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  1. Oh SNAP!! Looks like I really have my work cut out for me.
  2. At first glance, I thought it might've been one of those 'concept' packages for the new gen Mustangs (e.g. Stalker, et al). But - yeah... I can't get behind this. I mean, I know they put a lot of work into it... but... yeah... no thanks.
  3. I was just thinking the same thing. Kinda reminds me of one of those custom vans that they over-did. I like a good restomod just as much as the next guy, but there are definitely some cars out there that looked like they drove by the parts store with the crap-magnet turned on. Can't say I'm a big fan of this look... but, to each his own.
  4. I always liked the 1970 'Boss 302' stripes coming down off the hood. I'll bet that would look pretty cool using the '71 Mach 1 hood template to start off the big center stripe, then a smaller stripe to wrap down to the fender in the typical 1970 'Boss 302' area (except with a Mach 1 logo in the break). I don't see why the 'C' stripe won't look cool either.
  5. No way... really? Not trying to sound like a hater, but I'm trying to picture it and not having much success. Good luck with it. Lots of older cars have them.
  6. AWESOME!! Nice pics - they look great! So, the sheet metal and subframe look pristine - did you replace everything, or were you lucky enough to be able to clean it up and re-use it? I'm probably going to use these as reference pictures, since mine is missing things like pretty much everything hanging on the fenders... except what's left of the battery tray. Thanks for sharing!
  7. So far, the shock towers are looking OK - there's some minor rust on the bottoms down by the headers where they wrap around, but not in the structural areas. I got the tranny and exhaust out today, and the engine's ready to come out first thing in the morning - so I'll know more by then. I think there are some subframe areas that are bad, but maybe the 'towers can be saved. I'll post more tomorrow. When I figure out how to post pictures, I'll start a blog, too. :D
  8. Yeah... thanks. I'm thinking I might also have some sub-frame and cross-member issues too. But... I'll know more this weekend.
  9. I'm afraid that mine would be pictures of an example of what not to do at this point. ;)
  10. Why is it that I can find brand-new shock towers for every year model EXCEPT ours at every vendor? I'm concerned because if my shock towers are anything like the rest of the apron sheet metal around them, I'm in a world of trouble.
  11. So, pull the wheel off and check the position in relation to the steering column. While you have it off, you'll discover that there's a notch on the steering column and the center top-most spline of the steering wheel should match up to the notch. If it's off, then most likely the wheel had been taken off and repositioned before. If the steering column itself is off-center (notch not in the top-most position when the steering is straight), then take it back to the alignment shop and have them adjust it again until the notch is at the top and center the wheel as necessary. If it were me, and the car's driving well, I'd just pull the wheel, and reposition it to where it won't drive you nuts. ;)
  12. Dang! You and those fenders! :exclamation: I'm worried that once I take them off, I won't be able get things lined up right again. It's kind of like I want to learn to swim, so I head down to the shallow end of the pool and say "I'm going to wade in here and see how the water is." And you say "Take that dumb life preserver off and jump off the high dive, ya jack wagon!" (I got the jack wagon thing from the GEICO commercial). Anyway, I guess I might as well do it. I've already got seam alignment issues, so what can it hurt? When I get them off, I'll send a couple pictures. Hold my life vest for me, will ya? Doc Ya mean like this?? LMAO! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=465526&l=8a15b70e4b&id=100000027814872 Or this?? http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=465527&l=9ab30f014f&id=100000027814872 BTW - unless you're 'scared of Yellow,' I think you're disqualified for the 'Jack Wagon' status. LOL!!
  13. Awesome! Looks like I won't even bother to mess with the factory drums when it's time. Thanks for the link!
  14. Where's the article again? I think I might be needing this process... if only just to help me identify which parts I'll be needing to replace. LMAO!!
  15. Hey Doc, it's almost impossible to find ANY new car decently equipped, sporty, and with enough performance curve for around 15K these days. They're just too expensive anymore. I can see we're pretty much on the same sheet when it comes to our cars. Even though mine's currently a pile, all I see when I look at it is how cool it's going to be when I'm 'done' with it (I use that term loosely... like a Jeep - we're never really done, after all). Getting there will be half the fun though, but once it's running, I'll love it just that much more knowing I essentially built it myself. The first door ding will probably almost kill me though. LOL!!
  16. I have all sorts of hobbies - and not nearly enough time in the day to get to all of them. For instance: I love working on cars (self-taught just because I'm interested), off-road fabrication, auto-body work, woodworking, building models, creating/maintaining webpages, computer graphics, drawing painting, airbrushing, playing music (low brass instruments with concert bands and brass quintets) racing R/C cars, building/tweaking/modding computers, and hanging with my friends (which usually involves helping them with their projects). Examples of my hobbies can be found on my personal website (it's at home on DSL, so the pictures will load slowly), but here's a small sample of some of the things I've been doing to pass the time: Jeep bumper (so far): http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=22189&id=100000027814872&l=e6c66fe267 Recently repaired my Mom's '97 T-Bird (which is why I decided to take on my Mach 1 project after succeeding with her car): http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=24852&id=100000027814872&l=0d5ed3ff9c The last thing I drew a few years ago: http://www.mister4x4.net/artworks/eagle2small.JPG My coolest computer mod: http://www.wcc.net/~mr4x4/buildingrusty.htm And finally, my home website: http://www.mister4x4.net My Mach 1 project's going to keep me busy for quite awhile though.
