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72 Mach 1 (F code)
72 Mach 1 (F code) - Overview (This post was last modified: 01-10-2012, 03:48 PM by 72Q-code.)
Owner : 72Q-code
Data Added : 04-18-2011 - 01:12 PM
Views : 4245
Color : Bright Red
Engine : 302
Transmission : FMX automatic
72 Mach 1 (F code)
This is my other car; it has not gotten much attention as it is in Pennsylvania rather than Ohio currently. It gets driven about once a month in the decent weather just to keep everything fluid.

This car was purchased in 1992. At that time it only had 26,500 miles on it, and was in the condition you see here for the most part. This car has never been restored. I bought the car form the original owner’s son, as the owner had passed away and they were clearing out the house and garage the car sat in. It was not running when I bought it. The son only knew that "something was wrong with the carb, and it would need towed out". After neither of us wanting to throw out a price, I got him to admit he wanted $3,500 for the car. I offered 3 grand since it was not running and told him I could get a truck there that night. My brother and I returned with a battery, can of gas and some tools. We never called a truck. We pulled the bowl cover off the Holley carb, unstuck the float and started it right up. Drove the car out to the son's surprise! To this day I have never spent a better three thousand dollars.

The car became my daily ‘good weather’ driver for about the next ten years. I was 20 years old and in school. The car was just too much to resist any day it was not raining or snowing. It currently has about 73,000 miles on it. This car and I had allot of fun when we were in our twenties that’s for sure (we were both born in 1972!). A few car shows, plenty of long road trips, first real job interview (and several more), first date with wife, and on and on. It’s a time capsule. People have asked me if I regret all the miles I have put on it, and the answer is no way. The parts I have added mileage to can be replaced, the memories cannot. This car is intertwined in my life, and always will be. As I am now a trustee of my dad’s 57 Thunderbird, this car will also become a family keepsake. Enough of the nostalgia I suppose….

The car was HEAVILY undercoated by the original owner as you can see. Thankfully the undercoating was done well and is still soft. Although it is ugly it has kept the car pretty rust free, which is rare for this part of the country. I have started to scrape the undercoating off in areas with kerosene and a wood scraper. Below lies all the factory fresh markings in all their glory. That project will not be completed at least until the Q-code is done. At some point I would like to convert this car to a modern 5-speed transmission. It’s just more fun with three pedals!

I was in Pittsburgh (where the car stays for now, close to dad’s 57 Bird) over the weekend so I connected the battery and twisted the key. Started right up and drove it about 30 miles, added some fresh gas then tucked it back away in the garage. It’s almost more enjoyable when you only get the chance occasionally. It needs a good detailing, and I am a bit ashamed of the dust and dirt it shows in the pictures, but it's safe and dry for now until I get the more garage space in my own garage. Some weekend this summer it will get the deep cleaning it truly deserves.

The factory wheels were not on the car when got it. It had a set of aluminum western "turbine" wheels when I got it. It probably came with 14" caps and rings. What you see on it now are a set of Cragars that came with my Q-code. (The 15" rings and caps were an unknown portion of that transaction when I bought it!). I decided to put the 15" stockers on the Q-code and the rusty Cragars got blasted and painted a metallic grey. I then added some 15" GM trim rings for a torque-thrusty kind of look. I like them, and it is a good way to revive rusty Cragars!
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Data Added : 04-18-2011 - 01:12 PM
Views : 4245
Color : Bright Red
Engine : 302
Transmission : FMX automatic

Nice mustang..

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Good work - Nice car! Thanks for the great writeup!


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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
Very Nice.....great writeup

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73 Convertible 302-4v-3spd yellow /white int

08 Bullitt 4.6-5 spd black/black int

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy
Nice car and a creative fix on those old cragars.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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Nice job on the cragers. Very cool story/history.

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