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  1. 1973 Mustang Convertable 76D.  Direct from the original window sticker:

    351 2V H code, FMX AT, Blue glow 3k, CA emission, instrument group, 14" wide oval white letters, convenience group, PS, tilt, leather wrapped steering wheel, console, deluxe bumper group, AC, AM/FM, decor group, color racing mirrors, tint, PW, aluminum wheels as well as matching pony floor mats.  When I got it, it still had the original spare tire in it.  (I'd still have it but a tire shop mistakenly discarded it.)

     

    The car was bought from the original owner in AZ about three years ago and I  shipped it to Maine when I moved.  Their main residence was in CO and they stored it in AZ using it to get groceries and to go to the post office.  Its a bone stock survivor time capsule with less than 27,000, it still has all the smog equipment on it. A repair slip from 2011 shows that its only been driven about 1500 miles since then.  

     

    In the original clear plastic FORD trash bag is the owners manual, owners card, Warranty Information booklet, FORD oil selection cut out,  consumer bulletin with stopping distance tire pressures and new bumper info as well as an extended warranty card due to the fact it was a dealer demo in Los Angeles.  

     

    My plans are to keep Salli mostly stock (perhaps some performance mods, keeping all the original equipment boxed and tagged.)  The body has some door dings and bumps and scraps, but I'm just going to keep it as is with all her patina and character.  The one thing that needs replacement is the white top and I'm going to go with a black one.  

     

    Thats it.  She lives in a heated garage and taken out for sunny day trips, cruises and car shows.  Once we get the new top we'll venture out and explore more of the Maine cost further from home.

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  2. Hello from Mississippi. Wow , that's quite a climate change for you. I have a brother that lives in Mesa so I'm familiar with his weather vs  the area where you live now!

     You have a really nice looking  Vert and it's great to add another one to our ranks . Amazing that it is still original as it is  since the 70's was a time of customizing!

    Ford's transmission choice was more of a matter of balancing  inventory vs production needs as  the FMX (X) and C6 (U) would no longer be used starting with the upcoming 74 Mustang production launch. The C4, C6 and FMX were all referred to as  Selectshift Cruise-O-Matic and carried the same $203.73 price regardless of which transmission was installed in the vehicle.

    Glad you found us, liked what you saw and decided to stay.

    Welcome aboard!

    Yes its quite the change.  I grew up in CT and MA so New England was always home.  I moved to AZ for work but always yearned to come back.  Interestingly enough I have adjusted well to winter living except wearing my shorts and flip flops well into snow season!

    The car was bought new from a well to do couple that had their main residence in CO and wintered in AZ, we call them snowbirds.  The mustang spent its whole life in the condo garage in AZ as their grocery getter and an occasional trip south to Mexico.  I have most of the repair slips from the same garage that did most of the maintenance.  What ever it needed, it got...except the top. It developed a rip along the glass window seam and they just put the top down and never raised it.  

    So the X code is the FMX?  Last night I found the original owner card and the service card stating an extended warrentee., seems it was a dealer demo from Los Angeles.

    I searched all the Mustang Forums and for our cars I found this site the most friendly and best fit for me.  Great work!

  3. Really nice car with some rare/desirable options. Noticed that you have  an FMX with your 351C 2v, whereas The factory installed a C6 in mine. I wonder how Ford decided which one to use when building these cars when the drivetrain is essentially the same otherwise. Love to see pics of those original floor mats. Been looking for a set of them in Ginger for years.

     

    I checked my production numbers and it was a 1973 only thing.

     

    As you mentioned, for 1973 Mustang production, Ford placed both the FMX and C-6 transmission behind the H code 351-2V motor.   Interesting side-note: for 1973 only - there were no H code 3 speed manual transmission cars.

    The 1973 production numbers break out like this:

    Hardtop      8,797 FMX     2,350 C-6

    Grandé      10,799 FMX    3,816 C-6

    Sportsroof   3,392 FMX       958 C-6

    Mach 1      15,328 FMX    5,347 C-6

    Convertible  2,984 FMX    1,957 C-6

     

    It might have been a supply issue or maybe an engineering change that made these transmissions be substituted.  It might be interesting to research to see if they all changed by build date or?   Just another thing to learn about!!  

     

    Someone feel free to start a new thread calling on 73 H code folks to chime in and let us know which transmission their car installed with and related build date.  Might be onto something.  Or not?

    They can copy/paste these numbers there to provide lead-in info.

