71Convert Restoration Project Progress

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Hey everybody. I posted a few weeks back in the Introduction section and wanted to start a thread on my restoration. I have a 1971 Mustang convertible with the following options:

351 4V (M code), auto, traction-lok, AC, PDB, PS, Power top, Power Windows, White Deluxe Interior, Console, Decor Group, and Convenience Group. Was originally Metallic Maroon with a white top and interior. I am planning on changing the color to Bright Lime with a black top, adding a blacked out Ram Air hood, black side stripes, tach, gauge cluster, rim blow steering wheel and maybe AM/FM radio.

I picked up a tach cluster, the 3 gauge cluster and sent my main harness, headlight harness, and convenience group harness to Randy at Midlife for refurbishing. The Mustang is pretty rusty and will need a lot of rust repair so I am currently stripping it down so the rust repair can begin!

Here are some of my progress pics so far. Many more to come.
 

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Well, that's one way to disconnect your door wiring! 😝

I look forward to seeing your progress. It should be nice when you get done.
 

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That's actually the power window harness. And yes, I was able to fix that SOB just today! It was cut right at the door jamb opening, leaving almost no room for splices. Package sent out back to GA.
 

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I am about to pull my Dash over in Lawrenceville…were you able to pull the dash by yourself or did it take 2 people?
I Am Pulling it to rehab to, and to rewire the car…
 

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I am about to pull my Dash over in Lawrenceville…were you able to pull the dash by yourself or did it take 2 people?
I Am Pulling it to rehab to, and to rewire the car…
RIBS,

I was able to pull it by myself. It's not too heavy just LONG. I didn't have to remove the steering wheel either just the gauges and the dash pad and metal upper dash area. I recommend sending your harnesses to Midlife. Does a thorough job and keeps you in the loop!
 

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RIBS,

I was able to pull it by myself. It's not too heavy just LONG. I didn't have to remove the steering wheel either just the gauges and the dash pad and metal upper dash area. I recommend sending your harnesses to Midlife. Does a thorough job and keeps you in the loop!
Thanks for the tips…I have some Midlife harnesses in my car powering my convertible top. but my main wiring has to go, probably not rebuildable. The car was in a fire 30 years before I bought it, and is a 71-73 harness cobbled together, and the car barely has basic functionality….I talked to Randy about it and we pretty much concludead it wasn’t a good candidate for a refurb.
 

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Yeah, but I can replace it for the same price as refurbishment...Just saying...
 

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Yeah, but I can replace it for the same price as refurbishment...Just saying...
I appreciate that, and I know your work is the best out there…I really wanted fresh wiring and a modern fusebox for additional expansion, so I am doing the new wiring…my convertible harness you did stays in the car and is awesome!
 

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I can really use the 71 underdash harness as a core, once you're done with it!
 

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Hey everyone, Thought it was time for an update on my 1971 convertible restoration. I have shipped the Mustang off to the body shop. They have removed the engine and tranny and are working on replacing all the metal in the engine compartment first. I have been buying a bunch of Dynacorn sheet metal. By the way, freight shipping prices are in the CRAZY range. Way more than I expected even with combining sheet metal parts in one shipment. Much of the Dynacorn sheet metal is on back order with no date as to when it will be available again! Anyway, below are some pics of where my 71 currently stands. Try and ignore the Camaro in the background.
 

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I also found out my engine is original as my VIN is stamped on the rear of the engine! That was a nice surprise. The tranny appears to be an FMX not the original C6 but I need to go back to the shop and verify that. Below are engine and tranny related pics.
 

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