  17. Actually, my wife is being VERY supportive of my project. She told me her brothers were famous for taking off on a Friday, driving around the countryside and towing home some pile they scored for $50. A few months later, the 'pile' was transformed into an awesome car... and some even won awards when showed. That's why she is so on-board with my project... or so she says. But actually, I think it's because she really wasn't too keen on my buying a 2010 Camaro 2SS and having the monster car payments that would've come with it. Either way - I'm going to have a cool Mach 1 to drive one of these days, and that's all the matters to me at this point.
  18. Putting new springs in will almost always raise the car slightly, as the existing springs usually start getting tired after a few years. Bruce Wilcox's '71 Mach 1 in Mustang Monthly a few months ago had 5-spring packs and Alston Varishocks. I'm a little bummed they didn't mention the packs he used though. CJ Pony has some 5-spring packs, but don't mention if they give any boost or not. Somewhere down the road, I'll probably wind up with a '4-link & coils' rear end, but to get mine on the road and the look I want, I'm planning on going a similar route as Bruce did, unless someone comes up with some better advice here, that is. ;) http://www.mustangmonthly.com/featuredvehicles/mump_1005_1971_ford_mustang_mach_1/index.html Hope that helps. Nice louvers, BTW!!
  19. Another vote for Black on Black Mach 1 carpet. It's gonna be sweet, Man. I'll be going with the same in mine as well, so I can't wait to see how yours turns out.
  20. What'cha drivin' when you're not rolling in the Mustangs? My 'daily' driver (soon to be replaced with my Mach 1): 1995 Honda Civic VX My favorite, and soon to be daily driver until the Mach 1's done: 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 (I need to find a better pic, the Ram's missing the cool bull bar on the front and some other things that just make it even cooler). My other toy/project (which is now on-hold until the Mach 1's done): 1980 Jeep CJ-7 The wife drives a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GT coupe - so I get all my toys to myself. So - what'cha got? (edited 04/09/2019 - updated broken picture links)
  21. I range anywhere from classical to heavy metal, alternative to new age, and pretty much everything in between. About the only stuff I won't listen to is the really heavy gangsta rap and the really twangy country. (Hey, if Heavy D and Dwight Yoakum got together to make an album, would it be called "CRap?") My collection spans from A-ha, to ZZ Top, Yanni, to AC/DC, to Linkin Park, to Bach, to Van Halen, to the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps, to Depeche Mode, to VNV Nation, to Art of Noise, to Saliva, and back around again to BuckCherry (which I've had the '15' CD in the Ram's stereo for the past few months). I also play Euphonium, Trombone, and Tuba (although, not at the same time) for the San Angelo Community Band and Ice House Brass Band. Took the wife to the Scorpions concert in San Antonio last month, where RATT opened for them. Great show... although, RATT's sounding old... or at least Steve Pearcy is. ;)
  22. Wow Nance - looks like we're gonna practically be twins. Good lookin' ride!
  23. Thanks for the warm welcome! I poked around a little last night - nice place we got here! My first car was an '82 Mustang GL hatchback, so I'm feeling like I've kind of 'come back home' a little. It'll be nice having a Pony in the driveway again. My project is going to get a nice holeshot since I've just decided to sell my '95 Honda Civic VX hatchback sooner than later - a friend from work is interested in it and has pretty much agreed to my price. So, I'm thinking I might have the engine and tranny sorted out fairly soon, rather than spread out over the next several months. Once I get her running, the rest should go pretty quick and be just that much more enjoyable. I've been photo-documenting all of the rehab work I've been doing to my 1980 Jeep CJ-7, so there will be plenty of progress pictures and notes to share. I've already started a Mach 1 blog on my personal website (which I just need to link up on the main pages), so I'll make sure to keep the group posted on progress.
  24. Did 10 years in the Air Force as a Computer Mainframe operator/Communications Center operator/COMPUSEC Manager. Then became a computer maintenance technician for a contractor company after I got out, migrating into System Administration/Webmastering at the same base where I separated for about 11 years. 3 years ago, I took a job as the IT Security Manager for the base, as a Civil Service employee. Even though I'll technically be eligible for retirement in 7 years (thanks to active duty time still counting because I didn't retire from the USAF), I will not be ready to hang it up yet... so I'll be working for quite awhile as well. ... unless I hit the lottery, then I'll be phoning in my resignation of course. :D
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