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So that’s what you’re doing when you walked around my car. You were judging all the non original things I’ve done. Lol

 

For me I made changes purely based on my taste. In fact, I’m still making those changes. Wouldn’t mind having a poly bumper, but handy found one....

 

 

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Actually, I always look at any car to see how it was when new.  But when you explained how you got this car from your father but you wanted to build it as you wanted,  I understood.  And I appreciate all the effort you have put into your car.  I look forward to having my car able to show right next to yours here in OKC.

 

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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So that’s what you’re doing when you walked around my car. You were judging all the non original things I’ve done. Lol

 

For me I made changes purely based on my taste. In fact, I’m still making those changes. Wouldn’t mind having a poly bumper, but handy found one....

 

 

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Jeremy,

 

Check your PM, I sent you another message re that bumper!

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I can tell you from personal experience, that the factory urethane front bumper on my '71 Mach is only effective to ward off shopping carts, but hardly worth calling a bumper. I've often wonderer if it wouldn't be feasible for some enterprising guy to offer a fiberglass front "bumper", possibly over a steel frame of some kind, which could be painted to match, like the original, look like the original, maybe even have the 'glass outer covering replaceable when damaged too. Just a thought.

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Thank God you're not driving a 'Vette. just as much carnage, if not more......and a bit more expensive to make right again. If we had bumpers that did their jobs, we'd all be driving Checker Cabs probably.

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Good call Spike. Most of the pre-1973 bumpers were mostly cosmetic. The urethane bumpers on our cars were much like the Endura bumpers seen on GTO and Firebird/Trans Am vehicles. Nice to look at and stylish for the time but that was about it.

The Checker Taxi Cab, now THERE is a bumper made for crashing into or putting the Chrome Horn" to someone!    :D

 

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

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Reading through this topic, I find myself in the "make it how you want it" category, but I am a younger guy and have no fond memories of how things were back in the day.

 

Going to do chrome bumper/painted trim. Boss hood treatment, Mach 1 grill, 71-72 Mach 1 side stripes/lettering, and '73 Mach 1 trunk stripe.

 

My car is a '72 Sportsroof, a relatively rare one too lol.

 

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Hey Spike.

Tanks indeed! I believe our European brothers (some who are Checker car collectors) correctly call them "Yank Tanks"! Checker did start using straight-six and SBC power (327 I believe) in 1965. They used various straight 6, V6, and V8 displacements through the end of production which was around 1982. The infamous Oldsmobile 350 diesel even made an appearance for a very short time. Can you imagine the fleet maintenance costs on that!

I believe NYC still has a three year age limit on Taxi cabs, so it was inevitable that once cars like the Checker and Crown Victoria went out of production they would soon disappear from the landscape. Both were pretty well-built vehicles that fleet owners loved. And....the Checker did have that cowcatcher front bumper that you could retrofit to save your Mustangs front end!    :whistling:

Steve

 

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

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I seem to recall that they also had a water filled front bumper option that would blow plugs out the bottom to absorb the crash. I think the Checker stamping plant went to VW for a while. The name of the stamping plant escapes me. My old boss worked there. 

Here is one for you. How many used UPS trucks have you ever seen people driving? Would be great for a swap meet vehicle. They are not allowed to sell them there should be none on the road but current UPS vehicles. They use to mix and match lots of mfgs. for drive trains. I was told that once they decide the chassis is dead they have to shoot pics or video of the body being crushed and the VIN# cut out.

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David

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Hello David,

Most of the info I have on the Checker cars is a result of a conversation I had with a collector at the Charlotte Auto Fair. He was next to a friend of mine who was a vendor there selling Mustang, Shelby, and FE parts. To me, the Checker cars were about as exciting as a new toaster, but they do have an interesting history. Since the 73/ Checker cars had a bumper that appeared to be made from a piece of guard rail, a water-filled bumper sure could have been a fleet option! The extra weight from such a bumper affecting the speed and handling probably wasn't a concern for the typical Checker driver. Gas mileage because of extra weight...Who was getting any kind of decent MPG in the EGR/emission laden 73/ cars anyway! 

