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Restoring my first car right now. 1972 H-Code Mach 1. Bought it for $900 in 1984, 2 months before my 16th birthday. Not as many years as Q and others, but 27 years feels like a lifetime. I saw the car in the weeds in back of a used car dealership in 1982 and saved every dime I could mowing lawns and babysitting cousins to save up the $900 bucks. It devestated me when I rode past on my bike (4 miles from home so it was a ride just to see it) and it was gone. Come to find out a guy bought it and spent a quite a bit just to get it running. After that he couldn't afford to do anything more so he put an ad in the paper to sell it. My Dad saw the ad one day during lunch and he went over to look at it. He called my Mom and she came over with the check book. I will never forget the noise coming into the garage while I was inside with my older sister. I told her to let Dad know he had a hole in his exhaust. When she opened the garage door and told me to come over and tell him I though she was just being the typical difficult older sister. Needless to say, when I came to the door and saw the car I thought was lost forever and that all of my hard work was for nothing I just fell to my knees. Other than the birth of my children and marriage to my lovely wife, I cannot think of another day when I was so happy. Dad said it was mine for the $900 I had saved and that he would help me get it running and looking better. Spent most of my high school days and every penny I earned at work on this car.

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While I could only afford insurance for the mustang for three months out of the year in high school my daily driver for the other 9 months of snow and salt was a 1976 AMC Pacer. Looked like crap, but always started.

 

BKDunha

72 Mach 1 H-Code (Concourse driven restoration)

67 S-Code Factory GT with 4-Spd

68 Mercury Cyclone (Pro-Street project)

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First car was 1973 Mach 1, green with white deluxe interior, fold down seat. I have a very special memory of that car... if you know what I mean. I would still have it but it was totalled by a drunk.

Second car 1973 Mustang Convertible. Still have it.

 

'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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My first car was a 1969 Chevelle SS 396 4 spd 325 HP. It looked good but was tired with 90k + miles.

Fast but axle-hopped like a bad bunny. Being run hard even before I got it - the car smoked burning more oil than gas!

Loved the body style but remember the vinyl seats being big and you slid around on them - not much support.

Wow I was hard on that car!!!!! Hard powershifts with that Muncie M-22 "rock crusher" transmission.

 

Then I had the opportunity to drive a 72 Mustang with lots of power and no exle hop (staggered shocks). But that is another story...

 

Ray


Hmm. That dreaded GM exle hop! Guess it shoulda been AXLE!

 

Drinkin' and typin' never did go together!

 

Ray

 

My first car was a 1969 Chevelle SS 396 4 spd 325 HP. It looked good but was tired with 90k + miles.

Fast but axle-hopped like a bad bunny. Being run hard even before I got it - the car smoked burning more oil than gas!

Loved the body style but remember the vinyl seats being big and you slid around on them - not much support.

Wow I was hard on that car!!!!! Hard powershifts with that Muncie M-22 "rock crusher" transmission.

 

Then I had the opportunity to drive a 72 Mustang with lots of power and no exle hop (staggered shocks). But that is another story...

 

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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Yes, Ray I know exactly what you mean about the Big Block Chevelles and their tendency to exhibit extreme axle hop, especially with the 4-speed.

 

My best friend had a '70 with the 454 and M22 and his axle hop was terrible...at first. We cured it with different shocks and ladder bars! That car was a MONSTER.

 

BT

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My first car was a 1979 Ford F150 Tall boy with a Straight 6 (sold in 2010)

My first mustang is my current restoration 71 mach 1 351C

I also have an '88 F150 with a Supercharged Straight 6

The 79 needed tons of work and I sold it before I could drive, I still cant haha but the mustang will be completed when I can!

The 79 and the mustang and the 88

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First car was a 1954 Chevy 2 dr. Made it run and sold it for $175, age 15.

Then 60 Corvair, similar story.

Then 62 or 63 Imperial, got $400 for the 413 cross ram and trans., SCORE!

I never drove any of the above, didn't have a license.

Then 65 Impala SS (283, glide). Drove it a year and bought a REAL car, 1966 Mercury Cyclone GT.

