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Before EBAY and the Internet
I started searching junkyards about 30 years for parts for my 67 Mustang....ditched that car after I started finding out how rotted it was with rust...but I remember finding the Cougar sequential still in the trunk of a 67 pulled them out for $25 what a great find that was.

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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
I got into Mustangs in the early 80's and there were several junkyards I was able to pick through. On the weekends I watched the classifieds. Back then I bought several cars for parts paying $35 for a '69 Fastback (some parts missing already), $50 for a '66 Coupe (no doors, but otherwise complete) and a few others. I even knew where a tilt column was for a 71-73. As I didn't own a big body then I didn't buy it, but seriously considered it to re-sell. I went looking for it several years ago, but the owner of the yard had died and we couldn't go in. It looked like it had changed too much anyway.

Parts were cheaper and plentiful back then, but obscure stuff is easier to find now. Add to that the plethora of quality reproductions and the good advice/experience on the internet!

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1931 Ford Model A Station Wagon
1969 Mach 1 - 351C, TKO-600, 4WDB, R&P, A/C, Shaker, Fold Down, etc.
1972 Mach 1 - 351C, FMX, PDB, PS, A/C, Fold Down, Console
1996 Mustang Cobra Convertible - 10psi Procharger
I have been doing this since 1985 when I bought my first Mach 1 it was a 72 Green w/silver accents under the red primer, my car had a baby blue 73 front end on it so I had to primer it..

I bought all the parts off a complete 73 Mach 1 back then for $100.00 which included nasa hood,grille,all wiring for tach conversion front to back w/convenience group,console,folddown,rear spoiler and rimblow wheel.

I used to scour the junkyards just about every weekend with my friends. But yes the internet has been good for finding the more obscure stuff.

I am just here to eat my lunch and screw stuff up!!!!!Haha
No doubt, the internet has changed things, but the hunt for parts still goes on. Yes, it was great when good cars and rare parts could be found in junk yards, they were still there because the yard served a local market. Once the internet and cheap shipping came into play, the junk yards were picked clean and parts sent coast to coast. Now we spend hours sitting in front of a screen with a CC at the ready, rather than driving around the country side and hiking through junkyards with a wad of cash stuffed in jeans pocket.
The good news is that there are still good finds right around the corner. Within the last 5 years, I found my cars less a hundred miles from my house, and they were not on EBAY or advertised outside the local area. So, don't stop searching the local swap sheet, or talking to people you meet, because you never know what's hidden away in your town.

current cars-71 Mach 1 429SCJ, 67 390 GT convertible
past cars- 70 Boss 302, 67 coupe, 68 coupe, 70 GT350, 71 Mach 1, 86 GT
others past and present: 71 Jag XKE, 73 Datsun 240Z, 79 Mazda RX7, 03 Audi Allroad Bi-Turbo
I didn't start chasing parts for 71-73s until I bought my first one when I was reassigned back to the US in 1976. It was salvage yards, ads, and word of mouth then. I started the quest for "go fast" parts in 1971 when I bought a 1966 Mercury Cyclone GT. Hard to say what my best find was. Finding N case diffs is always a thrill. Finding good FE parts is also a hoot. Best recent find was a 72 4 bolt, standard bore short block as a "just in case" spare. Searching salvage yards used to be recreational activity for me. They have all dried up in my area (OKC).

I've had my 73 Convertible since 1974, but really never needed any hard to find parts. I do remember when junk yards had some kind of squak box hooked up to many other junk yards and would could always hear someone over the speaker asking for a part; kind of a primitive internet!

The annual swap meets at Carlise PA was always and still is a good place to go and find parts. I remember going there back in the 80's and selling a lot of MG, Triumph, and Jaguar parts that I salvage from going to a dumpster when the British Leyland dealership I worked at went out of business. I filled up a Dodge 300 Maxivan with parts from there. Still got some left in the basement.

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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Don65Stang;25110 Wrote:I don't know if I could do it without the Internet...just don't have the time to search out the parts like that anymore.

Well - I found this license plate on Ebay for $10. I've been on Ebay since Oct 1998 - dang - that's almost 13 years.

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I did a lot of 65/66 cars in the late 70's. I knew very yard owner on a first name basis, I knew every mustang they had and a lot of them would call me whenever they got one in. But it was way different then because there were probably 75 65/66 Mustangs in yards within 50 miles of my house.

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My mustang is named Beth.

As in

Beth I hear you calling and I'll fix you right this time.
but both the kids need braces and I just can't spare a dime.
Just a few more paychecks and I'll get right back to you.
Oh Beth what can I do? Beth what can I do?
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