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I was smitten with the Mustang bug at the young age of 14. I had a friend who's Grandfather thought they needed a project to work on together, so he bought a 71 sportsfoof with a built 302. My friend and I snuck it out durring the day to go cruise the neighborhood a few times. Then he went out by himself and ended up putting it hard in to a ditch. It was sold before either of us got our drivers licenses. Then in High School I had another friend with a 72 coupe. I was with him one day while he was showing off durring a burn out and it got away from him, and into a vacant lot with a bunch of alder trees it went. He ended up fixing that one back up. Fast forward fifteen years later and my wife being pregnant with our first daughter, meant I had to get a more practicle car than a Porsche 914 (2 seats). After looking at a vintage 911 with no rear seatbelts, I purchased the Mach 1. I am thankful that all has worked out the way it has.

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Simple: Classified ad in a local paper. Called the guy, went to see the car the next day, and bought it. That's when the problems started. ;-)

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I have always owned american cars since I was 18. My father drove Buicks and Cadillacs when I was a child and had them till he passed. He had a lot of negative experiences with german cars and did not like them any more after he had a Mercedes that you could watch rusting apart and that guzzled gas like there would be no tomorrow. He got rid of it and was happy with his 76 Buick Century he bought used two days later from a GM dealer. A sturdy reliable car which served without problems for 21 years and then was sold for about the same price he paid for it.

 

I am more fond of Fords. Always liked them. I bought my first blue oval product (after owning GM cars like 2 Corvettes, 1 Camaro, 1 Firebird and a Cadillac) in 2005 in form of a Lincoln Mark IV, which I still own. I use it here on German roads as my summer car.

 

When I was a boy of 12 years, I saw a 72 Mustang convertible with engine damage standing for several weeks at the local gas station. I liked the red car so much thad I rode to the station on my bike every day after school to watch it. Some day it was repaired or sold and was gone.

Later I found out that there is a fastback version of the car that is called "Mach 1" that looked even more sharp. The car impressed me for my life.

 

In later years I saw one or another on a car meet, but mostly in tasteless custom trim. Good cars for sale were seldom and expensive and scrap cars were not easy to fix. Besides they also were expensive.

 

In fall 2009 i browsed german ebay, because I looked for a Mustang model as a gift. In the list of finds was a yellow 1971 Mach 1.

 

I called the owner and asked some questions about the car. He said that it was imported to Germany in 1998 and was a Texas car from the Houston area. The car had a lot of issues, including a defect FMX trans, some accident damage, totally dark electrics and he said it "has a strange way of driving". Because of all of that he was not able to bring it on the street and he did not have the experience to fix it. But the engine is running fine.

 

I made some calculations a made a bid on the last day of the auction. I never expected to win the car for 6,500 Euros (at that time about 7,500 Dollars) because Mach 1s usually run at twice that here in mediocre condition. The car was in Cologne and was transported for another 200 Euros to my place near Hamburg.

 

The car was very impressive with its racecar look when it rolled into my garage. It was almost complete and did not have much rust for its age, although a lot of bodywork had to be done due to the bent metal. The very next day I started to take it apart. The engine was the only working part on the car. It "was running strange" because ist had a not very streetable 4.11 rear and a Detroit Locker which goes "dang, dang, dang" in curves.

 

Since very good Mach 1s are rare to find in Germany, I decided to go for a complete restoration. This has been running now for almost three years. Interior ist completely redone and stands here ready to go in again, electrics are like new, body sheetmetal work was completed last month. Car is booked for the paint booth next week.

Reassembly will begin after painting. Car will be like new when finished.

It will be a bright blue, argent accent, deluxe interior blue, 1971 Mach 1 with Magnum 500s, argent stripes and a 351C 2V.

 

As you see, some miles to go...

 

Michael

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I've always owned a 71 / 73 Mustang since 1975. 1975 - 95 were either (1) 72 coupe and (2) 71 Mach 1's. In the early 1990's the 71 Mach was getting a little tired - it had over 190K miles, I had rebuilt the body (poorly) three times, suspension was worn, but the M-code 351c only had 35K on it since a full rebuild. I was yearning for a convertible. Nothing in the Northeast or northern states interested me too much since I was tired of repairing rust. When you live in WNY, you learn to repair rust or go looking out of state for a decent body. Fall of 1994 an ad appeared it the local paper - 1973 Mustang Convertible, 42K, auto, PB, PS Asking $6,000.00

 

Called the owner and drove over to check it out. The car had been given a cheap paint job to cover up minor supermarket / parking lot dings, but was rust free and was original except for the distributor cap. It had been driven from Dallas to WNY by the original owner back in the early 80's where he drove it for a few summers and then parked it in a dirt floor garage for approx 6 years. Aside from some 'rust fuzz' on the bottom of the floor pan, it was 100%. The AC still worked and it still had the Texas plates on it.

