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I am putting the final pieces of the paperwork together to get my first ever Mustang.  It should ship down to me next week sometime.  I cant wait to get it. 

 

Its nothing fancy by any measure, but its a pretty original car in really nice condition.  Its a 71 Sports roof, that someone did a hodge podge attempt at making it look like a mach 1.  Only  they didnt get any of it right.  But I will have fun fixing it all.  I will slowly but surely turn it into an actual 71 mach 1 in time.  Its excellent starting material though.  It has  a recently rebuilt 302, with a FMX.  Only 40k documented original miles, with paperwork to prove it . No rust anywhere.  All the interior is in perfect shape more or less.  Im really happy with how it looks overall.  The color is not my favorite but it will do for now.  One day I will paint it. 

 

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"I drank what?" - Socrates

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Welcome from TriCities WA. Nice Car!!!

-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 Virginia. Looks like 1973 MACH 1 stripe on the side.

Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony
Our current Mustang garage/driveway
1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06

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Welcome from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and enjoy your Mustang! :-)

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Hi welcome from the north of the Netherlands

 

No rust anywhere... you lucky man! thats 90% of the work!

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

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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Welcome from Iowa. Nice car.

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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Greetings from Tucson, AZ.

 

That car looks to be in good shape!!

 

BTW - ain't nothing wrong with 'plain O' Sports Roof'  Lot to be said for sleeper car that can kick some A$$!!

Thanks

 

Tim

Tucson, Az

1973 SportsRoof

351C bored .040

Crank .020  and Stock cam

Flattop pistons

Edelbrock 4bbl CARB 800 CFM ELEC CHOKE

Edelbrock Performer 2750 Intake Manifold

 

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Welcome from Denmark Northern Part of Europe [emoji1087][emoji6][emoji106] Regards Lars DK73

 

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

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Whoever did the mach 1 additions must really not have cared about what year it was. Using the 73 decals really threw me, but I do like them better actually than the hockey sticks.

All I am going to do to start is upgrade the steering and brakes and put a GPS tracker and Viper alarm in it and DVR Cameras that will stream to the cloud.

 

I have a hydroboost unit from a 94 F450 (best $25 Ive spent in a long time) im going to put in with a wilwood Master and the wilwood Front disc conversion kit.

 

 

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To go along with the hydroboost conversion, Im going to need to figure out what bracket I need on a 302w to use a saginaw PS pump.

"I drank what?" - Socrates

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Hi From Phoenix. Congratulations on your first Mustang! It's exciting. Love the car.

'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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The mustang Finally arrived today!

 

It started pouring down rain about 5 minutes after we picked it up so I only got a chance to get a couple of pictures.

 

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First Drive for me, well its just plain awesome!  The only negative are the brakes.  Or lack of brakes.  The 4 wheel drum brakes are about as effective as sticking your feet thru the floor and dragging them.   Going about 30 mph, I slam the pedal as hard as I can all the way as far as I can and it eases to a slow stop.  It never even gets close to locking up.  So as this is the first 4 wheel drum car I have ever driven, I have no idea if this is normal, or not.  I would say my instincts as a shade tree mechanic tell me that the overall mushiness of the pedal means that I should dump all the fluid out of the system, replace all the wheel cylinders, flush the lines out, and then refill with fresh fluid and bleed the dogshit out of it.  Then check adjustment on all the shoes and make sure theres nothing going on there.

 

I plan on doing a front disc upgrade soon, but not real soon.  So I need to try and get some better braking ability for the mean time.

"I drank what?" - Socrates

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I am putting the final pieces of the paperwork together to get my first ever Mustang.  It should ship down to me next week sometime.  I cant wait to get it. 

