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1 year into a project to recreate the 1971 Mach 1 I got new as a senior in high school 50 years ago.  I looked at several restorations around the country, but while they were pretty, the driving experience was dismal.  I can't believe my old car drove that badly, but I may have gotten used to modern performance.  After almost giving up on the quest, I decided to get a clean donor car and have a visually identical Mustang with a Coyote drivetrain and corresponding suspension upgrades. I found a 1972 fastback in WI and had it shipped to Desert Classic Mustangs in AZ.  They lost several months over the summer due to the virus but hope to have it complete by Jan.  Here's a link to photos of their progress and I'll also attach an old pic of me and the original car back when. 

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Wow; that looks like it will be really awesome.  Can’t wait to see it complete. 
 

I’ll be anxious to hear about the coyote swap. I thought about it myself but man they aren’t cheap. I am considering trying one of the Godzilla engines in a Full-size Bronco (I am probably being a wuss but am a little more comfortable with a pushrod engine as a recovering Chevy guy).  I am surprised I haven’t seen one in a classic Mustang.

 

Anyway, very cool progress pics and am very happy for your progress brother.

Lazarus

 

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Lost a lot of time due to the virus but progress is being made.  Link in original post is updated monthly so you can follow along.

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Looks like you are going all in on this build. Great to see a shop using a solid chassis JIG to do panel replacement it should be square for sure.
One thing I might have missed are they putting front and rear drive shaft loops in for you? If you break a U-joint it can destroy a car in a couple seconds. I myself would have to have at lease a 6 point cage also would have to go fast with that car. For sure looks like great work and they are doing fantastic job on the pictures also.

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

David

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This thing will lead a pretty easy life so no need for hoops and cages.  Strictly street driven and no hard launches with sticky tires. Just a stock 460hp coyote.

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Which Coyote swap kit did you go with?

73 conv. 460, D0VE large valve heads, Performer RPM manifold, Voodoo 227/233 cam, Holley 950 HP carb, C6 trans, 3.25 trak-loc.

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wow. Now that business knows what they are doing, extremely nice work. 

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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3 hours ago, TommyK said:

Which Coyote swap kit did you go with?

Combination of the Ford performance engine/trans package and Chassisworks suspension/brakes/crossmember/rear axle.  Lots of fabrication by Desert Classic Mustang in Tempe, AZ.

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43 minutes ago, droptop73 said:

Pictures?? 

 

Click on the original link and you can view pics that are updated often

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Cool project. Interesting suspension setup to get rid of the shock tower. It looks like it also adds an A-LCA instead of the stock strut rod setup.

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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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Almost done! Just some testing, final paint polish and decal application.  I'm pretty excited.

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From the pics it looks like they did a really great job.   I really like the looks of the suspension system.  Let us know how it handles.  

Kilgon

 

 

"The only dumb question is the one not asked"

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10 hours ago, bishoppeak said:

After almost 2 years I'm taking delivery next Tuesday, really pumped!

I'd be for much less! What a ride! 

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

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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Spent the week in Phoenix checking out the car.  Not quite ready for delivery yet, but did drive it about 100 miles and had it dyno tested.

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