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I have broken up my Mach1 project into 5 sections:  rear end (trunk, bumper, tail, etc), interior, engine bay, undercarriage and then body/paint.  Today I declared my engine bay part finished ( well w

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Nice work!! Ryan

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

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

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I hate to be critical, but there needs to be a hose from the snorkel vacuum motor to the temp sensor in the lower shell, even if it doesn't work. The other little detail that sticks out to me is the 3/4" aluminum tube from the canister to air cleaner. It needs to be painted black. These tubes were originally a sort of paper and had a rough texture. A method to get that look is to use either texture or trunk splatter paint, any color, then a coat of matt or semi-gloss black. 

Sorry, but it's in the little details and those are the things that get noticed. Other than that you've done an awesome job. Hopefully you can add some pics to your Garage or Glamour Shots.

Geoff.

 I learn something new every day!

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Nothing better than a clean engine bay. You now can eat your lunch in there. Nice work.

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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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Thanks, those items would be needed if  it was a "correct" engine bay but it is not, same with my interior.   And I do not plan on car shows, had my fill of them years ago.  Threw out all the various plaques and trophies I had won.   Did keep the awards I won for 3 different cars from Hilton Head, Alt Park, etc.   Once I started getting invited to the high end concours shows like HH, Louisville, Boca Raton local cars shows seemed silly to me.  Actually really can't stand them with the blaring music just about all play.  But watching grown men trip over themselves to race to a table get a can coolie as a door prize is amusing however.  I only go to shows that raise money for the animal shelters I support and may go to a cruise in now and then but always put a DNJ notice on my car.  I also did not hook up my washer nozzles and hoses, not sure if I will. 

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Thanks, those items would be needed if  it was a "correct" engine bay but it is not, same with my interior.   And I do not plan on car shows, had my fill of them years ago.  Threw out all the various plaques and trophies I had one.   Did keep the awards I won for 3 different cars from Hilton Head, Alt Park, etc.   Once I started getting invited to the high end concours shows like HH, Louisville, Boca Raton local cars shows seemed silly to me.  Actually really can't stand them with the blaring music just about all play.  But watching grown men trip over themselves to race to a table get a can coolie as a door prize is amusing however.  I only go to shows that raise money for the animal shelters I support and may go to a cruise in now and then but always but a DNJ notice on my car.  You forgot to mention I did not hook up my washer nozzles and hoses, not sure if I will. 

No offence meant, your car, your way.

Geoff.

 I learn something new every day!

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I know, and most who are doing a car need those tips as many want to be a correct as possible.  When I did my first 2 cars, a '68 AMX and a '72 Javelin AMX I was trying to get everything 100% correct.  I did start to take liberties with the final AMC, my '60 Metropolitan.  Did a custom paint and interior to simulate one of their show cars American Motors created.  This is the restoration that broke me from restorations, now I just want decent looking drivers.

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Very, very nice work on both cars.  I  think we all have our reasons for doing these cars.  For some it is the thrill of the show and being correct.  For others it just the fun of having a nice looking car and the pleasure of working on it.  I say what ever rings your bell go for it.  

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I must say your work is way beyond what I expected from some of your past posts.  I totally agree with what Kilgon has to say. That's a stunning Metropolitan, one of the best I've seen anywhere. Well done indeed. I get what you say about shows. Anyone going to a car show with the expectation of winning something, is going to be disappointed. If it happens so well and good. My personal kick is talking to various people about the car(s) and that promotes interest in the hobby.

 

Geoff.

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Problem with getting a car like the Metro done that way is it becomes a trailer queen, afraid to drive it, worry about trying to match paint if needed, etc.  I agree with talking with people, or use to.  When I was doing shows with the AMCs I talked a lot as they are not seen very often.  But with my declining hearing that is a challenge now and I hate to pretend to hear. 

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Looks really nice Jeff. It is easy to move forward with the build once you decide how you will use the car... I'm like you were, today with my 71 J Code Vert as the costs to complete the rotisserie restoration were beyond prohibitive... It sits in the garage lol. In fairness, I have had Q-Jet issues since completing the car (the carb is actually in Texas now being gone over by I hope, is an expert on these carb's...), but it would not see much road time in any event. That is why I bought my Q-Code 4-spd Coupe, although pretty original, has never been restored and I just drive it. Enjoy your ride and the fruits of your labor)

"Yes dear", has kept me in the hobby a long time...

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I have liked the Metros since I was 4 years old. That is the best one I've ever seen. Very well done indeed. Also weak for 1968-1969 AMXs. I have done one concours driven Mustang, my 1972 Mach 1. When I was at the 90% completed stage I promised myself I'd never do another concours restoration. Same thing, hardly driven, too much constant cleaning, and just not enough smiles per mile. It did win gold in 2012 but, driven less than a thousand miles since then. If the market ever comes back I will sell it. Chuck

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Here is my AMX on a segment of Muscle Car TV (if the link works)  7 hours of filming for this 3 min segment.

 

 

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Awesome! Always did like the AMX and Javelin. I actually ordered a new Javelin back in 1973 just after I got settled here in Ontario, but delivery got pushed back, so I cancelled it, then went and bought my first Mustang, a 302 Fastback. Been hocked on Mustangs ever since.

Geoff.

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Everyone out there who has transformed a trashy engine bay into a showroom look can appreciate the work you invested in your green machine. Something to be proud of. Looks swell. All the best for the future sections.

Tim: Restoring 71-73 Ponies, Restoring People

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I did not comment on items I saw that were not right so will not comment now I am building a pretty rare 72 Q vert and will also deviate from stock because I value safety over MCA rules. It will have a roll bar system that Ford did not offer. I will use correct colors and finishes on all the brackets cost no more to be correct. But I would not give you $.10 for a MCA trophy. If you made a Mustang like Ford did you would be hard pressed to do the paint as bad as they did. You would have to add runs, lots of orange peel and dents all over. Why do they not deduct for not having those in your restore? MCA killed the mustang group.

 

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That turned out great! Cars are a lot more fun to drive than to sit and look at. 

Mine is pretty shabby under the hood right now. The engine is coming out this winter for a clean-up and re-seal. The under hood will be cleaned up as well. Right now it's embarrassing to open the hood at cruise nights. 

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awesome job hope mine turns out as nice as that.

mine is a 4 v  351 with power and air, no ram air though,  did you use the original  power steering  box ?

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