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1973 Convertible
1973 Convertible - Overview (This post was last modified: 02-02-2016, 09:48 PM by will e.)
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Owner : will e
Data Added : 07-04-2011 - 02:04 PM
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Color : Ford Light Blue (3B)
Engine : 351C
Transmission : c6 (originally FMX)
1973 Convertible
1973 Mustang Convertible (updated following description in 2016)

351C (originally 2v). Modified with 4V Closed Chamber heads, 4 bolt main block, Non-adjustable Motorsport roller rockers, Rhodes lifters, Manley pushrods, dual valve springs, one piece Stainless Steel valves, hardened seats, flat top pistons, dual roller timing chain, comp 270 cam

Carbureted by three 2300 series Holley 2 barrel carbs. Each outboard is 500cfm and the center is 350cfm. The outboard are vacuum operated. The carbs were custom assembled and are perched on a Ford Experimental tripower intake (xe-151455). Obrien Truckers air cleaners and modified Lokar linkage complete the package.

Exhaust is Hooker Competition Headers custom connected to a pair of old school glass packs. Exits below the rear valence panel pointing down to help maintain the sleeper look

The original FMX was replaced with a C6 that has been built and the original 9” 2.75 open axle was replaced with a 3.50 traction lock. I added a gear vendors overdrive which I am very happy with. Wink

Early on I swapped out the front sway bar with ‘the biggest one my Ford dealership had’ at the time. I think it is 15/16”. I added a rear sway bar kit, it’s not an original. I also added Shelby style under wheel traction bars as well as sub frame connectors. (See Images). Up front I installed Global West ASR-6 strut rods. Slotted rotors for the front brakes.

14” Cragar S/S wheels that I purchased over 28 years ago. BF Goodrich TA.

The car is repainted with the original color blue. It originally had the protection group which I have kept. The hood was swapped out with a NASA hood. I added the front spoiler.

The interior has been mostly replaced (and could use another replacement). Carpet, door panels, dash, seats all redone or replaced. I installed a tilt steering wheel. I also added shoulder belts. The rear quarter panels were covered in vinyl, take a look at the images to see. I also swapped out the warning lights for gauges and installed the Tach and center console from my first car, a 73 mach 1 that got taken out of service by a drunk driver.

As you can tell I have been through a lot with this car. It was purchased 31 years ago so I have had some time to work on it. I drove it as a Daily Driver for almost 20 years at one point getting it repainted. It needs some freshening up. A new coat of paint, carpet, upholstery, top and dash are planned in the next couple of years.
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1973 Convertible - Images
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1973 Convertible - Modifications
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1973 Convertible - Details
Data Added : 07-04-2011 - 02:04 PM
Views : 11875
Color : Ford Light Blue (3B)
Engine : 351C
Transmission : c6 (originally FMX)


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#2
Great looking convert. Sounds like you got your 27 years worth out driving of it!



Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

Our current Mustang garage/driveway
1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06


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#3
Good looking car! I like the blue & white!

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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#4
Nice Mustang.

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#5
That is nice sleeper convertible your got there.

Jayson
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73 Mach 1 Mustang
89 Dodge Shadow ES
94 Jeep Wrangler

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#6
Very nice.
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#7
Your car was one of the cars images that I found before I bought my car which is almost identical to yours.
I was looking to see how it would look finished.
There is another one on the net with the black hood and hockey strips which is the route I think I will take.
It be nice to see allot more picture of your car.

Marc
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Wow ! I am in love. Tri Power! You have got to post some picks of that ! Please send me one for Christmas !
Ok so where did you get the one of one intake?
How come nobody makes a dual 4bbl intake for the 351C?
Budd Moore intakes don't count.....Big Grin
Super nice here !
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Thanks, if you click on the 'modifications' tab there are a couple of pics of it. I also put some in this thread:
http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-351-c-tripower

I should post up a few more.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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#10
I do like the look your car has. Very nice driveline.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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What type of Shelby traction bars did you use do the 1970 models fit

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Brad Smith
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mustbrad;66171 Wrote:What type of Shelby traction bars did you use do the 1970 models fit

The global west ones are what I used. The spring plate isn't correct and you are supposed to use one from a 70's model. I didn't know that and 'cut' mine down to make it work. It's been like that for 20 or so years without a problem.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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#13
Very cool! I like the mods and the carb set up is very impressive!
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What is your hp/rhp/torque ft/lbs and 0-60mph and 1/4 mile? see my profile and photo album. Have the stock 2 bolt mains, installed a Holley Avenger MPEFI @ 700 cfm 4 barrel to minimize vibrations without power as kept Edelbrock 2 Barrel Intake Manifold to get a bigger thrill of higher torque at lower speeds but still with an engine rebuild modification from Q to R code on a 72 351 Cleveland dual exhaust Hurst 4 speed wide ratio onto a FORD toploader compression surpasses the 351 HO(8.8:1) to 9.5:1 w/QA 1 front strut w/18 levels and Koni Classics in Rear w/rear sway bar, traction bars, frame braces, to add to front power disc, currently working on rear power disc by SSBC. W/3900 lbs, 300 rhp and 0-60mph in 6 seconds, 8mpg city and dragging and 18mpg highway @ 55mph with heavy rear wind(w/gear vendors overdrive component) a little extra hp with K and N filters working with functional ram air kit on the nasa hood.

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I went through a lot in restoration as you but in 10years. Best side of my mustang is on COTM on the road spot light ie, 18 vantage points/angles and an article for descriptions under user/member name - Mustang Dynasty which for supporting pics on my photo clips ie, 200+.
Mikke

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