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I'm a proud owner along with my dad of a 1972 mustang hardtop. I bought this car November 27, 2013 and I have been working on it ever since. I recently turned 15 and all of my life I have loved old mustangs. My dad works for Ford and he owns a 2014 convertible in ruby red. Now a little bit about the car.... It's the base v8 - 302 2v. Car was originally gold glow when I bought it... Had a white vinyl top and the doggy bowl hubcaps. A family had bought it from the original owners who bought it in 72. The original owners had immediately ziebarted it at the dealership and the car has never seen rain. It was in amazing condition from pictures. A family bought it and a month later sold it to their daughter. She has had it for several years... It's been underneath a tree for quite sometime. When I picked up the car we drove it home and she gave me the dealership invoice, owners manual with cover, and a fact book all from 1972. This car is basically rust free... Just has body work to do. Removed the interior and found the floor pans to be 99.9% solid. Just coke spilled carpet rust. Very clean. I have two build sheets as well. Now to find a car in such good condition, and to have all of the manuals and sheets... Is this quite rare? What do you all think? Picture is day 1 of pickup at the lady's house... I had not even touched the car yet. Still sitting in mine when me and my dad went to pick it up.

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Welcome to the site from Virginia! Sounds like a great find. The Ziebart rustproofing saved my 73 convertible too. Great stuff until you try to remove it! Does your coupe have one of the Ziebart stickers? Keep the pics and updates coming.

 

 

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Welcome from Indiana! Rest assured you are not the only teen in the forum. Sweet car BTW.

 

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Welcome to the site from Virginia! Sounds like a great find. The Ziebart rustproofing saved my 73 convertible too. Great stuff until you try to remove it! Does your coupe have one of the Ziebart stickers? Keep the pics and updates coming.

 

 

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Thanks. I'm just 30 minutes new to this site. No stickers, but I do have the plugs all around the doors and rocker panels. I think I may be the only teenage member on here... I'm only 15 but love old mustangs. I guess I'm a gear head too. Haha. I have a few questions about me and my dad's restoration. We plan to keep all interior original... Just a new dashpad and reupholster the drivers seat. Everything is super clean... Now would you recommend a rear spoiler? I can't make up my mind... I know I want a nasa hood with the matte finish stencil and the hockey stick stripes as well as a chin spoiler. Where these all factory options on the coupes back then as well? Or just the fastbacks and mach 1's? Here is an interior picture as [/align]well.

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Welcome from Australia great too see more young people getting into the classic car hobby .

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Welcome to the Forum....excellent find there my young friend, makes it nice when you can drive while you work on it.

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@ the NASA hood-may as well go the extra mile w/the ram air kit and the 'ram air quote' on the stencilled area. You won't regret it

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@ the NASA hood-may as well go the extra mile w/the ram air kit and the 'ram air quote' on the stencilled area. You won't regret it

 

Not too sure about the ram air... It's a 302 2v.. Was ram air available for a 302? I am not sure if it could have been an available option on a base 302 mach 1 at the least. Let me know. Thanks everyone for all of the welcomes!

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a shout out from MY VAN....down by THA RIVER!!

 

nice car young feller! You did well, and yep there are a few teens here and a bunch of us that use to be teens ...some of us that are still mentally a teen....which is how I like to see life!!! GREAT MUSTANG and welcome.

 

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Welcome young man! That is a very nice car to start off with.

 

My suggestion would be to leave the spoilers off. The coupes did not come with either of them. If you change you mind in the future, they are bolt on items. Initially I would spend my time and budgeted money on making sure the mechanicals were perfect, then go to the interior and make any necessary repairs, then I would focus on the exterior.

 

You have a lot of neat stuff that came with the car. I would make color scans into a computer file of as much as possible and put the originals away. Those types of paperwork are impossible to replace.

 

As to replacing the hood with a NACA/NASA ducted hood-if you do this you should also change to the sportlamp grill in my opinion, they just look right together. I would keep the original hood and store it. Also if you get the car painted, get BOTH hoods painted at that time. That gives you future options to return the car to it's original state without a large expense. Flat hoods are not reproduced at this time and may not be available if you decide to return it back to the as produced state.

 

You are lucky to have a father willing to help you take on such a project. Remember that if you ever feel like giving up or selling it. If you do you'll never get it back.

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a shout out from MY VAN....down by THA RIVER!!