 

I said "I'm interested, what will you take for it?" He replied: "I have a problem. I have an offer, but I don't want to sell it to the guy." "Why not and what is the offer?" The owner replied: "He offered my $5,000 but he wants to give it to his 15 and 16 year old sons. I'm afraid they'll destroy the car." I said: "I'll offer you $5,500 cash" Sold.

 

I drove it home and decided it needed to be taken down to bare metal and rebuilt since it was a 'Keeper' as far as I was concerned. It took 5 years to accomplish the rebuild. 25K miles and 16 years later and a handful of National MCA 1st place trophies it still resides in my garage and gets driven from April thru Oct in WNY.

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hmmm short story... I dont know how ....

 

We were planning to move to Houston. I sold my 65 SS to get my 67 MoosTANG convertible. She's all original...so she is a cruiser. I told the wife, when we get to Texas I am going to buy a Hot Rod for fun.

 

After months of CL search and watching people waste money on ebay.... I click on one morning CL. The black lonely needing love Mach I was sitting in a barn garage. Call the guy up...go look at it.. we made a deal. I knew she needed work. He cut every wire ...messed up so many things but the body was near as straight as you could ask for...Texas car 2 rust spots.....

 

now she's drivable.

 

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My wife's 66 Restomod Coupe (Sparky) was almost done with restoration and I had a 71 Sportsroof (Grabber Lime) 351c H code ready to go into resto as soon as hers was done. I was going to turn it into a quarter miler. The story below is the story my wife wrote and had published in our club's newsletter last year on how we found my 73 Mach 1 (Ginger). You will notice in the story that it took 6 weeks of negotiation to buy my Mach. The original owner was of course very attached to the car and had a very high price on it. She was also an a retired banker and was one tough negotiator. I finally had to go to my top not a penny more dollar which she finally agreed to.

 

It was due to Mustangs Northwest that this car found us. The original owner's daughter was trying to sell the car, as her mother could no longer drive. She had been told to get a hold of someone in the club, and went to MNW's website. At the time, I had my email up on the front page as a contact for the Cruise for the Fallen, and she inadvertently thought that it was the main contact for the club. Leaving work one day, I received a mysterious email asking if I knew of anyone who would be interested in a '73 Mach 1 Mustang. At first, I thought it was a joke; my husband Ernie loves the '71-'73s, and a Mach would be one of his "dream" cars to own. I even called a few friends to say "nice try"...but it wasn't a prank.

 

After the daughter sent us some dark photos of a dirty, gold-colored Sportsroof, I asked for the VIN to verify the Mach's heritage. Ernie just about died when the VIN revealed it wasn't just a Mach; it was a 351 Cleveland Cobra Jet. I made arrangements to see the car, and in early December 2010, we took a road trip to Burien.

 

Parked nose-in in a carport for about 9 years, the Mach was a cat-hair-and-cat-puke, dirt and pollen-covered time machine. The daughter explained that her mom had ordered the Mach direct from Ford, deleting the front & rear spoilers. We were amazed at how well the car had survived, even if you take into account the repaint due to an accident. Her mom's daily driver, the car had only 107,000 well-cared-for miles.

 

After 6 weeks of negotiations, we made a return trip to pick her up. Amazingly, she started right up, and drove onto the trailer under her own power! Since then, we've given her new rims and tires, Pertronix ignition, full tune-up and new brakes, fuel lines and tank. Everything except the a/c works, including the original Philco radio that ALWAYS plays '70's tunes!

 

Ernie loves his Mach (monikered "Ginger"), and gets stares and comments whenever he takes her for an outing. She's a wonderful cruiser - not like her brother Sparky - so we hope to take her on some road trips next year.

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I ordered mine from the factory in September of 1972. I had a 71 Grande with p/w, tilt wheel, traction-loc, 351c w/fmx. Great car, but wanted a Mach 1. I price shopped between 2 dealers, one in my hometown, the other about 25 miles away. The "far away" dealer bested the hometown dealer by $50. I remember sitting with the salesman and filling out the order sheet. It didn't come in until December 1. What a long wait. It's been with me ever since.

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Mister 4x4,

I saw your "rustangs" photomap on FB , OMG you realy had a ton of work on this one. When would it be ready for the road .?

