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73 Mach 1 Info Help
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Hello everyone, my Dad bought a 1973 Mach 1 a couple of years ago to restore for me because he has a couple fully restored classic cars. I always wanted one and have loved mustangs. The problem we are running into, is my Dad would like to restore the Mach 1 completely original. Finding parts isn't an issue, but finding information about the Mach 1 and what original parts it had is becoming a tad difficult. Here is some information about it that I know:
1973 Mach 1
351 Cleveland
Brown/Copper Color
Power Steering
Power Brakes
Ac/Heat
Power Windows
Automatic
Hard Top

What were looking to know is there are things that talk about a ram intake, and different engine components that can make it either more valuable, or at least original. Does anyone know of a book I could buy, and or somewhere that has the different options for engines and what would add value or detract. If anyone can help that would be great.
                       
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#2
First of all - welcome to the best place on the web for 71-73 Mustangs! Sounds like a well optioned Mach 1 - and what a nice Dad you have! First, use the many resources you have right here on this forum. Go to the top of the home page and select "Data" and then select your year. You will find all the info you need to decode the VIN and door tag info for your car. You can also go to http://www.martiauto.com/reports2.cfm and get a Marti report for your car. That will give you a wealth of information about the options your car came with as well as build dates. You can see examples of Marti reports for cars on this forum by going to the "Data" section and clicking on Marti Reports on the drop down. Also, you can provide us with your VIN, door data plate info, and buck tag info (a tag usually found on the front radiator support that has your VIN and some other codes) and we will help. We love doing that kind of thing. Post up some pictures of your Mach 1 as well.

Steve
73 Mach 1 Blue Glow/Argent Q Code C6 Auto
73 Mach 1 Blue Glow/Argent Q Code 4 Speed
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Welcome from Arkansas
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#4
Welcome from Rhode Island.
like Steve said, you need to start with the Marti Report, that will tell you everything you need to know about your dads car, and how it left the factory.
it will also tell you all of the important dates, and options.
and once you get that report, we all can all help you here, you came to the right place my freind Smile

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Welcome! +1 to what the others said about the door data plate and the buck tag. Also post up a few pics when you can.

Steve



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Welcome from Chesapeake, VA!
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Welcome from North Carolina.

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Welcome! You have found an excellent resource.

So what are the overall plans for the car? You said make it original and asked about value and giving it 'more value'.

For example, if your car came with the factory 2v Cleveland it is a little less valuable than a 4v optioned Cleveland. But putting a 4v Cleveland won't necessarily add value to your car since the 4v isn't original.

On the other hand, if you are trying to go for a concours restoration then even little parts like spark plugs and hoses can become important and 'add' value. The flip side of course is using original vs NOS or aftermarket parts. For example, if you are going for a concours restoration then aftermarket door panels would detract from the value but if your intent is to fix it up and make it a 'nice driver' than replacing bad door panels with aftermarket door panels would 'add' value.

I am happy to hear when younger folks appreciate these mustangs. They really are cool cars!

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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Welcome to the site from Virginia! As indicated above, the Marti report will give you a wealth of information about your particular car. The Eminger report is also available from Marti. Keep us posted on your progress.



Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

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Thank you all for posting!! It's great to see so many who are willing to help and are full of wonderful information. I will defiantly get on the Marti report and start with that.

In response to will e,
that answered some of the starting questions such as the 2v to a 4. I don't think he's intending for every wire that's gone bad to be replaced with one from a 73, however, I know he wants to keep it as original as possible within reason.

I will get on posting some pictures here really soon, and after getting a Marti report and looking more in depth at all the great things this site offers, I will most likely then have more specific questions.

Thank you all once again!!
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