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April 2011 COTM! Yellow 72 convertible
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Hi guys,
Here's my submission to the subject.

My Mustang is a 1972 Convertible, built in December 1971 in Dearborn.
It came with the following specs:

Original specs:
White Power Top w/Glass Backlite
FMX Cruise-O-Matic Transmission
Optional Axle Ratio
Traction-Lok Differential
F60X15 Belted Raised White Letter Tires
Convenience Group
Power Steering
Power Front Disc Brakes
Console
Appearance Protection Group
Color Keyed Racing Mirrors
Heavy Duty Battery
Power Side Windows
Magnum 500 Chrome Wheels
Competition Suspension
Metric Speedometer
Accessory Packaging
Export Label

Fast forward to 2001:
I found my car in the local classifieds. It was sitting only about a 20 minute drive from where I used to live. It belonged to a 72 year old guy whose wife didn't want to put up with the car any longer. So I bought it, at what later turned out to be too high a price, as the car was in bad shape.
It had been through a lot of use and abuse and had not been well cared for.
If I was to buy it today, I would run away from it as fast as I could. But I was naive and excited at the prospect of owning such a car and really had no knowledge about cars at all.
When I got it, it had been repainted red by some previous owner. The original color was showing in some places inside the doors and all the decals (jack instructions, door tag etc) had been painted over and there was red over spray almost everywhere. The paint had orange peel and drips.

   

Later I was to find out that the car had also been hit several times and that the front frame rails were bent.
On this picture that shows the car the day I got it (in red) you may notice for example that there is no line between the front fender and the lower front valance. There was a half inch thick layer of Bondo! We found many such spots all over the car.
Plus it was quite a rust bucket, but by then it was to late.

   

I bought the car about a month before we got married, so we used it as our wedding car, flowers on top of it and all.
I drove it without any problems for about a year.
Then I decided to have the engine overhauled. So it came out, and was rebuilt using a new carb, intake manifold and cam (all by Edelbrock) and we built a custom made exhaust system from 2 1/2 inch pipes with long tube headers and Edelbrock mufflers.
After that I drove the car for several years. I got me some Cragar Quick Trick wheels to replace the original Magnum 500s, which had been ruined by the previous owner. He thought they were not shiny enough anymore, so he decided to rough up the chrome using sandpaper and spray them over with wheel paint.
How stupid can you get?!?
Anyway, the Cragars came off after a year or so and were replaced by Centerline Auto Drag wheels. I always loved those rims on Mopars and bought mine off a guy who was running them on his 1970 'Cuda.
At the same time, it irked me that the red paint was so faded, so I decided to add white Le Mans stripes to make it look a little more spectacular.

   

But somehow, I did not like the looks of the Centerlines on my car, and they were replaced by the original Magnum 500, that I had (rather unsuccessfully) tried to restore, by stripping the paint and repainting the "triangles" black.


All that time I drove it without any problems. We even took her on a trip through Italy (Tuscany).

Then, finally in the winter of 2004-2005, I had enough of it all and decided it was time to put it back into shape, the way it should be done.
I had her completely restored, and repainted Corvette yellow, as I did not like to go back to the original Medium Brown Metallic finish. I loved the 'Cuda in the TV series "Nash Bridges" and I liked the look of the yellow combined with the white interior

I did not want to restore the car to factory specs, but I decided to have it done the way I wanted it.
The car had lost some of its original equipment over the years and now I decided to also get rid of some things like the complete Appearance Protection Group as I didn't like the moldings on the side of the car. The same goes for the bumper guards that came off too.
At the same time many parts were painted such as the fender extensions and the grille or blacked out namely the taillight bezels and the taillight panel and a front spoiler and a Summit hood scoop was fitted that was later replaced by a 1969 Mach 1 scoop.
The car got KYB shocks and was lowered by about one inch.
Plus, you guessed it: New rims! Big Grin The wheels of choice were 15 inch American Racing Torq Thrust with 255/60/15 white letter tires on all four.
Later the grille and the spoiler that had been painted yellow were painted flat black too, which gives the car a more aggressive appearance.

The original 302 engine lasted until 2009. I was replaced by a new 351W crate engine from Ford Racing. I rebuilt the 302 and it is stored in my garage, so the car can always be put back to its original engine config.

Last year I bought some 18 inch rims off a guy's 2006 Mustang with 285/40/18 in the rear and 255/45/18 up front.
That's all so far.
The next step will be redoing the interior with new door panels and replacing the long tube headers and the custom exhaust by shorty headers and an original replacement exhaust system because I want to lower the car further and it does not have sufficient ground clearance because of the headers. I also expect a slight raise in torque. We'll see.

Enough of that now, here are the pics:
Oh, and don't forget to click the "like" button if like what you see! :-)




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Mike

"If I were you...... I´d rather be me."  Tongue

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#2
WOW!!!!!


67 Diamond Blue Vert

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DUDE

LOL even my sig line offended somebody!
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#3
Thanks for sharing the story! Mine was my first venture into classics as well, and quite a learning experience, of course mine is not back together yet! I like your hood scoop, a nice look to a non-Mach hood for the convertibles! I've always preferred a black top for convertibles as well. It goes well with your yellow.
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#4

Nice post-nice car-nice story
It would be just too easy to start with a good car , right ?
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#5
Mike, I really like your car, of course I'm partial to yellow convertibles. Big Grin
I like the wheel and tire choice, stance and overall look. Someday mine will be that nice.

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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Mike

Great story....and like droptop I'm partial to yellow convertibles also!Big Grin

I like the look of the black torque thrusts...and looking at the grant steering wheel I just convinced myself that I'll have to do that to mine.

I bought a set of 05 GT rims and right now I have those as winter rims on my 08 Bullitt...but the nice thing is they will be placed onto the 73 so i'll move from 14 inch tires to 17"

Great looking car!!

Ken

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Ken

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
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whitesoc;11975 Wrote:Mike

Great story....and like droptop I'm partial to yellow convertibles also!Big Grin

I like the look of the black torque thrusts...and looking at the grant steering wheel I just convinced myself that I'll have to do that to mine.

I bought a set of 05 GT rims and right now I have those as winter rims on my 08 Bullitt...but the nice thing is they will be placed onto the 73 so i'll move from 14 inch tires to 17"

Great looking car!!

Ken

Thanx Ken!
You'll be surprised by the difference in handling! Believe me..... :-)


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Mike

"If I were you...... I´d rather be me."  Tongue

Check out my video:
http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-my-mustang-in-action

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#8
Nice job on your convertible. The yellow looks great!
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#9
Very nice in all respects, Mike! Great story, history, and photos. Well done!

Doc

Doc

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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
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#10
Beautiful! I love this convertible! Big Grin

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1971 Mach 1 - 306cid/C4 Bright Yellow
"Just relax, I've got a friend named Felix who can fix anything!" ~James Bond
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