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1971 Mustang Convertible - Code Name: Burn Victim
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I figured I would go ahead and post some pictures of the car as I work on it. I have always been a Mustang fan (probably my single favorite car of all time) and when I saw this car I knew it had some potential. I purchased it from an insurance auction online from West Palm Beach, Florida.

After doing some research, I found out this car had been sold a couple times this last year, allowing me to see it before it was dubbed "Burn Victim". The car came from the factory in Bright Red with white interior and the 302. I believe the engine in the car is the one that came in it but I don't know that for sure at this point. The car shows 83,000 miles on the odometer and my gut tells me it could be original but who knows. The floors and trunk are original from what I can tell and are showing their age. The interior is either original or it is an old restoration but I would guess it's the former.

The pictures tell more of the story so I'll move on to those...

This is the car as it was sold on ebay early last summer, I believe it was in Iowa if I remember correctly. Looks like it was just a decent driver. The wheels aren't my style but someone liked them so who am I to judge.
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Then the car showed up for sale in Florida a couple months later looking like this:
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Waaaaaaaaaay better in my opinion and that is exactly how I plan to restore it except for the Mach 1 stickers. A company specializing in classic cars dressed it up a little bit and made some money on it.

Then less than 200 miles later, s**t hit the fan and I'm sure the gentleman that took ownership of it was just sick. This resulted in the following:

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Don't mind the clutter or the mediocre cell phone pictures.

That was the car as of a few days ago. I already pulled the hood off (It's warped and needs replaced anyway). The paint job was just decent in my opinion. The doors and quarters were exceptionally straight but the paint job was just exterior so there was a tape line in the jams. There is a weird pitting in the paint too but regardless it will get a full paint job. The interior is all there but needs a major cleaning/detailing to make it nice again. It will of course need the engine bay redone but the 302 looks like it escaped without much damage, just cosmetic. It will come out of the car and my plan is to check it all over and if it's in good enough shape, it will go back in after getting a little work done and being restored.

This car will be a huge project but will be so worth it when it's finished. And if I need some inspiration, I can just look at this...
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Damn that's a fine looking car.

So what do you guys think? Does the old girl deserve a second chance?
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#2
It has potential. You can now mold it the way you want. Good luck on the project.
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#3
Good luck with your project. It looks worth it to me.
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#4
Definitely worth a second chance although I prefer the clean look of the first incarnation without the black combined with the rims of the second one. Smile

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#5
Definitely worth restoring. Did you find out what caused the fire?
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luxstang;161798 Wrote:Definitely worth a second chance although I prefer the clean look of the first incarnation without the black combined with the rims of the second one. Smile

Could not have said it better myself
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#7
As for what caused the fire, I don't know. Given the short time period between dressing it up and the fire, my best guess is that when it was being dressed up under the hood, someone did something that allowed it to dump fuel where it didn't belong. I couldn't pick out anything that stood out as "Oh that's what happened", it all got pretty scorched. Luckily for the car, the wind must have been blowing towards the front/drivers side and kept the fire inside the engine compartment for the most part.

When it comes to this era of mustang I happen to be a sucker for stripes, although I can see both sides of the coin. With the stripes the car looks a little busy but not much more than a Mach or Boss would. Without the stripes it doesn't grab as much attention (at least I don't think so) but it makes a nice straight car look that much more honest. But you know what the cool part is? It will be just plain red before it gets stripes and I have been known to change my mind. I appreciate the insight very much though, I really hadn't given the stripes much thought.
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#8
Wow she can be built again. mine also survived an engine bay fire 24 years ago but 22 years of neglect did more then the fire did. Good luck with your build.

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97 F150: wrecked, 96 Dodge 4x4: blown motor / donated to the base
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
95 f350 dually: traded, 94 f150 4x4: traded
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  
84 f350 3+3: sold, 90 bronco: partout
67 catalina, 64 chevy c60
64 jeep j200, 74 corvette stingray
79 Lincoln mark V, 2013 f350: goldilocks
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auron73mach1;161808 Wrote:Wow she can be built again. mine also survived an engine bay fire 24 years ago but 22 years of neglect did more then the fire did. Good luck with your build.

Much appreciated. I've seen what 2 years of neglect can do to an old car so I can imagine 22 wasn't a pretty sight. I like to think of it as 1/3 of a restoration, firewall forward.
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#10
Well it was in El Paso until 3 months before I got it so rust was minimal thankfully but the interior was powdery and every nook and cranny had an inch of that desert moon dust coating it, I still don't think I got it all yet...

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97 F150: wrecked, 96 Dodge 4x4: blown motor / donated to the base
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
95 f350 dually: traded, 94 f150 4x4: traded
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  
84 f350 3+3: sold, 90 bronco: partout
67 catalina, 64 chevy c60
64 jeep j200, 74 corvette stingray
79 Lincoln mark V, 2013 f350: goldilocks
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