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  • Birthday 03/26/1955

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    1971 Mustang Mach 1 ram air 351c H-code, fmx, ps,pb, medium yellow-gold, hubcaps and beauty rings. Added stripes, wing, 3.50 trac-Loc, heavier suspension, chin spoiler


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  1. '73 for sure...that half-vinyl roof is something I don't see often, I believe it was an option, but not really sure I've ever seen it on a Mach. Rear window louvers are an obvious owner touch. Nice looking car from what we can see here.
  2. I've said this before on another entry............The new cars do everything better than our old cars,....but who cares? Nobody. Real car people, or, at least "car people", as I have defined in my mind, don't mind the tinkering, the lack of knowlegeable mechanics at their local garage, or the having to special order darned near everything, including tires, for their cars. Others are leasing new cars, perhaps for write-off purposes or maybe work related, but leasing is not owing, it's like dating. Leasing you can walk away from the relationship without being committed to it. Still others, have no mechanical interests, and have difficulty figuring out which end of a screwdriver is held, and will keep driving the car into the ground, or when the ashtray fills up, whichever comes first. Another segment of the population gets a new car for status, to be seen in, maybe to make them feel like they're big shots, and some foolishly think they can handle a fast car like a race car driver and they drive their new car as the assholes they really are. REAL car guys ( and girls) actually own their vehicle, deal with the maintenance, don't care what you think...they like their car. It's more than a car, it's an old friend that you can hang with, and it's more about the soul and personality our old cars have, than the lack of same in a new car.
  3. I've Googled "71 Mach 1 Mustang Images" , on the computer, and have found that almost all fixed up today have been retrofitted with Magnum 500 rims, and you KNOW, like mine, most had WSW tires and hubcap/beauty ring combos when delivered. I'd guess this is the most often changed item that owners do, exceeding the stripes and wing issue.
  4. Here's some printed info on 351s and the subject of sleeving. Especially, note that re-targeting the bore for maximum wall thickness when sleeving, rather than just over-boring the existing hole, is common practice, making a sleeved block more reliable than as cast in many instances. Street hobbyists aren't aware of the procedure, and most don't need it done, but we do it at work. 351 C Info.pdf
  5. I sure am diggin' that brand new shiny red Mustang zipping around Vegas. I've zipped around Vegas in my Mach 1, ( not on two wheels though).Many years ago, I was a singer in a relatively successful group, and amongst other venues and gigs did a fair amount of Vegas dates. Between my big pompadour hairdo back then, and my Mach 1 ( which was just as visable and well known ), I could just pull up to valet parking at any casino and just leave the keys with them. The casinos all knew whose car that was, and who drove it. While not nearly as cool as James Bond, here's me then ( on right), and my car...
  6. The reason I replied with "Really?", is that I've found that a lot of people have a misconception about running a sleeved block, either just one or all cylinders. What is the determining factor is cylinder wall thickness prior to sleeving. Obviously, a block that experiences core shift to the point of the bore required to sleeve a hole renders a cylinder block too thin, should be passed on. At work, we sonic check ALL cylinders on a block requiring a sleeve to make sure it's do-able. A sleeved block, in and of itself, is not at all a problem. Some factory engines used to come new with sleeves, ( picture an old V8-60 Ford ) many modern new engines today, do as well. A sleeve is centrifically cast, making it a stronger , denser, and more uniform material, than factory cast iron blocks are. Sometimes, we can do a boring bar "push", which, when measurements justify doing, will gain some extra wall thickness around a sleeve. A bore receiving a sleeve is not bored all the way through, but left with a step, which the new sleeve is driven to ,and stops. The top of the sleeve is finished flat to the deck, so the sleeve is captive, and cannot move up or down if it wanted to, and it is press fitted as well so it's not going anywhere. Of course, most ALL aluminum racing engines are sleeved as well, however, they are cast to be so. All engines are not created equal. Your Chevy blocks have much thicker cast cylinder walls. I'd have no issues with boring a 327 Chevy to .060 over, but I wouldn't recommend doing that with your 289 Ford, It may overheat, due to thin wall casting techniques, but not always, so have the machine shop check. I would sleeve before I'd scrap a Cleveland. We just sleeved a Boss 302, no problem. I don't have the numbers on minimum wall thickness when boring for sleeves in my head, Alex at work, who does all of the boring and honing does, but as long as you're good, sleeves will save a block from the scrap pile. Sleeves come in various thicknesses, so oft-times a thin sleeve is preferred when walls bore to the thin side. . So, that's what I know on the subject. If you need to save a block, don't be afraid, just sonic check first.
