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Riverbum

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After 38 years, I'm finally back in a 71 Mach1. I bought a 71 Mach1 from my neighbor in 1982 when I was 16. I thought it was old back then. Sold it in 85 because I wanted a new Mustang GT, and finally decided to start looking for another one a few years ago. Didn't realize they had become so popular and pricey. Finally found another 71 M-Code/Auto a couple months ago and it needs lots of attention. It has a 429/460, and I plan to keep it instead of going back to a 351. I'm going to patch it up and enjoy it till I find a good, clean, rust free 71 in much better condition. mach11.jpg
 

Riverbum

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There's a lot to do just to get it streetable. The floors have been poorly patched and booger welded. The package tray was butchered. The panel alignments are bad. Someone stuck a rear spoiler on the back off a later model car and didn't even center it. The wiring has been butchered, and everything inside and outside had been disassembled and most nuts and bolts were lost.

That being said, I'll make it a driver and make Hotrod Power Tour next year. I'm not going for exterior cosmetics, but maybe more of a Roadkill look. It will be mechanically sound.

I did what every guy does when I got it. I bought new wheels and tires. That is motivation 🤣


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1971 Mustang Mach 1 351c FMX trans and 9 inch rear end
There's a lot to do just to get it streetable. The floors have been poorly patched and booger welded. The package tray was butchered. The panel alignments are bad. Someone stuck a rear spoiler on the back off a later model car and didn't even center it. The wiring has been butchered, and everything inside and outside had been disassembled and most nuts and bolts were lost.

That being said, I'll make it a driver and make Hotrod Power Tour next year. I'm not going for exterior cosmetics, but maybe more of a Roadkill look. It will be mechanically sound.

I did what every guy does when I got it. I bought new wheels and tires. That is motivation 🤣


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Sweet! Nothing makes an appearance change like new rims and tires, and those are awesome! I love the Roadkill reference, to quote Freiburger, you don't have to make it right, just make it run
 

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72 Mustang Q-code
Welcome and congrats on your Mach! It looks like you have your work cut out for you but then that comes with the hobby. The HRPT is a nice goal. Keep us posted on your progress.
 
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My all time favorite vehicle is our 1969 Shelby GT500
After 38 years, I'm finally back in a 71 Mach1. I bought a 71 Mach1 from my neighbor in 1982 when I was 16. I thought it was old back then. Sold it in 85 because I wanted a new Mustang GT, and finally decided to start looking for another one a few years ago. Didn't realize they had become so popular and pricey. Finally found another 71 M-Code/Auto a couple months ago and it needs lots of attention. It has a 429/460, and I plan to keep it instead of going back to a 351. I'm going to patch it up and enjoy it till I find a good, clean, rust free 71 in much better condition. View attachment 67689
I feel your joy. I dropped out of the pony car scene back in 1976, when "life happened," as in got married, had kids, there was a huge priority shift - and age old tale of woe when it comes to having to put away those things we enjoyed so much in an effort to become responsible. In my case, I "kind of" dropped out in late 1976. Than in 1978 I almost came back in by purchasing a 1978 Cougar XR-7. It was not the kind of asphalt shredding pony car that I had before /(1969 Mach 1, not stock, very fast). And later in about 1992 I owned a Mark VI LSC that was a kind of grown up pony car for folks like me that enjoyed the pony car look, but wanted a luxury car experience after having achieved a certain level of success. Then in about 1999 I went back underground until 2017 when after retiring I decided to get back into my beloved Pony cars! I did not go too far over the top, but I went further than I had expected to. I ended up getting, with Lynda (wife, and also a Mustang/Shelby Chick), the following vehicles from 2017 - 2019:

1969 Shelby GT500
1973 Mach 1
1973 Mustang Convertible
1997 Honda Del Sol SI
2020 Shelby GT500

We love working on, tinkering with, showing, and driving the cars in our little corral. And, of course, each of those cars has its own special back story.
 

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Riverbum

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71 Mach1
I feel your joy. I dropped out of the pony car scene back in 1976, when "life happened," as in got married, had kids, there was a huge priority shift - and age old tale of woe when it comes to having to put away those things we enjoyed so much in an effort to become responsible. In my case, I "kind of" dropped out in late 1976. Than in 1978 I almost came back in by purchasing a 1978 Cougar XR-7. It was not the kind of asphalt shredding pony car that I had before /(1969 Mach 1, not stock, very fast). And later in about 1992 I owned a Mark VI LSC that was a kind of grown up pony car for folks like me that enjoyed the pony car look, but wanted a luxury car experience after having achieved a certain level of success. Then in about 1999 I went back underground until 2017 when after retiring I decided to get back into my beloved Pony cars! I did not go too far over the top, but I went further than I had expected to. I ended up getting, with Lynda (wife, and also a Mustang/Shelby Chick), the following vehicles from 2017 - 2019:

1969 Shelby GT500
1973 Mach 1
1973 Mustang Convertible
1997 Honda Del Sol SI
2020 Shelby GT500

We love working on, tinkering with, showing, and driving the cars in our little corral. And, of course, each of those cars has its own special back story.
I didn't get out of building cars in 85, I just shifted my focus to a 67 fastback I had tucked away in the shop. I was also starting to build for other people, to finance building a 65 pro street Comet I had as well. What burned me out was trying to collect money from people, and this was just a side job, and never really having time to work on my own projects.

After an early mid life crisis, and moving to North Carolina to be a whitewater raft guide and musician for six years, I moved back home and decided to tinker around a little. I bought and sold several till I found my 79 Bronco and 71.

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