3 years in the making! Proud to introduce my 71!!

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I had a Mach 1 before the convertible. It needed paint. It was originally green but my plan was to paint it silver. I love that look. Just a really good looking car.

My convertible is the light blue. I don't think it would look as good silver but thinking about it, I cannot recall ever seeing a silver convertible. I am probably just getting old and forgetful.

 

MustangLover63

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Beautiful!! I really hope you get it out on nice weekends and take it for a drive. When I'm in mine it really brings me back to a better, earlier time - and the looks! I see a Trans-Am that somehow snuck into the picture.

 

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Beautiful!! I really hope you get it out on nice weekends and take it for a drive. When I'm in mine it really brings me back to a better, earlier time - and the looks! I see a Trans-Am that somehow snuck into the picture.
Yes.. The trans amis my next project

 

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Looks great…..great car to tell family stories, and keep for the next generation to enjoy!
 

tpj71mach

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Looks Great! I just started the restoration on my 71, I hope it turns out that well.
 

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1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 bright red, standard black interior,pb,ps
gauge package.rim blow steering wheel,15" magnum 500s,351 C 2bbl running a 4bbl Holley 600,MSD 6a with stock distributor and Pertronix,Comp cam mild grind, The Engine(rebuilt by me in 2002 for the second time the first rebuild I did was stock in 1995) made 305hp and 358 lb ft on the dyno. 9" 2.75 rear end,Global west sub frame connectors,620 front coils.Rear defroster. My parents bought my car brand new the year before I was born. I cherish it like my child.
Over three years ago after completing the drive train mechanical rebuilds I was ready to sell my 71 because I knew if i kept her I could not just leave the body and paint alone. You see I had done a rotisserie restoration of my 1968 Fastback some 12 years earlier and it came out so nice that the bar was set and I also knew what I would be getting into should I keep it. I actually struck a deal to sell the 71 with a guy from England when my son stepped in and said "Really? your going to sell the Mach 1?" with a look of incredulity and then he proceeded to reminded me that this was the car that I taught him how to drive a manual in. I told him that if I was to keep it, he would have to agree it would be a father-son effort and a chance for me to learn the boy some things and have him around me more. Also that we were going to retain as much of the original car and we were going to do EVERYTHING down to the paint and color sanding. So I cancelled the deal to sell it and the project began around there same time as college did for him, so he did help; however, it was a mere fraction of what I had hoped and I ended up doing 98%. I could not be happier with the results. I finished it yesterday and it looks amazing! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do and I encourage anyone who is considering taking on this type of thing to go for it! you won't be sorry.

1971 Mach 1 M Code 351 4 barrel, 4 speed, numbers matching.











It looks fantastic! A father and son project completed to the highest standard.
Best, Ron
 
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Over three years ago after completing the drive train mechanical rebuilds I was ready to sell my 71 because I knew if i kept her I could not just leave the body and paint alone. You see I had done a rotisserie restoration of my 1968 Fastback some 12 years earlier and it came out so nice that the bar was set and I also knew what I would be getting into should I keep it. I actually struck a deal to sell the 71 with a guy from England when my son stepped in and said "Really? your going to sell the Mach 1?" with a look of incredulity and then he proceeded to reminded me that this was the car that I taught him how to drive a manual in. I told him that if I was to keep it, he would have to agree it would be a father-son effort and a chance for me to learn the boy some things and have him around me more. Also that we were going to retain as much of the original car and we were going to do EVERYTHING down to the paint and color sanding. So I cancelled the deal to sell it and the project began around there same time as college did for him, so he did help; however, it was a mere fraction of what I had hoped and I ended up doing 98%. I could not be happier with the results. I finished it yesterday and it looks amazing! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do and I encourage anyone who is considering taking on this type of thing to go for it! you won't be sorry.

1971 Mach 1 M Code 351 4 barrel, 4 speed, numbers matching.











Very nice! What was the last detail you did before it was "Completed"?
 

james

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Bought a 71 Fastback with Mach 1 clone started
Over three years ago after completing the drive train mechanical rebuilds I was ready to sell my 71 because I knew if i kept her I could not just leave the body and paint alone. You see I had done a rotisserie restoration of my 1968 Fastback some 12 years earlier and it came out so nice that the bar was set and I also knew what I would be getting into should I keep it. I actually struck a deal to sell the 71 with a guy from England when my son stepped in and said "Really? your going to sell the Mach 1?" with a look of incredulity and then he proceeded to reminded me that this was the car that I taught him how to drive a manual in. I told him that if I was to keep it, he would have to agree it would be a father-son effort and a chance for me to learn the boy some things and have him around me more. Also that we were going to retain as much of the original car and we were going to do EVERYTHING down to the paint and color sanding. So I cancelled the deal to sell it and the project began around there same time as college did for him, so he did help; however, it was a mere fraction of what I had hoped and I ended up doing 98%. I could not be happier with the results. I finished it yesterday and it looks amazing! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do and I encourage anyone who is considering taking on this type of thing to go for it! you won't be sorry.

1971 Mach 1 M Code 351 4 barrel, 4 speed, numbers matching.











Sweet ride brother! Can't compare the feeling you get cruisin in your own ride. It's a Mustang thing!
 

Kevin H.

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1973 Mustang Convertible
1973 F-250 Ranger Camper Special
1974 Club Wagon
1992 Bronco Eddie Bauer
Great work! Love the stance and factory hubs and rings. Reminds me of the very first Mach 1 I fell in love with as a kid.
 
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