  7. I'll respond. Keep in mind that I hold no PhD in any lubricant studies, rather just my opinion, or, observation here. I have tried a synthetic oil some years ago, and It did the job, no better but no worse than petroleum based oil. It did hold it's viscosity when the engine was hot, so oil pressure hot indicated better ( higher ) than with regular oil. But I have a couple of cons to using synthetic. Firstly, cost......rather than buy oil 3 times more expensive than regular oil, I could just use regular oil and change it out three times as often and have cleaner oil. Speaking of changing oil, just because synthetic oil doesn't break down as readily as petroleum based oils, I still want to change the filter regularly to remove any combustion by-products, or minute metal particles, etc. Secondly, if you leak any, or get some on your hands, it doesn't just wipe away with solvent like a petroleum based oil will. Thirdly, as I hold an A&P license, I was made aware in school, that the FAA doesn't certify synthetics in piston engines. Something about combustion by-product contamination, If I remember correctly. ( Av-gas IS heavily leaded, even the standard 100LL blue fuel used in general aviation ), so that may be a factor in the FAA's testing. Synthetic oil IS used exclusively in aircraft turbine engines and synthetic greases in gearboxes, and hydraulic system fluid ( Skydrol ) where it never comes into contact with combustion. Now, there are lots of people who do use a synthetic in their cars and are happy with it, lots of newer vehicles run it, but, I'm satisfied with using a good brand of petroleum based Racing Oil, which has zinc in it ( I use Valvoline VR-1 ), but there's Castrol, Kendall, etc, there are a handfull of quality racing oils with zinc to chose from. There you have it....my totally grassroots outlook on synthetic oil.
  8. I went to a shop party for a shop that does custom automotive fabrication. The shop's lot was packed with people's finished cars. I was the ONLY Ford car in attendance, in that every car there was a modified Camaro, Chevelle, Vette, C-10, etc. After the party, later, I drove home, feeling happy that although I had less money in my restored Mach 1, I had the most stand out car in attendance. One guy even told me my car was his standout favorite on the whole lot. But then, that's why we don't have Camaros, isn't it?
  9. Really? You don't think the cylinders would be strong enough with sleeves? I can tell you from personal experience, that I have a Hi-Po 289 that was at .040, and I sleeved all eight cylinders, and it's never had any issues in 10 years of service. Is the 351c that much thinner in the cylinder walls? Tell me what you know....
  10. Speaking of Mustang T-shirts.......There's a site called "Redbubble T-shirts" that has some very cool Mustang T-shirts of all years, and special cars like Boss 302, etc. I especially liked....and bought, this one. Obviously, it's a subtle rear view of the Gone in 60 Seconds '71 Mustang.
  11. I have a '71 Mach 1 model kit in my stash,...which I've never even opened, don't recall who released it, I've had it for years, but the box shows a '73 front bumper with a '71-'72 grille, so the bumper killed it for me as far as it being a '71 as advertised, and if it doesn't have a '73 grille, well then it's no good as either as far as being a correct kit. so.......I just went out in the garage and checked......the kit I have IS an amt/ertl kit. I hope the new release has the correct front end parts. Also, the new box art doesn't really show the tire sidewall with any definition, aren't the tires on the real bond car white side-walls?
  12. Is that AMT kit a new release? I'm sure I'd have bought one if I had seen it. Say it's so.....
  13. I have a '71 Mach 1, and people will ask me if it's modified. I have to catch myself, in that, I've heard me tell them it's as original.......when actually I really mean to say it's "stock". Original? No. Well, for starters, I've had it re-painted twice, albeit it's the original color that it came wearing from the factory, but re-painted. I've owned it for so many years, by now, I've replaced most all of the suspension, re-built the rear end, re-built the engine, the trans, put three interior kits in it, and so on, and so on. There's no aftermarket guages, engine components, stereo, or custom wheels. In the course of usual maintenance, I've used restorer replacement parts that anyone could buy to fix their car. But, as far as it being like it was when new, yes it is. Still, it would likely not place in a show, but who cares?
  14. I have an old Dodge ad from appx 1970 where they showed , I think, a Barracuda in all the available colors just like that. Someone, somewhere surely must have the balls to actually paint their car like this ad. It sure would be different.

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