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jctodd66

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Caddo Mill, Texas
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1973 Mach 1
177HP, 351-2V, V8
Factory A/C
Factory Power Brakes
C6, Automatic
2.75:1
Medium Bright Yellow
High Back Bucket, Black Vinyl
I bought this H code Mach 1 back in 1986. I'm the third owner. I bought it from a friend of my Dad's.
I went into the Air Force shortly after buying it, then college, kids and 2 marriages later I'm finally getting this baby out of storage and on the road to recovery.

Having been stored for, uh what is it, 36 years at my parents. I've got my work cut out for me.

This is my first post to this group. I ran across this group doing some research. There is a lot of information in this forum.
Thank you all for the information you share here for others to be able to use.

I realize that there is another member named Chuck in the forum, so I'll use my last initial.

-Chuck T.
 

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SW Ontario
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1971 Mustang Mach 1, M code, 4 speed.
Well hello from SW Ontario, Canada.
Nice story and looks like a nice car to get back on the road.
If you can't find the info you need on this forum, you likely won't find it anywhere else when it comes to 71-73's.
 

Sheriff41

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72 Mustang Q-code
Howdy and welcome from San Antonio! Great story and a nice looking Mach! I had a bright yellow '73 Mach 1 that I sold in 1986 in Sacremento.
 
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73 Grande will undergo three phase build process. Phase 1 is to make roadworthy. Phase 2 is interior/exterior restoration. Phase 3 is ++ performance.
Well I never thought I’d see someone from Caddo Mills on this site, so welcome. I lived in CM in the late 1970’s, had my 1971 429SCJ Stang when I lived there, but moved back to So Cal in 1980. My brother is the city manager. Looks like a great project. Hope you start a build thread so we can all follow along.

I make several trips each year to CM to see my parents, I hope to see your progress then. Steve
 

MooseStang

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72 Q-code Vert
72 L-code Vert
Hi and welcome from The Woodlands. I purchased my Q code vert a little north of you in Sherman.
 

Lazarus

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1973 Mustang Convertible 302
1972 Mustang Convertible 351-2V/TKO600
Welcome from NC! Glad to have you; looks like a great car to restore.
 
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Arkansas
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1972 Ford Mustang Convertible
I bought this H code Mach 1 back in 1986. I'm the third owner. I bought it from a friend of my Dad's.
I went into the Air Force shortly after buying it, then college, kids and 2 marriages later I'm finally getting this baby out of storage and on the road to recovery.

Having been stored for, uh what is it, 36 years at my parents. I've got my work cut out for me.

This is my first post to this group. I ran across this group doing some research. There is a lot of information in this forum.
Thank you all for the information you share here for others to be able to use.

I realize that there is another member named Chuck in the forum, so I'll use my last initial.

-Chuck T.
Wish you the best of luck and skill! My 72 Convertible was a Texas car too. My Mom bought it for my sister in the early 80s at Dallas Mustang Parts. It plied The Dallas streets for many years in the Lake Highlands area. It's almost done with a full restoration here in Arkansas.
 
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Pittsford, NY
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My all time favorite vehicle is our 1969 Shelby GT500
Welcome, from Western Upstate NY (Pittsford, a suburb of Rochester)! That is a nice looking 73 Mustang! We have two 73 Mustangs, a Mach 1 that has been deeply restored as a really nice RestoMod, and a Convertible that had been barn stored for over 40 years. If, while you are bringing your Mustang "back to life," you need any photos of our Mustangs to get some assembly details just let me know. I also have a lot of very detailed, and accurate, colored wiring schematics, as well as a plethora of engine/emission control vacuum schematics. If you prefer to get your own schematics, as opposed to depending on me to provide what you need from time to time, my GoTo is Forel Publications. They have a lot of manuals for 1973 Mustangs in PDF file format, and they are very reasonably priced. But, please be aware, in a few of their schematics they have some errors (albeit fairly minor, errors none-the-less), and the engine vacuum schematics in Volume VI of their ShopManual do not include schematics for the 351C engines with a 4v carburetor. I found those missing schematics from a different source, and embedded them into their PDF file. Many of their schematic PDF files are password protected, so you may find it hard to extract certain parts of their information, or even do partial ScreenShots, while preserving the clarity of the information. I found some software that removed the password limitations, not so I can make full copies of their works and sell it to others, but rather so I can make snippets of partial information and make corrections to their document content. Regardless of the few errors and omissions I have found, their documentation is really quite good and in my opinion well worth the price to have the manuals on file. Their web site is:
https://www.forelpublishing.com/clickbank/index.html