 

nice car young feller! You did well, and yep there are a few teens here and a bunch of us that use to be teens ...some of us that are still mentally a teen....which is how I like to see life!!! GREAT MUSTANG and welcome.

 

Thank you! Love your mustangs! Here is what the finished project will look like!


Welcome young man! That is a very nice car to start off with.

 

My suggestion would be to leave the spoilers off. The coupes did not come with either of them. If you change you mind in the future, they are bolt on items. Initially I would spend my time and budgeted money on making sure the mechanicals were perfect, then go to the interior and make any necessary repairs, then I would focus on the exterior.

 

You have a lot of neat stuff that came with the car. I would make color scans into a computer file of as much as possible and put the originals away. Those types of paperwork are impossible to replace.

 

As to replacing the hood with a NACA/NASA ducted hood-if you do this you should also change to the sportlamp grill in my opinion, they just look right together. I would keep the original hood and store it. Also if you get the car painted, get BOTH hoods painted at that time. That gives you future options to return the car to it's original state without a large expense. Flat hoods are not reproduced at this time and may not be available if you decide to return it back to the as produced state.

 

You are lucky to have a father willing to help you take on such a project. Remember that if you ever feel like giving up or selling it. If you do you'll never get it back.

 

 

Thank you for your opinion. I think your right. I think to keep it really low profile and clean I won't get either a rear spoiler or chin spoiler. Basically I am just trying to make it as factory and stock as possible. Because it is COMPLETELY original, i want it to stay that way. From your input and learning that the coupes didn't have a chin spoiler or rear spoiler, I think we will just leave those off and stick with the grill and hood. And yes, the factory hood is nearly perfect. I have only seen a few dings that can be taken right out. My dad said that we will be painting both hoods and store the factory one in a temperature controlled barn we have at our farm. It will be stored properly. My father is a head manager and engineer at ford and runs the body shop. He has a big interest in mustangs just like me and we cannot wait to take it to cruise ins and auto shows. Thanks! Here's all of the ephemera we were given with the car!


Welcome young man! That is a very nice car to start off with.

 

My suggestion would be to leave the spoilers off. The coupes did not come with either of them. If you change you mind in the future, they are bolt on items. Initially I would spend my time and budgeted money on making sure the mechanicals were perfect, then go to the interior and make any necessary repairs, then I would focus on the exterior.

 

You have a lot of neat stuff that came with the car. I would make color scans into a computer file of as much as possible and put the originals away. Those types of paperwork are impossible to replace.

 

As to replacing the hood with a NACA/NASA ducted hood-if you do this you should also change to the sportlamp grill in my opinion, they just look right together. I would keep the original hood and store it. Also if you get the car painted, get BOTH hoods painted at that time. That gives you future options to return the car to it's original state without a large expense. Flat hoods are not reproduced at this time and may not be available if you decide to return it back to the as produced state.

 

You are lucky to have a father willing to help you take on such a project. Remember that if you ever feel like giving up or selling it. If you do you'll never get it back.

 

 

Thank you for your opinion. I think your right. I think to keep it really low profile and clean I won't get either a rear spoiler or chin spoiler. Basically I am just trying to make it as factory and stock as possible. Because it is COMPLETELY original, i want it to stay that way. From your input and learning that the coupes didn't have a chin spoiler or rear spoiler, I think we will just leave those off and stick with the grill and hood. And yes, the factory hood is nearly perfect. I have only seen a few dings that can be taken right out. My dad said that we will be painting both hoods and store the factory one in a temperature controlled barn we have at our farm. It will be stored properly. My father is a head manager and engineer at ford and runs the body shop. He has a big interest in mustangs just like me and we cannot wait to take it to cruise ins and auto shows. Thanks! Here's all of the ephemera we were given with the car!

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Welcome from TriCities WA.

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Welcome from west Michigan!

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Dude here is one with spoilers and stripes. 1 of the coolest 1s I have seen. It's a hot look. You will find that here we all believe its your car build it your way :D original or modified you going to love it. Jeff73 has given you a few very good tips for enjoying your car as is for now.

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These are the cars floor pans. The doors, fenders, decklid, and every removable piece besides the wheels and engine are off. We are getting ready for paint.


Here is just a few more pictures of the restoration so far. I'm using an iPad and it is only letting me upload one at a time I think.


Vinyl top is gone now, but this was I think day two: used bleach, a bucket, and a brush. Car had sap buildup from sitting underneath a tree for so long. Clean vs. Dirty! Hopefully you guys can see the difference.


