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  Greetings from San Diego
Posted by: weasel_atty - 07-15-2010, 12:03 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (3)

Hi all. Got my '71 back in 1976 off the used car lot at Vel's-Parnelli Jones Ford in Torrance, CA. Amazing how much different it drives than my '66. The '71 feels much more modern, while the '66 feels like a go-cart on steroids.


  Newb here
Posted by: GreenGold73 - 07-14-2010, 07:04 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (2)

Just recently joined VMF and saw this site's arrival so thought I'd come along. I have a 73 Green Gold Coupe that I'm getting ready to start working on. Mom bought it new in '73 in North Platte, NE and it has lived his entire life there. When I was 16 I bought him and drove it through HS and the first couple of years of college. Didn't like putting all the miles on it in college so once it hit 100,000 I took it home and my grandparents drove it around town for a few years. Then in 1995 or so it was parked in the driveway and has sadly sat there since. I have not had the money or space to take care of him like he deserves. I now have a house with a 2 car garage and want to get him running and to Lincoln so I can start getting him into shape. I'm horrified at what I'm going to find when I start looking for rust etc. Don't know if my heart will be able to handle it if it's really bad LOL.

So sometime before the snow flies, I'm going home to get him running and then decide how to get him to Lincoln...probably have to trailer him here. I do know there are some area of body rust lower rear front fenders, that I remember from the last look around a year or so ago. Have not had the hood up since '97. Have bought new radiator hoses, plug wires, plugs, thermostat, Pertronix II, Pertronix Coil, air and oil filters, belts, battery and new tires. Need to get the old gas and oil out and fingers crossed get him up and going.


  New from West Michigan also
Posted by: 71Hardtop Rocks - 07-10-2010, 08:56 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (16)

Hello, I am glad I am not the only one who thinks Ford's "Clydesdale" Mustangs are cool. From the moment I first saw one I just knew I had to have one. The styling was and remains distinct from anything else on the road. Long hood, short deck, and that tunneled rear window. I don't think there is a bad line in her anywhere.

There is quite a story behind my first car, a green 1971 hardtop. When I turned 16 I wanted a driver's license and a 71 or 72 hardtop worse than anything. But my parents said no to both. Actually what they said was that I did not need either a car or a license (turns out my father was repeating what his father had told him at his age), and that Mustangs were junk anyway. They told me that if I got a license I would have to pay for the increase in their insurance, but even then I would not be allowed to drive their car. Even as a teenager I could see that that was a bad deal, so I let the matter drop. Little did they know that behind their back I was hatching a plot.

At that time (the mid-1970's), Michigan was much more lenient in issuing driver's licenses to teenagers than it is today. If you got your learner's permit but did not validate it, it was good almost indefinitely. Once validated, however, you had to get your license within 30 days.

So I saved up my money and when I figured I had enough to buy the car of my dreams, I went down to the Secretary of State's, got my permit validated, called a friend who said he knew about cars, and went shopping. We must have drove every '71 or '72 hardtop Mustang in the Kalamazoo area. None of them were right. Finally, we went over to the nearby village of Paw Paw, and there she sat at the back of Harvey Ford's lot, 91,000 miles on the odometer, body riddled with rust, and a stick shift I barely knew how to drive. But she was beautiful to me.

Then came the fun part. I had driven cars all over Kalamazoo without ever being questioned about my license. But now when it came time to buy, the salesman balked. He said he had never heard of anyone buying a car with only a learner's permit. I told him I was 21, I had the money, and I was going to get a license as soon as the 30 days was up, so what was the problem. Money finally won out, and the Green Horse was mine.

I had many adventures with that car before I sold her (but that's a subject for another thread), and I still dream about her sometimes.

Oh, by the way, my parents were none too pleased when I came home with that old beater, but they learned to live with it.


  Hello from Canada!
Posted by: johndoe000 - 07-09-2010, 02:38 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (2)

I was so pleased to find a site dedicated to the 71-73 mustangs that I just had to sign up!

I've got a 73 fastback that left the factory with a plane-jane 302 2v with a 3-speed manual and peg-leg 8" rear.

Mods so far... lol

Engine:
5.0 foxbody block, scat 331ci stroker kit, cast crank, forged rods, forged pistons, edelbrock rpm heads, airgap intake, rpm cam, comp roller tip rockers, chromoly pushrods, high volume oil pump, windage tray, high capacity pan, 700cfm holley double pumper, pertronix ignition system

Drivetrain:
wide ratio toploader 4 speed, hurst competition plus shifter, mcleod long style ceramic/organic clutch, 9" posi rear, 28 spline axles, 3.70:1 gears

Chassis:
stock front discs, rear discs from crown vic, crown vic master cylinder w/stock power booster, 1" drop coils, 1" lowering blocks, kyb high pressure shocks, subframe connectors, stock power steering, 1 1/8" front sway bar, 3/4" rear sway bar

I'll post some pictures soon!


  Another new user
Posted by: 71mach351 - 07-09-2010, 12:31 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (2)

Hello from VT.


  71 Mach 1 from Texas
Posted by: verdelizard - 07-08-2010, 05:44 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (4)

Hey guys, glad to see a site dedicated to 71-73 mustangs!

I purchased a 71 Mach 1 last October to restore with my dad.
Here's how it looked then.

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After some body work.
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Just had it painted last month.
Here's how it turned out.

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I have to say, driving it for the first time after it was painted was one of the best times of my life so far.
The interior is still in need of restoration.


  jimbo
Posted by: jimbo - 07-06-2010, 09:36 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (1)

Hi all Im from Australia I have a 1971 Mach1 mustang. Im all so a Member of the Mach 1 club.I am so glad to see a club that has 71 73 Mustangs only there a Greate car, I have had mine for more than 23 years now 24000 Original Miles Painted Midnight Blue.
The Motor has only had gaskets Replaced all other parts on the car can be put back to Original as they are put away in storage.


  Hello from Florida
Posted by: Daves72 - 07-06-2010, 12:15 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (7)

Presently in St Pete Beach, but will be relocating the car to Melbourne, Fl the 16th. Originally bought it in OKC. Good to see a website for the 71-73 crowd.



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  Hello from Oklahoma
Posted by: DWhitaker - 07-06-2010, 08:52 AM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (31)

Hello,
Greetings from Oklahoma. My wife has a 71 Mach I that she drove to high school and has owned since 74. It is a rather unusual car. It was first titled to Ford Marketing Corporation in Dearborn. It was kept in Dearborn until mid 72. It has a Detroit(33) DSO. We hold a "B" title to it, as only Ford and my wife have been registered owners. It has a one off stripe on the side installed by Ford, that we have been unable to acquire any info on. We have seen pics of a few others with this stripe, but so far, no solid info. It is also fully loaded with power windows, tilt wheel, intermittent wipers, rear defrost, etc. According to our research so far, it has all options except automatic seat back releases. I would like to post a pic to see how many might have seen or have info on a stripe like this. Thanks for allowing me to participate on this forum.
Regards,
DWhitaker



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  New guy from West Michigan
Posted by: droptop73 - 07-05-2010, 08:19 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (13)

Hello, I have a yellow 73 convertible, 351c, 2v heads, Edelbrock performer intake, 650 Holley, c-6 (converting to a T-5), 9" w/ 2.75 peg leg. I have owned the car since 1988, it is an ongoing project.

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