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Why Only "3%"???!!!
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Helllo Fellow Enthusiasts; If 71-73 Mach 1's were "Performance Cars"?!....Why are ONLY 3% Manual transmission ordered cars???!!!....I would NEVER own an automatic "Performance Car"!!!!...Were there that many "Girlie Men" in the early 70's!!!!....REAL MEN NEED 3 pedals!!!!!.....Mark
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mine will get a swap for a 3rd pedal soon

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88 Suburban 4x4 355 cid 8 inch lift: sold, 95 Celica 5 speed : sold
68 F750 391 cid : sold,  96 F350 7.3 diesel dually : sold
86 Chevy 1500 305 cid c1500: sold, 73 Mustang mach 1 466 cid 5 speed : under construction
89 F350 4x4 cummins swap : sold, 64 Dodge d600: gone
00 Excursion: traded, 72 Mustang mach 1 302: scrapped
73 Mustang coupe: scrapped, 73 ranchero gt
06 Honda crf 450x : sold, 04 Honda vtx 1800
88 Bronco xlt lariat: sold, 76 Charger: traded
95 F350 4x4: sold , 91 Crown Victoria 302: sold
02 Dakota: traded, 96 f250 powerstroke: parts truck
87 f700, 98 e350 powerstroke: sold
03 land rover: traded, 95 f350 dually: part out
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97 f250: sold, 76 Maverick 302: sold
91 240sx rb25: sold, 86 firebird: sold
86 Trans Am: sold, 88 westernstar: sold
89 dodge d350: sold, 2000 Dakota 4x4: sold  
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#3
Mine too. I've already swapped my 302 and C-4 in my '68 for a 393w and a TKO-600. Regardless of engine decision for my '73 Mach-1, I see a TKO in its future.
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#4
I think it was a different time... Automatic was seen as a feature not a "crutch" as some people would describe it now. I mean look at this whole auto parking thing right now everyone's go crazy for it on the focus but who knows what people will think in 40 years.

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Don't be a hater! Wink

Depends on what you are using it for, last time I checked the 1/4 mile guys were all running autos (for consistency)
The Nascar guys run manuals, I am not sure if this is in the rules or not. I can see where they would want the reliability of a manual and a lot of races they stay in 4th gear. Plus there is more power loss in an Auto.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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#6
Back in 'the day', when our cars were being produced and sold, most of the cars were purchased as daily drivers. That meant sometimes the wife or girlfirend would be driving the car. The automatic trans appealed to that other half and helped sell a bunch of cars. -As did other creature comforts like power steering and air conditioning. Anyway - I remember my mom referring to manual transmissions as 'truck transmissions'.
I prefer the manual for best gear control through the corners...

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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73 CJ;130420 Wrote:Helllo Fellow Enthusiasts; If 71-73 Mach 1's were "Performance Cars"?!....Why are ONLY 3% Manual transmission ordered cars???!!!....I would NEVER own an automatic "Performance Car"!!!!...Were there that many "Girlie Men" in the early 70's!!!!....REAL MEN NEED 3 pedals!!!!!.....Mark

I can't speak for 71-72, but when I was looking at the "options" for my car (1973 Mustang Mach 1 H code) the Automatic Transmission was a STANDARD option, I don't know that it could be ordered as a manual (This being a 351-2V) I think only the Q Code for this year could come with a manual gearbox. Might explain why there are so few manuals!

Personally, my daily driver is a 6 spd, and there are days when I wish it was an automatic (specifically the ones where I'm stuck in LA bumper-to-bumper traffic) so having the 73 be automatic is what I wanted, something that I can just cruise in!

2013 Ford Focus SE Flex Fuel 5spd - Daily Driver
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Sumit;130447 Wrote:I think it was a different time... Automatic was seen as a feature not a "crutch" as some people would describe it now. I mean look at this whole auto parking thing right now everyone's go crazy for it on the focus but who knows what people will think in 40 years.

Yep it was different times. Automatics were considered "cool" and where in. They were an expensive option.

Jim

M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear
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if you look at the Marti reports, its called "SelectShift Cruise-O-matic"
and if you read the sales brochures, you can select the gears you like, or use it as an automatic.

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#10
An automatic will produce quicker ET's in a straight line race than a standard (or that's what my race buds say). As for myself, I prefer a standard for crusin around town, but when it comes to long drives, or dragging...I want an automatic. And the older I get the better I like an automatic
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