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Let’s have some fun …. We acquired our cars long after they were new in the showroom…

 

So…picture this… You are NOW in 1971, in your psychedelically decorated house, that only those on the wrong type of mushrooms would live in today.

 

There you are sitting next to your Lava Lamp, wearing your tie die shirt, watching your wooden, six channel TV set …THEN…a new TV commercial comes on showing the latest trend in automotive styling, announcing that the new 1971 Mustangs are in your local showrooms….BUY NOW !

 

 

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You agonize over whether to exchange ....NOW TODAY...you remembered that a week ago the dog left a big, steaming, brown curly link on the back seat that you had to clean up -and the car hasn't smelled or handled right ever since...

 

...So now you are thinking of exchanging the Fairlane, Corsair, Biscayne, Coronet or other tin riddled shitbox that is infecting your driveway, for something a little more racy. ...The ads are tickling and enticing you.

 

You open the newspaper and right there is another advertisement.

 

You pick your "A" line flared, polyester covered ass off the mohair sofa ...leave the house in your boxy monstrosity and drive to your local dealership to take a look… Then you decide “YES” I’ll change my car now…

 

zapata.jpg - an horrific reminder.

 

There you are in the showroom with Bob the salesman... two sets of impossible sideburns and absurd viva Zapata moustache's duking it out over the details.

 

…what would you have from the options list when it was new in the dealership show-room?

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LOL, I actually did that but on a Maverick in 71 then my Mach 1 in 73. The Mach 1 has everything, did miss the block heater somehow. People have no patience now so they have to go get one off the lot and hardly ever order a new car. No like it use to be, Package A, B or C. and color and done. I took hours studying the Ford Facts book getting mine.

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I think mine would be 

 

Body 

 

Medium Yellow Gold

Mach 1 "05" body

Colour Key Bumper

Hood scoop Ram Air 

 

Engine 

 

351C 4V HO

Cruise-o-matic FMX

 

Wheels 

 

Mag wheels

 

Interior 

 

High back bucket seats

Knitted Vinyl Medium Ginger

Stereo sonic tape system AM/FM radio

 

Features 

 

Electric Defrost rear window

Glove box lamp

Trunk lamp 

Footwell lamps

Power Steering

Power Windows 

Tinted upper windshield 

Air Conditioning 

Parking lights

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"So…picture this… You are NOW in 1971, in your psychedelically decorated house, that only those on the wrong type of mushrooms would live in today."

 

 

 

Careful there....my first Mustang had the avocado interior....and I liked it!

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Not sure how it works in Blighty, but the 71 would be introduced in summer of 70 with sales generally starting in Sept. If you were ordering a 71, no HO. That was on 72 models. early 71's would have the 351 4V, late 71's could have the early CJ. 

 

Mag wheels means something different. You have 'mag' wheels which initially was short hand for magnesium, but later came to be used for almost any alloy (and even later, steel) aftermarket wheels. Magnums were the chromed steel Ford specific wheel you could order on the car. Until 73, then you could order the Ford OEM aluminum slot alloy, the one that looks like a Wolfrace wheel.

 

What's wrong with a Fairlane, anyway? A 66-67 500XL 390FE and 4speed in Gulf Stream Aqua would have been quite the car. Almost bought one back in 89.

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LOL, I actually did that but on a Maverick in 71 then my Mach 1 in 73. The Mach 1 has everything, did miss the block heater somehow. People have no patience now so they have to go get one off the lot and hardly ever order a new car. No like it use to be, Package A, B or C. and color and done. I took hours studying the Ford Facts book getting mine.

 

Did you buy the Maverick outright or make payments? If you made payments, how long was the loan and the warranty?

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Talk about "impossible sideburns" in '71...….this is me, driving my Dad's '68 Lincoln Continental in 1971......and showing that the impossible was, indeed, possible, ( Friend Pat Shannon in background apparently "photobombing" me.)

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Maybe a clearer picture of those sideburns. Photo is of me on left, my sister and brother, in 1971. Those are definitely polyester shirts too, I might add......