 

Its nothing fancy by any measure, but its a pretty original car in really nice condition.  Its a 71 Sports roof, that someone did a hodge podge attempt at making it look like a mach 1.  Only  they didnt get any of it right.  But I will have fun fixing it all.  I will slowly but surely turn it into an actual 71 mach 1 in time.  Its excellent starting material though.  It has  a recently rebuilt 302, with a FMX.  Only 40k documented original miles, with paperwork to prove it . No rust anywhere.  All the interior is in perfect shape more or less.  Im really happy with how it looks overall.  The color is not my favorite but it will do for now.  One day I will paint it. 

 

75280521971fordmustangmach1stdc.jpg

 

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Thanks.  The whole car is in really nice shape.  I put it up on a lift and checked the underside and it all looks to be in very good condition with no obvious rust.  I even hammered around a bit and couldnt find any weak or soft spots that might have been covered with undercoating so thats a good thing.  All of the torque box areas look solid as a rock too.  Overall I am very happy with the condition of the car.  Its not perfect by any means, but its in very good condition.  There are several issues that do need attention though and I am working my way thru them.  The master cylinder was shot, I replaced that the first weekend.  That improved the brakes dramatically.  Then My son drove with the E brake on and I think he stripped the pad off the rear shoes.  You can head some grinding back there when you hit the brakes.  Theres also now some sound from the right front that sounds like a locked up wheel cylinder.  So I odered up a complete 4 wheel drum rebuild kit from CJP.  It came in today and I am taking it to the mechanic in the morning to drop it off.  I hate doing drum brakes or I would have done it myself.  So I will let them screw with it instead.  

 

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I also ordered a set of 3 point seat belts to replace the lap belts.  Im going to put those in this weekend.  I will probably do a write up and review once its all done too since there seems to be almost no threads on that here.

 

 

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The car has the base model 2 spoke steering wheel and the horn button is completely broken and will just randomly fall off.  There are no replacement parts made, and originals are way too expensive to warrant buying one so I am going to go with an aftermarket shelby style wheel.  At least the horn should work then.  Hopefully the contacts in the column arent shot too.  I wont find that out till I pull the old wheel.  Connecting the 2 wires does not honk the horn so im not very optimistic.

 

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Another bummer is the Outboard Front Front Drivers seat bolt is stripped out of the threads.  I tried new bolts for it, chasing the threads with a tap, nothing helped.  It still will pop out if you hit the brakes or jam the gas.  So my only option left is to drill it out and tap it to a size larger.  More weekend work for this weekend.

 

The passenger seat looked like it was going to do the same thing, but it wasnt quite as bad.  All it needed was to have the thread bore chased and the bolt replaced and it was fantastic.

 

After that, I need to address the Air Conditioning.  Im not quite sure what is going on but I have my suspicions.  Upon inspecting the compressor, it looks like someone attached an R134a Fitting on the charge port.  The weird thing is theres not one on the other port, which leads me to think bad things.  My theory is that someone wanted the A/C to work when they sold it to the dealer I bought it from.  They couldnt find any R-12 or didnt want to spend the money to find any and just threw a fitting on there and charged it with 134a.  Its a fairly standard dirty used car lot trick and could actually destroy the entire system.  So I am having the mechanic check it out tomorrow and if he agrees with my theory then he will evacuate the system till I can get the parts I need to do the conversion correctly.  In the mean time I want the system flushed and evacuated so the 134a and mineral oil dont react causing corrosion damage.

 

 

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The next job will be to clean the engine.  It looks like at some point the power steering was leaking and got fluid all over the front and bottom of the engine and accumulated alot of road dirt mess.  So I need to clean all that up and make sure nothing is still leaking.  I dont see any leaks and theres nothing on the garage floor so Im fairly sure that its all old and the problem has been fixed, they just never cleaned the mess up.

 

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I also found that the negative battery cable is completely shot.  There isnt more than 1 square inch or insulation left on the ground cable.  So I will need to replace that sooner than later.

 

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There is also some issues with the dash illumination.  The gauge cluster lights up fine but nothing in the center section lights up at all.  So I will need to figure that one out.

 

Thats pretty much the extent of the surprises.  If thats all there is I consider it a huge win on my part.

"I drank what?" - Socrates

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