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73 imported vert to NZ
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runninpony 
So a really long story short. Imported a 73 vert unfinished project from California. Was panel and painted 5 yrs ago but not put together. Owner selling due to ill health. Had new rear 1/4s and rear floor pan. I had it inspected prior to importing however exporter didn't spot the bad workmanship. Rear innder guards did not meet new outers in wheel arch. Bad repair to left rear trunk drop panel. Car had old accident damage in front where panel and painters had painted over buckled front chassis rails. One was cracked through at the crumple point. I was told the car was mint and would fly through compliance here in NZ. 
Engine 1974 351W and C4 had been running in vehicle, stored for 4 yrs then been running on owner old ford truck. He paid a guy to take it out and waterblast it and pallet it up for shipping. 

Car arrives with lots of new parts. I disconnect the C4 to discover water pours out of the driveshaft spline. Rebuild $1600. Idiot waterblasting it also got water down intake. 2 mths sitting during shipping. Seized motor. $9k rebuild. 

Certifier finds cracked chassis. Bugger! New Dynacorn chassis rail apron assemblies and cross members $2k, panel and paint shop to chop off the old front and line up, weld and paint new front $5k. Now I can finally start assembly. Sadly my budget well and truely blown!
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Before and after of the engine. New Edelbrock performer cam, E street heads, High compression pistons. Performer RPM intake. Should hopefully be around 350hp now. The engine numbers come back to a 74 galaxy low compression engine.
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Your wallet might disagree, but man, soo nice!
Wish I could be that far and contemplate such a clean engine bay on my 71!

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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Sharp! Coolphotos

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runninpony 
Really nice, that black looks sinister!

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!
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Motor finally in. Now to work out the plumbing!
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WOW what a story. I always recommend that anyone buying a car like you did to make their own inspection of the vehicle. Engines that are together are not what you want to buy. To easy to clean and paint and be junk inside.
I do like the fixture that they put your car back together on. Looks like it could fit any chassis.
You have done some great work and keep the pics coming for sure.


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#10
Looking good and don't we all know about budget blow-out, not to mention "whileimatititis"
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