- Apr 7, 2020
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- My Car
RIP: 1971 F-code hardtop
- I’ll give some backstory first and hopefully don’t become too long winded.I started off on the 71-73 cars at around my 15th birthday. My dads first car was a 71 coupe that he used daily until around 1990 and when the time came to start looking for a first car the decision was made to drag his old Mustang out of the lot it was sinking into. We drug it over to my uncles shop and after brakes and a tuneup I drove the car home. I continued to drive the car to school(probably not the most inconspicuous vehicle considering I hadn’t gotten a drivers license yet). Around the beginning of my senior year I was going out a little country road to meet up with a friend when a Chevy Astro came around a blind curve almost entirely on my side. I had to swerve off on the shoulder to avoid him. Unfortunately in the middle of the curve a gravel driveway meets up and the car got loose hitting the gravel. Normally it shouldn’t have been an issue and I was well versed at “spirited” driving, however my narrow little 14” tire on the front right rolled past its limit as the car drifted through the curve and popped the bead. After the bead broke it dug into the asphalt and i lost control of the drift. The car slammed head on into a bank on the opposite side and then flipped over onto the roof. The Chevy that caused this slowed to a near stop before flooring it and taking off. Thus the demise of my 71 happened.
- The thing I hated the most was I feel it was preventable. I barely made $80 a week at the time and it was mostly my dad funding the restoration. He was never a big car guy beyond “looking cool”. I was obsessed. From the beginning I wanted to upgrade to disc brakes and power steering, replace all the suspension/steering components and add some 16” torque thrusts. I wanted to put a cage in the car and apply some of the reinforcements and modifications from the SCCA cars. We only had a drag strip nearby but the TransAm racing Mustangs were what I focused alot of my love for. Unfortunately my dad was worried about cosmetics. The car had all the sheet metal work/paint/interior work done but still rode on 30 year old suspension with drums and narrow little tires. I climbed out of the car safe and sound and mechanically it could have driven home. But I think the dated underside and dated technology helped doom it. This all being said and after a 66, 69, and 70 Mustang I’m looking to find another project later this year. I’m at a point now that although not rich, if I want something done a certain way I will see it gets done without cutting corners. My wife likes classic cars and my son has just gotten old enough to fall into Mustang Fever. We’re planning on picking up a rolling project. I’m looking at possibly 71 Mach 1 or another 66 coupe. I have a lot of love for both. Something that is running or i can get running enough to go to local shows and cruise and restore as we go. In my case though, I also want to build a car with a goal to autocross and compete in some SCCA type events. I’m leaning toward a setup with 4 wheel power disc, quick ratio steering, upgrade suspension with watts link in the rear, 16-17” tires, cage, shocktower reinforcements, etc etc. I’m not sure what all options are out there yet for the big bodies but this is the goal. I want the car to handle and stop/steer first and foremost. Once that’s done I’ll start on engine/trans, etc.
- Has anyone else gone this route or does anyone have a car they use compete in similar events? Are there any good info sources for setting up these cars like what exist for the 69-70 Boss cars?
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