First Mustang was 1970 Boss 302. Grabber blue, paid $2K in 1972. Sold it for $1600 (with a fresh rebuild) when I got orders for Germany in 1974. If I'd only known....... Chuck

 

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like alot of folks on here...my red 1973 mach 1 is the first car i ever owned...got it out of highschool....but like some..i couldnt afford too drive it everyday..lol..so i drove around a old escort wagon ..hehe..and still got that thing too!! runs like a champ..gots about 280,000 on it..lol..i thought it would self destruct along time ago..lol.. but im finaly rolling it out too sell it...dont need it and more ..got a little ford ranger and a old 63 gmc truck with a big block v6..and still kicking around picking up this 1965 spring special econoline truck from my dad.....has a big crome strip down the side like a falcon futura..crome bumpers and such..cute little thing..lol

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First car 74 Pinto that I installed a 69 302-c4 when I was fourteen. The year 1984. Second 73 F250 XLT pulled 390 out put 460 in take telephone poll out on my way to school. Third 77 Mustang II pulled 2300 out 3- 302s in. Fourth 78 Pinto lite blue with dark blue Stracky & Hutch strip. Had plans for 302 before the car got torched. Fifth 70 Mach 1 351C 4V FMX 391s Shaker and allot of rust. Drove for 2 weeks and left rear spring came threw trunk floor. First 71 Mustang was a Grande with a 351C 2V. The year was 1987. Exploded the 351 2V then installed 351 4V from 70 Mach 1. First new car 89 Mustang GT 25th Anniversary which I still own today. Their has been a few others that have come and gone. 83 GT with T-tops 88 LX 5.0 Saleen clone 91 GT 71 F250 04 F350 4X4 PSD. My currant rides are 89 GT 2000 Explore 4x4 07 F350 4x4 Crew Cab PSD 71 Mach 1 being restored and 72 Mach 1 parts car.

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Well I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but my first car was a 1961 Valiant slant six given to me by my dad as a graduation present in 63...sometimes I think he was unhappy with my grades ....but my second was a new 69 Mach1 while my 3rd was a 72 volkswagon beatle.....how's that for going from the sublime to the rediculous lol

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First car 74 Pinto that I installed a 69 302-c4 when I was fourteen. The year 1984. Second 73 F250 XLT pulled 390 out put 460 in take telephone poll out on my way to school. Third 77 Mustang II pulled 2300 out 3- 302s in. Fourth 78 Pinto lite blue with dark blue Stracky & Hutch strip. Had plans for 302 before the car got torched. Fifth 70 Mach 1 351C 4V FMX 391s Shaker and allot of rust. Drove for 2 weeks and left rear spring came threw trunk floor. First 71 Mustang was a Grande with a 351C 2V. The year was 1987. Exploded the 351 2V then installed 351 4V from 70 Mach 1. First new car 89 Mustang GT 25th Anniversary which I still own today. Their has been a few others that have come and gone. 83 GT with T-tops 88 LX 5.0 Saleen clone 91 GT 71 F250 04 F350 4X4 PSD. My currant rides are 89 GT 2000 Explore 4x4 07 F350 4x4 Crew Cab PSD 71 Mach 1 being restored and 72 Mach 1 parts car.

 

Thats a great Red on your Foxbody, is it original? What color do they call that?

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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First car 74 Pinto that I installed a 69 302-c4 when I was fourteen. The year 1984. Second 73 F250 XLT pulled 390 out put 460 in take telephone poll out on my way to school. Third 77 Mustang II pulled 2300 out 3- 302s in. Fourth 78 Pinto lite blue with dark blue Stracky & Hutch strip. Had plans for 302 before the car got torched. Fifth 70 Mach 1 351C 4V FMX 391s Shaker and allot of rust. Drove for 2 weeks and left rear spring came threw trunk floor. First 71 Mustang was a Grande with a 351C 2V. The year was 1987. Exploded the 351 2V then installed 351 4V from 70 Mach 1. First new car 89 Mustang GT 25th Anniversary which I still own today. Their has been a few others that have come and gone. 83 GT with T-tops 88 LX 5.0 Saleen clone 91 GT 71 F250 04 F350 4X4 PSD. My currant rides are 89 GT 2000 Explore 4x4 07 F350 4x4 Crew Cab PSD 71 Mach 1 being restored and 72 Mach 1 parts car.

 

Thats a great Red on your Foxbody, is it original? What color do they call that?

