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Hello All,

 

History

I bought my first Mustang when I was 16. I had just sold the ’69 Charger that I fixed up, pulled from the family used cars and parts salvage yard. My ’72 Mustang was also pulled from the family salvage yard. A green notchback with a 351c and a top-loader 4 speed. Apparently the previous owner (who I met years later) had let a buddy take it for a drive. He ditched it, ripping up the passenger side of the car including breaking the windshield and rear leaf spring. I brought it back to life. Changed the interior and exterior to black and enjoyed that car until I sold it shortly after getting married and starting my family. My wife hated that car. It was load, she couldn’t see over the dash and she feared how I might sometimes drive it.

 

Young family but still a Mustang owner, ’78 Mustang II V6 4 speed t-top. It was traded in at the dealership I was working for. Got the job done for many years and I sold it for more than I paid for it. Tip: never buy a t-top. Bought a ’68 Barracuda that a college kid put a rod through. Dark times, many years passed without a Mustang in the stable.

 

With the youngest getting ready to start college, I started looking at eBay and Craig’s list just to start researching, thinking I would wait until after she graduated. So I was telling my father that I was researching Mustangs and other older Fords. By the way my father is the second owner of his Boss 351 with 39K original miles on it. He bought it in ’74 when it was traded in on a new Charger. Anyway, my brother found out I was looking at Mustangs and let me know of a project ’72 Sportsroof that was for sale right in my backyard. Being as it was disassembled, missing parts and having no drivetrain put it right at my price point! I have been holding on to a 351c for years so that part was taken care of!

 

The first summer I owned it I did little more than finish completely stripping it down and taking inventory of all that might be missing (had to finish the kitchen/dining room renovation).

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I really got started during the second summer. Cut off the quarters, took out the screwed in patch panel floors and truck that somebody made out of flat stock and replaced everything with the correct new metal. Fixed the rot… lots of it, window corners, and interior metal structures where a first for me. I was used to rust being down low and moving up but this car spent time near salt water. Fortunately an aftermarket cowl became available just as I was planning how I would rebuild what was left of the old one. Swapped the standard dash to deluxe and rewired it for the tachometer and the center gauges that were with the parts that came with the car. Was missing A/C heater box so I found one from eBay and rebuilt it.

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Second year progress involved rebuilding the seats, front end, finishing the body work and actually get some paint on the car. One small sentence but a lot of work. Hopefully next year I can get the driveline done (t-5) and start driving it. The car was an automatic and I had an old overdrive I was going to use but changed my mind. Included with the car was the automatic brake pedal assembly that somebody had very nicely modified with a ‘80s Mustang cable clutch pedal. But they left the clutch pad small and kept the wide automatic brake pedal?! So I cut the brake pedal to fit the proper brake pad and built up the clutch pedal to fit the larger ‘70s clutch pad. Nice to have a horse in the barn again!

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Welcome to the club from northern Nevada. Nice story and project you've got there!

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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Welcome from TriCities WA.

-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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Welcome from Denmark :)

Daniel ::thumb::

 

Pro-Touring 1973 Mustang named ''Creator'' ... :P

Under construction!!

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Welcome from Oklahoma.

 

And thanks for the nice update. I can tell you are feeling better just having a Mustang in the mix. Just what the doctor ordered!

 

Post up more pics of your dad's low-maileage Boss when ya can.

 

Thanks,

 

Ray

1971 Boss 351  

1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 

1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 

1971 Hardtop (parts car)

1973 Mach 1 (parts car)

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Welcome from West Texas! Looks like you went the same route I did (resurrect a rusty hulk from the dead).

 

Nice job!! ::thumb::

 

Can't wait to see more pics. :D

Eric

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Welcome from eastern 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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Welcome from CA!

 

Yup my wife couldn't see over the dash so I raised the

passenger seat 1 1/2 in. with tubing between the seat

bottom and tracks.

73 Grande

351C 2v

Now 4v Carb/Cam/headers/T5

 

Gasoline is for washing parts.

Alcohol is for drinking.

Nitomethane is for racing!