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OMFG lollerz ... the decade when good taste in haute couture and style went on a very long holiday.  :P   I mean look at your friend in his open shirt, hairy chest medallion, Bee Gees look with the Viva Zapata moustache. OMFG...someone find me a bucket. I bet she's thinking ..."please find me a time machine outta here". 

 

I look at photo's of my parents thinking..."what magic mushrooms was everybody on"?  .... burn all your photo albums to remove the evidence FFS

 

...just think 2500 years from now archaeologists are going to dig that photo up and realize; that's how the human race went back into the trees.  :D

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in '71 i already had a new '70 mach. so no need to upgrade at that time... Ahhh yes the '70"s.. disco every weekend club dancing... good ol days.

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Having lived through it I always say, 70's "fashion ", a decade best forgotten.

 

How did guys ever get laid looking like that? If I were a girl, I'd build a spacecraft and go to another Galaxy

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How did guys ever get laid looking like that? Compared to today, I'd say easily and just as often, if not more. We didn't "text", "E-mail", facetime, or "Twitter" a girl,.....we actually talked to them. The 70s youth had face to face people skills. The Hair and clothing styles today will seem just as weird to the generation 20 years from now. Clothing styles had nothing to do with it. The beginning of the seventies was kind of a continuation of the late sixties. There was still a bit of "peace and love" in the air, and "the pill", made available in the sixties helped that to happen. Compared to today's bullshit, it was a better time, gas was 36.9 cents where I worked after school in High School , people spoke their minds as there was no "political correctness" being pervasively pushed on you. Terrorism and ISIS weren't here. Aids wasn't either widely known of, or discovered yet. Rock n Roll was still king prior to the New Wave and Punk and ( ugh ) disco. Black American music artists were still considered amongst the finest, Rap didn't exist. In 1971, the Arab Oil Embargo, along with the gas crisis was still a few years away, so high performance cars and muscle cars were still prowling every city in the U.S. Back in 1971, you could be fresh out of school, looking for work, and you could find a job within a day. Girls didn't de-face their bodies with tats and guys kept their pants up at waist level. Drive-bys, car chases on the nightly news, and people shooting other people with guns was unheard of then. If only we could have forseen the future, we'd have known just how good we had it.

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After I got my new 1971 Mach 1 Boss 351, I would start buying up all those shitty Boss 429 mustangs and Hemi Cuda's, Hemi Chargers, Hemi Challengers that waste so much gas and put them in storage for 50 years.......

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Yeah, I'd go back and save a few as well. Funny thing is, I did have some cool cars throughout the years. They were all just used cars then...had a Model A, a chopped '34, had a '39, had a ram air 70 Olds 442, a '65 Mustang Hi-Po coupe, a '66 Shelby GT-350...….eventually sold each as life moved on. I've told my wife that my '71 Mach is never going to be sold, as I have gotten tired of telling people about the neat cars I USED TO have. I'm keeping this one.

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                 How did guys ever get laid looking like that?  Compared to today, I'd say easily and just as often, if not more. We didn't "text", "E-mail", facetime, or "Twitter" a girl,.....we actually talked to them. The 70s youth had face to face people skills. The Hair and clothing styles today will seem just as weird to the generation 20 years from now. Clothing styles had nothing to do with it. The beginning of the seventies was kind of a continuation of the late sixties. There was still a bit of "peace and love" in the air, and "the pill", made available in the sixties helped that to happen. Compared to today's bullshit, it was a better time, gas was 36.9 cents where I worked after school in High School , people spoke their minds as there was no "political correctness" being pervasively pushed on you. Terrorism and ISIS weren't here. Aids wasn't either widely known of, or discovered yet.  Rock n Roll was still king prior to the New Wave and Punk and ( ugh ) disco. Black American music artists were still considered amongst the finest, Rap didn't exist.  In 1971, the Arab Oil Embargo, along with the gas crisis was still a few years away, so high performance cars and muscle cars were still prowling every city in the U.S.  Back in 1971, you could be fresh out of school, looking for work, and you could find a job within a day. Girls didn't de-face their bodies with tats and guys kept their pants up at waist level. Drive-bys, car chases on the nightly news, and people shooting other people with guns was unheard of then. If only we could have forseen the future, we'd have known just how good we had it.

