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Ray I actually like the original lights, especially how they resemble the rear profile of the car its a nice styling que and so subtle most don't see it until its pointed out slightly down sized would be neat, however You have a very good eye so stick with your plans you don't need my advice.

 

Well , i think your right about the lights , I like em too. I feel they are just right and fit the contour fine . I've actually seen them used on a 2009 mustang and it looks great. I didn't want to rob the 71 of all its character , just add to it. Adding the sequential kit will be very cool . I like the big body stangs I just always thought they were a bit bulky. however, your wrong about me not needing your advise, it is greatly appreciated , I'm glad to hear someone tell me they like the original lights because that's how I feel. Have a great day, as I think when were going to bed here , your getting up . Lol

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image.thumb.jpg.fa8f1305344c6541b787a8541d895eeb.jpgHow the 71 began its new life. Dragged in about as rough as they get. Missing a lot of parts. After about a hundred hours of sanding , cleaning, hanging new panels , etc ,etc, I then decided to cut her up and give her a whole new attitude . Hence the beginning of my Mustera RC . Work on the project has been slow. More build pics to follow soon. Thank all of you for the support.


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How the 71 began its new life. Dragged in about as rough as they get. Missing a lot of parts. After about a hundred hours of sanding , cleaning, hanging new panels , etc ,etc, I then decided to cut her up and give her a whole new attitude . Hence the beginning of my Mustera RC . Work on the project has been slow. More build pics to follow soon. Thank all of you for the support.


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image.thumb.jpg.3684db3ec78998de9f46bffad08ca3ce.jpgRough in on front lower valance.


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Rough in on front lower valance.


 


 


 


 

Front valance is brought forward to under the bumper . It is also 3" lower to the ground than the rockers creating a ground effect. Sorta like a pouty lower lip lol. It bolts to the bottom of the fender extension as a separate removable piece .

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image.thumb.jpg.026eebb3aec1bd92d4ee1fe8bd198690.jpgHeadlight assemblies in place and mounted . I know they're not ford, but technically they're generic since they're made in Taiwan . I think it's the best blend of retro while adding a contemporary flare.


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image.thumb.jpg.193359abc3e946e2e68321acc26f046a.jpgI started some of the 100s of ft of butt welding ahead of me. The front fenders have so many pieces that they'll require a skim coat of bondo.

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Re oriented the pics. Looking really good Ray.

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I'm rethinking those headlights, too mad max, think I'm gonna reset them back into the grill about 3". Any comments? Help me out here guys. I think a more phantom look after I close them in with the grill that set back would be better. I hate doing things twice but it's just not working .

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Our cars scream for a hidden headlight solution.

 

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I did this in paint just to show what I'm thinking

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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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Our cars scream for a hidden headlight solution.

 

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I did this in paint just to show what I'm thinking

 

Ok, I can see that. Now I'm sure mine are too out there lol. I'll rework it and see what I come up with. Had thought about a phantom grill early on. Thanks for the input

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I like the lights you are working with also. But I don't oppose the mad max look either.

 

One disadvantage of the black out treatment is it might make the car look like a camaro

 

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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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Didnt our friend Seamon "Bunky" have something to do with the similarities between our 7173 and when he was at GM and the 67 68 Camaro? Look at our dash compared to the 67 68 Camaro. Hate to say it... but.

 

Just messing around. I think you need some definition around the headlights. Otherwise it kind of looks like it's wearing two pairs of reading glasses. Just my humble opinion which isnt worth much anyway.

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I'm gonna begin by moving them back into the grill area about 2 1/2" the see where it goes from there . I also don't oppose the mad max thing just want it different. It stinks when you spend a couple thousand hours on a project to have someone tell you oh that looks like ??? (Mad max's car) I strive for artistic originality ,Except of course ,they say ,it looks like a pantera LOL. But in truth I do want it to also look like a mustang. I want people to be able to tell where its heritage started. I guess that's why I ended up cutting up everything after years of restoration. Having people say things like, , oh he did a good job on that mustang. I'd rather hear ,what the heck is that, it looks like a mustang , but not really ,what did he do to that thing? Is it a custom pantera ? I'm not at all trying to be derogatory towards great restorations ,or any restoration attempt, rather just challenge things a bit and be creative. I built a lot of original cars I'm proud of but enjoy more expressing myself through customizing. Any effort put into classic cars is a commendable undertaking. Weather it be a rat, original, resto mod, resto rod, hot rod, custom or radical custom , even if I don't really like some of the them, it's all great!!! I love looking at the passion and work that's displayed on this forum, everybody keep our hobby alive. Tell a young kid about your car. Most of all be proud. Wow that was too long winded, but ya I'm bit!!!