Thanks. Yes it is its called Cabernet red. Its very deep like black. I get a lot of compliments on the color combo. Mike

 

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Well I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but my first car was a 1961 Valiant slant six given to me by my dad as a graduation present in 63...sometimes I think he was unhappy with my grades ....but my second was a new 69 Mach1 while my 3rd was a 72 volkswagon beatle.....how's that for going from the sublime to the rediculous lol

 

That thing is pretty bad ass lol

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My car fits right in with this site. I drove my dads '76 Chevy Blazer through high school. Then I joined the service right after I graduated. When I got to Hickam AFB, I bought my first car. A '71 mustang Fastback. It was the coolest car I had ever seen. I was all black with a 351c, 2v heads with a Holley 600, Edelbrock intake, and a C6 with 3.25:1.

That car had such an impact on my I made sure to purchase another one, hence my '73 Mach-1. All black, 4v 351c with a C6 with 3.73:1.

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Cant believe i missed this thread on the first go around. Anyhow my first car was a 1985 ford ranger!! Yeah baby!!

First mustang was a 1986 fox body LX. Had the o-so powerful 2.3liter 4 banger!!!

Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Cant believe i missed this thread on the first go around. Anyhow my first car was a 1985 ford ranger!! Yeah baby!!

First mustang was a 1986 fox body LX. Had the o-so powerful 2.3liter 4 banger!!!

 

I may be the first to say this to you but, both those are cool cars. The 2.3l can be a very good motor with the addition of a turbo and a Vovlo DOHC head.

Jayson

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73 Mach 1 Mustang

89 Dodge Shadow ES

94 Jeep Wrangler

 

 

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Yeah, I missed this thread on the first go around too. My first car was the 65 vert in my sig. It's in my garage right now. :D Parents bought it new 6 years before I was born. I started driving it when I was 2 and for the next 12 years I put 200,000 miles on it pretending. Then I really started driving it when I got my learner's permit at 14. Wrecked it at 15. Fixed it and drove it off & on until 97.

 

I also had a 74 VW SunBug and a 81 Scirocco. I mostly drove (beat to death) the scirocco. Then had 90 - 150 different cars between HS and now (seriously, I've had that many cars just about every popular manufacturer). In all the cars I've owned Mustangs were/are my favorite followed by VWs. Hondas and Toyotas always did well but now I'm off topic.

 

Not sure if someone has already done this.

 

Just wanted to know what your first car was/is?

Mine is a 1986 Buick Regal with a 307 and the rare double neutral transmission option.

 

 

What is a double neutral?

 

1976 VW Scirocco. Dark blue with rust EVERYWHERE! Smelled a little mildewey too. Gutless 4 cyl but man was it fun.

 

 

 

I loved my scirocco. Very fun car that delivered many pizzas back in the day. lol

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Yeah, I missed this thread on the first go around too. My first car was the 65 vert in my sig. It's in my garage right now. :D Parents bought it new 6 years before I was born. I started driving it when I was 2 and for the next 12 years I put 200,000 miles on it pretending. Then I really started driving it when I got my learner's permit at 14. Wrecked it at 15. Fixed it and drove it off & on until 97.

 

I also had a 74 VW SunBug and a 81 Scirocco. I mostly drove (beat to death) the scirocco. Then had 90 - 150 different cars between HS and now (seriously, I've had that many cars just about every popular manufacturer). In all the cars I've owned Mustangs were/are my favorite followed by VWs. Hondas and Toyotas always did well but now I'm off topic.

 

Not sure if someone has already done this.

 

Just wanted to know what your first car was/is?

Mine is a 1986 Buick Regal with a 307 and the rare double neutral transmission option.

 

 

What is a double neutral?

 

1976 VW Scirocco. Dark blue with rust EVERYWHERE! Smelled a little mildewey too. Gutless 4 cyl but man was it fun.

 

 

 

I loved my scirocco. Very fun car that delivered many pizzas back in the day. lol

 

The double neutral option is when reverse goes out and acts as a second neutral. It is a very common thing in the g-bodys (regal, cutlass, monte carlo) because of the use plastic parts. In the 80s the only good(ish) GM transmissions were the 200r4's in the buick grand nationals.

