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Spechti last won the day on January 10 2012

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    1971 Mustang Mach 1 (under restoration), 1973 Lincoln Mark IV (show boat)


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    Hamburg, Germany

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  1. Thanks, guys. The car including the complete drivetrain was restored 3 years ago. It got new mounts for engine and trans. I have a replacement mount left over and can change it for testing. I also have obtained a transmission vibration damper from another FMX which I can test. That is some kind of foot-long arm with a weight on it. It is mounted to the flat 3-bore part on the lower trans extension housing.
  2. Hi there, after exploring in different directions, I still have some vibrations in the drivetrain. The vibration is rpm-related, not speed-related. So I can for the most exclude the driveshaft, axles an tires. A strong suspect goes way to the transmission, flexplate, torque converter. I have a complete set of parts here, including another rebuilt FMX as well as a new Pioneer flexplate with 164 teeth and 28 oz. imbalance and a new balanced torque converter. I plan to replace the whole trans assembly and want to do this from below the car. The 71 Mach 1 has a dual exhaust with a crossover tube on height of the slip yoke. Can the transmission be removed from the car without unmounting the exhaust System? Experiences? Michael
  3. Hi Totalled, that's exactly what I experienced with my Pioneer balancer. Vibration got worse with it on the engine. Changed back to the original Ford part. It is better, but not gone. Got a second, used FMX with a new Boss Hog TQ and new flexplate. Will change them in the spring. I had a pioneer on my engine.. And it had a vibration. I swapped the stock dampener on, and it got better.
  4. I have the same on my 71. I was retrofitted with compcams magnum hydraulic roller cam, Crane hydr roller lifters, crane hardened pushrods, comp beehive springs, stainless valves. I have a slight tick in the valvetrain when the engine is cold. After a mile of driving the noise is gone completely an does not come back until the engine stands cools down. My suspicion is that the valve springs I selected are too hard and give too much load on the valvetrain. I will change them next year for the same style of springs with a lower springload.
  5. Hi there, I have followed this interesting thread for a while. Accidentally I found this car at the Florida-located company RAGTOPS". I was on their premises some years ago and remember they had very nice cars in their inentory. The car shown for sale is a red 1973 convertible with a 351 2V engine. It has a plaque on the center console identifying it as an award car handed from Lee Iaccocca to the (in 1973) very successful Ford dealer Sam Marshall of Marshall Ford in Cleveland. The plaque states that it is the last 1973 Mustang of the assembly line in Dearborn. It carries the sequence number 262956 which makes it a possibility that this could really be the last car of the 1973 breed. Does anyone have serious doubt that Lee Iaccocca - who reportedly hated the "fat pigs" - gave one as an award to a promoted dealership? This is the part of the story I have problems to believe...
  6. I did not have good experiences with a repacement damper. During engine overhaul I changed the original for a Pioneer 872027 bought from summit with a 28oz imbalance. After reassembly and startup of the renovated Cleveland it ran with a vibration. After replacing the Pioneer again with the old OEM part the vibration was gone. So I think that not every damper that fits on a Cleveland and is advertised for it by the manufacturer oes really run good. Did anyone have the same experience after replacing the old balancer?
  7. The blue is very close to the blue on my Mach 1. Man, I love blue! Michael
  8. I must admit I am not the Cliff-Richard-guy, but thanks for the moodful video. My heart is more with AC/DC (a wink to Australia), Guns n' Roses or Waylon Jennings when I'm on the road. When it comes to "romantic" tunes, I like Willie Nelson or Dean Martin. And I don't like Autobahn driving, I am more used to scenic or country roads which the Mustang likes more. Northern Germany has lots of them and you alway find a nice one to cruise along. About the blue, my friends call the car "the Blue Pearl", I guess it is a tribute to the ship of Jack Sparrow, sorry, Captain Jack Sparrow. It is in the garage. Not yet painted. Mounting holes are already in the valance panel. I could not yet convince myself to install it. It is a controverse topic and a bit polarizing.
  9. Hey guys, I had some requests and appreciation comments on the color of the car. It is true that the blue catches the eye, especially when the car is parked in the sun. There is a special "glow" to it which is not in the factory acapulco blue. That is true. I did not exactly reproduce the original color, although it was my first intention to make the car as close to its former factory look as possible. First doubts came when I put a lot of the interior repro parts and repainted parts next to the color swatches with the acapulco blue. There was some "bite" and some disharmony in the colors. So I picked more color swatches from my painter and expermented further with a good friend with safe taste having all the upholstery and trim stuff on a table outside on a sunny day. We found the stunning color in the Glasurit color library and we both instantly agreed that this is THE color. It is a hue darker and greener than the factory blue, but shines a lot more. The Glasurit color code is MB764.00 The Glasurit color code for the argent used is MA158.50 I have some more pics that show the almost eletric glow in the sunshine. And some from the paint shop while the job was done. Best wishes Michael
  10. I agree with the majority of guys here and find the yellow bumper much more matching to the car than the chrome one. This topic shows again how important it is that the rubber bumpers should be reproduced.
  11. The early belts in the cars of the 60s and 70s were closely related to those from aviation. The same type belts werde used in planes. Sometimes with exactly the same webbing and buckles. Companies that service and repair aircraft belts and those from parachutes have these grommets. I had my 71 belts completely overhauled in such a business.
  12. Thanks for the nice comments, guys. How do I apply for the COTM show?
  13. I got a nice kit from very helpful Joel Murphy from Murphy Transmissions. http://www.murphysautomotive.com/About_Murphys/index.html There were also bushings, steels and frictions included. Unfortunately not all bushings are in the kits. Some bushings like the center support bushing or the pump input shaft bushing are very difficult to locate.
  14. Hi guys and fellow horsemen, a few weeks ago, I saw the nice autumn colors in the woods and took the Mach 1 for a spin out there. The canon cam on the passenger seat, I looked for nice photo locations. I found some nice colorful leaf beds southwest of Hamburg, germany and used the opportunity for some nice shots which I like to share with you. Have fun with them. Michael
  15. I also have the big clock in my 71 Mach 1 converted to a tach by the Rocketman Bob and I am very happy with it. It works nicely, was easy to connect and the instructions that came with it were great. A future project will be the conversion of the triple center gauges of which only the oil pressure gauge seems to work properly. The ammeter seems to have no function and the temp gauge is very coarse in display.
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