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1971 Mustang Grandé restoration.
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I just joined this forum a few weeks ago and feel quite welcome. Now it the time to begin to put together a plan and act to save and restore my '71 Grandé. If you have read my introduction thread you know the history I have with this car. If not let me just be brief, this is a second owner car and the first owner was my father. So the car is 43 years old and has been with the same family since the day it rolled off the dealer's lot.

So here is the basic run down on the car. It is a 1971 Grandé, still has the original 302 2V with the 3 speed manual transmission. The transmission is not original, it was replaced with the car had about 115,000 miles on the odometer. The car actually has over 170,000 miles on the original engine. (Yes, I can take care of a motor. My current truck is a 1999 Ranger with almost 270,000 miles on the original engine the clutch went out at about 200,000 miles. Yes, one owner truck too.)

So today I did an evaluation of what I can easily see on the car. Body has some rust but most of the outer panels are in tact with few spots rusted through. Concern areas the roof is not looking good, I am very concerned about the chassis, torque boxes, floor supports, floor pan, and some of the inner panels front and rear. Suspension will have to be upgraded as well as brakes, tires, wheels, and wiring. Interior will need a total replacement of all seats, foam, carpet, headliner, interior door panels, and so on. Engine, right now I am leaning toward the 306, 340 horsepower, Ford Racing engine. This is a very significant increase in power over stock and will mean I have to get the car prepped and built up in the chassis, suspension, rear end, brakes, and transmission to handle that motor. I think we all know where most of the money on this project is going but nothing here is going to be cheap. I can do some work myself but where it comes to the serious business of chassis and body work, well that will have to be left to those with much more skill in that work than myself. I can do rust removal, the tear down in terms of getting the car down to a point where I can see what all is wrong (and right).

I will do everything I can on my car but I will readily admit the limitations of my skills and hire out or get friends to help when it gets beyond my ability.


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#2
Good luck on the project and keep us updated on the progress.

-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.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

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#3
Sounds like a interesting project, can't wait to see more Smile

Daniel thumb

Pro-Touring 1973 Mustang named ''Creator'' ... Tongue
Under construction!!
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#4
jbojo;194824 Wrote:Good luck on the project and keep us updated on the progress.

I was just browsing through your project post. Wow what an undertaking. Too bad my metal skills are so lacking, I would love to do all you did to your car. The Lizardskin product seems to really work well. I have the air compressor to handle the sprayer that they advertised with the product so it might be possible for me to do some of that myself to save some dollars on the work. Might have to do a little practice to make sure I don't turn it into a mess.

I still have a lot of prep work to do just to get ready to do my project. But I am formulating what I want to do in terms of color, interior, engine, transmission, and so forth. My first order of business is still to find a place to store and work on the car then I can begin to get into the real work.

I can't wait to see your project all finished.
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#5
Hi Thats grait too see your find! And good that you Will restore This 71. Cant weait too see moreB-)

Regards DK73

So I'm a proud owner of one Mach 1 73! Regards Lars DK73whistling
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#6
Good luck, keep us posted, and remember that we love pictures! Document every step of the way - you'll be glad you did when you start putting things back together. Smile

Doc

[Image: 6y14ea.jpg]

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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KC1971Grande;194944 Wrote:
jbojo;194824 Wrote:Good luck on the project and keep us updated on the progress.

I was just browsing through your project post. Wow what an undertaking. Too bad my metal skills are so lacking, I would love to do all you did to your car. The Lizardskin product seems to really work well. I have the air compressor to handle the sprayer that they advertised with the product so it might be possible for me to do some of that myself to save some dollars on the work. Might have to do a little practice to make sure I don't turn it into a mess.

I still have a lot of prep work to do just to get ready to do my project. But I am formulating what I want to do in terms of color, interior, engine, transmission, and so forth. My first order of business is still to find a place to store and work on the car then I can begin to get into the real work.

I can't wait to see your project all finished.

Lizard Skin was really easy to put on and looks really good. You'll see that as you get into it all the necessary skills will come out. Planning and research before you do anything is really helpful when you start a task. I learned the hard way but that's part of the learning process. Good luck on the build and shoot me a PM if you have any questions.

-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.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

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#8
Thats sounds Like that's Lizard Skin iss A good produkt and May Bee a good Thing four My Car! Not Now bud at some time:-D Regards DK73

Regards DK73

So I'm a proud owner of one Mach 1 73! Regards Lars DK73whistling
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#9
While I am looking for a place to store and work on the car I am making some decisions. Most important at this point is to put together a realistic budget for the job and to do so I am beginning to do some research. To put together a budget I have to make some decisions. What am I building? Or in other words, what is the purpose of this car? Answer, something to drive that has a nice level of performance but not building something to race (in any manner, shape, or form). The way I like to drive, I want a car with a suspension capable of taking what I dish out. So handling is important but so is braking performance, engine performance, and so forth. I have been very interested in the 306 340 horsepower engine. If I decide to go that route then I am going to have to enhance the suspension and other components of this car to take that level of power. Transmission, I have a T5 in storage now that I think will do the job with just a few changes like the bell housing. However, I haven't calculated the cost of fly wheel, clutch, clutch cable, and so forth in the engine number.

Tires and wheels, the stock 14's aren't going to do the job, so these need to be added into the suspension category and right now I am looking at options in the 15" realm.

I think to get the parts together with the cost of the crate engine to get it to fire up and make the car go I am easily looking at $7000 just in parts. No counting there for labor.

Bring front framing up to snuff, still researching so I have no dollar amount to put in here.

Front suspension easily over $3500 in parts alone depending on how far I decide to go here. I could get by cheaper here but would probably end up doing another upgrade very soon when I am disappointed with the handling. Research is still on going.

Rear suspension, framing, rear end, and more. I am still researching and have no figures yet to work with.

Floor pan, I am probably going to have to bite the bullet here and consider a full replacement. It is old and in dire need of repair. Sometimes you have to replace so much you would be better off just doing it all.

Outer body skins, I am trying to retain as much as possible and will do a lot of prep work on these to try to retain as many as possible.

All of what I think of as internal and support for the outer skin will have to be evaluated individually and I just haven't gotten anything concrete going here. So in total I have no budget amounts for any of the body work.

Electrical, no numbers yet. Interior, no numbers yet. All the other little bits and pieces needed to put it back together or needed because the originals have fallen into decay, not calculate and maybe won't be until they are needed.

I am now thinking that the best thing to do is set down for a while and put together as complete a list as possible of what it's going to take to get the car going and up to the level I want. Then I can start putting together a budget.

I also need to set up my plan of action, what to do, what to purchase, and the timing for all. Lots to do, lots to think about. I have a headache now. Big Grin
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#10
I also have a 71 Grandé and these cars stock were very enjoyable to drive, they did lack power, but stock suspension and and new steering box are working very well for me. I replace ally suspension and steering with new stock parts to include gear box and flex coupler. I spent less than a thousand bucks and it is a great driving car. As far as the motor goes, a 302 is very easy to get power out of and a c6 will handle just about anything you through at it if built right. Build the car as you wish of course, I just enjoy the feeling of an old muscle car when I drive mine. Good luck with the build and post lots of pictures!

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- Nik
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