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Greetings, I first bought the 71 Mustang Grande when I was 22 as I had always wanted to build a Muscle Car. I had previously built an import car so I figured this would be much more fun. So for the last 8 years I have been working on this. The story starts that I picked up this car in California. I drove down and picked it up, bringing it back to Canada with me.

 

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Then I decided to do one component a year. So I started with interior, it was pretty rough and a mix of green, black and grey. So I painted the dash and trim, then found some old seats from a wrecked Mustang and upholstered them. Then installed new carpet, headliner, etc. It was nice because I was able to do everything myself. I then installed Clarion Head Unit, Type X components in the door and Type S in the back. I cut out the metal for the 6x9's and drilled tiny holes through the back deck cover, the speakers are nearly impossible to see but still have good sound.

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After that was some engine modifications. I went with a 270HR roller retrofit. Best money I have ever spent. I had valve float around 4800rpm, afterwords I have taken this engine up to 7000rpm. The power alone from reducing friction was worth it. I even replaced the thrust washer with a bearing. It has a 670 Holley Street Avenger, Performer Intake, Ignition Coil, Black Diamond headers, Boss Hog Torque Converter, Auburn limited slip.

 

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After that was Exterior. I decided to do the prep work myself, lots of work but was fun. The paint was the new water based paint, very expensive, $1500/gal and we went through 2 gallons just because the primer kept showing through. At the same time I decided to make it look a bit like a Mach 1. So I went with the Mach 1 hood and stripes. I also took this time to prep and paint the engine bay. Cleaned it up alot.

 

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I like this image just because it shows the depth of the paint.

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Here it is all assembled.

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I am currently at suspension and traction. I went with Foose Legends rims and BFG Comp2 tires. Suspension is currently on order, so no pictures of it yet. But I am dropping the rear 2" and the front 1".

 

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I will update once I get the suspension completed.

1971 Mustang Grande, 351 Cleveland 2v, C6, 9"

-Fitech EFI

-Comp Cams 284hr

-Aussie Heads

-Weiand Xcelerator intake

-Long Tube Headers

-Boss Hogg "Street Bandit"

 

 

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Looks Great!

 

Thanks for posting

 

Paul

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

 

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Good job on the restoration, it 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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Looks nice. I have a 73 Grande and am doing it in stages as well starting with the drivetrain then will move onto the suspension before the bodywork. I am starting the process right now of a FMX to T-5 Conversion. Should be fun!

73 Grande H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

 

- Jason

 

 

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I think it turned out great. It's even better since you did all of the work yourself.

 

So you love the 270 roller. How is it at idle?

'Mike'

73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

 

Pics of modifications included in: [button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-1973-convertible--3335]My Garage[/button]

 

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In the rear, if you replace the shackles with standard ones you'll get most if not all of the 2" drop you are looking for and much greater lateral stability to the rear springs. When leaf springs are shackled up, the rear end can move side to side easier and maked the rear handling of the car much less stable.

 

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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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Thanks guys! I appreciate the feedback. Can't wait for the new coils and shocks to get here. I also ordered some new engine mounts.

 

Looks nice. I have a 73 Grandé and am doing it in stages as well starting with the drivetrain then will move onto the suspension before the bodywork. I am starting the process right now of a FMX to T-5 Conversion. Should be fun!

 

I would love to do a transmission upgrade, I can't find a consistent number online but it looks like the C6 robs a lot of power. Was your car manual to start with?

 

I think it turned out great. It's even better since you did all of the work yourself.

 

So you love the 270 roller. How is it at idle?

 

I have the idle of my car set at 1100rpm, so not much lope at that rpm. It is a little too much cam for the torque converter as when I put it in gear it drops the rpm down to 600. It sounds amazing at 600rpm, awesome lope. I'll see this summer what it is like with the new torque converter. I did everything but paint, so I can't take credit for that. The engine I did have a coworker give me a hand.

 

In the rear, if you replace the shackles with standard ones you'll get most if not all of the 2" drop you are looking for and much greater lateral stability to the rear springs. When leaf springs are shackled up, the rear end can move side to side easier and maked the rear handling of the car much less stable.

 

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Thanks! I can imagine that handling should improve in the rear end when it is lowered. The shackles I have are adjustable, so I'll try that first. But if it doesn't drop it enough I will be ordering a set. Actually I will probably order a set anyways, the adjustable ones would look pretty ugly with part of it showing.

