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Gary

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  • Birthday 08/01/1870

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    1971 Mustang Spring Sport Edition Coupe -351W

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  1. I finally got the two torsion rods installed. I need to upload some photos of them because the installation is not traditional. I needed two torsion bars because I added the spoiler to the trunk making the trunk a bit heavy. The second torsion bar works like a charm and I did not have to put it under a lot of tension. To install the second torsion bar, I simply opened the trunk as high as it would go, and placed the torsion bar into the proper location on the trunk hinge and then found a reasonable spot for the other end to connect into. When I close the trunk, it puts the torsion bar into tension. When I open the trunk, it pops open with just enough force and it does not fall out of position. I'll add some photos to show what I did.
  2. It has RCA outputs and Aux inputs. Not sure I will use either of them. I got them for the buyer who will eventually own it. Funny, but I prefer the radio most of the time.
  3. I finally selected the radio and speakers and they are now installed. I went with the Custom Autosound 230. I like the look and the sound. 1971 Mustang Coupe - Spring Sport Edition
  4. Here are some of the photos for the radio installation. I like how it looks and I like how it sounds. [/url] flipa coin
  5. I got my 71 Spring Sport Edition Mustang coupe to the audio installers and had the new radio, front speaker, and rear speakers installed. After I bought the parts I realized it was a larger job than I was willing to take on. I bought a RetroSound AM/FM radio along new speakers. The parts sat in the car for 6 months and, ashamedly, I finally decided to get someone to install it for me. The guys told me they ran into quite a few issues and it took much longer than they had estimated so I am glad someone else did it. The good news is that my Mustang is making progress and now I can finish up the dash and console areas. It's amazing what a little money can do to get you over the barriers stopping progress. Nothing but open road now. Next stop is adding decal stripping along the body. I'll post pictures in a bit because I am getting more proud of how the car is coming along.
  6. Hi Don, I did a search for Radio. I found 6 threads. I read thru them all. Thanks for the advice. - Gary
  7. Thanks Legless One and Not a T5. I will look into both of those options that you provided. I know that CJPonyParts.com and NationalPartsDepot carry replacement radios for 1971 Mustangs. I just wasn't sure if they fit the radio bezel opening or if I have to customize the fit. I definitely want something that is up to date and looks good. Here is a picture of the 71 radio bezel. https://preview.ibb.co/m1cmff/1971-Mustang-radio-bezel.jpg[/img]
  8. Hi - I'm getting ready to change out my old radio for something up to date with more options. I am working on my 1971 Spring Sport Edition Mustang coupe. Here is a picture that the original owners gave me showing what it looked like in the early 70's. It was Lime Green with a white hard top. It has dark green interior. They gave me a box of parts with the car. In the box was a Philco AM radio. Installed in the car is a AM/FM radio of no special manufacturer. Now that I am getting to the point of reinstalling the interior, I thought maybe I would upgrade the radio. I'm not trying to keep the car perfectly original, so installing the old AM radio does not appeal to me. I want to see what other members bought and installed to upgrade their radios. Also, it would be good to hear about which radios to stay away from and the reasons, such as: did not fit in the faceplate, needs special speakers, cheap product, etc. Here are three pictures: The original 1971 Spring Sport picture, the original Philco AM radio, and the currently installed radio which I want to upgrade. https://preview.ibb.co/e6SKFf/pictures-phone-9-7-17-026.jpg[/img] https://preview.ibb.co/iEdtaf/20181020-221247.jpg[/img] https://preview.ibb.co/cfBPgL/20181020-221742.jpg[/img]
  9. Hi - I'm getting ready to change out my old radio for something up to date with more options. I am working on my 1971 Spring Sport Edition Mustang coupe. Here is a picture that the original owners gave me showing what it looked like in the early 70's. It was Lime Green with a white hard top. It has dark green interior. They gave me a box of parts with the car. In the box was a Philco AM radio. Installed in the car is a AM/FM radio of no special manufacturer. Now that I am getting to the point of reinstalling the interior, I thought maybe I would upgrade the radio. I'm not trying to keep the car perfectly original, so installing the old AM radio does not appeal to me. I want to see what other members bought and installed to upgrade their radios. Also, it would be good to hear about which radios to stay away from and the reasons, such as: did not fit in the faceplate, needs special speakers, cheap product, etc. Here are three pictures: The original 1971 Spring Sport picture, the original Philco AM radio, and the currently installed radio which I want to upgrade. https://preview.ibb.co/e6SKFf/pictures-phone-9-7-17-026.jpg[/img] https://preview.ibb.co/iEdtaf/20181020-221247.jpg[/img] https://preview.ibb.co/cfBPgL/20181020-221742.jpg[/img]
  10. You should make a pattern of your original material and sell a copy to those looking for pattern and shape. It is like the cowl insulation with the thin plastic they all just fall apart to nothing. For those trying to go concourse it helps to have a pattern to at least start with. That is a good idea!!!
  11. Steve, Thanks for posting the video that demonstrates the tool used for the Cougar torsion bars. I've looked it over and the torsion bars for the 71 Mustang are different. I don't think the particular tool will work on the torsion bars I posted pictures of. I was happy to hear that your hand was only sore and not broken. Last month I read a post about a guy who went to the hospital when the bar came lose from the vice grips. I hope more guys post information on how to safely install trunk torsion bars. - Gary
  12. Hi - This thread is designed to gather into one thread the information needed to safely install trunk torsion bars while keeping all your teeth in your mouth. There are 5 or so threads discussing topics like "how many torsion rods should be installed" and "which notch to set the torsion rods into to provide the sufficient opening power", and "should I add a second torsion rod if I am adding a rear spoiler". If there is a thread that concisely shows "How to Install Trunk Torsion Rods", then I missed it. Please send me a link if you know of it. I've watched some YouTube videos from guys installing trunk torsion bars on Cougars, Comets, and some of the 65-69 Mustangs but nothing in the 71-73 era. The ones I saw, they typically had to fabricate a tool or buy one online to safely install the torsion bars. There is a L-shaped tool with a u-shaped slot for the rod and a drilled hole for inserting the torsion rod but it wont work on this style of torsion bar. Then there are the guys who use a pair of vise-grips and muscle the torsion bars into place. One of those guys went to the hospital after the vise grip lost its grip and hit him in the face. However, none of the tools I've seen appear to work on the 71 torsion bars I have. I'm attaching pictures of the torsion bars and the hinge design. I've concluded I'm not going to use vise grips. There must be a plethora of knowledge out there on how to safely install trunk torsion rods like the ones below. I have a 71 coupe but I am adding a rear spoiler so I am going to install 2 rods rather than one to keep the trunk level and provide sufficient lift.
  13. Here's a few pictures of my parents 71 Spring Special that we just finished up about a month ago, we have had the car since 1973. York0060, That is one nice '71 Spring Special. The black on white is a great combination. I love the body stripes and the Magnum 500 wheels. I can't wait to get my car to that stage. Thanks for sharing this car. It is 'maybe' the nicest 71 Spring Specials I've seen on this site.
  14. Mike, Thanks or the reply. It took some time to find a place that would do the paint using the hood pattern popular on NACA hoods. I went with Miracle Auto Painting in Sunnyvale, CA. The shop manager, Oliver, was terrific. He would send me before and after photos to make sure it was to my liking. It is a 2-stage paint job, base + clear coat. If anyone is in the Bay Area needing a semi-custom paint job, I recommend going to see Oliver. The owners of the paint shop, Dave and Marie, are both helpful and enjoyable.
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