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1971 Coupe
1971 Coupe - Overview (This post was last modified: 11-27-2012, 09:54 PM by pentaflex.)
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Owner : pentaflex
Data Added : 11-27-2012 - 09:47 PM
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Color : Medium Brown Metallic
Engine : 351C 2V
Transmission : FMX
1971 Coupe
I got my first job at age 15, and after working full time all summer I bought my first car -- a 1971 Mustang coupe. (There's one pic of it here.) It was nothing special, had very few options (other than a V8, 302c.i., 3-speed stick). But I fell in love with it. That was 1978.

I had to sell her for college, but I always wanted another. (You never forget your first.) I got serious about finding one last summer. What I found was either junk or much too expensive. Finally my search paid off.

My new pony is also a '71, but much nicer. It is completely original, right down to the AM radio and the tires it left the showroom floor with. I bought it from the original owner (now near 90) who bought it for his wife in the summer of 71 from a dealer less than 50 miles from where I live now (Denver). Although driven very little recently (less than 38k original miles), it runs perfectly.

But now I have a bit of a dilema. New wheels and tires are a no brainer -- I'll just save the originals. But do I add the NACA hood I like so well? How about dual exhaust? And I really want a stereo. There's no rust, save a tiny spot behind each rear wheel. Do I repaint with the shiny clear coat on modern cars?

Decisions, decisions...
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Data Added : 11-27-2012 - 09:47 PM
Views : 1780
Color : Medium Brown Metallic
Engine : 351C 2V
Transmission : FMX


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That's a tough one. It's a personal decision. If it was me, I'd add a bigger engine, dual exhaust, paint it with a modern 2 stage paint, and completely personalize it.

Oh wait, my dad and I did all that. Well, 'nuff said!

Good find, by the way. Good luck deciding what to do.

Steve



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#3
It's a great looking car but build what you like...just saying
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#4
Ohh ya...Good looking ride...But i agree....Build her like you want....Even paint her like you want.....And keep any original parts your worried about...You can always go back if the value is worth it some day.
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Wow what a time capcel! What a tough call. I would take all the stock stuff off and try to store it the best you can. For the hood I would try to have the hood painted to match the car and maybe even do a Boss 351 black out treatment so their would only be a little bit of brown showing along the edge. Bottom line it's your car do with it what makes you happy.

Just remember there only original once.Cool

Mike
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#6
Seems like most people are saying "do what you want with her". Good. I will (while saving all the original parts). Thanks for the feedback!
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doll it up. you paid your dues. have fun
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That's a beautiful 71 Coupe. I LOVE the color scheme, but then again I'm pretty partial to it (see my photos).
My car has a story similiar to yours...basically a one owner car that had it for 35 yrs until his kids put him in a retirement home. I struggled keeping it stock for 2 or 3 years until I realized that hell, it's my car now and it's okay to church her up a bit...I'm not going any car shows and I'm certainly not trying to impress anyone.

Best of luck, beautiful Mustang once again.

-KR

-Former 70 & 72 Mustang Owner.
-69 Torino GT, Formal Roof, 351W, Edelbrock 600 cfm, Edelbrock 351W Performer RPM intake, headers, AOD trans, dual flowmasters w/H pipe, Pertronix II Billet, 3.5 TRACLOC g/r, 15" Magnum 500s, 100A alt, aluminum radiator, electric fan, Pro-car seats, mini-starter...owned since Dec 13.
-70 Mach 1, 351W, Edelbrock E-Street EFI, VHX instrument cluster, Hooker headers, dual flowmasters, Pertronix II, 15" Magnum 500s, 150A alt, aluminum radiator, dual electric fans, Pro-car seats, mini-starter
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