Ed's 1971 Mach 1 Full Restoration

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parforever

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I'm in my 20th month of restoring an all matching Mach 1 that I purchased on 22 Sep 12. As I worked on the car the more I found wrong with it the more I started leaning doing it all. Before I knew it I was all the way to the frame. My intentions were not to fully restore but I changed my mind as I wanted to do it right. Everything is new or was restored in my garage. All wiring is brand new also. Lot's of metal has been replaced to include: Hood, cowl, front inner fenders, front fenders, radiator support, rear quarter panels, rear inner and outer wheel housing, rear tail panel, trunk panel and floor pans. Its out getting painted as we speak, today it received its final block sand and 4th and final coat of primer and will get 2 coats of sealant and then 3 base coats of paint and 3 clear coats. Looking forward to getting it back in a few weeks and putting the final touches on it. We did all the work except the metal works and now the painting. This project doesn't happen without this forum cause I asked a lot of questions and searched a lot of answers. I also had some awesome help from a few friends. I will post when it gets back home and I finish the inside.

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Fantastic documentation and workmanship...

That looks like a concours restore .... Amazing job...did you put a kit in the fmx?

 

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So, I'm confused. Are you going to a blue interior from a black interior... or?

 

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First, this Mach 1 had what I would say a very poor attempt of making it look good (you know, spray bomb the dash, reupholster seats and not replace cushions, sh** rig the wiring and the list goes on. I wanted to make concourse as best as I could. To the keen eye you will see about 4 things that are not...but that was my choice not that I didn't know. I did not put a kit in the FMX, had the darn thing open 3 times so probably should have...just had some issues with leaks and the kickdown and I might add we fixed them all :) This car was originally medium blue metallic on the outside and had blue interior...so its going back to the way it was day one...but better.

 

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Wow, you accomplished a lot in 20 months.

 

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Yea, didn't take too many nights off the last year in a half. I have a problem when I start something I'm all in...besides I think my wife likes me in the garage. The standing joke is now "what is Dad going to do with his time?" :D

 

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Absolutely AWESOME...that is going to be one nice car. Thanks for sharing all the pics.

 

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Thank you for posting this. All the detailed photos are really helpful.

But damn that thing is looking fresh now, you should be seriously proud of the work you did because it looks top notch.

I just started tearing mine apart so I look at your build and see what mine could be. I'll have to post some new pics in my build thread when I get time.

 
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Great pics of the progress

 

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This is pretty awesome work

This ready helps keep the inspiration up on my car

 

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Hood, Fenders and Doors are now painted. They will get wet sanded and buffed next week and the body will also get painted next week. The exciting part :)

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I love that blue, great work and thank you for the pictures!

 

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Looks real nice, can't wait to paint mine.

 

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