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  1. Hi Everyone,

    Currently working on the interior of my project which is a restomod 1971 Mach 1,

    I am seeking options for a newer style control shifter that would fit the transmission

    and look different - probably from the next decade.

    Any ideas are most welcome - the centre console will be custom built around this control

    and a manual hand brake position alongside the console.


    Greetings from Australia.




  2. Hi 724me,

    These wheels were used in Australia on the GT Falcons and look great.

    They are called Twelve Slot Chromes - I have them for my 1971 restomod

    currently being completed.

    Like all of these steel wheels, they are made in China but my supplier in Australia

    has has strict quality control - these are very popular down here for a lot of the

    early Fords - the Falcon two door came from the 71-73 Mustangs.

    They cost me AUD$1100.00 


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  3. Hi Guys,

    I am in the process of ordering glass for this rebuild project, I live in Australia

    which is half a world away and need to order the correct glass for my girl.

    I have been corresponding with Auto City Classic and they have asked me for the Trim Tag

    Number - they advise that it is either 63D or 63R - they believe it is a 63R.

    I have no idea where this Tab is, can anyone assist me as to its location - I have not seen anything

    like it during the resto.

    CJ Pony Parts have not been that helpful as you are dealing with a computer not a person.

    Anyone purchased through Auto City Classic - they are at least are assisting but I need to absolutely know

    I am purchasing the correct glass.




  4. Hi Guys,


    Has anyone fitted these wheels to their 1971 Mach 1?


    I am currently planning the wheels and tires for my Restomod.


    I want a wide deep dished look and I am trying to determine what

    will fill the wheel wells up.


    Intend using a staggered set with rears 19 inch and fronts 18 inch.


    I will ship them in from California once I know I have the correct sizes

    and offsets etc.


    I would appreciate any advice from those who have been down this

    path as unfortunately, there are not many examples for me to play

    with in Melbourne, Australia.


    Regards to All.



  5. Hi Shane,


    Welcome from Melbourne, Australia.

    You will find the Forum a great source of information.

    All of the Australian guys are very helpful as well as

    our friends in USA & Europe.


    I have a 71 Mach 1 RHD in the body prep stage.



  6. Hi Guys,


    I am looking for a pair of these mirrors with built in indicators, they do not

    have to be the same colour but need to be a pair.


    As this model is pretty new in Australia, I cannot locate them down here - any

    thoughts or auto salvage yards I should contact?


    Don at Ohio was looking but has not come back to me with anything.


    Any assistance will be very much appreciated.


    MEL :huh:

  7. Hi Richard,

    Nice purchase!

    You will find all of the Members very helpful, they collectively have great knowledge.

    I have been making contact with our Australian Members to find their locations.

    At this point, you are the first Adelaide Member I am aware of - Welcome.


  8. While I was living in China you saw lots of cars with wraps. They were usually high end new cars, Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, etc. One guy would change his every few months. He liked the chrome look, lol.

    I believe that is all they use on the race cars anymore is a wrap. Easier, faster and going to get crashed they know, lol.

    I have been thinking about using some of the flat black wrap on the aging Decor Group black out on my 73 vert. It is original paint and did not want to paint the car.

    You could always do a fender or door and see if you like it first.




    Check the link that Mick (OzCoupe) sent me - you can have your car sprayed with a removable plastic paint

    and keep your original paint perfect.

    On one shot they had a BMW M3 in a really way out colour and a shot showing it being removed when

    the car was up for sale.


  9. Sounds like a good option but would be interested in the cost compared to paint

    You could also consider painting it in removable plastic paint

    Here's a demo video from a local refinisher -

    He also has many excellent videos on anything to do with automotive refinishing




    Thanks for the link - pretty amazing stuff! It appears to be far cheaper than a wrap with

    other benefits as well.

    Luxestang's comments are very valid - there is no real protection after being prepped for paint.

    I did note that in the demo, he sprayed a section that was just sanded and there was no difference

    in the finished product.

  10. I've had the recessed area of the standard hood wrapped in semi gloss black a few years ago and it holds up beautifully.

    But vinyl wrap will also show any imperfections beneath it so you need a really good paint job first especially as you can't sand out the imperfections.


    Thanks Mike,


    It will be prepped for a premium paint job already, I need to find out if it the vinyl will apply OK

    to the prepped area.


    In looking at the project, it would probably suit a future owner to have the option of'

    a colour change - I am not a spring chicken and I will never sell my E46 M3 so my plan

    is to complete the project and have fun driving the beast.


    Appreciate your comments,



  11. I am currently in the preparation stages of a bare metal paint job and I was considering

    a Gun Metal Matt paint finish.