Maybe the Ford engineers should have been working on a water-filled crash bumper for us commoners!    :D

Steve

 

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

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Maybe the Ford engineers should have been working on a water-filled crash bumper for us commoners!    :D

Then, those in freezing climates could fill them with alcohol to prevent them from freezing up. The alcohol could be used as a backup supply when the roads are too bad to drive to the liquor store and for emergencies. Hmmm, like St. Bernards? :)

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Around maybe 16-17 years ago I saw this one in a magazine when it was still being built. Was supposed to be an example that you can put air suspension on anything. I don't know if it qas privately owned or commissioned by UPS but hey, still interesting lol.

 

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Like many of you I have a chrome bumper on my 72 Mach1, right now that is. I’ve refinished the original urethane one twice and after a year or two it started to look like crap. The last time I thought I got it right and on the first hot sunny day the paint started to bubble. I showed it to my pair expert and he thinks I got moisture between the flex primer and the color coat. Anyway on went the chrome until I get time to strip and refinish it again. 

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Since I was told the the UR bumper is so heavy I am seriously consider a chrome bumper. Is the bracket the same as the UR, or do you need another bracket?

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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16 hours ago, tony-muscle said:

Since I was told the the UR bumper is so heavy I am seriously consider a chrome bumper. Is the bracket the same as the UR, or do you need another bracket?

Tony, the '73 urethane bumper is about 90lbs.

The 71-72 urethane unit is only a shade heavier than the chrome. Brackets and reinforcement panel are the same. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Hemikiller said:

Tony, the '73 urethane bumper is about 90lbs.

The 71-72 urethane unit is only a shade heavier than the chrome. Brackets and reinforcement panel are the same. 

Ok, so I guess that unless I want to go bumperless it doesn't matter.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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I will also go chrome when I move onto the front of the car work.  That will allow me to slowly work on the urethane bumper and swap out later.  Needed a new rear bumper so just bought the package, front and back, pretty inexpensive actually. 

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I've Googled "71 Mach 1 Mustang Images" , on the computer, and have found that almost all fixed up today have been retrofitted with Magnum 500 rims, and you KNOW, like mine, most had WSW tires and hubcap/beauty ring combos when delivered. I'd guess this is the most often changed item that owners do, exceeding the stripes and wing issue.

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my car is just a humble sportsroof car. It had chrome side molding, chrome hood accents, chrome head light trim and chrome front bumper.  Its in the paint booth now getting painted and I had them weld closed all the body side molding holes. Im going to dress it out as a mach 1 when its finished,  but it will still have all the chrome on the front.  I thought about replacing it all with painted parts but I'm just going to keep it chrome.  Eventually I'm going to put new bumpers on it front and back.  I kind of like the look, though I wish I could have another set to have them paint so I could see it both ways.

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You know how, when someone cuts you off, or does something dangerous near your car, you just wish you had diesel train horns so you could really get their attention? I've been pondering placing Cessna landing light bulbs (2) in my lower valence, just to burn the point home to asshole drivers. Of course, they're 24 volts, and operate awfully hot, and likely illegal, and, and, and...

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Not to get to far of topic ..I used to run aircraft landing lights in place of the high beams on my 69 Mach lol!  It made my point on occasion with those same drivers and were very handy driving well above the posted speed limit in the dark on rural highways. 

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On 12/24/2018 at 9:52 AM, jeff8877 said:

Thought I would throw this out there relative to the Side Stripes on Mach 1's and Verts since I know it is a pet peeve of Ray's...

 

Just using 1972 as an example according to the Ford records...

 

6,401 convertibles produced and 136 came with side stripes...that's 2 out of every 100 cars!

 

43,297 Fastbacks produced and 15,517 came with side stripes...that's approximately every third car!

 

How about Magnums in 1972...

 

296 convertibles got them or roughly 4 out of 100 cars.

 

6,292 fastbacks got them or about 15 out of 100 cars.

 

Merry Christmas

Jeff

Luckily my convertible came with the 72 Decor Group and then optioned with the side stripes.  It also came with Magnums.  I really enjoy the rarity of the car and I am working to bring it back to as original as possible. 

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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