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1972 Mach 1 Q-code
1972 Mach 1 Q-code - Overview (This post was last modified: 03-02-2011, 01:45 AM by 72Q-code.)
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Owner : 72Q-code
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Color : Medium Goldenrod
Engine : 351 Cleveland (Q-code)
Transmission : 4 Speed Toploader
1972 Mach 1 Q-code
I purchased this car from the second owner in 1994. The story of finding the car is kind of interesting but it starts with the Mustang before this one, which was my first, a 73 fastback I bought in 1989.

I was only 17 then, and a buddy enlisted me to help him look at a 73 fastack since he knew I was a Ford geek. Long story short, I ended up buying the car myself for $500 since his parents saw it needed a fender and a windshield and numerous other things to be reasonably driveable and said no way. The 73 was a rust bucket, but it had a 351 and was a great first car to learn the big body basics on. I got it on the road in 1990 and drove it for several years.

The funny thing about buying a Mustang, especially a big body it seems, is that once you do everybody tells you when and where they see other ones! That was exactly the case with this car.

The girl I was dating in 1993 had a friend that told me her older brother had a car just like my 73. I asked where it was, she said sitting in a field beside her parent’s house. We decided to go look at it that night. It was dark but I could see that it was a 72 mach 1. I walked behind the car and felt around the taillights in the dark. NO RUST! I was amazed. I knew from my 73 that the taillight panel was a problem spot. I decided to go back during the day to find out more.

Well to my delight it was in pretty nice shape (for a Pennsylvania car especially)…and it was a 4 speed! I was in love with the car now, the heck with the girlfriend. I talked to the older brother. Not for sale. “I’m gonna get it running one of these days, let me kid drive it to prom....”. It had sat for about a year in the field already. According to his sister, he was not exactly able to fix anything. A year passed. Finally I got word from friends of friends that the yellow Mach 1 was now for sale, as the owner was in legal trouble. Back I went, with a battery, some gas, tools, and starter fluid.

I wanted to drive it before I committed to making an offer. The owner’s parents were happy to see me, knowing it might mean the car would no longer grace their lawn. I got it fired after a few shots of fuel right into the carb. Now I had to coax it out of the depression it had settled into in the yard. (Mind you my only stick time up to then was in my trusty winter transportation, a 1972 pinto with a 4 cylinder that my dad passed along to me.) I eased it out of the sinkhole it was creating in the yard and onto the street, and then checked it for any massive fluid leaks as it warmed up.

Everything looked good, so I decided to venture down the street. Brakes seemed to work after scrubbing the rust off the rotors with some light taps. I got away from the house far enough to not be heard and rolled to a stop on a rural street. Now was the time to see what this thing could do. I dropped it into first, revved it to about 2500 and dumped the clutch. It pulled nice, but I was expecting a bit more. It was about the same as my 351 Cleveland automatic car. It continued to pull through second gear, and I went for third. No luck getting it into third. I slowed down a bit and shoved in the clutch and rattled the shifter around, pulling it towards me and then pushing forward with some force. To my surprise I had been pulling out in THIRD GEAR! I coasted a bit with the clutch still pushed in, revved the engine to about three grand and let the clutch out again…WAHOOO! The whole car jumped sideways and the tires fought hopelessly for traction. I let off a bit, collected it back up then started accelerating again and grabbed second with a healthy bark of the tires. At that point I knew this car had to come home with me. I sheepishly idled back to the owner’s house. A deal was struck and for $3200 the car was heading for a new home.

At that point I was 21 years old and had three 71-73 Mustangs! I borrowed the dough for the Q-code from dad who was all for me fixing up the 73 automatic in order to finance the 4 Speed. We spent the summer doing body work to the 73 and sold it for 3,500. One of the best transactions I ever made! I still have the other 72 I owned back then, but that's another story.

The pictures show the condition pretty much as bought. The body was solid, but it had some rust and damage in the front end, so in 2002 I decided to rework everything firewall forward. In 2006 my first was born, and you know the rest. I am now back on the project, and hope to be barking tires again this summer.
~Jim
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Data Added : 03-02-2011 - 01:05 AM
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Color : Medium Goldenrod
Engine : 351 Cleveland (Q-code)
Transmission : 4 Speed Toploader


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Beautiful car Smile ENJOY IT!



