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1971 M-code Grandé with Toploader
1971 M-code Grandé with Toploader - Overview (This post was last modified: 10-16-2012, 05:53 PM by goodnigh.)
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Owner : goodnigh
Data Added : 01-02-2012 - 09:29 AM
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Color : Bright Blue Metallic, Ford #3077-A
Engine : 351 Cleveland 4 Venturi
Transmission : Wide Ratio Toploader with Hurst Shifter
1971 M-code Grandé with Toploader
This is a project/daily driver I purchased six years ago because I needed a set of wheels. Then I began to realize what I had bought. We have done significant suspension work including new brakes and Centerforce clutch and have replaced the interior with new upholstery, carpeting and dash components. We found a freshly rebuilt stock 351C 4v quench long block never fired because the old engine developed a cracked block. Now we have a matching numbers period correct 1971 Grandé. Next step is a paint job, new top and some finishing work. According to Marti only 100 of these Grandes were made in 1971.
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1971 M-code Grandé with Toploader - Details
Data Added : 01-02-2012 - 09:29 AM
Views : 4915
Color : Bright Blue Metallic, Ford #3077-A
Engine : 351 Cleveland 4 Venturi
Transmission : Wide Ratio Toploader with Hurst Shifter


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Looks like a wolf in sheep's clothing Mike.

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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Don65Stang;49057 Wrote:Looks like a wolf in sheep's clothing Mike.

It is Cool Does not attract any attention until another driver gets under my skin. I like it that way. Rocketfoot did a great job on my banner. And the new engine from Don has a mild cam.

mike

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Nice photos Mike! I like the blue interior.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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droptop73;49087 Wrote:Nice photos Mike! I like the blue interior.

Thank You. We bought the door panels, paint, carpet and upholstery from different vendors over a couple of years or so. The colors all match Huh I find that remarkable. The door panels, carpet and dash were easy to replace. I will NEVER, NEVER attempt the upholstery again. What a nightmare. The stuff fits like a glove over new seat cushions, but...... I kept the original Lambeth Cloth and Corinthian Vinyl upholstery since I don't think they make it anymore. The passenger seat is in good shape and the rear bench looks like it was never used. Why did I replace it? The driver's seat was shot and I wanted a matching set.

mike

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Definetly a keeper. Bought as a daily driver!
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#7
That interior is nice!

Ed...

72 Coupe
72 Mach 1
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#8
Super cool car. Man 4 speed too.
I have never seen on like it, only auto's .
Nice to see another cool Grandé out there.
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#9
That Hurst shifter looks cool. Definitely a rare Grandé!



Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

Our current Mustang garage/driveway
1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06


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So only 100 Grandes had a 4-speed behind the M-code motor?
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Diego;67218 Wrote:So only 100 Grandes had a 4-speed behind the M-code motor?

I think that Mike is referring to the fact that only 100 cars were produced with the same powertrain, trim options, paint and interior color, etc. Is that right, Mike?

Doc

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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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I later found the Marti for the car. Indeed, it's M-code and tranny - no trim combo involved.

I can't recall if there was a close-ratio available behind the M motor. If so, there's probably a few more Grandes available with the 4-speed.

A few months ago, there was a CJ 4-speed Grandé on eBay. It was 1 of 2, but I don't remember if it was a C-code or J-code.
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Have always wondered why someone ordered a Grandé with that drive train.
Then again maybe it was assembled from spare parts Ford needed to use.
I compared my Eminger invoice with a friend's and for $800 less the guy could
have ordered a Boss 351.

mike

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#14
Well, perhaps someone wanted a luxurious sporty car. And perhaps he's had stick shift cars his whole life. Why not order a 351-4 Grandé with a 4-speed? In some ways, it was the ultimate expression of a GT from Ford.
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