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Melbourne, FL
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73 Grande, 351C
Hi Everyone,
I joined in 2019 and have been enjoying reading all the posts. A lot of great tips, stories and problem solving! I first got hooked on Mustangs when I was 7 and saw my first one in 1964 when they started rolling out. Dad got our first Stang in 1972, a 1967 A-code convertible. Learned to drive in that car and he let me rebuild the engine after a semester in auto shop class. At 18, I bought my first Mustang; a 68 fastback S-code 4 speed for $450. Imagine that! Rebuilt the engine, new paint, brakes and interior and sold it for $1400. Thought I made a fortune. Took the money and bought a 69 Mach1 which took me through college. Have also had two 66 C-code coupes. One I got for free in 1977. It needed an engine rebuild and that's it. Those were the days. Lots of muscle cars around back then for less than $3000, but when you're making $2.25 an hour part time, that was major bucks. Fast forward to 2015, I missed working on a Mustang, so I bought my post mid-life crisis car, a 1973 Grande. Got it from a broker in Michigan and learned my lesson by not having it inspected before purchase. It is a nice 20-footer but needed quite a bit of work. The 351C had gone through a speed shop which doubled the horsepower. I miss shifting gears, so I have assembled all the components for a top loader swap and will bump up the rear end to 3:50. I've already installed the clutch pedal assembly. The car is pretty well optioned with tilt wheel, power windows, A/C, AM/FM, rear window defroster & gauge package. So far, I've replaced the front end, rebuilt the doors, rebuilt the steering column, new fuel line, and a boat load of new miscellaneous parts. Still have a way to go but having fun doing it. I'm sure I'll be hitting the group up for some help. I may be able to offer a tip or two of my own after what I've learned on this car. Here's some pics of the old days and of my latest ride. There is a 1979 group pic of my 69, my buddy's Mach 1, his girlfriend's 72 Mach 1 and his sister's 73 Grande.66 Mustang.jpg 68 Pre-paint.jpg 68 GT.jpg 68 390.jpg 68 Interior.jpg 69 Mach1.jpg Mustang Group.jpg 73 Grande Engine.jpg 73 Grande Interior.jpg 73 Grande.jpg
 
Joined
Dec 29, 2011
Messages
618
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105
Location
Birmingham, AL
Hi Everyone,
I joined in 2019 and have been enjoying reading all the posts. A lot of great tips, stories and problem solving! I first got hooked on Mustangs when I was 7 and saw my first one in 1964 when they started rolling out. Dad got our first Stang in 1972, a 1967 A-code convertible. Learned to drive in that car and he let me rebuild the engine after a semester in auto shop class. At 18, I bought my first Mustang; a 68 fastback S-code 4 speed for $450. Imagine that! Rebuilt the engine, new paint, brakes and interior and sold it for $1400. Thought I made a fortune. Took the money and bought a 69 Mach1 which took me through college. Have also had two 66 C-code coupes. One I got for free in 1977. It needed an engine rebuild and that's it. Those were the days. Lots of muscle cars around back then for less than $3000, but when you're making $2.25 an hour part time, that was major bucks. Fast forward to 2015, I missed working on a Mustang, so I bought my post mid-life crisis car, a 1973 Grande. Got it from a broker in Michigan and learned my lesson by not having it inspected before purchase. It is a nice 20-footer but needed quite a bit of work. The 351C had gone through a speed shop which doubled the horsepower. I miss shifting gears, so I have assembled all the components for a top loader swap and will bump up the rear end to 3:50. I've already installed the clutch pedal assembly. The car is pretty well optioned with tilt wheel, power windows, A/C, AM/FM, rear window defroster & gauge package. So far, I've replaced the front end, rebuilt the doors, rebuilt the steering column, new fuel line, and a boat load of new miscellaneous parts. Still have a way to go but having fun doing it. I'm sure I'll be hitting the group up for some help. I may be able to offer a tip or two of my own after what I've learned on this car. Here's some pics of the old days and of my latest ride. There is a 1979 group pic of my 69, my buddy's Mach 1, his girlfriend's 72 Mach 1 and his sister's 73 Grande.View attachment 65148 View attachment 65150 View attachment 65159 View attachment 65151 View attachment 65160 View attachment 65153 View attachment 65154 View attachment 65156 View attachment 65158 View attachment 65157
Welcome from Birmingham Alabama! I love those old pictures and that story!
 
Joined
May 22, 2022
Messages
23
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27
My Car
1973 Mustang Convertible
Hi Everyone,
I joined in 2019 and have been enjoying reading all the posts. A lot of great tips, stories and problem solving! I first got hooked on Mustangs when I was 7 and saw my first one in 1964 when they started rolling out. Dad got our first Stang in 1972, a 1967 A-code convertible. Learned to drive in that car and he let me rebuild the engine after a semester in auto shop class. At 18, I bought my first Mustang; a 68 fastback S-code 4 speed for $450. Imagine that! Rebuilt the engine, new paint, brakes and interior and sold it for $1400. Thought I made a fortune. Took the money and bought a 69 Mach1 which took me through college. Have also had two 66 C-code coupes. One I got for free in 1977. It needed an engine rebuild and that's it. Those were the days. Lots of muscle cars around back then for less than $3000, but when you're making $2.25 an hour part time, that was major bucks. Fast forward to 2015, I missed working on a Mustang, so I bought my post mid-life crisis car, a 1973 Grande. Got it from a broker in Michigan and learned my lesson by not having it inspected before purchase. It is a nice 20-footer but needed quite a bit of work. The 351C had gone through a speed shop which doubled the horsepower. I miss shifting gears, so I have assembled all the components for a top loader swap and will bump up the rear end to 3:50. I've already installed the clutch pedal assembly. The car is pretty well optioned with tilt wheel, power windows, A/C, AM/FM, rear window defroster & gauge package. So far, I've replaced the front end, rebuilt the doors, rebuilt the steering column, new fuel line, and a boat load of new miscellaneous parts. Still have a way to go but having fun doing it. I'm sure I'll be hitting the group up for some help. I may be able to offer a tip or two of my own after what I've learned on this car. Here's some pics of the old days and of my latest ride. There is a 1979 group pic of my 69, my buddy's Mach 1, his girlfriend's 72 Mach 1 and his sister's 73 Grande.View attachment 65148 View attachment 65150 View attachment 65159 View attachment 65151 View attachment 65160 View attachment 65153 View attachment 65154 View attachment 65156 View attachment 65158 View attachment 65157
Welcome from Reno, Nevada!
 
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