 

+1 Face to face has almost become extinct. There wasnt so mkuch violent crime. A fight used to be with fists only. LOL rap isnt music its people that cannot sing chatting sh-it

Bring back national service and conscript ALL 18 year olds into the armed services for 3 years. That would sort most of todays problems

Steve

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                 How did guys ever get laid looking like that?  Compared to today, I'd say easily and just as often, if not more. We didn't "text", "E-mail", facetime, or "Twitter" a girl,.....we actually talked to them. The 70s youth had face to face people skills. The Hair and clothing styles today will seem just as weird to the generation 20 years from now. Clothing styles had nothing to do with it. The beginning of the seventies was kind of a continuation of the late sixties. There was still a bit of "peace and love" in the air, and "the pill", made available in the sixties helped that to happen. Compared to today's bullshit, it was a better time, gas was 36.9 cents where I worked after school in High School , people spoke their minds as there was no "political correctness" being pervasively pushed on you. Terrorism and ISIS weren't here. Aids wasn't either widely known of, or discovered yet.  Rock n Roll was still king prior to the New Wave and Punk and ( ugh ) disco. Black American music artists were still considered amongst the finest, Rap didn't exist.  In 1971, the Arab Oil Embargo, along with the gas crisis was still a few years away, so high performance cars and muscle cars were still prowling every city in the U.S.  Back in 1971, you could be fresh out of school, looking for work, and you could find a job within a day. Girls didn't de-face their bodies with tats and guys kept their pants up at waist level. Drive-bys, car chases on the nightly news, and people shooting other people with guns was unheard of then. If only we could have forseen the future, we'd have known just how good we had it.

 

Amen brother- you summed up everything quite well.  I'm 55 so you're probably early 60's now?  The 70's was one of the greatest decades, and there were only a few more decent ones remaining prior to 9/11 and the shitstorm we have had afterward.  When I saw that pic of your sister and brother, the first thing I thought of was "Laurie Partridge" when I saw your sister.  There were quite a few girls who looked like that back then.  Your older brother looks quite devious in that picture, as he should be.  lol  (I am the older brother in my family).  Talking about music- I began playing guitar in '76 and I was in a Beatles tribute band in '78, only 8 years after they had officially broken up.  We could get paid gigs just by word of mouth, and we played top 40 covers for a few years after that before everyone went their own ways.  This was back when a ton of people played some sort of musical instrument.  I always knew of a few guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc. looking to jam.  You probably remember it- with a few phone calls (using a corded landline phone) you could put a new band together.  heh  I have worked in IT for 33+ years, and unfortunately now the only instruments that young people are playing are their smartphones.

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Maybe a clearer picture of those sideburns. Photo is of me on left, my sister and brother, in 1971. Those are definitely polyester shirts too, I might add......

family-photos.jpg

 

OMFG lollerz ... the decade when good taste in haute couture and style went on a very long holiday.  :P   I mean look at your friend in his open shirt, hairy chest medallion, Bee Gees look with the Viva Zapata moustache. OMFG...someone find me a bucket. I bet she's thinking ..."please find me a time machine outta here". 

 

I look at photo's of my parents thinking..."what magic mushrooms was everybody on"?  .... burn all your photo albums to remove the evidence FFS

 

...just think 2500 years from now archaeologists are going to dig that photo up and realize; that's how the human race went back into the trees.  :D

 

I'm a very chill sort of guy, but you do realize that's his sister and brother in that pic, right?  Fun is fun, but I wouldn't be dissing the guy's family members.  I had a mustache and medium-length hair late 1970's through mid-1980's.  I had a string of hot cars, a number of girlfriends (less than 10), and not exaggerating I "did the deed" 1000+ times during that era.  I only mention this since you wondered how people got laid back then. LOL  After I got married in 1994, not so much, more like -1000 times. Sometimes I wouldn't mind revisiting that era...  Without smartphones, you had to actually come up with things to do with people in person, or tear cars apart, etc.

