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Was looking for a set of wheels, did not care what just so it ran. A friend had a friend that had a car for $2200 that ran.

The seller kept telling me about the Cleveland and toploader with 9" , he said. Made no sense to me having never owned

a Mustang. The closest I ever got to Ford was a '61 Comet. Wish I still had that car.

In the five years I have owned the Grande we have spent maybe another $5000. That includes a new engine with cam and

matching date codes for the frame, clutch, numerous suspension components, new brakes and a completely new interior.

All that remains is some minor body work and paint. If I were ever to sell this car, never, I should at least get my money back.

The only time this car has ever been in a professional shop was to get new tires. We have saved a lot of money doing the work

ourselves. Not an easy task for a daily driver.

 

mike

 

 

 

 

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Dec 1994 I was on leave in the Air Force visiting family for the holidays. Went looking for a 87-93 5.0 LX. Around then the new body style came out and everyone hated the SN-95's so they were clinging to the fox bodies like they were gold. So basically I couldn't afford one. After Christmas I was driving about and passed a used car lot and saw the NASA hood scoops. Pulled a u-turn to have a look. Kicked the tires and did a walk around. Ho-hum condition, automatic, vinyl top. Yawn... Wasn't too enthralled at first until I took a step back and realized; a PA car with only one rust spot(behind passengers door), original paint minus fenders which were replaced(metallic blue under the black primer), original everything pretty much, 351c 2v. Low option'd car but Vin said it was a genuine Mach 1. Used-up but not hot-rodded or beat-up. They wanted $3k but since I had cash I got it for $2400. Had em fix a few things and drove it home just after the new year. 2 Jan will be 17 years now.

 

Pictures are after I got it home and gave it a wash.

 

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Mike

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Dec 1994 I was on leave in the Air Force visiting family for the holidays. Went looking for a 87-93 5.0 LX. Around then the new body style came out and everyone hated the SN-95's so they were clinging to the fox bodies like they were gold. So basically I couldn't afford one. After Christmas I was driving about and passed a used car lot and saw the NASA hood scoops. Pulled a u-turn to have a look. Kicked the tires and did a walk around. Ho-hum condition, automatic, vinyl top. Yawn... Wasn't too enthralled at first until I took a step back and realized; a PA car with only one rust spot(behind passengers door), original paint minus fenders which were replaced(metallic blue under the black primer), original everything pretty much, 351c 2v. Low option'd car but Vin said it was a genuine Mach 1. Used-up but not hot-rodded or beat-up. They wanted $3k but since I had cash I got it for $2400. Had em fix a few things and drove it home just after the new year. 2 Jan will be 17 years now.

 

Pictures are after I got it home and gave it a wash.

 

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Oldmach12.jpg

Congrats on 17 years.

 

 

- Mike

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I got my mustang in a trade with a guy for my old bronco II. Had my bronco on ebay and a guy emailed me wanting to trade for a 71 mach 1. I wasn't really looking for a mustang but I figured what the hell. He even delivered it from South Carolina and paid me another $1000 on top of the trade. So I think I did alright.

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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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Ok how I got my first Mustang?

In 1973 I was 25 working as a tool & die maker so I made good money. I had ordered a new 71 Maverick and also still had my 1950 Ford sedan, 1956 Ford Club Sedan and 57 Ford Fairlane 500 hardtop, still have them all.

I had read about the doom and gloom of how the mustang was going to take a dive into the nothing class with most of the automotive world. I figured this was the time to buy before they slid into those dark years of learning how to cut pollution but they also cut the HP.

So I went to our local dealer Garrett Easler Ford. Our family had purchased several cars from them over the years and they were not like most dealers trying to rip you off they were there to give you exactly what you wanted and did not have any issue with ordering a car to your specs. There were mustangs on the lot but nothing with lots of options.

I went to the owners office and told him I wanted to buy a 73 Mach 1 and wanted every option you could order. He said “Why would you want to do that when I can sell you an LTD for less money and more car”. I told him that the Mustang would be worth more in years to come and he just laughed because the older ones were dropping in price and very cheap.