 

 

Work in Progress photos here:

Last Update: 4/23/16

 

http://s1270.photobucket.com/user/therocket366/library/?sort=3&page=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello All,

 

History

I bought my first Mustang when I was 16. I had just sold the ’69 Charger that I fixed up, pulled from the family used cars and parts salvage yard. My ’72 Mustang was also pulled from the family salvage yard. A green notchback with a 351c and a top-loader 4 speed. Apparently the previous owner (who I met years later) had let a buddy take it for a drive. He ditched it, ripping up the passenger side of the car including breaking the windshield and rear leaf spring. I brought it back to life. Changed the interior and exterior to black and enjoyed that car until I sold it shortly after getting married and starting my family. My wife hated that car. It was load, she couldn’t see over the dash and she feared how I might sometimes drive it.

 

Young family but still a Mustang owner, ’78 Mustang II V6 4 speed t-top. It was traded in at the dealership I was working for. Got the job done for many years and I sold it for more than I paid for it. Tip: never buy a t-top. Bought a ’68 Barracuda that a college kid put a rod through. Dark times, many years passed without a Mustang in the stable.

 

With the youngest getting ready to start college, I started looking at eBay and Craig’s list just to start researching, thinking I would wait until after she graduated. So I was telling my father that I was researching Mustangs and other older Fords. By the way my father is the second owner of his Boss 351 with 39K original miles on it. He bought it in ’74 when it was traded in on a new Charger. Anyway, my brother found out I was looking at Mustangs and let me know of a project ’72 Sportsroof that was for sale right in my backyard. Being as it was disassembled, missing parts and having no drivetrain put it right at my price point! I have been holding on to a 351c for years so that part was taken care of!

 

The first summer I owned it I did little more than finish completely stripping it down and taking inventory of all that might be missing (had to finish the kitchen/dining room renovation).

qiNhoA2A6eltbKcJ8x00EgahVUv8BE27rixSZrphctU=w295-h221-p-no

 

I really got started during the second summer. Cut off the quarters, took out the screwed in patch panel floors and truck that somebody made out of flat stock and replaced everything with the correct new metal. Fixed the rot… lots of it, window corners, and interior metal structures where a first for me. I was used to rust being down low and moving up but this car spent time near salt water. Fortunately an aftermarket cowl became available just as I was planning how I would rebuild what was left of the old one. Swapped the standard dash to deluxe and rewired it for the tachometer and the center gauges that were with the parts that came with the car. Was missing A/C heater box so I found one from eBay and rebuilt it.

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Second year progress involved rebuilding the seats, front end, finishing the body work and actually get some paint on the car. One small sentence but a lot of work. Hopefully next year I can get the driveline done (t-5) and start driving it. The car was an automatic and I had an old overdrive I was going to use but changed my mind. Included with the car was the automatic brake pedal assembly that somebody had very nicely modified with a ‘80s Mustang cable clutch pedal. But they left the clutch pad small and kept the wide automatic brake pedal?! So I cut the brake pedal to fit the proper brake pad and built up the clutch pedal to fit the larger ‘70s clutch pad. Nice to have a horse in the barn again!

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::welcome::from one guy to another~my 1st car on my paycheck was a 52 chevy then a 68 pontiac le mans in 1972. My heart was on a 72Mach 1 but uncle sam called for me. Never got mine till 2003 answering an add in the Pittsburgh Trib of a conv for $2.3k. All pasted together per se@ a highschool shop project given up on w/132k mile on the odometer. When I stripped it down, Finally completed the way I like it come in this month. Re: March Car Of The Month for next year and keeping up w/its progress via my photo album. For the total @ 2.1k miles l miles driven since late 09 when the motor was rebuilt and improved to a bit stronger and faster than the 72 R-Code, but my wife won't trust it for any out of county yet a little ways outta our city limits of Latrobe PA. Now just got to earn hers, AAAs, and our local AACAs confidence from not only looking nice but also roadworthy!


 

 

very sharp pic ie signature banner to the least should be on our 2015 calendar to the least!

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man I just love the cool stories of you lucky guys that bought these really great cars at 16! I couldnt afford a hamburger at 16.

 

cool project! your a quality craftsman! join us at the 7173 Talk section and keep sharing these pictures. for fun stuff go to "off topic" section and post away.

 

67 Diamond Blue Vert

 

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DUDE

 

LOL even my sig line offended somebody!

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Welcome! It looks like I could mail you a pile of rust and you'd build a mustang out of it!

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"I love my Hookers!" and "Get some Strange" probably have a different connotation to non automotive enthusiasts!

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