the moment, so that works out to be approx US$5.70 per US gallon. The interest in Australia for US cars has really taken off in the past ten years since they allowed cars 30 years and older to stay left hand drive, and especially so of late as the AU dollar has climbed in the past few years from being worth half a US dollar to now being worth more than the US dollar, so even adding $2500 shipping on to the cost of the car it is an extremely cheap way to get a car on the road here that stands out from the crowd (I often wonder what US car enthusiasts thinks about their local muscle being shipped off forever to strange countries). With Australia being of similar size to the USA, Ford and Holden (Chev) here from the 1960's onwards tended to follow the US model of building decent size cars with decent size engine choices for family comfort in travelling long distances and also for towing capacity, so US vehicles are really kind of second nature to us. For instance, the 1975 Falcon XB Coupe I had here had virtually the same suspension and running gear as a 71 Mustang, though it was a little bit different that it came out with a 302 Cleveland (a non-existent animal in the US) which I eventually had stroked during an engine rebuild by getting a 351 crank dropped in. Mustangs are of course one of the favorite cars to import - the last concourse in Melbourne in the state of Victoria alone had over 400 Mustangs turn up throughout the day! More photo's of the 2011 Australian Mustang Nationals can be found here: http://mustang.org.au/forum/viewthread.php?tid=14271
  9. Hey Fangstang, don't be showing me pictures of XB Coupe's; it makes me sad!! I had a reasonably decent XB GS Fairmont coupe and sold it about ten years ago for $2200 and began regretting it six months later and to this very day :( Thought I'd buy another one one day but then the prices went absolutely through the roof - I actually paid less for my rust free 72 Mustang than I would be able to get a dodgy XB for. I suppose I should look on the bright side though, as if I still had the XB I would not have a Mustang right now.
  10. Thanks for the write-up 72HCODE, certainly is an interesting (and frightening) read! I've found a Mustang parts dealer here in Australia who is going to sell me a set of OEM rubber bushings for AU$45, and the poly ones I bought are going in the bin.
  11. I'd love to be the owner of that orange Mach 1 - thanks for posting the pics.
  12. Welcome from Down Under ::welcome::
  13. I think SWMBO is "She Who Must Be Obeyed"
  14. Thanks for the informative replies guys. 72HCODE, those pictures you posted were enough evidence for me - I'm going to get some rubber ones instead!!
  15. Got some slightly worn strut rod rubbers which are starting to make a bit of noise, so I recently bought some polyurethane bushings the same as these from ebay:- Prothane Strut rod bushings Since buying them I looked on the net and found lots of people saying they are dangerous because they put too much shock strain on the strut rods and can cause them to break, and only rubber bushings should be used. I've also seen quite a few mentions that there is nothing wrong with using them, and the worst that will happen is you might feel the bumps in the road a bit more. Does anybody here have any actual bad experiences with poly strut rod bushings? I get the feeling that 90 percent of the people on the net that are against them are only repeating what other people have said, and I have a hard time believing that when the company selling them says "Replace worn suspension components for better than new performance" that they are leaving out the bit that says "our parts will cause your strut rods to break and cause you to crash and die a fiery death"...... Also, I had a wheel alignment done not too long back and obviously after replacing the strut bushings I should get another alignment done. What I was wondering though is if I take an accurate measurement from the lower control arms to a fixed part of the car body before I take the strut rods out, shouldn't it mean that after the new bushings are installed that if I adjust the strut rods to duplicate the previous measurement then my alignment will stay the same so I won't need to take it to a shop for a new alignment??
  16. I'm a bloke who hates it when something that the car came out with doesn't work, and the "fasten seat belt" light is no exception. The light has never worked since I bought the car (globe tested ok) and I wasn't even sure how the thing was supposed to work, though the unplugged wire down near my aftermarket seat belt retractor made me surmise that it would have been connected to the original seat belt mechanism. Anyway, I did a search on the net and found this little device from snakebite.com.au which powers the seat belt light for 20 seconds when the car is switched on, then turns it off (AU$51): http://www.snakebite.com.au/seatbeltwarninglighttimer-p-178.html Today I wired it in - two wires to the light, one to earth, and one to a fuse that powers up with the ignition switch. It works great!
  17. You know, I must admit that twenty years ago when I had my '70 Mach 1 that I was one of the people who used to talk rather unkindly about the 71 - 73 models. Not so much that I didn't think they weren't a nice looking car, but mainly a sense of sadness and indignation that the Ford designers hadn't continued the design on even further with the traditional angled front and beautiful coke-bottle rear quarters of the earlier models, and I thought any true Mustang enthusiast must be mad to have a Mustang that didn't look like what my idea of a Mustang should be. It was being out of the Mustang scene for many years that finally cured me of that crazy bias. I came to realise the curves and lines of these cars is really something special (lower,wider,longer!), and if the comments I get from the general public are to be believed there's certainly no bias against these cars from non-mustang owners. You've got no idea how many times I've come back to my parked car to find people taking photo's of it, and even cruising on the open road I see people taking photo's from inside other cars - that's not the sign of a car being considered fat and flabby! (unless of course I'm wildly mistaken and the pics they take are being posted on fatnflabby.com:D) I reckon if Ford had bought out the 71-73 cars under a stand-alone non-mustang name they would be seen today as a ground-breaking unique design, and they'd probably be a lot more expensive than they are at the moment too.
  18. For an ex "good ol' boys" car that thing is looking pretty darn good - well done!
  19. I'd kill for a pair like that! Never seen a late model Mustang up close (very thin on the ground here in Australia), but that picture made me wonder about the comparative size of our "big bodied" cars against the new cars. Googled it and came up with these figures - the new models are right up there in the same beefy goodness we enjoy in our early models! 1971 length - 189.5" 2010 length - 188.1" 1971 width - 74.1" 2010 width - 73.9" 1971 height - 50.1" 2010 height - 55.6" 1971 track - 61.5" 2010 track - 62.9" 1971 wheelbase - 109" 2010 wheelbase - 107.1"
  20. I posted this doctored picture of my Mustang in an earlier thread as a joke. Please, please don't use it as inspiration!!! :s
  21. Well I've spent hours staring at that clip on my car wondering what on earth it's function could be! How does it work??
  22. Now there's a car that stands out in the 'hood....that color is magnificent!
  23. I can't believe how cheap that house is either. In the rural city I live in (population approx. 100,000) that house would be about AU$250,000 ($US and $AU conversion rate is about the same value). In my states capital city of Melbourne it would cost about $400,000, and in Sydney it would be even more than that!
  24. Just found this on Youtube - dash cam of a 73 Mustang coming around a corner and stacking into a 1965 Mustang GT350 at the 2011 Targa Tasmania :( I've been following the build video's that this bloke had been putting up on Youtube - sad to see it end like this. Car looks repairable though: [video=youtube] and [video=youtube]
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