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71 Vert Project
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Hey guys,
This is my first post here, but I have been lurking for a while. I am slowly working on my 1971 mustang convertible that my dad gave to me.

The Story: He bought the car about ten+ years ago when i was 10-12 years old. I went with him to look at a foxbody mustang but we saw this one in the garage to and he asked me what I liked better. We ended up with the 71 and he always told me I could have it one day. He drove it for a few years before blowing the old 351c to bits (oil pump blew apart, broke a piston skirt, cracked the block under the intake). After that it sat behind my grampas barn for years until I bought a 1971 351c out of a cougar off the local classifieds and he said he'd help me install the motor and I could have the car (If he was allowed to drive it Big Grin ). We installed the motor summer of 2013 but then I took a job out of province and we had to stop. Summer 2014 when I got home from school I started going at it again and thats when I found a hole in the frame. What a bummer. since then it has just been in storage until I could find that time and money to do some work to it.

Fast Forward to February 2015, I am browsing the classifieds and find the whole front clip of a 71 for sale, for $200. Not sure what this usually goes for but I think I got a steal, its in mint shape which is hard to find in Canada. It is the whole front end, rad support to torque boxes and floor supports, fender apron to fender apron.

Now I am trying to plan the best way to do this repair. Most of the car is very solid. The body is good but needs paint, the only bondo is in the doors from what we can tell. floors are decent, trunk is great, needs a top, but I have lots of spare parts that we got with the car. Here are some pictures of the car after we pulled it from behind the barn and started on the engine swap.

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This will be a very slow restoration. I am hoping once I get some pictures of the front clip and the damage on the car you guys can give me some tips on where to start with the repair.

Thanks, Garrett.
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#2
good luck just keep plugging away at it you will get her done
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#3
Thanks! I am hoping to start ripping into it in may before I start work in June. Hopefully I can pull the motor and tranny back out and take the hood, fenders, bumper, grill etc off so the front end will be ready to start structural repair. The car has mint shock towers and fender aprons so my plan is to leave those intact and just replace the rail so that I can line everything up with the shock towers.
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#4
I found some pics of the car at her poor storage yard.. looking sad! Does anybody know if that door sag would be caused from misaligned/worn hinges?
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Somebody stole the damn horse out of my grill!
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Here it is after we installed the motor (old air cleaner obviously) wish i took the time to clean the engine bay but i guess it is coming back out and ill have another chance to do it right.
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As you can see the wiring is a mess in this car, luckily my father is an electrician and we will be able to get that sorted out.



Here are some pics of me at my summer job as a fishing guide. If I remember correctly the pike was 42" and the lake trout was 43" with a 23" girth.
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#5
Wow, what monsters of fishes Exclamation Congrats!

Nice story and your vert seems to have a good substance to start with - despite the bad front end... It will be worth it! What's the Cleve you bought - a 2V or 4V?

Door sagging could be caused from misaligned or worn hinges, yes...

Wish you good luck with your project and keep us up to date!

Tim

Tim

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly Angel
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#6
Thanks Tim, I didnt catch the fish, I am just the guide lol. Sometimes I feel like I caught them though when I tell the guest what lure to use and where to fish. The kid with the lake trout was actually sleeping in the front of the boat when he hooked into it!

The motor is a 2v out of a cougar came with a rebuilt c6 which is still sitting in the garage as the one that was in the stang was good we didnt wanna chance the "rebuilt" one. We took the aluminum edelbrock intake and holly 750 off the old motor. Also installed a new distributor which will likely be going in the trash. I bought it thinking it was MSD.. after I got the box in the mail I realized it said MDS or something like that. My mistake I guess. We'll see if it works temporary when the time comes.
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#7
Welcome & Congrats on the progress you've made so far! Keep at it- it's a labor of love.

"A really great man is known by three signs-generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success." -Otto VanBismark

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Here are some pictures of the front clip I bought. It must have been poorly primed as it began to show surface rust right away. I have since coated it in oil and covered it. I will likely blast it and epoxy prime it when the weather warms. As you can see, the rad support is new along with the front aprons (both sides) and the rear half of the apron on the driver side. Cowl appears to be in good shape from what I can see. How would you guys approach the repair knowing that my aprons, towers, and rad support all appear to be good. I only have a problem with the rail on the passenger side on my car.
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#9
Great project, love the pics. door sag can absolutely be caused by weak or worn or misaligned hinges. I'd start there anyway. That's some big ass fish. The trout looks like dinner.

Going fast is fun but life is short so slow down and enjoy the ride Big Grin Frank
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#10
I ordered a marti report today to find out what options the old girl came with. As far as I know now it was a black 302 car. Im anxious to see what the report says. I ordered the deluxe with personalized statistics. Die is an expensive paper!
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