    Talking with experts here in Australia  I received a lot of negative feedback - Corners go

    shiny with a car cover, bird crap unless removed quickly can leave stains, obviously any

    panel damage = complete repaint - side or total.


    A vinyl wrap can achieve the same result and is considerably cheaper, lasts about 5 years

    but if garaged and covered and driven occasionally - 10 years.


    Has anyone done this to their pride and joy?


    As with anything, there will no doubt will be some issues  and I would appreciate any advice

    if you have been through the process.





  12. Welcome to the Forum from another Member in Australia.


    Good decision to garner as much knowledge as you can before

    you make your purchase.


    The Members have an enormous amount of knowledge of our

    vehicles and in my short time I am well on my way with my 71 Mach 1.


    If you decide to import, I may be able to assist you via a friend in

    Sydney who brings cars and parts in each month.


    You will not believe this - he has shipped about 4 Brock HDT cars

    over to the States for an Aussie guy who has about 8 of them there now.


    He has track days with his mates and they cannot believe how good these

    cars are - he is very successful in business and when the time comes, he

    will bring them all home.




    Mel (Melbourne) 0419 044550

  13. Hi Ray,


    Welcome to another fellow Australian.


    You will find the Members will give you incredible support and I

    hope you enjoy the Forum.


    I have slowly been building a list of Australian Members and their location

    in Australia - you are now on my list.


    Regards ,



  14. Has anyone replaced the seats in your 71-73 with something a little more comfortable or something to add a little leg/belly room?  I would love to be able to at least slide my seat back another 2-4 inches.  I am a pretty big dude at 6'0" and 300 lbs. and the car just isn't easy to get in and out of.  I feel like a grasshopper, LOL!


    I'd like to see some pics and descriptions of some replacement seats in your Stang!


       I have a set of BMW E46 seats ready for my Mach 1, obviously I need new fitting points

       and there seems plenty of room.


       My daily drive is a 2002 BMW M3 E46 so I went with something I already know to be

      comfortable and strangely enough, the rear E46 seats will fit nicely with some alterations,

      the fold down will also work well.


      If I could for see a problem, it would be more a height problem as most of the seats have

     motors etc underneath which might apply to a big guy like you.


    Good Luck.



  15. Hi Oz,

    Just noticed your issues with the wiring of your car.

    I am not quite there yet but I would appreciate your advice once you get into it.

    My local sparky says the underdash wires are very brittle and could cause problems,

    I am considering installing a brand new harness like you are doing, will be interesting to see

    how you go with RHD,



  16. Welcome to the Forum and also as another Australian Member.


    I may be able to assist you with the shipping of your Mustang when you find

    the right one - I have a friend who brings in two containers a month of cars or parts

    mainly antiques.

    I use him to bring my parts into Sydney for my project - 71 Mach 1 Restomod.

    Hopefully some of our Members may be able to source you a suitable car or guide

    you in the right direction.

     I cannot speak highly enough of Don from Ohio Mustang Supply - you need to have

    a real live Mustang guy to correspond with!


    Good Luck,


    Melfunctions (Melbourne)

  17. my speedo tach, and as far as I know all others that are factory have a trip meter. The push button for the trip meter is actually a formed component in a different instrument lens. If you're putting in a factory instrument cluster that was speedo tach it will have a trip meter. You can put the standard lens over it but you'll be staring at an odometer that constantly ticks to 999....maybe 9999 all the time. If you're using an aftermarket cluster that might be different. But at the moment I'm sitting on a factory speedo tach with the trip meter and trying my best to either refinish the original lens and make it look good with the reset button or I'll have to cut out the button and retrofit it into a blank lens ( I have doubts that I can hide it completely because of the design).



    In Australia we have one called 'Polaris' I am sure there may be similar ones  there.


    They are powered by cigarette lighter (Hate leads showing) but I have mine in the M3 direct wired,

    operates on GPS signal and you mount the unit where it is comfortable to read.


    We have an enormous number of speed detection points in Melbourne and 3klms

    an hour over say 60 kph will cost you $300 plus demerit points.


    My unit is programmed to detect the fixed traffic intersection cameras - quite often

    people speed up to catch the lights - these cameras detect your speed through the intersection.


    Our Government is hooked on the revenue and keep finding new applications to detect

    anyone who speeds!


    I find it difficult to drive other cars as I am so used to this fantastic device - cost was about $150

    Aus dollars.


    The only problem is the GPS signal is difficult to pick up in forests or heavily treed areas but that is

    the only negative.


    Now I know what you mean regarding trip meter ect.


    Thanks for your interest and support.



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