Following is a link to video comprised of a series of progress photos of our 73 Mach 1 that we took and placed in a video file for viewing:


Following is a link showing a walk-around video of our 73 Mach 1 on its final day of a 13 1/2 month restoration:
https://youtu.be/_Fl0B-qmlLI

And attached are some photos of our 73 Convertible. Both Mustangs have had some similar work done to them, mostly just us upgrading them to help them be more comfortable for cruising for a while. These are the things we did in common to both Mustangs:

  • Installed Classic Air A/C (both were non0A/C cars originally)
  • Replaced their idiot light laden instrument panels with Dakota VHX analog gauge panels
  • Installed Halogen headlights, with the FoMoCo branding
  • Installed a headlight relay circuit to keep the higher current needed for the Halogen lights from over-taxing the headlight switch's internal circuit breaker
  • Replaced their mechanical fan cooling systems with dual electric fan cooling systems
  • Replaced their brass radiators with a set of Champion 3 row Aluminum radiators with matching shrouds the electric fans are mounted to
  • Installed a variable temp thermal control for the electric fan relay circuit
  • Rebuilt their alternators and replaced the rotor assemblies with a higher capacity output rotors
  • Installed full length ACP center consoles
  • Installed WebCams
  • Replaced the incandescent rear taillight bulbs with a set of LED panels that provide sequential flashers without requiring a switch 12 volt circuit to be run to the panels
  • Installed a Garmin Street 52 GPS display, including wireless video transmission from two cameras (front and rear)

For the 73 vert the engine, transmission, and rear axle are stock (302 2v, C4 tranny, 2,79:1 rear axle ratio gears). But we dit the following additional change to the 73 Convertible:
  • Added a front spoiler to give it some more edge visually

For the 73 Mach 1 everything listed above was done by us, plus we replaced the C4 three speed automatic transmission with a 4 speed AOD unit, which allowed the engine RPM in top gear at 60 MPH to from just under 2,900 RPM to just under 1,900 RPM. And with the torque and HP from its engine it is able to overcome the high air resistance at its upper speed very nicely. The gearing with the AOD and its rear axle ration gives us the best of both worlds with really nice low end performance, while retaining some high end performance as well. If you are interested in the APD transplant let me know. I have the entire process on video, and also have several files that identify the various vendors and parts we used for that project.


For the 73 Mach 1 the prior owner did the following work:
  • Replaced the original 302 2v engine with a street/strip built 351W (not C), providing 360HP on a dyno
  • Replaced the original 2.79:1 rear axle gear set with a 3.5:1 TractionLok rear axle gear set
The 73 Mach 1 already had a Front Spoiler when we purchased it. We also did the following to the Mach 1:
  • Added a Rear Spoiler Wing
  • Added a Rear Window Louver Slat kit
  • Added a Dzus hood hold down kit

We enjoy both the 73 Mustangs nearly equally, but for different reasons. It is a blast having them both.
 