 

I like sciroccos as well, having never owned one but I did contemplate buying one on several occasions.

Jayson

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73 Mach 1 Mustang

89 Dodge Shadow ES

94 Jeep Wrangler

 

 

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Must have been hiking through Montana when this thread first came out.

 

My first car was a '63 Chevy Bellaire with 3 on the tree that my dad bought for me for about $65 in 1975. The clutch was thrashed and you had to double clutch to shift even at speed. Sold it for $50 about two months after I got it.

 

The first car that I bought for myself was a '71 Dodge Monaco Police Intercept with a 383 and a "3/4 Race Cam", whatever that is, for $850 in 1977. It was a true tank, 0 - 100 in 1 dog-year, I cut the perfectly good mufflers off and bolted on some glasspacks. It survived for another 4 months before I threw a rod doing things that teenagers did in rural Montana at that time.

 

First Mustang is the verbose 'vert described in these forums. :P

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 :-/

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Must have been hiking through Montana when this thread first came out.

 

My first car was a '63 Chevy Bellaire with 3 on the tree that my dad bought for me for about $65 in 1975. The clutch was thrashed and you had to double clutch to shift even at speed. Sold it for $50 about two months after I got it.

 

The first car that I bought for myself was a '71 Dodge Monaco Police Intercept with a 383 and a "3/4 Race Cam", whatever that is, for $850 in 1977. It was a true tank, 0 - 100 in 1 dog-year, I cut the perfectly good mufflers off and bolted on some glasspacks. It survived for another 4 months before I threw a rod doing things that teenagers did in rural Montana at that time.

 

First Mustang is the verbose 'vert described in these forums. :P

 

Very cool Doc, I love the Dodge Monacos ever since seeing the Blues Brothers. I don't think I posted it but I got my Regal for free and fixed it up in shop class so I know what it's like to drive a not so perfect car.

 

I've said it before but everybody here has an interesting, and therefore cool, first car.

Jayson

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73 Mach 1 Mustang

89 Dodge Shadow ES

94 Jeep Wrangler

 

 

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The double neutral option is when reverse goes out and acts as a second neutral. It is a very common thing in the g-bodys (regal, cutlass, monte carlo) because of the use plastic parts. In the 80s the only good(ish) GM transmissions were the 200r4's in the buick grand nationals.

 

I like sciroccos as well, having never owned one but I did contemplate buying one on several occasions.

 

My Sun Bug must have had that same transmission...always had to find a drivethru parking spot or at least one where I could push it out if I had to.

 

The Sun Bug (this may or may not be my old car but the rusted fender looks just like my old car. lol):

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The scirocco:

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The double neutral option is when reverse goes out and acts as a second neutral. It is a very common thing in the g-bodys (regal, cutlass, monte carlo) because of the use plastic parts. In the 80s the only good(ish) GM transmissions were the 200r4's in the buick grand nationals.

 

I like sciroccos as well, having never owned one but I did contemplate buying one on several occasions.

 

My Sun Bug must have had that same transmission...always had to find a drivethru parking spot or at least one where I could push it out if I had to.

 

The Sun Bug (this may or may not be my old car but the rusted fender looks just like my old car. lol):

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The scirocco:

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I wouldn't be surprised if the transmissions were similar. You had a MKI Scirocco very cool.

Jayson

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73 Mach 1 Mustang

89 Dodge Shadow ES

94 Jeep Wrangler

 

 

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in 1981, at 18 years old...an E-2 in the USAF, I purchased my first car for $2100... 1974 Gran Torino Sport, 351 C-2v (later a 4v w/10.7:1 heads), C-6... electric sunroof as well!scan0004.jpg.e9b23eafe2463b07a26f2af44782730d.jpgscan0042.jpg.20beab7e65026bb969d4e227cc651fdb.jpg

 

Wish I hadn't of sold it in '87 when I got stationed in (West) Germany...T2


OOps! forgot about the first mustang part of the question

 

1972 Sprint...bought in 1985..gave it to my father in 1987 when I went to Germany...of course I was too young to realize it would be better as a sprint, and changed the color (still had the Sprint interior) as soon as I bought it...Dad sold it in '95 to someone in Seattle...it had a 302-2v (later 4v) FMX, ....Wish I had it now! T2

 

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