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Aussie 67's story
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    [attachment=22137]I have been hanging around this forum for several months now and must first of all say you guys are great. The information contained within is simply invaluable. I have not gone looking for anything without some sort of success and normally great success. When I have asked a question or two, I have had nothing but help.
So to my story. Due to a family friend having a 71 when I was about 12, I have always had a love for Mustangs and particularly 71-73. Unusual I know. I always promised myself one of these cars one day.....
In 2002 I was fortunate enough to be transferred to the US with work and had the pleasure of living in Atlanta for 3 1/2 years. A wonderful experience. I knew this was my opportunity to collect a really nice car to bring back to the land of Oz. It was always going to be a 7173 car. Well one day in 2004 all of that changed. I saw the upcoming 2005 model and instantly fell in love. I had to have one. As fate would have it, I was soon to be transferred to Northern Ontario in Canada.
I didn't want to buy my car to soon before my return to Oz, if I was going to buy a late model, I wanted to take it home as new as possible. Once the GT500 was released in 2007, I knew exactly what was coming home with me and it did. A 2007, Vista Blue with Tungsten Stripes made the journey and underwent conversion to right hand drive RHD. I still have and will never sell it.
We joined the local Mustang club here in Perth, a great club which is very active, and around this time my wife decided she really liked fox body mustangs and we ended up buying a bit of an unloved Fox and beginning the restoration process. (I thought it would be good practice for my 7173).
As is always the way, no sooner had we began this car, than a 73 Q Code I had known of became available. It belonged to a local Ford dealer who had been pretty good to me for several years, and they were doing it up as a mascot car for their performance centre. They had 65k into this car, supposedly, but it was still only about 60% complete, supposedly. I was assured by the general manager this car had no rust, no bondo, etc etc. the engine had been rebuilt and tested on the Dyno the bodywork including paint is complete, you know the story..... Starry eyed and believing the story a deal was struck for less than 20k. Done well right? Not so much.
Once I had the car in my possession, it started to dawn on me, what a pig I had picked up. A totally botched RHD conversion had been half completed. All sorts of parts were missing and if we all know how hard it is to get parts for our cars then times it by ten for Australia and then times that by 3 for RHD. At this point I totally lost heart with this car. It may sound a little melodramatic but my 35 year dream was totally shattered. Very disappointing. So, what to do, cut my losses and sell it as is or join the very charitable "save a Mustang" club. Obviously I went with the later, but it must say there has been many, many times I have regretted this decision many times. Especially trying to afford two complete resto's at the same time. My wife and I did the fox and I ended up getting a local shop to do a fair portion of the 73 for me. Just as well I did because I do not think I would have had the capability myself.
After finding a multitude of mechanical and electrical sins on this car along with lots of bondo and some rust, not too bad thankfully, we actually made it too the point we could start the rebuilt engine. Long story short nothing but further issues, heads had not been fitted correctly, valve train, roller rockers were set up incorrectly and, and, and.
Let's start on the good news. Our club had its local show and shine last weekend and I actually managed to drive my Q code to the show and back. All is now forgiven, it was so great. I had this ludicrous smile all over my face all day. The car runs extremely well now, and i think looks pretty good as well. There is still a lot I want to do to get it where I want, but at least while I am getting some enjoyment back from driving it, I am motivated to keep going.
We also managed to get the Fox to the show, where my wife picked up a trophy for that era of car. We still have a way to go on this car as well but it's now enjoyable.
So at least now I am starting to think my dream is becoming a reality. Until mach71351c informed me today the spoiler is on backwards that is. Lol, just kidding, I appreciate the feedback and that's exactly what this site is all about. Awesome.
So that's my story and if you're still reading, sorry, but I feel better. Sometimes it's good to get things out.

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Cool story and nice herd you have there! goodpost

Brett
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banana Nice rides.

1973 Mach 1 Q code 351 4V, 9A paint, standard interior, 3.50 rear, C6 trans.
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Man' that's quite a stable you have there... I'm jealous!

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Jim
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Flatback72;169636 Wrote:Cool story and nice herd you have there! goodpost

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Very nice story - at least the outcome.

Thanks for sharing.
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Great story. Great to hear you stayed the course on the 73. Does your wife drive the GT500 and the 73 also?

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Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

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


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Thanks for the comments guys, appreciate it.

The spoiler is now around the right way and I'm also glad I have stuck with it. Like I said, I still have a ways to go but at least I can tackle it at my pace now.

Yes my wife drives all of the cars and enjoys them very much. It's great to have the common interest we can share. She drives the hell out of them.
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My Mrs wouldn't drive mine if my life depended on it! She says the rumble scares her!
And she has always driven big cars ... Go figure! Hehe

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