Remington's 71 Mach 1 Project

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Ok, I'm finally doing it. I've been meaning to make a Project Build thread for a while so that I can document/showcase the work I have done to my car. I really value to help and positive feedback I have seen on other project threads that I have read. I am so grateful for the help I have received from the members of this forum and hope to be able to give back to our community of mustang owners as I continue to learn about these cars.

As I said in my intro, I was given this car by my late father-in-law just a couple months before he passed. 03/10/16. I've always wanted a classic car that I could "soup up" and hot rod around town but I've never owned one and definitely haven't rebuilt one from the ground up. So this is all new to me. When I was given the car, knowing the prognosis of my father-in-law, I knew this was my opportunity to make this car everything my father-in-law wished the car could be plus some. The research I did trying to learn about this car lead me to this forum. My mind was blown when I found this place. I was like "holy mess! This is a whole site dedicated to my car!!" The countless hours I spent reading dozens of different threads gave me the confidence I needed to start hacking away my rusty mustang. Since April of last year, I have:

-cut out and replaced both floor pans and extensions.

-replaced a whole "A" pillar.

-cut off my roof and replaced the support braces.

-removed and replaced the cowl

-tubed out the wheel wells

This build will definitely be a resto-mod project. I do not plan on returning this car to factory specs. Although the car will remain to look like a 71 mach 1 mustang, there be some major upgrades done to this vehicle. I will post pictures below to catch you up to where I am now. I look forward to sharing my progress!

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Nice work so far.

What's the plan with the drivetrain?

 

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Nice work so far.

What's the plan with the drivetrain?
I'm thinking a 408 stroker in front of a T56 magnum. 3.50 or 3.73 rear gears. Not 100% on any of that yet.

 

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Sweet. You will need the big meats out back to get that power down. I like the wheel tubs they turned out nice.

 

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Awesome! Looks like I might have some competition in the 'rustiest pile to start with' category. rofl

Nice work! ::thumb::

 

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Awesome! Looks like I might have some competition in the 'rustiest pile to start with' category. rofl

Nice work! ::thumb::
Haha I don't know, man.. I didn't have to replace my entire front clip. :whistling:

 
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I am Currently restomoding a 71 Fastback. I designed a wide-body kit for the rear of the car and a more aggressive front nose. The back of the car is 6 inches wider than stock to accommodate the 315 on 12 inch rims.
Looks like the car lucked out having you as it's owner. New lease on life. Really coming along with the new steel. Welcome.

 

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A amazing amount work in a short time! Nice job. Keep the progress pics coming.

 

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Nice progress pics! I really like the dash mods. Ryan

 

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I need to find a donor car and just bring you my var to weld on a new front clip. LOL Looks good so far, wish I had the time, tools and knowledge.

 

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I need to find a donor car and just bring you my var to weld on a new front clip.  LOL Looks good so far, wish I had the time, tools and knowledge.
I think these kinds of projects are really scary to think about doing. It's like the fear of the unknown. But once you do eventually get started it's like.. "oh, this isn't too bad if you take your time and do the research." I didn't really have a choice in the matter. The car was already rotting and undrivable so I had to start somewhere and I knew I couldn't hurt the car any worse than it already was. I had zero knowledge going into this project. I have never built a car before or even owned a mustang but thanks to the knowledge that is in this forum I have learned a ton and have been able to make quality repairs. It does take a lot of time and a few tools but hey, these cars aren't getting any younger and someone has to do the work to give these cars a new life..

 

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As I've said many times the fear is usually worse than the reality. Take it a chunk at a time. Nice work. My favorite dash 69,70 .

 

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I replaced the pin and bushings in all my door hinges and man, what a difference that makes. The doors and have no more sag in them and they no longer have that tired whine to them as you open the door. It was a very easy repair. To keep from messing up your door alignment, I found that its easier to leave the door on and latched remove your front fenders to get access to the hinges. Remove only one hinge at a time. Replace the pin and bushings in that hinge then bolt it back to the car right where it was when you took it off, then remove the next one. I used a soapstone marker to outline the hinges to make sure I put them back in the exact same place. I wouldn't take the door off unless you had some other repair you had to do. Trying to get the door realigned by yourself is not easy!

Here is a link on how to rebuild the hinges: 











 
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