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Mustang 360 71-73 Spotter's Guide - Bill73Ragtop - 12-13-2018

Mustang 360 - Mustang Monthly website posted the 71-73 Spotter's Guide

http://www.mustangandfords.com/features/1812-1971-1973-mustang-spotters-guide/

For the most part, its relatively accurate, but there are some mistakes.  It's nice to see the 71-73 years sharing the stage with the previous 'Spotter's Guides'.

Some of the pics show some really attractive exterior/interior combinations.  I'm thinking the pic below is a rare (but well known) 71 SCJ Coupe

[Image: 001-1971-73-mustang-spottersguide-heasley.jpg]


RE: Mustang 360 71-73 Spotter's Guide - 73pony - 12-13-2018

Nice article. I also enjoyed the article below it on the Norris Ford Drag car.


RE: Mustang 360 71-73 Spotter's Guide - Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs - 12-13-2018

In my quick scan of the pics the white steering wheel with white pad they say 71? Never a white that I know of and 71 should have been the round pad in center?
There was also a 71 or 72, power window switches at least that year, it had a 73 leather wrapped steering wheel.
The statement about only rubber bumper on Mach 1 in 71 & 72 is not totally right. If you ordered non factory color you chrome bumper.
Good they at least tried.


RE: Mustang 360 71-73 Spotter's Guide - Hemikiller - 12-13-2018

(12-13-2018, 12:20 PM)Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs Wrote: In my quick scan of the pics the white steering wheel with white pad they say 71? Never a white that I know of and 71 should have been the round pad in center?
There was also a 71 or 72, power window switches at least that year, it had a 73 leather wrapped steering wheel.
The statement about only rubber bumper on Mach 1 in 71 & 72 is not totally right. If you ordered non factory color you chrome bumper.
Good they at least tried.

Considering what a trainwreck that website is, this is actually pretty good for them. 

Yeah, no white pad or wheel. They do mention the deluxe two spoke as an option for 71.


RE: Mustang 360 71-73 Spotter's Guide - Boss1Ray - 12-13-2018

Not a bad article.

I caught a few mistakes.  

Of course this car should not have side stripes.

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And this car is a poor representation for an original Grandé.  No stripes, spoilers or Magnums on a Grandé.


RE: Mustang 360 71-73 Spotter's Guide - jeff8877 - 12-13-2018

Good article and nice to see our cars being written about...some nice looking cars also.

One other thing I saw was the comment related to the Rimblow steering wheels which said..."1971 and 1972 had an optional three-spoke steering wheel". That is correct, but was also available on 1973's.


RE: Mustang 360 71-73 Spotter's Guide - 7173Vert - 12-13-2018

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There should not be dual exhaust cut outs on this '71 429 CJ vert, turn downs only... This car was just purchased by a guy in the Detroit area. It is a 4-spd car and a "C" Code engine. the only one in existence... Someone added the hood black out and the chrome lock downs on the hood. A car this nice probably should have been left factory original IMO...


RE: Mustang 360 71-73 Spotter's Guide - Mister 4x4 - 12-14-2018

I agree that it's not a bad article, per se.  However, a lot of the pictures included don't make sense and some of the information isn't quite right. 

For instance, almost none of the cars with hockey stripes came that way from the factory - the non-Boss cars all have the lower bright trim AND the hockey stripes, indicating the stripes were added by the owner, and not as a factory option.  Subtle difference, but drives me nuts - I have just enough 'purist' in me that I hate seeing the stripes AND lower bright trim on the same car.

The standard 2-spoke steering wheel in '71 looks just like the deluxe wheel that's also billed as optional in the next pic.  So which is it?  Deluxe wheel is standard or optional in '71? (as in, they should've gotten a pic of an actual 2-spoke wheel, rather than just go with a different deluxe wheel pic)

I would've been nice to show some more subtle differences, as in the differences in the standard and deluxe door panels, dash trim, and seat upholstery.  Also, show the different center consoles, gauge packages, rims/wheel coverings, and explain the spoilers/no spoilers situation (as in, not all '71-'73s are fully loaded Mach 1s with every cool option thrown at them)

Ray's right - that's not a good example of a Grandé. 

I wish that some of these self-proclaimed Mustang experts (who are famous for trashing '71-'73s, BTW) would consider consulting our experts here for the right information... rather than consistently putting out the wrong stuff.  And Jerry Heasely is someone I think I might actually have some respect for (since he seems to be the only one ever writing anything positive about '71-'73s over at MM).

I think I would've also led off with either the Boss 351/Mach 1 pic, the '72 Sprint, that yellow '71 Mach 1, or either of those early green 'verts (the '73 green 'vert pic is too busy, however).


RE: Mustang 360 71-73 Spotter's Guide - Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs - 12-15-2018

Heasely wanted to do a barn find article on my Mach 1 but I never sent him the pics or write up.
No one person knows everything about mustang.


RE: Mustang 360 71-73 Spotter's Guide - Ron Tanzi - 12-18-2018

They were incorrect in stating that the pop open gas cap was a 71 only option. Pop open gas caps were available on early production 1972 models.