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West Valley Mustang

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  1. Congrats. Pictures when you can. How bad was the fire?
  2. My family had a '66 hardtop that I worked on in my early teens. It was going to be mine to drive, but my brother got rear ended in his Chevelle, so he got the '66. I guy down the block had a '69 Grande which I bought at age 15 in '78 and owned for nine years. Courted my wife while driving it. Sold it in about '87. Jump forward to a year ago. My wife had always wanted to get me another Mustang. Saw a '72 convertible listed on Craigslist in Sun City, AZ, in the garage sale category. Went by to take a look. Ended up buying it and now it is the fun car for desert cruising. Reasons - It was a Mustang, it was affordable, it showed up.
  3. Mine is a 250 straight six, so appears to be one of 565 made that year. It has a C-4 transmission. It is a survivor with original paint, interior, engine, etc... I have the original wheel covers and side mirror in the trunk. I get to spend a month with the car starting in about a week. I plan to clean it up a bit and drive it a lot.
  4. As a new owner of a 1972 convertible, I am learning what I can about the car. I have seen various places that the same number of convertibles (6,121) were made in both 1971 and 1972. This information is on the Mustang Data tab (then 1971 Info and 1972 Info sub tabs) on this site and multiple other internet sources. It seemed unlikely to me that the same number of convertibles would be produced in two consecutive years. I have also seen a number of 6,401 for 1972 in a few places. I found under the Mustang Data tab (71-73 Buyers Guide tab) the production of convertibles was 6121 for 1971 (679 with I-6 and 5,442 with V-8 engines) and 6,401 for 1972 (565 with I-6 and 5,836 with V-8 engines. (See below table copied from the Buyers Guide.) This higher number is not reported nearly as often on the internet search results as the 6,121 number is. I looked on some of the Marti reports posted on this site and found in the statistics section on some of these reports that 2,681 of the 1972 convertibles were "With Black Power Top w/Glass Backlite" and 3,720 of the 1972 convertibles were "With White Power Tops w/Glass Backlite." This totals to 6,401. I see the same 6,401 number on classicponycars.com. So is the 6,121 number for 1972 just a typo that has been copied from source to source? It looks that way to me, but figured someone else had figured that out long before today. From Buyers Guide Production Mustang I-6/V-8* 1971 Coupe -- 12,181/53,521 Sportsroof -- 1,296/22,659 Convertible -- 679/5,442 Grandé -- 568/16,838 Mach 1 (Sportsroof) -- 36,498 Boss 351 (Sportsroof) -- 1,806 1972 Coupe -- 8,137/49,213 Sportsroof -- 614/15,008 Convertible -- 565/5,836 Grandé -- 465/17,580 Mach 1 (Sportsroof) -- 27,675
  5. I just bought my 1972 survivor convertible with 65,000 miles in October. It has had no restoration work done to it. It has a few non-original features - wheels, side mirrors and radio/speaker/antenna, but is otherwise fairly original. It has the base 250 6 cylinder. Not a directly comparable car to yours, but it would provide another piece of pricing information for you. Message me for information.
  6. A few more pics. I am pleased with the car. It ran really rough, but a change of spark plugs and fuel filter helped a bunch.
  7. Here are a few pictures. When I changed the license plate I noticed the original paper notice underneath. I am amazed that it is still there after all these years. Also digging the 1970s era Jesus fish bumper sticker.
  8. It will be a month until I will be back with the car - it lives in Arizona year round, I do not. I am planning on a photo shoot that weekend.
  9. I bought the car over the weekend. It is insured and licensed as a classic car, meaning that it did not have to have to be tested for emissions. There are some restrictions on driving it, but my use of the car fit within the restrictions. The seller purchased it in 1978 and took good care of it. It has a some scratches and some wear, but it will be a fun car to own and drive around the West Valley of Phoenix.
  10. Owners says he has the original side mirror. He wanted mirrors on both sides and added a non-original design. He did not know the story on the antenna, as it was that way when he bought the car. I am two weeks from getting to drive and inspect the car.
  11. Nevermind - It looks like I will be able to license it in Arizona after all.
  12. I may have run into a glitch in the plans. I live in Kansas much of the year, but this car is in Arizona. I plan to only use it in Arizona where I have a second home. It appears that I have to license the car in Kansas, my state of residency, and cannot license it in Arizona despite owning a home there. In order to license in Kansas, I need it inspected by the DMV in Kansas, which will require that I drive it there and then back to Arizona. It is about a 850 miles to the closest inspection center and another 400 miles to my house at the east end of the state. This seems like too much additional effort and I am frankly not certain that I want my first road trip in this car to be a 1,700 or 2,500 round trip just to get it licensed. The cost of towing it there is prohibitive as well. Has anyone found a reasonable work around involving out of state licensing and meeting inspection requirements? I talked with the Kansas DMV already and am awaiting a return email from the Arizona DMV seeking out some sort of exception which will either allow an Arizona inspector to perform the inspection for Kansas license purposes or license it in Arizona as a non-resident
  13. This car seems like a good entry level purchase. It is affordable because it is not particularly collectible. If it were rare or had a much larger engine, I could not afford it.
  14. I have already learned a lot, between the welcome posts and quite a bit of searching the site. If this particular vehicle does not become mine, I have already started down the path toward vintage Mustang ownership. When I owned them before, they were just used cars, now they are classics. My wife has always had it in the back of her mind to get me one and this opportunity just fell into ours laps (local Craigslist ad for a garage sale mentioned the car). If this one does not happen, I suspect that a different one will. One important question - my '69 had a 351 with more power than a teenager should have had, my '66 had a 200 and had no power. With all the extra weight of the '72 model, will the 250 engine have enough power? The main use is around town cruising on flat land in Phoenix during the months I am there, but I might want to take some longer trips and head to the mountains.
  15. Looks like there are a few oddities going on here. I knew about the non-stock wheels - the original wheel covers are in the trunk. The current owner has owned it for about 40 years, even knew the original owner, but there is a several year period unaccounted for during the 70s. The antenna is a weird one, as I imagine just about every car came with one. Mirrors might be explainable, but there was no mention of them by the owner. I will have to look closely for other abnormalities before committing to the purchase. Thanks for the keen sight and insight.
  16. I had not noticed the mirror, but now that you mention it, it does not look like some of the others I can see in pictures. I will have to see if this one was replaced and if it matches the other side.
  17. Greetings. After owning a 1969 Mustang Grande early in life and restoring my family's 1966 Mustang Coupe, I have been away from Mustang ownership for about 30 years. I am hoping to work out the purchase of a 1972 survivor convertible in the coming weeks. If all goes well, I will be spending some time here trying to learn some tips on how to spruce up this car. No major restoration is planned. I am hoping for a relatively low maintenance cruiser to enjoy in the Phoenix sun. fast picture upload
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