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1971 Coupe
1971 Coupe - Overview (This post was last modified: 11-27-2012, 09:54 PM by pentaflex.)
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 : 1852
Color : Medium Brown Metallic
Engine : 351C 2V
Transmission : FMX

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.


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It's a great looking car but build what you like...just saying
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.
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

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!
doll it up. you paid your dues. have fun
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.


-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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