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Arizona Coupe
#1
Howdy,
I'm getting my 1973 base coupe, (351C, FMX) improved and roadworthy after sitting in a carport not running for the last four years. Upon initial inspection and troubleshooting, I found that the reason it had been sitting for so long unrepaired is because the fuel pickup was almost entirely blocked. Three "mechanics" and the young PO had been into this "troubleshooting", and in the end, they told him to replace the timing chain (appreciate that), which did not supply more fuel to the stock carb, and did not make it run. Cleared the pipe and the car ran. Hated to tell him.....but I did, trying not to laugh.

All that, and since then, I've added an edelbrock 2V RPM AIR intake, 600 cfm edelbrock carb, dual exhaust with flowmasters, fuel pump, new rear main seal, pan gaskets (AFTER peening the sculptured pan back to flat) new motor and trans mounts, new shocks, hoses, water pump, harmonic balancer, power steering pump, alternator, leaf springs, and of course, wheels and tires. I kept all of the stock parts for anyone who may someday want to return it to stock...which will never likely happen. Who would do that?

At this point, what remains is some front end work, (tie rods, ball joints, bushings, as needed, to eliminate on-road clunks, etc.) a little paint work, some interior work, and install or repair the few creature comforts, heat, A/C, the stock AM radio, etc... all of which I'm finding good help with here. Looking forward to getting it finished and taking it out for a run to Ocean Beach. Eventually.

Here she is after getting it started and chasing around the neighborhood making too much noise and exuding noxious odors. (F/A mix) See ya around!

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#2
Welcome to you with your '73 Mustang.
I would say "Arizona Dream".
#3
Welcome from western Tennessee! welcome

Ron
Rusty, a 1973 Mach 1, needs a lot of work.
Billy, a 1976 Ford Bronco, also needs a lot of work.
El Guapo, a 1986 F150, frame-off Resto-Mod.
Bubba, my 1994 F150, daily driver
Formerly, a 1973 Ford Mustang Coupe - a work in progress, then a car-b-qued banana.
#4
Hello from Mesa! Nice looking ride you have there. When the weather cools off us AZ guys should get together for a meet and greet.

'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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#5
Welcome from Bundaberg Australia.

He has all the vices I admire and none of the virtues I despise
#6
Welcome from northern California.

mike

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#7
Welcome from Virginia. Sounds like you saved it from a slow death!



Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

Our current Mustang garage/driveway
1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06


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#8
JimBrown55;185202 Wrote:Howdy,
I'm getting my 1973 base coupe, (351C, FMX) improved and roadworthy after sitting in a carport not running for the last four years. Upon initial inspection and troubleshooting, I found that the reason it had been sitting for so long unrepaired is because the fuel pickup was almost entirely blocked. Three "mechanics" and the young PO had been into this "troubleshooting", and in the end, they told him to replace the timing chain (appreciate that), which did not supply more fuel to the stock carb, and did not make it run. Cleared the pipe and the car ran. Hated to tell him.....but I did, trying not to laugh.

All that, and since then, I've added an edelbrock 2V RPM AIR intake, 600 cfm edelbrock carb, dual exhaust with flowmasters, fuel pump, new rear main seal, pan gaskets (AFTER peening the sculptured pan back to flat) new motor and trans mounts, new shocks, hoses, water pump, harmonic balancer, power steering pump, alternator, leaf springs, and of course, wheels and tires. I kept all of the stock parts for anyone who may someday want to return it to stock...which will never likely happen. Who would do that?

At this point, what remains is some front end work, (tie rods, ball joints, bushings, as needed, to eliminate on-road clunks, etc.) a little paint work, some interior work, and install or repair the few creature comforts, heat, A/C, the stock AM radio, etc... all of which I'm finding good help with here. Looking forward to getting it finished and taking it out for a run to Ocean Beach. Eventually.

Here she is after getting it started and chasing around the neighborhood making too much noise and exuding noxious odors. (F/A mix) See ya around!

[Image: 2v2ac0m.jpg]

Those rims look great on that car.
Ron
#9
welcome from Indiana
#10
Hi all, and thanks for the warm welcomes!

I got very lucky finding this sweet survivor in a lightly shaded carport....and there's another red '73 convertible in even better shape at the same place with better shade, only NOT driven for years...and both are ex-Copperstate Mustang Club cars, so well cared for, but basically abandoned to the carports years ago by their 93 year old purchaser. This one got used by the son and grandson to its detriment, but it's a survivor, and I love bringing it back to it's former glory. It is truly saved from a long, slow death.

Worst thing yet? Rope seal RMS after 4 years of drying out. 3 days of micron by micron "progress" with a sneaky pete. Seriously, ROPE SEALS? I don't remember a shortage of rubber when I graduated HS.....

PS: Thanks Ron. Those are 15x7 (pseudo) Torq Thrusts in charcoal with 215/65s on them. I think they suit the car.

Oh.. and if this link will work here.... it now sounds like so....
https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hvid...e=53A79C29
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