The top cleaned up quite nicely but we had to remove it because of rust bubbling at the top. Nothing major. If we didn't remove it in time there would be greater issues to deal with.

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Welcome from western Tennessee! ::welcome::

Ron

The Rickster, a 1973 Mach 1, being restored as a tribute to my brother who passed away with COVID in July 2020.

Billy, a 1976 Ford Bronco, also needs a lot of work.

El Guapo, a 1986 F150, frame-off Resto-Mod.

Also, in the queue, a 1950 Ford F1 Panel truck and 1962 Falcon Ranchero

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Hi and ::welcome:: from Luxembourg, Europe.

 

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I have not updated this thread since what feels like mid Summer. Me and my dad have been very busy as he is a plant manager at a Ford plant today. Since my last post on this thread, all of the doors and other body panels have been sent to the body shop. I have completely gutted the interior - it is all original, and we will put it back in as all original except for a few things such as new reupholstered front seats as they have some tears in them mostly the drivers seat (passenger could probably be fixed at a reupholstery shop. Me and my dad have been saving up our money to finish the car so I can drive it on the first day of my junior year. I'm a sophomore now and on November 27, 2013 I bought this car so it will be a year in just a few days. I have really enjoyed working on this car and I have learned quite a bit. I have always loved old cars and cars in general especially mustangs. Me and my dad have owned three total. A 2008 v6 pony package (it was very nice for a 6 banger), and currently a 2014 Ford Mustang convertible v6 that is equipped with every option available. We love it. We also have the 1972, which we are in the middle of restoring now. This may be a long post, but I have quite a bit to update you all on and I would love to hear some responses...

After removing the fenders last year, we noticed extensive, but stationary rust in the front right fender apron and just this last Friday we ordered a new front fender apron. The rust is only where the fender is drilled in on the apron. We will simply cut the piece we need out of the apron and reweld it in. It is not an issue. This car is very very clean. It was ziebarted in 1972 and floor pans and everything are solid. This was the only serious amount of rust besides the drivers side front bumper arm that was rusted out and a little patch was cut from the frame and we will reweld it in. I know this may sound like a lot, but you must see the car in person, this car is exceptionally clean. We could not have been luckier. The original owners had it garaged all its life and it never saw rain. It was only taken out on nice days until they sold it to a couple who sold it to their daughter who lives near us and let it sit under a tree outside of her house on the street. Besides sitting there for just a few short years, it the car is still immaculate. Me and my dad at leaving this car completely original mechanically - except for aftermarket exhaust and aftermarker headers. We are adding a nasa hood that I ordered friday and some magnum 500s as well.

In the past few weeks of working on the car, I have been just organizing and labeling parts. The doors and other body panels are being painted this week and we will pull the engine soon and sent the full car shell to the shop. I cannot wait. The nasa hood has not been sent yet, as we just got it along with other parts. We are getting the entire engine bay painted as well. I'm so excited. I have worked on the dash cluster this past 2 weeks and I attempted to remove the aftermarket radio this lady installed. Knowing the car was completely original, who would do such a thing? They cut the door panels and behind the rear seats by the window to fit some speakers/subs as well. With this issue, I decided to remove the kenwood radio so if the car sat outside at the body shop for a day or so no one would steal the radio. We will not be using the aftermarket Rockford fosgate audio system and will fix these cut spots. The after market radio will go in the glovebox if we plan to use it. Well I removed the radio and saw how poor of a job they cut the dash piece. It made me sick. I have the original philco radio for the car (it seriously looks like it has never been touched or used) it's perfect. It will go back in the car. I will include a picture of the cutting this woman or someone did. It makes me sick to my stomach knowing that they didn't care. Maybe Im just a 15 year old and I sound stupid, but it really makes me mad that I now have to take my own money and purchase a $70 dash piece for the radio simply because people cannot appreciate the rarity of a car to be so original. Well anyways this is quite long and I thought I would update on the progress. I will include pictures below. A few questions...

Anyone know what size rims we should order... Want a staggered stance with larger tires in the back... Want to go for an aggressive look but not too extreme. What are the best classic muscle car tires as well?

Exhaust wise... What would you all recommend for a 302 2v car that is all original mechanically? I need an answer concerning the headers to use and mufflers. We prefer dual exhaust and I just want to hear your alls opinions. Thank you guys! Here are some pictures.. And by the way... My dad is surrounded with engines and works on that stuff all the time.., but we do not know what this blue almost looks like a cooking pot is? Anyone know?


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