- Jul 3, 2015
- Reaction score
- Bradenton, FL
- My Car
- 1973 Mustang Grande, 351C, FMX, coming out of 20 year sleep.
Hello all. I just picked up a 1973 Mustang Grande and am going to try to restore it. My father bought this car about 20 years ago hoping to restore it and it ended up sitting in the garage untouched ever since. It's taken me three years, but I finally convinced him to let me scrap it. In reality, I took it to a friend's house to restore it for his birthday this November. First thing I've done is put in new points and see if it'll try to fire. It did, but not on all cylinders. He bought this car knowing absolutely nothing about it. I took the carburetor off of my truck and I had the thing running for a few minutes. The engine is quiet, but doesn't run on all cylinders. It has a bent pushrod from a stuck valve, blown head gasket, rusted out freeze plugs, and I don't know what else yet because I found it to be running on only four holes. Compression checked out on all but the stuck valve cylinder (that's how I found it) but seem low to me, but not enough to not run. The floor is rusted out as is the roof because of the vinyl top it used to have. This is going to be an adventure for me and I know it'll be the best surprise I could give him. Unfortunately, with a recent job loss, it's going to be hard. I'm looking for a new job daily, and have a couple that seem promising, but I don't know. Although I doubt that anything will come of it, but I have opened up a "go fund me" account in hopes to get some money to help me out with the old girl. I always wanted it to be a father/son project, but because he never has the time for the car, or the money for the car, I've taken it upon myself to get it going for him to say thank you for all that he's done for me over the years. If anyone would like to help the account is at gofundme.com/yhsre4v She's not much yet, but I want to make this a really nice car and make it so it can be a reliable daily driver since this is my father's dream car. Most of the pictures are on my phone, but I'll get uploaded what I can as soon as I can find the cord for it.