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Well, today marks the start of something scary; I’m taking my 73 Grandé apart to make it better.

 

The goals:

1) Improved reliability

2) Driving without checking the weather forecast

3) Increased power

4) Better looks (back to original color amongst other things)

 

I have many ideas, but you’ll have to wait and see :-)

 

This was the car in its glory days:

 

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Today I started by removing the fuel tank. I don’t want it near me when I’m going to weld in a new taillight panel...

 

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The inside seems totally rust free so I’m keeping it to restore.

 

I did find this on the inside, what is it?

 

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And I believe this should have been filled with a foam pad?

 

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More fun tomorrow :-)

 

PS: the project name is what Fabrice called me after we’d discussed my plans. I think it’s funny :-)

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There should have been a filter screen on the end of the pick up tube for the fuel. That piece might be the old filter. Yes the vent should have had some material in it. You can use foam for a small engine air filter or some stainless steel scrubber pad. It was to keep liquid out of the vapor line.

Don't let the snow ball get so big you never finish your project. Keep telling yourself what your goal is. Fix what needs fixing and do not put too much time in things you cannot see or things that will not make the car better.

Keep posting those pics.

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

David

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Thanks for all the advice. I am only goingto tackle one bit at a time. The plan is to strip the car and to have it dipped which is expensive and then rebuild it. But I’m now done investing in tools and my garage so I can focus on saving for dipping. I really really really want to end up with a Grandé that feels and can be used as a modern car but still is clearly a 73.

 

It feels good to finally do with my car what I bought it for :-)

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Sounds like you have a plan Vinnie. What is the price for dipping in Holland? Plenty of updates and pictures will be welcome.

 

I do have a plan, and time, which is good coz it’s a 10 year plan hahaha

 

Dipping a 7123 body was estimated between 4-5K but prolly closer to 5. That’s euros.

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So today I checked the tank out. Inside is sparkling, outside will need a little love so I reckon it’s a keeper. I bagged everyting for later.

 

Then had a look underneath. Trunk floor looks OK. These flaps that the exhaust hangs off would not have lasted much longer though:

 

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I also saw I have both towing attachments that were mentioned in another thread recently:

 

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Next up is removing the bumper etc to get access to the taillight panel I wanna replace.

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10 year restoration is a good estimate, LOL. It's been 3 years with mine and no end in sight. You'll probably find a few more issues along the way. Good luck!

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!

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Good luck, looking forward to the progress. Started mine in 2006, 13yrs later and I’m still not done. Ryan

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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I been at mine 3 years this March. The engine and engine bay done plus trunk and underside so far. Hope to get heater-A/C done this year along with the dash and the interior shell stripped and painted plus interior green trim sprayed.

Steve

1971 Grande

 

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Thanks again guys. It's funny coz everybody over here asks me how long it will take and I say "10 years prolly" and then they laugh and think I'm joking but really I'm not.

 

Today I heard my flat hood is ready. I wasn't 100% satisfied with the vinegar-in-hood method so I had it dipped (same treatment I'm planning for the whole body, this will be a good test). I'll be picking it up in 3.5 weeks though, need to arrange transport. We don't drive the big trucks around over here like most of you do in the states. Anyway, word has it the hood looks pretty good with only one hole in the bottom pass. side front corner. That's where water collects in them, they should've made a drip hole there perhaps...

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Yeah, and then they also laugh because they think you'll never get it done. Stick to your guns and go through with it!

I'm doing this a second time around because the first time there were very little resources, knowledge, my money that everybody wanted for services LOL.

Parts situation has vastly improved and this time I have a body man who knows what he's doing. So this time she's going to get what she deserves, not leaving anything behind! Be aware of most Scott Drake reproductions, rather go with Carpenter or original!

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!

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  • 2 weeks later...

Two weeks gone by and spent 15 minutes on the Mustang’s fuel tank with a wire brush wheel to see how bad the outside rust is. It’s not bad at all so that’s good.

 

10 days ago, myself and 2 others became the board of our units association, kinda like home owners but for our garage units. It’s been using up all my garage time so far. Was at my garage 2 days and only managed to create a small removable workbench at the front of my shop and do emergency repair of my vacume cleaner and grind the tank a little bit:

 

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Don’t know how much I’ll get done the next two weeks but I AM going to pick up my triple dipped hood then! Can’t wait to see how that has turned out :-)

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This workbench blocking the exit is a clear statement, even if removable: No mustang gets out before it's done!

Way to go Vinnie! 10 years and counting :)

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

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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Its official!! Woohoo!

 

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If the project does snowball, are you going to change the name to "Foose-ball"?

 

Haha, maybe if I were German (fussbal) ;-) The joke doesn't work in Dutch (voetbal)...

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Its official!! Woohoo!

 

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If the project does snowball, are you going to change the name to "Foose-ball"?

 

Haha, maybe if I were German (fussbal) ;-) The joke doesn't work in Dutch (voetbal)...

 

Fussbal works if you get too tied up with tedious little details!

 

I must say, though, that I am one who not only falls prey to the 'while you're in there' mentality, but I am a proponent of it. Maybe not to a concourse level, but I do believe in saving myself from hassle and heartache later by taking care of additional issues at least to the point that its my choice to tear back into something later rather than because something failed or rotted out. Then again, I have Opels and they have smaller lighter parts.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Alright! I visited professor Fabrice’s secret laboratory out in the whoop whoops and was given the grand tour around his bling bling business. Pretty cool and he even put on a live plating-show for me, I saw the magic in action, awesome!

 

But also... WOW! That’s what I gotta say about my dipped hood! I picked it up yesterday. As you may remember I gave my hood the vinegar/rustyco treatment last fall. BIG effort but no big results for me as there was still rust on the inside. So I brought it to a dipper (website: https://www.autobeitserij.nl/en/). Here it was dipped in 3 baths:

 

1) Paint stripping in caustic soda. This will remove all paint, filler etc. After this step is when most people start to realise what they have started ;-)

 

2) De-rusting with phosphoric acid. Contrary to hydrochloric acid this leaves no chance for rust to re-appear.

 

3) Electrolytical coating. First a sinc phosphate coating is put on to protect against rust. Then a coat of primer is put on, all while suspended in liquid. Every possible seam or tube is coated.

 

Let’s look at some pics:

 

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Nice!

 

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Above is the worst engineered spot in a standard hood, water collects here and... creates a hole.

 

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Above shows some pitting but nothing bad.

 

This hood is now 100% rust free and rust protected for the next 50 years. It can wait in my garage until I need it, in about 10 years ;-)

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My secret laboratory? You mean the biggest mess that my garage has even seen! :)

 

Your hood looks brand new. It's even smooth inside. I think that aside the rust removal, the fact that the treatment removes all the paint for you makes it already worth it. Mine had layers and layers of different types of paint, some resistant to paint removers... Had to use lots of bad words before get to the bare metal!

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

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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