 

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I bought my first 1973 Grande Coupe when I was 14 for $2500. 2 years later I had my permit and drove that car everywhere, til I wrecked it that summer when my drum brakes failed and I plowed the back of a silverado. I kept the car 3 years after trying to fix it. Over the next 7 years I owned a 2002 Gt, 2005 V6 and a 2007 Gt. It just wasnt the same. Last april I picked up a 1972 coupe with factory disc brakes all around for $1900. Not making the mistake of drums again lol.

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My uncle bought my car on ebay ten years ago with the idea of restoring it himself as he always liked this body style. When I saw it for the first time I knew I had to have it for myself so I made him an offer. It's a car that I just love to drive and don't really plan on ever selling.

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alot of nice stories ?

DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT*****KEEP YOUR FOOT ON THE PEDAL

 

Ron

 

1972 mustang convertible

2005 mustang convertible

1999 mustang convertible white (sold)

1994 mustang convertible white (sold)

2008 ford edge copper

2006 cadillac cts radaint bronze

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100_1628.thumb.JPG.2450ec9bcc0a13c25ddabc21fc0faa36.JPG100_1629.thumb.JPG.3f6034ca9d60f09176c9f7f4c87c28e9.JPGMy wife found our mustang when she was selling a clients house, it was sitting next door in the yard. She came home and told me about it and we went back out and put a note on the windshields.Two or so weeks went by with no responce, so I had her contact the man with the house for sale to see if he knew anything about it. As luck had it he also owned the house next door and his son owned the "rights" to the car but not the title which the "home owner" did. He said he would talk to his son to see what his plans were for the car because his son drove it to and from college and had graduated a year prior and the car had been sitting there since (about a year). The front tires were sinking into the soft ground, someone had stolen the gas cap, had been hit and run down the driver side quartertpanel and door (when it was his daily driver). The son was done with the car so the father and I struck up a deal and now I am in the process of part gathering. The car was complete with the exception of the gas cap. Since then I have purchased a near NOS set of doors and some chrome pcs. This is my 3rd mustang. When I was 16 I bought my first vehicle which I still own 76 Jeep CJ5 (36000 actual miles) 2nd car 67 Shelby GT500 (sold to get married):huh: Car gone marriage over. 2nd mustang I still have 65 fastback 3rd is a 96 mustang convertible. And at present working on trying to buy 70 Mach 1 with 351 and Shaker. :)
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DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT*****KEEP YOUR FOOT ON THE PEDAL

 

Ron

 

1972 mustang convertible

2005 mustang convertible

1999 mustang convertible white (sold)

1994 mustang convertible white (sold)

2008 ford edge copper

2006 cadillac cts radaint bronze

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Many years ago a friend of mine bought a brand new 1971 Mach One. Grabber Yellow with black stripes. It had a 351 4speed, I remember driving through town late on a Friday night/Saturday morning at 140 mph! Later he raced the local police, would have won but he ran outta gas! His parents took the car away. The moral of this story is " Fill up before you run the cops". I always remembered this car and when it came time for me to buy a muscle car it had to be a 71!

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I love this thread!

 

In the early 80's my wife and I rented a nasty appartment - clusters of 3 story units with a parking lot between each of them. Each lot had at least one abandoned car on it. I offered to tow them from the parking lots and park them in a grassy area that was behind the buildings owned by the complex. The manager agreed to pay me 25 bucks a car. I found a local tow company that would do it for 15 bucks a car. I made a quick 150.00 bucks by making 3 phone calls.

 

One of the cars was a tired 73 convertible with 3 flat tires. I had them leave that one. It had sat on the lot so long that they had black topped around it at some point. We got the owners name out of the glove box and looked her up in the phone book - she still lived in town 6 years after the car had been last inspected.

 

We called her and told here that she was looking at a tow bill and a storage charge or she could just sign it over to us. She was actually happy to get out of it so easily. We met at the bank and she signed the title over to us.

 

I asked what was wrong with the car and she said that she leaves the country every winter and had paid somebody to start the car every week and he did not do it. She got back and it would not start so she left it. (she was a loon).

 

We put a battery in it, filled the tires, filled the tank, poured some gas in the carb an it fired right up.

 

302 3 speed manual, power stearing and brakes, guages, power windows, and lots of rust.

 

We drove the car for years - several different engines - became a 4 speed car and got rustier. We finally parked it under a tree until someone drove by and just had to have it.

 

Ever since then we have alway had some sort of old Ford to play with. Currently have a 71 and a 73 convert, a 68 Torino Fastback, and a 2003 Mustang Cobra

 

Fun Fun Fun

 

- Paul

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New folks - tell us your story!

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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New folks - tell us your story!

 

Ok, sure. I was still in high school when I got my first job. It was 1978. I only made minimum wage -- $2.35/hour I think -- but I was lucky enough to work full time. By the end of the summer I had what I thought was a wad of cash. So I went shopping.