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                 How did guys ever get laid looking like that?  Compared to today, I'd say easily and just as often, if not more. We didn't "text", "E-mail", facetime, or "Twitter" a girl,.....we actually talked to them. The 70s youth had face to face people skills. The Hair and clothing styles today will seem just as weird to the generation 20 years from now. Clothing styles had nothing to do with it. The beginning of the seventies was kind of a continuation of the late sixties. There was still a bit of "peace and love" in the air, and "the pill", made available in the sixties helped that to happen. Compared to today's bullshit, it was a better time, gas was 36.9 cents where I worked after school in High School , people spoke their minds as there was no "political correctness" being pervasively pushed on you. Terrorism and ISIS weren't here. Aids wasn't either widely known of, or discovered yet.  Rock n Roll was still king prior to the New Wave and Punk and ( ugh ) disco. Black American music artists were still considered amongst the finest, Rap didn't exist.  In 1971, the Arab Oil Embargo, along with the gas crisis was still a few years away, so high performance cars and muscle cars were still prowling every city in the U.S.  Back in 1971, you could be fresh out of school, looking for work, and you could find a job within a day. Girls didn't de-face their bodies with tats and guys kept their pants up at waist level. Drive-bys, car chases on the nightly news, and people shooting other people with guns was unheard of then. If only we could have forseen the future, we'd have known just how good we had it.

 

Amen brother- you summed up everything quite well.  I'm 55 so you're probably early 60's now?  The 70's was one of the greatest decades, and there were only a few more decent ones remaining prior to 9/11 and the shitstorm we have had afterward.  When I saw that pic of your sister and brother, the first thing I thought of was "Laurie Partridge" when I saw your sister.  There were quite a few girls who looked like that back then.  Your older brother looks quite devious in that picture, as he should be.  lol  (I am the older brother in my family).  Talking about music- I began playing guitar in '76 and I was in a Beatles tribute band in '78, only 8 years after they had officially broken up.  We could get paid gigs just by word of mouth, and we played top 40 covers for a few years after that before everyone went their own ways.  This was back when a ton of people played some sort of musical instrument.  I always knew of a few guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc. looking to jam.  You probably remember it- with a few phone calls (using a corded landline phone) you could put a new band together.  heh  I have worked in IT for 33+ years, and unfortunately now the only instruments that young people are playing are their smartphones.

I'm 64 now. I also was a musician. I played drums in Jr. High School in a group with some other kids. Covers natch, we were rough but who wasn't at that age? I got into a band as a senior in High School in '73 as a singer, became one of the lead singers, continued on ( keeping my day job) until '86 when I went full-time. Sang professionally until '97. Divorce complications made going out on the road impossible. I build engines now.

   Talk about those 70s hairstyles...as a singer, your look is part of the act, and I was no different. Check out these hair photos of me as a singer, circa '86 to '97...

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That's awesome man- I don't even see how that second hairstyle is technically possible!

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Bring back national service and conscript ALL 18 year olds into the armed services for 3 years. That would sort most of todays problems

 

Mmm, I'm one of these poor bastards who was forced to "serve" 1 year in french army. I've wasted a year.

Thing is, inside, you are to the pros who signed for it, the stupid young man that is good only to do the tasks that they are supposed to do but too lazy to do themselves. I've been stationed in 3 bases, same everywhere. There is nothing good about this and solves nothing except politicians could say unemployment for 18-21 has dropped thanks to their politics. Respect for one another is something you learn from your entourage at young age and form it further on your own as you mature. Certainly not values I've experienced in the army.

 

As being back in 71... I was 4, and hated the clothes my mom put on me. Elephant pipes always in my way, ridiculous colour combos...had to wait till I was 14 for a descent pair of jeans!

Had tons of Matchbox and Dinky cars, didn't know back then that my fav yellow with big chrome engine car was a replica of a car I'd spend my weekends to restore almost 50 years later :)

Car wise I don't regret this period nor the 80's at all. In Paris, all I saw daily we're saying nothing asthmatic Citroen, Peugeots, Renaults... Things changed when I first red a french magazine called "Nitro". I knew I had to have a US car one day and that's exactly what I did before I turned 19! Still have that 73.

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

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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