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Hi Tim

 

Great job, guess both of us will complete our restoration soon. Would be nice to meet you one day.

 

cheers

 

Wolfgang

 

Thank you, Wolfgang! Soon is relatively - as it concerns me... ;) Hope to meet you one day, too ::thumb::

 

 

Very nice! Enjoyed reading this. I had a 73 T5 mach as well. Saved it from the crusher.

 

Thank you very much! Cool - where did it go?!? My father has a 73 T5, too - a vert...

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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Tim,

That QTR panel replacement looks really good.

-john

(jbojo)

351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,

C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

 

Some Mod pictures can be seen at: [button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/forum-garage?filterxt_uid=2026]Bojo's Garage[/button]

 

 

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Thanks, John - your words are very appreciated!

 

I am satisfied with fitment now too. Hope to get some time soon to continue with the other side...

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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I read the first page of your project thread and I am extremely impressed. Great job. I needed to ask about the tire/wheel combo of this picture. I love the looks of the car with those rear tires. Can you share the tire/wheel rear/front combination in that picture?

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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Hi Tony,

 

thank you for your words :thankyouyellow: Great, you appreciate my work!

 

Yes, no problem: it's 275 / 60 R 15 in the rear and 235 / 60 R 14 in the front on American Racing chromed steel wheels. The offset I do not know but If you want I could measure them in the next weeks...

 

Hope it helps!

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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Hi Tony,

 

thank you for your words :thankyouyellow: Great, you appreciate my work!

 

Yes, no problem: it's 275 / 60 R 15 in the rear and 235 / 60 R 14 in the front on American Racing chromed steel wheels. The offset I do not know but If you want I could measure them in the next weeks...

 

Hope it helps!

Thanks... that will be awesome if you can tell me more about your wheel dimensions. Do you have a side shot of your car? I am looking at alternatives of tire sizes. This one is appealing but i know the rear tires would be a little taller than the fronts so I want to get an idea if the difference is noticeable.

 

1971 M-code Mach 1

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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I think, the picture above shows perfect how the dimensions are. For my taste it is a little too big in the rear so I will update to 15" all around and a bit smaller in width...

 

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Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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Wow that is so awesome 😎 [THUMBS UP SIGN] Regards Lars

 

sent from my 2303. Regards Lars DK73 Denmark

So I'm a proud owner of one Mach 1 73! Regards Lars DK73:whistling:

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Well you are so right 😎 [THUMBS UP SIGN] They are what I call the best looking Mustangs ever built [TONGUE][TWO HEARTS]😎[THUMBS UP SIGN] Regards Lars

 

sent from my 2303. Regards Lars DK73 Denmark

So I'm a proud owner of one Mach 1 73! Regards Lars DK73:whistling:

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Car sits nice and looks great!

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Mine were also 275-60 in back and I had 225-70 up front, on stock 15" magnums, before this new build. Now they're even taller in back.

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Hey Mustang-fanatics,

 

it takes a long time to continue but now I am in again! In the meantime I had to manage lots of trouble in my life - now I am on a safe and good road again and I can look into a lucky future. So I have enough power to move that baby a good piece of work forward in every minute I can afford this - with (soon) 3 children now and a beautiful wife not as easy every day... ;)

 

Here are the updates of the last weeks/months:

 

After welding I formed the quarter panels back over weeks of painstaking work with cold-tin and aluminum-bondo and tons of dust...

 

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After I was fairly pleased with the result I aligned the holes for the quarter rubber bumper fillers new by welding and fitting them exactly to the new quarter panels

 

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Now I went to the hood - there was a lots of work too because of much too much layers of paint paint, rust on the hood latch catch area and a ripped hood catch bumper area... Lots of sanding and welding too. The weldings were filled - as always - with cold-tin like this

 

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Furthermore I cutted the holes for the original tooling hood lock pins from Ohio-Don

 

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Then sanding and straighten the front side of the hood

 

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Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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After finishing the hood I went to the deck lid - it needed also some work...

 

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Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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Got a new tank inkl. sender unit and gaskets for low - couldn't say no :D 

 

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I name it "art" :D :D :D 

 

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Tim

 

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Driver's door - this is the last part which will need a little TLC... :-/ 

 

Measuring for sheet metal - updates over the next weeks...

 

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It is doable - with that in mind, that here in Europe there are not any better doors and a new one will cost me 1.500 Dollars it is doable :D

 

2-3 days and some sheet metal, that's it - it's all depending on time and effort...

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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Wow, nice progress Tim!

Thinking I need do same on my 71... pfff

 

[with (soon) 3 children]

bye bye free time :)

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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Repair of the '73 front bumper

 

It is not my original bumper because this is too rusty under the urethane and to much layers of paint and bondo on it. I bought a good used one with very very minor rust, some chips and only 3 layers of paint from Luxembourg, a few hundred miles from my home, for 350 Dollars two years ago. With all the metal parts and the bumper mounts included, already restorerd. It was a well invested drive and buy! And I met "Luxstang" and other nice people - but that's another story... wink.gif

It needed a few days but it was doable and no rocket science. I used a good 2 components polyurethane glue in black to fill all the scars. I needed two glues and 8 mixing tubes for all the steps and some sanding paper for hand/block sanding and the excenter sanding machine. With the dremel I cutted every crack and tear to a "V", then filled them with the glue. After let it sit for one night I sanded it down and repeated the step until I was satisfied. Now it is ready for the paint shop to have it primed, filled and painted in Gold Glow thumb.gif

The trick of the whole thing is to find a good and easy restorable base for a reasonable price. This was the only restorable bumper in Europe I found for the last years - and I got it only by speaking with friends from our forum here. If I had nothing more to do one day I will restore my original bumper - but this will be a task for lots of weeks and many glue...

 

I used this glue:

 

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Finished - looking and feeling good - hope the paint guy will see it the same ... ;)

 

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the bumper had 3 layers of paint: first a light green metallic, then silver and finally yellow...

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Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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Wow, nice progress Tim!

Thinking I need do same on my 71... pfff

 

[with (soon) 3 children]

bye bye free time :)

 

Thank you!

 

You forgot the new house... rofl 

 

It is always some time - but you have to lay focus on some things from time to time... ;) 

 

And you must have an understanding wife :whistling:

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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Found the rear bumper mounts complete - sent to the paint stripping company...

 

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Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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Bought new metal

 

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I do know that the cut out rear valance is not period correct for my late '73 Mach 1 because the had probably all turn down pipes from the factory but I like my straight slanted pipes as the Mach 1 from 71/72, so I went that route - my Resto-Mod-Concourse-style :D

 

 

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Rear bumper distance piece

 

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Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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My new arrival from USA - it was my first Mustang-project with my kids - after soldering and glueing 2 hours togehter we finished it - my kids where very proud of their first Mustang project :D 

 

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It drives like new ::thumb::

 

More coming soon...

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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