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1972 Mach 1 Grille Support
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Hey guys, just sent my 72 to body work/paint. My guy is finding some issues with it. Namely the hood latch isn't lining up with the core support. The bracket appears to be about an inch or so too tall. So either the top two bolts go in and the bottom hangs, or the bottom bolt goes in and it sits too high. When it hangs too low it hits the valance and it causes a domino effect. My question here is I'm seeing two different kinds of brackets. A bracket that bolts with the two in the middle or a bracket with four bolts on the outside. Which fits mine? Which is supposed to be there? This car was a basket case when I got it so I'm really not sure at this point. Guidance is welcome. Car isn't in my possession right now so photos are a bit hard to grab.
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(03-07-2018, 07:26 PM)Capn_Morgan Wrote: Hey guys, just sent my 72 to body work/paint. My guy is finding some issues with it. Namely the hood latch isn't lining up with the core support. The bracket appears to be about an inch or so too tall. So either the top two bolts go in and the bottom hangs, or the bottom bolt goes in and it sits too high. When it hangs too low it hits the valance and it causes a domino effect. My question here is I'm seeing two different kinds of brackets. A bracket that bolts with the two in the middle or a bracket with four bolts on the outside. Which fits mine? Which is supposed to be there? This car was a basket case when I got it so I'm really not sure at this point. Guidance is welcome. Car isn't in my possession right now so photos are a bit hard to grab.

Well Capn, Not sure what is going on, doesn't make sense to me. Yes a picture of your problem would be most helpful understanding what you are asking.
Here are a couple of pictures of my 71 Mach. I don't think there are different latch brackets between 71 and 72. The only thing I can think of being you say your ca was a "basket case" is the bracket is from a different car, not a mustang. That picture would really help!!
Take a look at these pics and tell us if I'm getting what you're talking about. The first two are from before anything was touched on the car, a before shot and the last is after restoration.
Good luck with your car. Any questions, there are tons of great people here to help, just ask.
Geoff.
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(03-08-2018, 08:24 AM)Stanglover Wrote:
(03-07-2018, 07:26 PM)Capn_Morgan Wrote: Hey guys, just sent my 72 to body work/paint. My guy is finding some issues with it. Namely the hood latch isn't lining up with the core support. The bracket appears to be about an inch or so too tall. So either the top two bolts go in and the bottom hangs, or the bottom bolt goes in and it sits too high. When it hangs too low it hits the valance and it causes a domino effect. My question here is I'm seeing two different kinds of brackets. A bracket that bolts with the two in the middle or a bracket with four bolts on the outside. Which fits mine? Which is supposed to be there? This car was a basket case when I got it so I'm really not sure at this point. Guidance is welcome. Car isn't in my possession right now so photos are a bit hard to grab.

Well Capn, Not sure what is going on, doesn't make sense to me. Yes a picture of your problem would be most helpful understanding what you are asking.
Here are a couple of pictures of my 71 Mach. I don't think there are different latch brackets between 71 and 72. The only thing I can think of being you say your ca was a "basket case" is the bracket is from a different car, not a mustang. That picture would really help!!
Take a look at these pics and tell us if I'm getting what you're talking about. The first two are from before anything was touched on the car, a before shot and the last is after restoration.
Good luck with your car. Any questions, there are tons of great people here to help, just ask.
Geoff.
Yes. There are two different grille supports. Ones that have two bolts and look like a fin and the sport grille style which has 4 bolts. What I’m wondering about is if there are any similar fin styles that were on a different car all together since mine doesnt fit correctly. 

Also anyone selling the sport grille style support? Lol
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I have seen 72 grills with one bracket in middle and have also seen with two brackets one on each side. I do not have any pictures of 72 here is my 73. I can't swear to it but I think the single center bracket on 73 is same as one used on single 72 cars. The 72 grills have the bolt holes for both also center single and two left and right.
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For 72 there is only one center support bracket and extension - I probably have some used ones
In early 71 there was the dual mount type with two supports as Geoff showed on his car
Late 71 and all of 72 the the single center support.
In 73 there was a single support but the bracket and handle are different VS. 71 - 72
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Don, how right you are. Here is a pic of my old 72 "Q" code which was an April car. Just one vertical bracket.
This is the car that got away, wish I'd kept it, then I might have fixed the rad!! I did NOT know that the engine block and heads were BOSS until a couple of years ago............ now I really wish I hadn't sold it. The story I got was the original block froze and cracked so the PO dropped in a "spare engine with solid lifters" to sell it. Wish I knew a tenth of what I know now!!
Geoff.
BTW, that air cleaner I custom made. it was a modded Chrysler 17" on a Rochester 4 V spread bore carb, good for 10mpg!
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(03-08-2018, 01:14 PM)Stanglover Wrote: Don, how right you are. Here is a pic of my old 72 "Q" code which was an April car. Just one vertical bracket.
This is the car that got away, wish I'd kept it, then I might have fixed the rad!! I did NOT know that the engine block and heads were BOSS until a couple of years ago............ now I really wish I hadn't sold it. The story I got was the original block froze and cracked so the PO dropped in a "spare engine with solid lifters" to sell it. Wish I knew a tenth of what I know now!!
Geoff.
BTW, that air cleaner I custom made. it was a modded Chrysler 17" on a Rochester 4 V spread bore carb, good for 10mpg!

Hey guys, got some pics of everything. As you can see the latch that came off a 71 mach is too tall for my core support. My core support is a dynacorn repop. Its 20.5” tall. Which i believe is the original height. Anyone have any help now? https://ibb.co/h6wNjc

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Is there a difference in the early vs. late support height?

Seems odd that there would be as that would indicate that the core support changed at that time also.

I'd be curious to know what you find out.

Have you dry fit all of the components to make sure everything lines up ok? Hood, grille, headlight buckets etc.?
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#9
Not sure if these will help, but again this is my 71. As far as I know, there are no differences in the 71-72's as far as rad cradle and front end supports, but there might be some on the 73 as the front end was changed for the 5 mph bumpers. I'm sure 73 owners can offer better input on that, not my area of any knowledge.
Something does look wrong for sure, so perhaps these pics will help. The top of the latch is almost level with the top of the rad support as you can see. From the bottom of the cradle to the top measures 21 1/4" or there abouts. Mine is of course the earlier double bracket,  but when all said and done, the hood and fenders are the same on both years.
 I should ask, have you tried to close the hood with the latch where it its? Be careful though!!!!
Geoff.
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(03-21-2018, 06:36 PM)Stanglover Wrote: Not sure if these will help, but again this is my 71. As far as I know, there are no differences in the 71-72's as far as rad cradle and front end supports, but there might be some on the 73 as the front end was changed for the 5 mph bumpers. I'm sure 73 owners can offer better input on that, not my area of any knowledge.
Something does look wrong for sure, so perhaps these pics will help. The top of the latch is almost level with the top of the rad support as you can see. From the bottom of the cradle to the top measures 21 1/4" or there abouts. Mine is of course the earlier double bracket,  but when all said and done, the hood and fenders are the same on both years.
 I should ask, have you tried to close the hood with the latch where it its? Be careful though!!!!
Geoff.
You are the man! Thank you! The issue I’m having is that dynacorn’s repops are 20.5” tall. So I have no idea how they keep selling them. Perhaps the mach and the coupes are different? Or maybe I’m just going crazy. Even Dynacorns website lists it as 20.5” not 21.25”. No idea. Regardless thanks a ton man!
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