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1971 Mustang Mach I Tribute
#1
Looks great. But if you're going to make it a tribute and claim "the best you will find", at least do the proper front grill.

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#2
Looks like it has the 73 front bumper too.

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At least to me - seems like it would have been a lot easier to find a real Mach 1 and modify it to the owner's tastes.

Other than the 'double pin stripe' weirdness on the front quarter (left FENDER Smile )
by trying to make the non-73 Mach 1 stripe work, what is up with the look of that front bumper??

Unfortunately, when I hear Tribute or other similar terms I feel like someone is just trying to milk more money out of a car. It also makes me scrutinize more on the car to see how much was actually modified.

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#4
73 tail lights
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#5
That wierd looking paint junction at the front bumper/ valance junction is the result of putting 71-72 stripes on a 73. That is clearly the reason for the modified and simplified paint/stripe design in '73.

Also, just a tiny nit: there are fenders in front and 1/4 panels in the rear...however, no such thing as a front 1/4 panel.

Pretty lame "tribute", content-wise. This was a stripped 302 sportsroof to begin with. It takes more than decals to make a "Mach 1".
Factory orange paint? Exactly what is the paint code for an orange 71-73 Mustang?
Brown seats in a black interior...in an orange car? I don't think you could have ordered this odd-ball color-combo even if you "knew somebody".

And of course...it is topped off with the same thing every hack does to try and make a 71-73 more "sale-able": a poorly-proportioned ram-air hood tutone treatment applied to a non ram-air car.

And those argent "Mach 1" decals, each clearly applied crookedly, in combo with the rest of the black trim is hilarious.

Sad, but hilarious.

This car will probably end up with a retired car-show "weekender" who always wanted a Mach 1, and will show his rare "original" Mach 1 to all who will listen.
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#6
"Also, just a tiny nit: there are fenders in front and 1/4 panels in the rear...however, no such thing as a front 1/4 panel."

Thanks Kit. It was about 1 am. I was a little groggy... Smile

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#7
Kit Sullivan;214298 Wrote:That wierd looking paint junction at the front bumper/ valance junction is the result of putting 71-72 stripes on a 73. That is clearly the reason for the modified and simplified paint/stripe design in '73.

The car is a 71 so aren't the stripes the correct ones? I assume the problem is the bottom stripe and the pin stripe above it is painted, as it is supposed to be but the painter made an error valence area and should have left off the pin stripe for that area as the pin stripe is part of the decal kit



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#8
No, the problem is that the car has apparently had the entire dog-house (front clip) from a 73 Mustang attached even though it is supposedly a 71 Mustang. Ford tried valiently to keep the look mostly the same even though they changed a lot of stuff, all due to the new-at-the-time 5 mph bumper standards that took effect for 73-model year cars.
The 73-only front end details are very different from the 71-72 design, making the 71-72 style stripes look odd...as in this photo.

Some of the things changed: Bumper, fenders, valance, grill and grill lights and wiring harness, bumper mounts, front frame rail structure.

And that is just in front. The rear bumper assembly underwent a similar, but less drastic modification for the same reason. It was only required to be rated at 2.5 mph.

Now, that goof-ball double pin stripe on the front valance defies logic. But I think I know why:

The front parking lights are NOT in the same location on 73 fenders as they were in 71-72, they are slightly higher up. Most are unaware of that. There are (or used to be) repro fenders avaialable for 71-72s that had the parking lights incorrectly in the 73 location, making for a wierd set-up.
Any way...putting 71 stripes on a 73 fender puts the lower pin stripe of the decal too far above the valance panel making for a too-large gap in the color break. The decal can't be moved or it will be too low under the parking light.
I have seen many inventive solutions over the years to try and fit 71 stripes on a 73, yet none of them look right, they all look like what they are: an attempt to fit a square peg in a round hole.
However...NONE of them looks as ridiculous as this cobbled-up gem.

Also, the top rear of the front bumper on this car should also be painted black...they missed that too. And as someone else has said, it is sporting 73-style tailight and hoinoeycomb panel trim.
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#9
Thanks, that makes it easy for even me to get it. I knew something looked funny but didn't catch that it was a 73 front clip.



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#10
Now, just to be fair to this car: It is a decent car and looks nice overall. But it is nowhere near the asking price of nearly $20,000. Someone could have a great cruiser and have lots of fun for a good price with this car as long as they know what they are really getting. $5,000-$6000 is all I would think this car is really worth to someone who knows better. Maybe not even that.
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