     

    Oh yeah - welcome from Oklahoma!

     

    Ray

     

    Thank you for the welcome.

    Great numbers!  Where do you find stats like that?  Love the idea of a 73 H code thread.

    Found the original window sticker and all it says is: "select-shift cruise-o-matic $203.73" The door tag says "trans - X" is that the FMX?

  4. Really nice car with some rare/desirable options. Noticed that you have  an FMX with your 351C 2v, whereas The factory installed a C6 in mine. I wonder how Ford decided which one to use when building these cars when the drivetrain is essentially the same otherwise. Love to see pics of those original floor mats. Been looking for a set of them in Ginger for years.

     

    Rackerm

    Thank you.  It also has an interior package that I haven't been able to identify yet.  I assumed  my car had an FMX from what I had read, but now from what you've said, I want to confirm what it has.  I will get some pics of the floor mats as soon as I can.  You've got a beautiful car, love the color!

  5. Hello!  What a great Forum.  

    I moved from Arizona to Maine a couple of years ago and brought my 1973 Mustang convertible, 351C 2V, AT, PS, PW, AC, tilt, aluminum wheels, original floor mats bought from the original owner in Arizona and has less than 27,000 miles.  Its an unmolested bone stock condo find (similar to a barn find!) and still has all the original smog equipment.  My plan is to keep it mostly stock, perhaps some performance mods.  

    Looking forward to meeting you all.

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    True Not a t5!  

    I'm working with a local shop and I asked them if I could run my preferences by them.  I thought about doing it my self, but I want it done this year and with no leaks!

     

    Not a T5 has a valid point.

    While the shop may install it, if there is an issue now or later...

    There is a good chance the installer will blame the manufacturer, the manufacturer will blame the installer.

    In either case... it becomes your problem.

    If the installer supplies and installs the top, they have to make it right.

    Just something to consider.

     

    If an installer is not going to warranty their labor while agreeing ro use your supplied top, then go somewhere else. The stock type roofs all install the same way. My installer had no problem with it.

    Good advice

  7. Black and white are the only colors available from the factory. The vinyl boot cover matched the interior carpet color, ie blue carpet then blue cover.  

     

    There are a number of good top manufacturers. Keep is a decentry one. I can't recall the other names. If you are building a concourse convertible. Then there are two things needed to avoid point deductions. The pads should be the thicker high quality pads (more expensive) and the rear bow trim staple strip and tips should be the concurse version. Some repro strips are wire-on and not concourse.

     

    "The vinyl boot cover matched the interior carpet color, ie blue carpet then blue cover."

     

    I'm not so sure this is an accurate statement... 

     

    Could it be that the boot matched the seat and dash color?

  8. robbins  top also available  i got a cloth top and love the look it ran 200$ more then the vinyl but takes a little more work to keep clean

     

    I thought about cloth, but I wanted to keep it's appearance as stock as possible, besides entirely changing the color it came with from the factory!

  9. Keep in mind that most if not all installers use their own products and won't install a top brought in. Unless you wanna do it yourself there's KEE, HAARTZ and EASY ON, the latter which is the best in my opinion!

     

     

    True Not a t5!  

    I'm working with a local shop and I asked them if I could run my preferences by them.  I thought about doing it my self, but I want it done this year and with no leaks!

  10. Black and white are the only colors available from the factory. The vinyl boot cover matched the interior carpet color, ie blue carpet then blue cover.  

     

    There are a number of good top manufacturers. Keep is a decentry one. I can't recall the other names. If you are building a concourse convertible. Then there are two things needed to avoid point deductions. The pads should be the thicker high quality pads (more expensive) and the rear bow trim staple strip and tips should be the concurse version. Some repro strips are wire-on and not concourse.

     

    Thanks rackerm.  I couldn't find any info on what tops were available, all other sorts of specs, but not that.  So my Stang COULD have been ordered with a black top?

     

    I have the original blue vinyl boot that matches the blue carpet and blue interior and factory blue floor mats.  There is A LOT of blue which is why I thought black might break it up a little.

     

    Not worried about concourse quality, just a good ole survivor to take to cruise nights and parades.

  11. Hello All.  I'm new to the site and have found tons of information already.  I'm in desperate need of a new top and have two questions.  Of all the top suppliers who has the best product and reputation?  Is there info on what top colors where available with what body color.  My original top is white and I really want to change it to black if it was available that way from the factory.  Thanks for any help!

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