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71 Mach 1, tell me what to do.
#1
Hey guys, I just stumbled into a lovely 71 mustang mach 1. It's got the 351 2v with the FMX transmission. The body is already mostly restored.

There's a lot of information on this board, but after a few days of digging, I'm overwhelmed with information.

I mostly use the car for just cruising around town, but I would love to know, what you guys consider essential upgrades? I don't need to race, but I would like to improve the drivability and safety of it. (less like a parade float)

Essentially, if you could complete this sentence:

If I was starting my build all over again, I would do these things first......


The car came with a sony stereo and polk speakers in new locations, so it's pretty much not going to be concours, so I'm just going for a fun car to drive around town. I have AC from classic air on the way and I've already mounted 3 point seat belts. I've ordered LEDs and a new headlight switch to hopefully fix the incredibly dim dash lights and I'm considering LEDs all around for turn signals and brake lights. What next?

Also if anyone knows a good shop that's used to working on classics in the nashville/franklin area I'd appreciate the recommendation.

Thanks!
#2
zaxwax;184057 Wrote:Hey guys, I just stumbled into a lovely 71 mustang mach 1. It's got the 351 2v with the FMX transmission. The body is already mostly restored.

There's a lot of information on this board, but after a few days of digging, I'm overwhelmed with information.

I mostly use the car for just cruising around town, but I would love to know, what you guys consider essential upgrades? I don't need to race, but I would like to improve the drivability and safety of it. (less like a parade float)

Essentially, if you could complete this sentence:

If I was starting my build all over again, I would do these things first......


The car came with a sony stereo and polk speakers in new locations, so it's pretty much not going to be concours, so I'm just going for a fun car to drive around town. I have AC from classic air on the way and I've already mounted 3 point seat belts. I've ordered LEDs and a new headlight switch to hopefully fix the incredibly dim dash lights and I'm considering LEDs all around for turn signals and brake lights. What next?

Also if anyone knows a good shop that's used to working on classics in the nashville/franklin area I'd appreciate the recommendation.

Thanks!

The only shop I know that does high quality work is Taylors Paint and Body in Mt. Juliet.(615)758-8722,address is 301 Liberty Chapel Road. The only problem is they were the engine builders for Bobby Hamilton.....so they are high priced. I went to school with the two Taylor brothers and Bobby Hamilton. So what i'm saying is they are high dollar but do excellent work.


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#3
brakes, steering, suspension. The "float" issue can be improved with a matched set of anti-sway bars and decent shocks. Chuck
#4
c9zx;184072 Wrote:brakes, steering, suspension. The "float" issue can be improved with a matched set of anti-sway bars and decent shocks. Chuck

+1 on brakes, suspension and steering. My suggestion is lift the car, tear all of this out, I mean all of it. Then start with all new components. The brake lines may be the only that is worth keeping, but even then I would just replace it all at once or break it up into 3 sections, one being brake system, one being all suspension, and the last obviously is steering. Trust me on this, I did it as I saw the parts needed replacement, and ended up replacing 95% of it over time... PITA!!!

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- Nik
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71_resurrection;184078 Wrote:
c9zx;184072 Wrote:brakes, steering, suspension. The "float" issue can be improved with a matched set of anti-sway bars and decent shocks. Chuck

+1 on brakes, suspension and steering. My suggestion is lift the car, tear all of this out, I mean all of it. Then start with all new components. The brake lines may be the only that is worth keeping, but even then I would just replace it all at once or break it up into 3 sections, one being brake system, one being all suspension, and the last obviously is steering. Trust me on this, I did it as I saw the parts needed replacement, and ended up replacing 95% of it over time... PITA!!!

Any specific recommendations? From reading through this forum I got Classic air for AC, mustang project for LEDs. I know there's a lot of collective experience that I'm hoping can guide me. Otherwise I'm just looking through the cj pony parts website for hours on end. (which I've been doing). I'm grateful for any advice.
#6
Looks like you have some sound advice already. Enjoy the site and welcome from Australia

He has all the vices I admire and none of the virtues I despise
#7
Have fun!!!!!!

Rick, not Rich or Dick or Richard
#8
Here is where I always go first for parts, new or used http://www.ohiomustang.com . He (Don) is very knowledgeable and honest.

Chuck
#9
Welcome from TriCities WA.

-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

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c9zx;184072 Wrote:brakes, steering, suspension. The "float" issue can be improved with a matched set of anti-sway bars and decent shocks. Chuck

+1 To get rid of that "parade float" feel, one of the easiest, quickest, and inexpensive improvements that I made was upgrading to a 1 1/8" front sway bar. This greatly improved the handling of the car and made it much safer to drive.

John
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