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jctodd66

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Location
Caddo Mill, Texas
My Car
1973 Mach 1
177HP, 351-2V, V8
Factory A/C
Factory Power Brakes
C6, Automatic
2.75:1
Medium Bright Yellow
High Back Bucket, Black Vinyl
Welcome, from Western Upstate NY (Pittsford, a suburb of Rochester)! That is a nice looking 73 Mustang! We have two 73 Mustangs, a Mach 1 that has been deeply restored as a really nice RestoMod, and a Convertible that had been barn stored for over 40 years. If, while you are bringing your Mustang "back to life," you need any photos of our Mustangs to get some assembly details just let me know. I also have a lot of very detailed, and accurate, colored wiring schematics, as well as a plethora of engine/emission control vacuum schematics. If you prefer to get your own schematics, as opposed to depending on me to provide what you need from time to time, my GoTo is Forel Publications. They have a lot of manuals for 1973 Mustangs in PDF file format, and they are very reasonably priced. But, please be aware, in a few of their schematics they have some errors (albeit fairly minor, errors none-the-less), and the engine vacuum schematics in Volume VI of their ShopManual do not include schematics for the 351C engines with a 4v carburetor. I found those missing schematics from a different source, and embedded them into their PDF file. Many of their schematic PDF files are password protected, so you may find it hard to extract certain parts of their information, or even do partial ScreenShots, while preserving the clarity of the information. I found some software that removed the password limitations, not so I can make full copies of their works and sell it to others, but rather so I can make snippets of partial information and make corrections to their document content. Regardless of the few errors and omissions I have found, their documentation is really quite good and in my opinion well worth the price to have the manuals on file. Their web site is:
https://www.forelpublishing.com/clickbank/index.html

Following is a link to video comprised of a series of progress photos of our 73 Mach 1 that we took and placed in a video file for viewing:


Following is a link showing a walk-around video of our 73 Mach 1 on its final day of a 13 1/2 month restoration:
https://youtu.be/_Fl0B-qmlLI

And attached are some photos of our 73 Convertible. Both Mustangs have had some similar work done to them, mostly just us upgrading them to help them be more comfortable for cruising for a while. These are the things we did in common to both Mustangs:

  • Installed Classic Air A/C (both were non0A/C cars originally)
  • Replaced their idiot light laden instrument panels with Dakota VHX analog gauge panels
  • Installed Halogen headlights, with the FoMoCo branding
  • Installed a headlight relay circuit to keep the higher current needed for the Halogen lights from over-taxing the headlight switch's internal circuit breaker
  • Replaced their mechanical fan cooling systems with dual electric fan cooling systems
  • Replaced their brass radiators with a set of Champion 3 row Aluminum radiators with matching shrouds the electric fans are mounted to
  • Installed a variable temp thermal control for the electric fan relay circuit
  • Rebuilt their alternators and replaced the rotor assemblies with a higher capacity output rotors
  • Installed full length ACP center consoles
  • Installed WebCams
  • Replaced the incandescent rear taillight bulbs with a set of LED panels that provide sequential flashers without requiring a switch 12 volt circuit to be run to the panels
  • Installed a Garmin Street 52 GPS display, including wireless video transmission from two cameras (front and rear)

For the 73 vert the engine, transmission, and rear axle are stock (302 2v, C4 tranny, 2,79:1 rear axle ratio gears). But we dit the following additional change to the 73 Convertible:
  • Added a front spoiler to give it some more edge visually

For the 73 Mach 1 everything listed above was done by us, plus we replaced the C4 three speed automatic transmission with a 4 speed AOD unit, which allowed the engine RPM in top gear at 60 MPH to from just under 2,900 RPM to just under 1,900 RPM. And with the torque and HP from its engine it is able to overcome the high air resistance at its upper speed very nicely. The gearing with the AOD and its rear axle ration gives us the best of both worlds with really nice low end performance, while retaining some high end performance as well. If you are interested in the APD transplant let me know. I have the entire process on video, and also have several files that identify the various vendors and parts we used for that project.


For the 73 Mach 1 the prior owner did the following work:
  • Replaced the original 302 2v engine with a street/strip built 351W (not C), providing 360HP on a dyno
  • Replaced the original 2.79:1 rear axle gear set with a 3.5:1 TractionLok rear axle gear set
The 73 Mach 1 already had a Front Spoiler when we purchased it. We also did the following to the Mach 1:
  • Added a Rear Spoiler Wing
  • Added a Rear Window Louver Slat kit
  • Added a Dzus hood hold down kit

We enjoy both the 73 Mustangs nearly equally, but for different reasons. It is a blast having them both.

Nice work, Nicer Cars. I'll take any help I can get. Thanks, I'll keep you in mind.

I already subscribe to your youTube Channel.

 

71 gbvert

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Bought it in 1986. Base model convertible with a 302 3spd.
Welcome from Illinois! Great story, and great looking car.
 
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