I had already been to the Mercury dealer and looked at the Cougar but did not like the styling. While there I also looked at the Pantera but with the price being just over $9,000 I did not want to invest that much in a car.

So we sat down with the big salesman reference book and started to write in the order for my Mach 1. You did everything by hand no computer to order with they did fax them in. I asked the owner if he could swing getting my car to be the last one they made but could not. They were the dealer that all the NASCAR parts came through. The parts department was always full of crate engines from Holman Moody in the 60’s.

So the final order included 27 factory options and also shows the dealer installed undercoating. I added another 6 dealer options, door edge guards, front spoiler, ram air, rear carpeted floor mats to match front, locking spare tire and centrifugal advance distributor to replace vacuum. Date on order March 30, 1973 and the total on the window sticker was $5,156.90 and I paid $4,803.95, the dealer invoice shows $4448.84 and is stamped May 14, 1973 and I picked up the car on May 24, 1973.

I did not let them clean the car only apply the undercoat and I was first to drive off the lot. I went straight to the interstate and put it to the floor. It seemed to run out of steam just over 120 mph. I came back and the salesman asked what I thought and I said I was disappointed that it would barely go over 120 and I would have to work on it, lol, he said you are crazy. The Mustang emblem on the horn button was upside down.

This car was my date car, street racer and autocross car. It only has a little over 12,000 miles on it and has sat in the barn since 1983 when I got fed up with MCA rules and just lost interest.

I am now retired and trying to get back to working on the 8 Mustangs I own. I am one of those hoarders you read about with barn full of cars and garage full of NOS parts. Selling some of the stuff on Ebay.

Lots of good memories of out running the highway patrol, winning autocross, burning the tires off doing laps on the interstate cloverleaf exchange. I think we invented drifting back in the 60’s when the interstate opened here. During the 1974 oil crises you could buy a Boss 429 mustang here for $1,000 but nobody wanted them you could not buy gas. I have had to push my car to gas station before.

Wish I could go back and order another it will never be like that again.

Long post and been in other threads before. Pic before it went to barn and as it is now not washed or cleaned since 1983.

 

David

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

David

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I've owned an old Lotus for many years and it's been my pride and joy. As I have a double garage, I always thought it would be nice to fill the other garage space. I told my Wife but she thought I was joking. Well, when I hit 42, I went a bit crazy, call it a mid life crisis. I went out and bought 16 guitars and a Marshall stack. But it wasn't enough to scratch the crisis itch. I've always loved Mustangs and had been looking at 67-69s but somehow they all looked a bit lame for my budget. And a 69 Mach 1 was to expensive. Then I spotted a 72 vert on ebay that looked a bit of a beast. I kept an eye on it for week or so, then gave the owner a ring. He seemed genuine, so went to see it and it looked cool. Told the wife I was going to buy it and she said over my dead body. After some thought she said give me a porch for the house and you can have the Mustang.

 

So here's her porch being built at the moment and here's my Mustang.

 

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Mark

 

 

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Some awesome stories in this thread. Thanks for sharing, everyone!

Doc

Project started 8-7-10

Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system

Current "mini-project": interior upgrade :-/

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I've owned an old Lotus for many years and it's been my pride and joy. As I have a double garage, I always thought it would be nice to fill the other garage space. I told my Wife but she thought I was joking. Well, when I hit 42, I went a bit crazy, call it a mid life crisis. I went out and bought 16 guitars and a Marshall stack. But it wasn't enough to scratch the crisis itch. I've always loved Mustangs and had been looking at 67-69s but somehow they all looked a bit lame for my budget. And a 69 Mach 1 was to expensive. Then I spotted a 72 vert on ebay that looked a bit of a beast. I kept an eye on it for week or so, then gave the owner a ring. He seemed genuine, so went to see it and it looked cool. Told the wife I was going to buy it and she said over my dead body. After some thought she said give me a porch for the house and you can have the Mustang.

 

So here's her porch being built at the moment and here's my Mustang.

 

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How did the funeral go I don't see the porch?

David

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

David

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