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'71 Mustang Convertible Restoration
#1
Hello All!

I am in the midst of restoring my '71 convertible. I have owned the car since 1980, when I purchased it from a school teacher. It was a bare bones car, with a 6-cylinder engine and 3-speed manual. The engine was seized and water had overflowed the gutter below the convertible top, rusting out the taillamp panel and the fenders behind the rear wheels. The jack fell out of the trunk on the tow home. At the time I was more interested in getting the car running and preserving it, that I replaced the engine with a remanufactured 250 and had the rust repaired and the car repainted. Fast forward 25 years and the car was ready for another restoration, this time more complete.

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Since it was a base car, no significant options and not numbers matching, I decided to build the car I wanted. I stripped the car to the body shell in 2005 and sent it off to Bremseth Body Shop in Wykoff, MN for painting. It took awhile, but they did an outstanding job. The car is now back from the shop and is ready for reassembly.

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Grabber Blue with Argent stripes buried in the clear coat. Chrome was replated by AIH in Dubuque, IA. The car will be reassembled with a slightly built up 302, 4-speed close ratio top loader, black top and white interior. I am adding A/C, front disc brakes, power steering and gages. The goal is to build it like Ford would have had they made a Boss 302 convertible in 1971. I will be using OEM parts as much as possible. I was lucky enough to come across a second car that was built within 2 weeks of mine that has been a good parts donor.

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Mike
#2
Welcome to the site from Virginia. Keep the pictures and updates coming.



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
Welcome from Brisbane, Australia Mike.

Looks like your project is shaping up very nicely.
I like your dress up plan for the car.

Keep up the good work and more photos as you go,
if you can.

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
#4
Welcome from another aussie in Bundaberg Queensland. Nice vert project Smile

He has all the vices I admire and none of the virtues I despise
#5
welcome and the vert looks like it coming along nicely. Do I spy a Pantera in the background? Always like those.

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#6
Welcome from Arkansas
#7
Welcome from South Jersey.

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#8
welcome from Rhode Island

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Iyman
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#9
Welcome from Oklahoma.

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
#10
Welcome from San Diego.
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