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I am a proud owner of a 73 mach 1. the car was originally put in drivable condition by my dad when he bought it when i was 8 years old. he got it painted and up and driving by the time i was 9. he drove it up until the 351c needed a rebuild and i was only in 8th grade. when i turned 16 i had my father put another motor into the car to make it my first car. a 351w with the exsisting c6 was fitted until i turned 21 years old.

 

i slowly built a 460 motor with a c6. i will get into my drama drama drama with this build in later threads however. i got the motor running and on the first time really testing the 460 motor somebody hits me from the side. that ruined my dream of driving that car in my wedding (drove dad's boss 351). then 17 days after my wedding i joined the USAF.

 

while in the USAF at my first assignment in Utah, i drove her for a while just to encounter more problems with the 460 with spun bearings and cam failures. so i put her to the side for the next 3 years during a 1 year remote to korea and sat another 2 years at dad's work. during this time i let a professional builder build the motor for me.

 

i came back from yet another deployment and somebody inspired me not to let go of the car. i was almost gonna sell the motor and car and supercharge the wife's gt. i put the motor in the car and towed it to my duty section here. i got the motor running and i was glad to see no cam failure (company sent the cam to a cam breaking-in company). but the trans was stuck in gear and decided to put a TKO 600 in it. i found the clutch pedal assembly and bought an entire kit for the swap from moderndriveline.com. i completed the swap and drove the car for about 500-600 miles everyday to work for about a month. i was taking her to a body shop and it was a must i took it there before my son was born. that was middle of 0ct 09. its now early aug 10 and should be picking up the car shortly from the body shop.

 

the car will be painted RED/GOLD, painted just like my dad's boss 351 style. i'm a huge niners fan, so the red and gold will be unique. i had it red/black but its so normal. i want something unusually matched together. all my thoughts got to be done really quick now cuz final decision are to be made soon. painting process coming. i also am opting to add in the lockable hood locks. its gonna be interesting how he makes custom brackets for them though.

 

i hope this is a great place for me to visit for when i am deployed next.

 

i'm also considering to put a chrome front bumper to save 100lbs on the front bumper. how is that done on a 73? i saw on a earliar post somebody did it on a convertible. i know there are outter brackets, but inners as well? the outters are sold 19 a piece from mustangsunlimited.com. any info would be appreciated.


oh yeah, i will post some pics of the car prior to the bodyshop and while its in the body shop. this is the 3 time it getting painted since my father and i have owned it. (last time too)

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Welcome to the forum, xoliex! A couple things:

 

1. I'm just beginning my Mustang project, so I would be very interested in learning from your "drama, drama, drama" engine story.

 

2. Thank you for your service to our country. I know what deployments are like. Stop by here and chew the fat whenever you get bored.

 

3. Post some pictures ASAP! The color scheme sounds cool. Everything except the '49ers part. :D (Broncos fan here, since the Orange Crush years).

 

Doc

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Project started 8-7-10

Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system

Current "mini-project": interior upgrade :-/

[button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/forum-garage?filterxt_uid=76]Doc's Garage[/button][button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-1973-mustang-convertible-restoration-and-modification]Doc's Wiki[/button]

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Xoliex, I like your taste in cars and the Service - - Welcome aboard and THANKS for your service to this GREAT nation.

 

Look forward to interacting with you on the different Forums. I think you will love it here as we have a GREAT group of folks which is evidenced by the lack of "flaming", "trolling" or other such "trash" that seem to be so common on the Net.

 

Again, Welcome!

 

BT

Do the RIGHT thing.

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here is some pics of it in the body shop! i have to score up some prior bodyshop pics up when i find them thru my huge hard drive.

 

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Nice! Looks like a great project. Keep us posted as you get things done.

 

BTW, are you stationed at Port Hueneme? I spent a few years there with NMCB-5, in a prior life. :)

 

Doc

Doc

Project started 8-7-10

Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system

Current "mini-project": interior upgrade :-/

[button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/forum-garage?filterxt_uid=76]Doc's Garage[/button][button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-1973-mustang-convertible-restoration-and-modification]Doc's Wiki[/button]

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ok i just back from another 150+ day deployment and to finally come back to my mach 1 finally having some good progress. all the jam's were painted with the applicable red and some the entire undermeath the car was undercoated. however he has a little interesting thought process, the bottomish part of the car is painted with rhino lining. the guy who's working on it says its so when rocks hit it, it wont chip and etc. but he can still paint it gold, i told him i don't want any black showing on the body.

 

the subframe connectors are on the car now and it seems as if the allow the car to rumble even more now. pretty cool to say the least, i got a 460 with a xe276 comp cam in it and it idles about 600ish with a very nice rumble to her. here are some pics of the progress that finally came...