1971 Mustang Grande, 351 Cleveland 2v, C6, 9"

-Fitech EFI

-Comp Cams 284hr

-Aussie Heads

-Weiand Xcelerator intake

-Long Tube Headers

-Boss Hogg "Street Bandit"

 

 

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Wow that is one good looking Ride you have done there! Amazing color! [emoji14][emoji41][emoji106] Big congrats on your finish result! Regards Lars

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Regards DK73

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

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Any tips for removing old bushings? The top ones in the frame for the shackles are cracking and I can't get them out.


Penetrating fluid and stabbing it was a screw driver works. Lol

1971 Mustang Grande, 351 Cleveland 2v, C6, 9"

-Fitech EFI

-Comp Cams 284hr

-Aussie Heads

-Weiand Xcelerator intake

-Long Tube Headers

-Boss Hogg "Street Bandit"

 

 

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image.thumb.jpeg.d97ddc82210dd78a147ae2ddf54a1929.jpegNew coil vs old. Instant drop of .5", just waiting for it to settle to see if I dropped more.

1971 Mustang Grande, 351 Cleveland 2v, C6, 9"

-Fitech EFI

-Comp Cams 284hr

-Aussie Heads

-Weiand Xcelerator intake

-Long Tube Headers

-Boss Hogg "Street Bandit"

 

 

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Not the greatest picture but here is the end result. The coils still need to settle. But dropped the back 2.5" and the front 0.5". So there is a 2.5" gap in the rear and 1.5" gap on the front. Oh and apparently American muscle has a sale on 1" wheel spacers. So I ordered 4, it should bring the tires right out the the fender. I have about 1.25" before the inner fender lip.

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1971 Mustang Grande, 351 Cleveland 2v, C6, 9"

-Fitech EFI

-Comp Cams 284hr

-Aussie Heads

-Weiand Xcelerator intake

-Long Tube Headers

-Boss Hogg "Street Bandit"

 

 

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Looks great! If you don't mind me asking, what color is that?

 

I want to say competition orange, but I can't quite remember to tell you the truth. I'll email the body shop and ask.


Thanks again guys

1971 Mustang Grande, 351 Cleveland 2v, C6, 9"

-Fitech EFI

-Comp Cams 284hr

-Aussie Heads

-Weiand Xcelerator intake

-Long Tube Headers

-Boss Hogg "Street Bandit"

 

 

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Car is looking really great much better without shackles. You said something a lot of people think Mach 1 hood and stripes. They could be on any model if you ordered them. There was a 71 model called a Spring Special pic attached of the ad.

You would need to add the black on the bottom to be like the car. To get the stripes you had to get the decor group and that got you the stripe the side chrome and black out below the chrome and Mach 1 grill.

David

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When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??:P

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Car is looking really great much better without shackles. You said something a lot of people think Mach 1 hood and stripes. They could be on any model if you ordered them. There was a 71 model called a Spring Special pic attached of the ad.

You would need to add the black on the bottom to be like the car. To get the stripes you had to get the decor group and that got you the stripe the side chrome and black out below the chrome and Mach 1 grill.

David

 

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Very cool. Didn't know that edition existed. I purposely left the bottom stripe out, on the fast backs the stripe makes it look more streamlined in the back, but the notch back just looks narrow with it IMO. That's why I went without. Plus to be a little unique.

 

I have been debating blacking out all Chrome on the car right now. Found a sema built mustang that they did this and it looked really good.

1971 Mustang Grande, 351 Cleveland 2v, C6, 9"

-Fitech EFI

-Comp Cams 284hr

-Aussie Heads

-Weiand Xcelerator intake

-Long Tube Headers

-Boss Hogg "Street Bandit"

 

 

My Build

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Wheel spacers went on. American Muscle had a deal that I couldn't pass up. Very happy with the outcome. I may forgo dropping the front some more as I have a feeling I may need to get the front fenders rolled. But I'm going to wait until summer before I decide to drop it.

1971 Mustang Grande, 351 Cleveland 2v, C6, 9"

-Fitech EFI

-Comp Cams 284hr

-Aussie Heads

-Weiand Xcelerator intake

-Long Tube Headers

-Boss Hogg "Street Bandit"

 

 

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