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1973 Mexican Mach 1
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I wasn't sure which thread to post in because my car is not exactly running/driving, and not really being restored...

I bought this down in Texas about 3 months ago.  Spent a long time looking for a decent condition 71-73 Mach 1 that had a 4 speed.  we all know that factory 4 speeds are less common that automatics.
I bought the car understanding that the VIN did not match any US VIN codes for a real Mach 1, so I paid sportsroof money for it, but liked the real looking Mach 1 decals
Thanks to this website, I discovered that it is a 1/600 Mexican Mach 1.  it was only later that I looked through the stacks of papers I received from the previous owner and found things like the original dealer invoice from Mexico City.

Since owning the car, I've been able to drive it about 2 hours in total.  in other threads I have listed repairs I have had to make including: control arms, shocks, springs, tie rods, steering rods, fuel sender, thermostat etc.

2 weeks ago on the maiden voyage after the prior repairs, I blew a hole in the timing cover.  the car had sat for a decade and the coolant ate a hole in the cover and the pressure blew a chunk out.  of course that caused all the coolant to escape resulting in a tow.

the car will still need a solid alignment , and then the real passing issue will be reaping the factory A/C as it is already getting very hot in NJ.

owning a Mexican Mach 1 is cool because of the rarity, but the lack of documentation regarding the small differences between the American ones and Mexican ones can make buying the right parts hard.

I don't intend to fully restore this car, but I do intend to make a solid reliable driver out of it for my son and I.  I'm teaching him to drive a stick with this car, so the time and frustration with breakdowns and repairs is worth it

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Keep at it. Nice looking car.

73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

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I have not checked to see if you are on the Mexican Mustang Facebook page or not. You should join there and see if anyone has a copy of the Mexican Ford parts books. Would show great exploded views of the car. Also a copy of the Mexican Ford manuals would be handy.
Here are some pictures I have gathered over the years. I love the two tone paint jobs they had in four different combos. These are like your car should look. Not 100% sure all items are correct. The paint and Mach 1 emblems are correct. The door panels are more like a Cougar.
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