Damián Cool

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Great story and beautiful car!

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1971 Mach 1 - 306cid/C4 Bright Yellow
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#4
Hi Jim ,
Q-code & 4-speed.... Yeaaaaaaah...
that's where the magic happens Smile
cool story
uv
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#5
Wow what a score nice Mach.
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72Q-code;13744 Wrote:I purchased this car from the second owner in 1994. The story of finding the car is kind of interesting but it starts with the Mustang before this one, which was my first, a 73 fastback I bought in 1989.

I was only 17 then, and a buddy enlisted me to help him look at a 73 fastack since he knew I was a Ford geek. Long story short, I ended up buying the car myself for $500 since his parents saw it needed a fender and a windshield and numerous other things to be reasonably driveable and said no way. The 73 was a rust bucket, but it had a 351 and was a great first car to learn the big body basics on. I got it on the road in 1990 and drove it for several years.

The funny thing about buying a Mustang, especially a big body it seems, is that once you do everybody tells you when and where they see other ones! That was exactly the case with this car.

The girl I was dating in 1993 had a friend that told me her older brother had a car just like my 73. I asked where it was, she said sitting in a field beside her parent’s house. We decided to go look at it that night. It was dark but I could see that it was a 72 mach 1. I walked behind the car and felt around the taillights in the dark. NO RUST! I was amazed. I knew from my 73 that the taillight panel was a problem spot. I decided to go back during the day to find out more.

Well to my delight it was in pretty nice shape (for a Pennsylvania car especially)…and it was a 4 speed! I was in love with the car now, the heck with the girlfriend. I talked to the older brother. Not for sale. “I’m gonna get it running one of these days, let me kid drive it to prom....”. It had sat for about a year in the field already. According to his sister, he was not exactly able to fix anything. A year passed. Finally I got word from friends of friends that the yellow Mach 1 was now for sale, as the owner was in legal trouble. Back I went, with a battery, some gas, tools, and starter fluid.

I wanted to drive it before I committed to making an offer. The owner’s parents were happy to see me, knowing it might mean the car would no longer grace their lawn. I got it fired after a few shots of fuel right into the carb. Now I had to coax it out of the depression it had settled into in the yard. (Mind you my only stick time up to then was in my trusty winter transportation, a 1972 pinto with a 4 cylinder that my dad passed along to me.) I eased it out of the sinkhole it was creating in the yard and onto the street, and then checked it for any massive fluid leaks as it warmed up.

Everything looked good, so I decided to venture down the street. Brakes seemed to work after scrubbing the rust off the rotors with some light taps. I got away from the house far enough to not be heard and rolled to a stop on a rural street. Now was the time to see what this thing could do. I dropped it into first, revved it to about 2500 and dumped the clutch. It pulled nice, but I was expecting a bit more. It was about the same as my 351 Cleveland automatic car. It continued to pull through second gear, and I went for third. No luck getting it into third. I slowed down a bit and shoved in the clutch and rattled the shifter around, pulling it towards me and then pushing forward with some force. To my surprise I had been pulling out in THIRD GEAR! I coasted a bit with the clutch still pushed in, revved the engine to about three grand and let the clutch out again…WAHOOO! The whole car jumped sideways and the tires fought hopelessly for traction. I let off a bit, collected it back up then started accelerating again and grabbed second with a healthy bark of the tires. At that point I knew this car had to come home with me. I sheepishly idled back to the owner’s house. A deal was struck and for $3200 the car was heading for a new home.

At that point I was 21 years old and had three 71-73 Mustangs! I borrowed the dough for the Q-code from dad who was all for me fixing up the 73 automatic in order to finance the 4 Speed. We spent the summer doing body work to the 73 and sold it for 3,500. One of the best transactions I ever made! I still have the other 72 I owned back then, but that's another story.

The pictures show the condition pretty much as bought. The body was solid, but it had some rust and damage in the front end, so in 2002 I decided to rework everything firewall forward. In 2006 my first was born, and you know the rest. I am now back on the project, and hope to be barking tires again this summer.
~Jim

Verry nice car man !!

Did you find tour original buildsheet ?? , and if so do you want to share it with me.
As i also own a 1972 Q-code i'm all into the buildsheet right now to find out how i can read and restore the factory paint stripes and daubs on the different parts.

kind regards,

John

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