 


i did forget to include that the red is color matched from my San Francisco 49ers football helmet. the color on the can is "barcelona red" and the gold as well was color matched as well from the 49ers helmet. the helmet is the current 2010 49ers colors.

 

i saw the two paints side by side and looked at them in the sun. i can't wait for the car to be fully painted.

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Now that's what I call progress. Great job. Keep it up...

 

Very nice work! The color looks great. What are you using?

 

Keep up the great work!

 

Doc

Doc

Project started 8-7-10

Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system

Current "mini-project": interior upgrade :-/

[button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/forum-garage?filterxt_uid=76]Doc's Garage[/button][button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-1973-mustang-convertible-restoration-and-modification]Doc's Wiki[/button]

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hehe, those seat covers are so old. i put them on when i was a senior in high school. going to go with some SCAT seats once the interior process has started. going to ditch the OEM seat and go with something that hugs you and reclines.

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::welcome:: and I too am an old Air Force vet. Enjoy the site and that seat cover droptop73 would die for. :P

 

Yeah BUDDY! I'm all over those. LOL :D

 

Those are priceless.

 

[align=left]Jeff T.

 

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passengers. [/align]

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::welcome:: and I too am an old Air Force vet. Enjoy the site and that seat cover droptop73 would die for. :P

 

Yeah BUDDY! I'm all over those. LOL :D

 

Those are priceless.

 

 

Droptop thought you would like those:P

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::welcome:: and I too am an old Air Force vet. Enjoy the site and that seat cover droptop73 would die for. :P

 

awesomeness, so are you retired now?

 

 

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::welcome:: and I too am an old Air Force vet. Enjoy the site and that seat cover droptop73 would die for. :P

 

awesomeness, so are you retired now?

 

 

 

No I spent 8 years active and 4 in the guard before giving it up. Would have retired in '08.

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::welcome:: and I too am an old Air Force vet. Enjoy the site and that seat cover droptop73 would die for. :P

 

awesomeness, so are you retired now?

 

 

 

No I spent 8 years active and 4 in the guard before giving it up. Would have retired in '08.

 

 

i have 7 yrs in now and still have anothe 2.5 years on this enlistment. probably going to go all the way.

 

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awesomeness, so are you retired now?

 

 

 

No I spent 8 years active and 4 in the guard before giving it up. Would have retired in '08.

 

 

i have 7 yrs in now and still have anothe 2.5 years on this enlistment. probably going to go all the way.

 

 

When you get to that point (7-10)you have to make that decision. I wish somtimes I had stayed, but most days I'm glad I did not. But the idea of being retired for three years already would have been nice.

 

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ok another step closer to getting the darn thing painted and driving again. i know there is a website online that sells the stencils for the fenders, the trunk lid, and the hood but i don't have the patience anymore waiting for them. and i wanted a custom stencil for the hood. and besides, i got them done locally and it cost a fraction of the price and got them all within 1 hour. here they are.

 

30 dollars out the door instead of paying for 25 for each of the fenders, 18 for the trunk lid, and another 18 for the hood and plus shipping and the time.

 


ok another step closer to getting the darn thing painted and driving again. i know there is a website online that sells the stencils for the fenders, the trunk lid, and the hood but i don't have the patience anymore waiting for them. and i wanted a custom stencil for the hood. and besides, i got them done locally and it cost a fraction of the price and got them all within 1 hour. here they are.

 

30 dollars out the door instead of paying for 25 for each of the fenders, 18 for the trunk lid, and another 18 for the hood and plus shipping and the time.

 

 

 

ok, u guys are thinking what in the hell is "MARIA 021404"? well the motor isn't a 351 nor a 429. i also choose not to use the ram air equipment which is sitting in my dad's attic. the motor is a 460 which will become a 500+ cid when the rest of the restoration is done with a 5spd. so i didn't want the old school 351 ram air, or 429 ram air. i named the car "maria" when my dad handed over the keys to me when i was 17 (my today's wife's middle name and my then girlfriend). the 021404 is the day we got married.

 

its almost our 7th anniversary and i wanted to do something nice for her. we survived divorce and if we did it was my fault for stupid guys doings :D:D:D:D. and i came back from a deployment almost ready to sell her off due to the drama i kept on having with the motor. so the car would of been gone if i didnt consult the wife who refused to let me sell it off.

 

so here we have it, i can't wait to see it come out.

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I LIKE it...that is TRUE originality.

 

I ordered special "badges" (472 High Performance and 545 Stroker) for my two big blocks '73s. I can hardly wait to put them on upon completion of the paint work:)!

 

GREAT approach with the "tribute."

 

BT

Do the RIGHT thing.

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