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Doug's 73 Mach1

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If you have Ram Air there should be vacuum actuated flappers behind the scoops. If not Ram Air, there should be block off plastic fake grills installed. These fake grills have a honey comb pattern on the face.
 
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My car doesn't have the functional ram air or the block off things either Bjørn, the ram air kit is on my list of cool things to do to the car.:)
Hi Jason, thank's for your reply. I started out with two Mustang bought and imported "at random" by someone that I thought was a friend of mine - it was a 70' Calypso coral 351 V2 Grande, and a wimbledon white 69 302 coupe with drumbrakes and no servo. To be honest I did not like them on the road. So they are sold now, and I tryed my luck with the Green goblin - it's rather ok, but the it fast became a bit forgotten.
This summer I came upon a wery nice 72 (by coincidense) The guy who owend it started it and took off - sounded NICE - he then gawe it some throttle - sounded even nicer, an away he was. At that time I dint know it, but I had just lost my heart to the Mach 1.
I actually started to "read all about it" Found one two weeks ago, drowe about 25 yards and was hooked. Love the way it looks, drives and the sound of that 351 V4.

Every man with respect for himself, owns a red 351 fastback.
Citat: Peter Sondrup.
 

Bobby

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Are they just supposed to be open?
Bjørn
Several US vendors sell reproduction RAM Air systems that include the plenum that have the vacuum flappers built in and the air cleaner assembly with the foam gasket and finally the vacuum lines. Problem with the air cleaner assembly is that you will have to paint it and find all the parts to complete it out. The hardest to find is the bi-metallic valve that clips on the bottom of the air cleaner and the vacuum lines connect from there to the manifold vacuum tree. Let me know if you would like an itemized list of what you'll need plus a vacuum diagram.
 

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A quick photo for reference.
 

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Hi Jason, thank's for your reply. I started out with two Mustang bought and imported "at random" by someone that I thought was a friend of mine - it was a 70' Calypso coral 351 V2 Grande, and a wimbledon white 69 302 coupe with drumbrakes and no servo. To be honest I did not like them on the road.
The thing about driving any of these old cars is maintenance. If the car has been conscientiously maintained - and by that I mean every part of the car, not just oil changes. Things like suspension and steering linkage bushings and ball joints replaced when worn or old, gearshift linkage bushes refreshed when needed, shocks, tuneups, alignments, gearbox and rear end fluid changes, replacing tired springs, can make a HUGE difference in how the car feels. I got my own car when it was 9 years old and had been sitting for a summer. I didn't do any of that maintenance when I got it (college student, yadda yadda), so I still don't think I have actually driven a 1971 Mustang. At least not one in the condition Ford intended. My point is, if a "car" doesn't feel right, it's probably not the "car" but the old and failing/failed parts in the car that need to be addressed.

A tangent to this is the claims of all of the "engineering improvements" you can buy. The sellers always seem to compare their new and improved parts to tired old parts. They never seem to put a car right, take measurements, apply their changes and then retake the measurements.

Anybody want the soapbox? I'm done now.
 
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