71 Mach 1 Resto project

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tpj71mach

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I just bought this 71 Mach 1 in November in Vegas and shipped it back to the Chicago area. I was just informed about and joined this forum today. I am going to restore this Mustang to my tastes rather than to original. I had a white and black 73 as a high schooler and I am going to paint this 71 white with black stripes and a black interior. When I bought it, it was Grabber Blue with a black and silver interior but it was obviously originally dark green with a green interior and the Marti report confirms that. That being said I am just not a green guy and my car was white and that is why I am going to paint it Wimbledon White with black stripes and interior. Mach 1 1.jpg Mach 1 2.jpg Mach 1 3.jpg Mach 1 6.jpg

this is how I bought it in Vegas

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Arrived right before thanksgiving

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Pressure washed the engine compartment

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Disassembled and ready for the media blaster

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back from media blast and epoxy primered inside and out

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overall looks pretty solid

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But it is going to need the taillight panel and trunk floor replaced

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and some patch work under the rear seat

otherwise I was very happy with what was under the paint. I think it is a good starting point.

This is how it sits today not bad progress for about two months in to the project but this is where it will slow down for me. I am a better disassembler than I am a welder or body man. I will add new pictures as I make more progress.
 

Sheriff41

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Howdy and welcome from Texas! Looks like a great start and progress. You're right to build it the way you want it. (y)
 

tpj71mach

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Welcome from North Idaho! I'm glad you decided to come over here and join. I look forward to watching your progress!

[I'm the guy that referred you to this forum from VMF; - "Idaho Chris" over there too]
Thanks for the referral
 

timachone

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Welcome from Germany!

Nice and solid car to start with, congratulations. The sheet metal you mentioned is not hard to handle and a straight go through for any experienced body guy.

Keep us up to date ☺️(y)
 

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Great Start! I say... since the car has gone thru one color change already, go for it and make it yours.. you will enjoy
it a lot more reliving your HS days! Btw... noticed a space saver spare bracket and AC sticker... are those going back in the Mustang?

Keep us posted friend
 

tpj71mach

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Great Start! I say... since the car has gone thru one color change already, go for it and make it yours.. you will enjoy
it a lot more reliving your HS days! Btw... noticed a space saver spare bracket and AC sticker... are those going back in the Mustang?

Keep us posted friend
Thanks, I will enjoy it in the Wimbledon White, and yes I plan to reinstall the A/C maybe not right away but I am replacing the evaporator core now with the heater core when I rebuild the heater box so i wont have to take it apart again later. The space saver bracket is heavily rusted and so are the brackets for the trap door rubber bushings I will need to have new ones fabricated because I don't see any one that makes a reproduction part.
 

tpj71mach

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Great Start! I say... since the car has gone thru one color change already, go for it and make it yours.. you will enjoy
it a lot more reliving your HS days! Btw... noticed a space saver spare bracket and AC sticker... are those going back in the Mustang?

Keep us posted friend
Welcome from Germany!

Nice and solid car to start with, congratulations. The sheet metal you mentioned is not hard to handle and a straight go through for any experienced body guy.

Keep us up to date ☺️(y)
will do thanks(y)
 

tpj71mach

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Right front apron needs to be replaced due to minor accident somewhere in its pat mangled it up

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A little more pre fitting and I can start welding
 
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Hello and welcome from SW Ontario, Canada.
That really looks like a good find with not too much rot to repair. Nice you have a good shop to work in too, I'm jealous!
Keep up the good work and don't be afraid to ask questions.
 

tpj71mach

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Hello and welcome from SW Ontario, Canada.
That really looks like a good find with not too much rot to repair. Nice you have a good shop to work in too, I'm jealous!
Keep up the good work and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Thank you
 
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