 

You never forget your first. A red 71 coupe, 302, 3 speed. Lots of stories. I grew up with her, but had to sell her to go to college. I always wanted another.

 

After turning a half century, I'm old enough to get what I want. And I wanted another 71. There's a lot of junk out there. And a lot of sellers who are awfully proud of their junk. I wasn't looking for a finished product, just a good strong foundation to drive today and make my own over time.

 

Patience pays. I met a nice older gentleman who bought a brand new Mustang for his wife in July of 71. She loved the car, but drove it very little, especially in her later years.

 

I met him on the one-year anniversary of his wife's death. It was time, he thought, to let the car go to someone who would appreciate it like she did. I couldn't be happier.

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Great story, Pentaflex!

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 :-/

[button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/forum-garage?filterxt_uid=76]Doc's Garage[/button][button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-1973-mustang-convertible-restoration-and-modification]Doc's Wiki[/button]

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I went to a car show in Kentville,N.S. with my husband and saw the car there for sale. Fell completely in love with it even though it obviously needed some work. :)

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It all started back around 2010. It had been about 28 years since i owned my last American car, and i had well and truely tuned out of the classic car scene. I've always loved American cars very much, and i guess the passion to own one again must have bubbled to the surface.

 

My workmates owned Mustangs and Corvettes, and they managed to persuade me to jump back into owning a classic American car again. The truth was that the '73 Ford Mustang Convertible really caught my eye, and i found that the more i tuned into it the more i fell in love with that particular car, and just had to own one.I love convertibles, and would you believe they have always been rare here in Australia. For some crazy reason, they never really caught on here!

 

The next problem was do i buy one from America and import it into Australia, or try and find one for sale in Australia.It must be said that the total import costs associated with importing a car around the value of about $20,000.00 from America would be about $10,000.00 or so Australian to bring it in and put it on the road to drive around.

 

I spent months looking on the Net to see what was available in America, as well as in Australia.There were a few tasty ones up for sale in America, but what put me off mainly, was that without seeing the car yourself in person, it's always hard to make an accurate decision to buy that car. I was not prepared to fly over to America, spend time and money to hunt one down or pay money to have a company do all that work as well.

 

So i turned my attention to the Australian market, and ended up inspecting two that were being sold fairly locally to where i live.

I paid money to have them professionally inspected all over, and unfortunately, thay didn't measure up to standard. However, there was

one for sale down south in the State of South Australia for around $30,000.00 Australian Dollars.

 

I rang the owner to get details, to find the car and the deal sounded really good.Every State in Australia has it's official Mustang Owner's Club, and i rang the South Australia Club to see if they could help me and inspect the car to give me feedback on it's true condition. They were very, very kind and reported back to me what true condition the car was in, and would you believe i ended up buying the Mustang on their report as well as getting a professional paid report too.

 

I did not fly down and check the car out myself as this turned to be the real deal and well worth the money asked for.The deal went through smoothly, and i had the car transported by car carrier from South Australia back up to Queensland where i live.

 

I am now the proud owner, since mid 2011, and even though it's a base model which i will slowly build up with all the goodies to look really cool, the best part is that this car is a very well kept, original, low milage car, in really good original condition, and represents a fantastic base to build upon to jazz up and make it spot on.

 

I just want to enjoy the car as a weekend cruiser, and spend time slowly doing it up with improvements to make it great. Yes, i do really love this car, and am having a great time owning it and showing it off. HISTORY - (Bought new in Ohio 1973, one carefull owner to 2009, then sold to new owner in Indiana who owned it for one year, then shipped to Australia to the State of South Australia to new owner who also owned it around one year, then sold on to me in 2011)

 

Thanks,

 

Greg:)

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wow some great stories

DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT*****KEEP YOUR FOOT ON THE PEDAL

 

Ron

 

1972 mustang convertible

2005 mustang convertible

1999 mustang convertible white (sold)

1994 mustang convertible white (sold)

2008 ford edge copper

2006 cadillac cts radaint bronze

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I got my 71 Mach 1 about 8 years ago. To make a long story short, I traded my 89 Bronco II for my Mach 1. Had my Bronco listed on ebay and a guy emailed asking me if i would be interested in trading? I never really knew much about the 71-73's so i did some homework and figured what the heck. We emailed back and forth for about 5 months and sent hundreds of photos. Ended up agreeing on trading the cars and him delivering the mach1 from SC to my house and he paid me $1000. Heres a couple pics. The bronco, the mach1 the day it was delivered and when it was stripped down for paint, and one of it now.

 

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408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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