 

 

Didnt our friend Seamon "Bunky" have something to do with the similarities between our 7173 and when he was at GM and the 67 68 Camaro? Look at our dash compared to the 67 68 Camaro. Hate to say it... but.

 

Just messing around. I think you need some definition around the headlights. Otherwise it kind of looks like it's wearing two pairs of reading glasses. Just my humble opinion which isnt worth much anyway.

 

You are speaking my feelings. I do Plan to surround those headlights with a grill that deminishes the size of the actual round section substantially, and defines them as individual round headlights with the top cut of. I like both the camaro headlight look and the challenger but decided the latter had more of a retro look. Unfortunately the new mustang headlights didn't work for me. You'll see how this will take the bulk out of what you see as they are. That's so much for the input.


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Wow that pic does look like a camaro funny car it's so long.

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I don't think your twin headlight setup is bad as such but imho the lenses are too big in diameter. The size works if it's only one headlight but when it's a pair they need to be smaller.

Best example for a perfect twin headlight setup is the 71 'Cuda. (Well the 71 ' Cuda is a perfect example for almost everything, I guess.) :)

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image.thumb.jpg.ce28cd10a8c8abe3d62c6e8aa0454a31.jpgOk, keep this in mind, I agree the headlights as they are are too big, but after the bezels and grill are installed it takes on a new dimension. I will cut some cardboard and snap pics to show you what I mean 1st of the week. [/i]


Can you picture that on the front of the mustang with a corraled horse in the middle like off a 65 or 66 you know the 6 1/2 inch mustang.


The grill I've been designing, cuts the diameter of the headlights even more than the challenger. Also ones a headlight and the other is a turn signal I'm cutting that one down even more. I'm jonesin now to show you guys where I'm going with this. Check next week for pics, I'll play with it and get some shots out there. Thanks again for the thoughts. I greatly appreciate it. I've never before done forum postings like this to get opinions, I think it's great. Better than when it's all done , people repeating the same why did ya do it that ways. I'm happy to give everyone's comments consideration!!!


image.thumb.jpg.093087eb7d748cdda027d3ed5e43c193.jpgWas seriously considering this look too for headlights . 69 for sure one of my favorite years other than 71-73 of course.

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That's an interesting rendition of a 69.

I also think that the 69 has the best nose of all Mustangs. (And that the 69 fastback is the prettiest Mustang of them all, no matter how much I like the 123s).

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Back 2.5 inches sounds good. I like the look and as you say bezels will alter the appearance dramatically especially if the grill quarters the lights and has the traditional forward slope. Adds a bit of exoticar vibe I think. This has been great to watch Ray

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That's an interesting rendition of a 69.

I also think that the 69 has the best nose of all Mustangs. (And that the 69 fastback is the prettiest Mustang of them all, no matter how much I like the 123s).

 

That 69 is the Mach 40, it's on GT40 chassis mid engine set up , very cool!


Back 2.5 inches sounds good. I like the look and as you say bezels will alter the appearance dramatically especially if the grill quarters the lights and has the traditional forward slope. Adds a bit of exoticar vibe I think. This has been great to watch Ray

 

I like that," exoticar vibe." I can try to lean the grill. In retrospect I kinda limited my options by taking 8 1/2 inches off the nose . Maybe I could get the effect by simply leaning the horse emblem. Now I'm wishing I had a couple extra inches to pull this off. Gonna be fun to see where this ends up. Any change at this point unfortunately has a ripple effect. Moving lights back, then gotta relocate or reconfigure the radiator, battery box ,splash panels, so on so on, But it's all good !!!

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you could move the battery to the trunk and relocate the washer bottle and free up a bunch of space to recess further. Or even just go to a smaller (physically) battery with all the new battery technology.

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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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That's an interesting point. I've been using odyssey airline battery's on all my projects for the past year. They are awesome , very compact, dry cell flexible mounting options and best of all, can sit for months without loosing a charge if fully charged before sitting. It's the only way to go on a vehicle that only gets used once in a while or sits for a few months at a time. Had a stinger dry cell in my model a that lasted 8 years but did loose a charge after sitting a while. Not many people are aware of the availability of these new batts and the pricing is not far off for what you get.

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image.thumb.jpg.a12f50861435e8d40a076e0afff00b5a.jpgOk here's the change. I moved them back 2". A made cardboard bezels to simulate the effect the ones I'm fabbing will have. They will also have 1" recess rings on them to give dimension. This should give you a better perspective of my intended look. Hopefully, no more reading glass look LOL. The grill will not be completed for a while but I wanted to get this out there .


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Looks much better. I think you are on the way to a winning set up there

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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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