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Greetings from Japan,


I was able to buy 2 1973 Mach1 Q-code in quite a rough shape. (all matching numbers).

My plan is to restore 1 out of two cars - it has to be the red one because this car came with papers.

Black one would be donor car - if anything is usable :)

Both of these cars has been sitting for a very long time so not sure about condition of engine, but it turns by hand :)

Not sure why but the front grill/lights are different on both of them - but vin confirms that both are 1973

Hope I can do it :)


Few photos (more I will post on Build Thread):

Red one:















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Hello from Mississippi. Glad to welcome a new International member. The reason the front grills look different between the two cars is the red one is a 73 and the dark car is a 71-72 style. You mentioned both were Q code cars so more than likely the dark one is a 72 since 71 Q code Mustangs are extremely rare. I do see some things such as the front fender upper marker lamps that were just one of many things that were required in Japan on the import vehicles.

We are fortunate to have a forum member that owns a 71 429 CJ Mach1 that was imported to Japan when new. Mwilson7 would probably be glad to answer any questions you may have on those special Mustangs as he is very knowledgeable on them.

Welcome to your new Mustang home.



No Officer...I really don't know how fast I was going, my speedometer stopped at 140!

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Welcome from Iowa.

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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Welcome from Virginia. I'm sure will will find a lot of great info here.

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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Red one - actually it has been repainted. Original color was Dark Green Metalic.

I can only restore "red" one - the other black has no papers (no title).

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Welcome from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Looks like you got yourself quite some work!


PS: Love the seatbelt in the black one ;-)

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Bits of rust or lots of rust, in the end, you need the same amount of paint!

That's what I keep saying to myself!


Looking forward to see your progresses!


Welcome from the northern Netherlands

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

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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Welcome from North Carolina, USA.

Are you sure the red color is not original color? I checked in Marti's book yes there was one red Fastback or Mach 1 that was red exterior and green interior. Would be an odd combination for sure. There was also one red exterior with blue interior.

If your door sticker is still present check the trim and color code. Red is 2B and the interior code for the green car was AG.

I helped my nephew start importing cars from Japan. He has brought I think 4 over so far with no issues. I would think it might be more difficult to go from USA to Japan. The import duties use to be like 100% of the selling price to keep the U.S. cars out. It is more difficult to ship a non running vehicle since it has to go into a container. Driving cars are driven onto the ship and just parked in the hold.

It might be less cost to find a really good body in the US and have it shipped over and use your engine from there. Japan being surrounded by salt water I am sure does not help the cars not to rust.


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


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Welcome from Oklahoma.



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 Canada!



"When the world is running down you make the best of what's still around."- Sting and The Police







1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (Father & sons restoration project)


- 351 Cleveland H-code w/ factory Ram-air induction


 - FMX 3-speed trans


 - 9-inch rear with 3.25:1 ratio

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I also have a Japanese Mustang and would be happy to help answer any specific questions you might have regarding these unique Mustangs.  There are a number of unique parts that are very hard to find on these cars so I would suggest doing some research before you start tearing them apart.  I'm looking for a piece off the power antenna so if you have some spare parts I'd really like to talk to you about it.


I'll send you a PM with some contacts of 71-73 Mustang owners in Japan who can probably help you out quite a bit.


71 Mach 1 J code - Japanese export

72 Convertible f code - first car

Numerous other Fords

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