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71 mach 1
Hey guys, its been a while since I've last visited. I've come along way with the car. I finally installed the modular engine and finishing up the odds and ends. The tcp suspension fit like it should however, the RRS power rack and pinion was a nightmare from the get go. If any of you are considering the RRS power rack and pinion, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! they are terrible, order took 6 months to get after numerous calls and threatened to cancel order. Then credit card charges for currency change,plus $50 in customs fees only to find out in the end that I would have to fabricate my own mounting brackets and steering shaft. This kits they offer will not properly fit 71-73 mustangs.
All updated pics can be found on my site www.7173modstangs.com
Hoping to have it running in the next few weeks then I will start to build the interior. Then paint and final assembly.
Awesome, I'm going to check out your site. How'd the mod motor fit?


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sm3570;104664 Wrote:Awesome, I'm going to check out your site. How'd the mod motor fit?

The block itself fit pretty easily. Its a SOHC so, there was enough room between the shocktowers. DOHC would be a different story. I had to make my own engine and trans mounts. Raised and widened the driveshaft tunnel. I used BBK aluminum fabricated valave covers which are alittle taller than oem. No matter what, the factory square shaped master cylinder won't clear and I didn't want to put the brake booster under the dash because I'm using a 2010 steering column and didn't have the room. I ended up using an aluminum (tube shaped)master cylinder out of a 96ish ford explorer. On that particular model the lines exit the drivers side(away from the engine). Of course you need to know how to wire the engine, adapters and fitting from metric to standard on the trans,power steering lines,etc. I incorperated the 04 gt firewall so,I could use all the 04 a/c/heater system. lots of little odds and ends. almost every single part has to be modified to fit the chassis. Its going to be awsome when its done but, definately not a good idea for someone on a limited budget.
Is that a 2V 4.6?

1973 Mach 1 Q code 351 4V, 9A paint, standard interior, 3.50 rear, C6 trans.
Wow what a awesome job.Very cool.
Great work. You've been busy.

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Just cruising along minding our own business when BAM!!! The LAWS show up.

Totalled;104688 Wrote:Is that a 2V 4.6?
I guess my question is, why? That's allot of work for the power of a stock 302.

1973 Mach 1 Q code 351 4V, 9A paint, standard interior, 3.50 rear, C6 trans.
Well, I wanted a more turn key, reliable car. The 4.6 wasn't my first choice. My original plan was to build the cleveland engine with efi and overdrive trans. But, the cost to rebuild the block with new crank,pistons and rods, bored .30 over($1500 minimum), aluminum heads($2000), mass flo EFI set up ($3300) then all conversion parts to make AOD fit($550) street ready AOD trans($1200), classic auto air heat/a/c system($1500) plus, aftermarket wiring, alternator,p/s pump,etc,etc.
After some shopping around, I ran across a brand new(from FORD) fully assembled crate engine with Auto trans for the 04 mustang gt for $3200(shipped).
So, I ended up with a smaller and lighter engine that puts out same horsepower as a stock 2v cleveland. All I had to do was connect all the p/s,trans,fuel lines etc. swap oil pan to front sump and make some new mounts. I swaped all the heater/a/c system over so all the connections for the a/c and heater system would be simple. Then pulled the dash and body harness from an 04 gt to make wiring a breeze. Now I have a modern computer controlled engine and trans thats fully programmable if I ever want to upgrade. All the parts are readily available. I could buy a bolt on Kenne bell supercharger designed for a stock motor to bump the HP to 425-450 range. Basically, it was all about saving money.

Totalled;104717 Wrote:I guess my question is, why? That's allot of work for the power of a stock 302.
Can't beat that, especially with the available aftermarket parts.


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