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71 Mach 1 Mustang Advice
#31
They can certainly be purchased at a lower level of completion and driven around for fun "as is" while being restored little by little. That's what I did back in 1980 and the car was my daily driver as well in all seasons. However it was a '68 GTO which is a full perimeter frame car, and it was only 12 years old with very little rust (just a little around the rear wheel openings). I think the biggest problem with a car like the Mustang is that it's a unibody car. 45+ years after it was manufactured, it's not safe to drive a unibody car with bad floor rust, cowl shot, bad torque boxes, no underhood braces. These cars twist a bit even when everything is solid. I'm also a sucker for a nice '70 / '71 Torino Cobra or GT, and those are really big cars to have a unibody setup. In '72 they went to a full perimeter frame. Subframe connectors are not a bad idea for any of these unibody Mustangs, convertible or not.
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#32
I think 7500 is not a bad price for a driving Mach 1 project. Pending a closer inspection.

- Mike
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#33
I jus saw a 69 Torino for sale. its basically a fastback/sportsroof, but it must be bigger than a Mustang? I don't see why Ford would have built 2 models of the same size with the same motor....
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(08-30-2019, 07:36 AM)MustangNJ Wrote: I jus saw a 69 Torino for sale.  its basically a fastback/sportsroof, but it must be bigger than a Mustang?  I don't see why Ford would have built 2 models of the same size with the same motor....

Torino/Montego is a mid-size car, much larger than a Mustang or Cougar. Wheel base was 7 or 8 inches longer than our cars. Many chassis and suspension parts were sourced from the 68-71 Torino for the 71-73s.


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