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Build/Restore Thread: 1973 Ford Mustang Fastback
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Hey guys, I've been on many forums so I know how the system works.

This is my first build/restore. 1973 Ford Mustang Fastback. Currently, the engine starts but it is not drivable due to a minor transmission problem. Right now it is in the shop getting checked out. I'm more of the cosmetic builder - so I let the pros handle the engine/transmission situation.

I will post pictures during the process except the engine/transmission part because it will be done by the pros.

A little history behind the fastback: There was a TV show called 'Repo Games' and the guy couldn't pay back the loan or couldn't make payments. He failed to answer 3 of the questions correct so they repo'ed his car.

The Fastback episode starts at 7:30. Feel free to watch the whole show.

Link - http://www.spike.com/full-episodes/um439...n-1-ep-102

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Update: I talked to my mechanic and he says there are quite a bit of things that needs to be worked on as far as the mechanical side of the Fastback. So I went ahead and gave him the green light to start working on it. When it's done, I will do my best to take pictures of the work that was done to the car. It may take a while for him to do all the work so we gotta be patient! But if you guys have any questions, opinions, or suggestions about the Fastback, feel free to post it on here!
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#2
What motor/tranny combination does she have? What are your intentions for the future? Daily driver, weekend cruiser, street beast, strip? Nice pics of the "before" for this build/restore thread! Smile

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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#3
I recall watching that episode and if I remember I knew the answers to the questions. Overall the car looks pretty solid, how is it up close?
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#4
Good luck with the car, it has a very memorable story!

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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73vertproject;105749 Wrote:What motor/tranny combination does she have? What are your intentions for the future? Daily driver, weekend cruiser, street beast, strip? Nice pics of the "before" for this build/restore thread! Smile

I believe it has a Edelbrock 351c engine with less than 5,000 miles (according to the previous owner) and it is connected to a C4 Automatic Transmission. I will update with more information about the engine/tranny combo when I learn more from my mechanic.

After it's all done, it will be more of a weekend cruiser but I am not going to keep it for a long time. I'm the kinda guy that buys the car that need to be restored/built back together. And then sell it. That's the kind of business I would like to get into so this is my first project and will see how it goes!

RacerX;105754 Wrote:I recall watching that episode and if I remember I knew the answers to the questions. Overall the car looks pretty solid, how is it up close?

Then you would've won the car back! It is pretty solid, there are a few rust areas that needs to be taken care of before paint. Overall the body is real straight. The interior is not bad at all - I just need to freshen it up a bit.

droptop73;105764 Wrote:Good luck with the car, it has a very memorable story!

Thanks! I agree - that's part of the reason why I am restoring and building it back together.
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#6
Again, howdy from Phoenix. Fixing up and selling is typically a money losing business especially if you are paying folks to do the work. You indicate you do the cosmetic side? You will do the body/paint yourself? That could mean the difference between losing money on the deal or not.

I am gonna bet once you get it fixed up and drive it a bit you will decide to keep it. Wink

The engine is almost certainly a 351C (looking at the pic). The transmission is probably an FMX or C6. Edelbrock didn't make an aftermarket 351C but they do make aftermarket heads for them. Looking at the picture I don't think your engine has the Edelbrock heads. THe valve covers and air cleaner do appear to be Edelbrock.


If you get the gumption to pull the engine so you can clean up the engine bay and paint it, let me know. I can help you pull it.

I only saw two questions and then they went to the Harley house. I could have answered those easy. Does he get the third question wrong later on? Too many commercials.

'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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will e;105970 Wrote:Again, howdy from Phoenix. Fixing up and selling is typically a money losing business especially if you are paying folks to do the work. You indicate you do the cosmetic side? You will do the body/paint yourself? That could mean the difference between losing money on the deal or not.

I am gonna bet once you get it fixed up and drive it a bit you will decide to keep it. Wink

The engine is almost certainly a 351C (looking at the pic). The transmission is probably an FMX or C6. Edelbrock didn't make an aftermarket 351C but they do make aftermarket heads for them. Looking at the picture I don't think your engine has the Edelbrock heads. THe valve covers and air cleaner do appear to be Edelbrock.


If you get the gumption to pull the engine so you can clean up the engine bay and paint it, let me know. I can help you pull it.

I only saw two questions and then they went to the Harley house. I could have answered those easy. Does he get the third question wrong later on? Too many commercials.

I'm only paying folks that fixes up the mechanical side of the car. I am more of a cosmetic type guy so I will be doing body/paint and little bit of electircal. Haha we shall find out if I want to keep it after I drive it.

Engine. The previous owner told me it is a Edelbrock 351C, and has a pretty decent dress up kit. I guess he just forgot to mention it's a 351C engine with Edelbrock heads and nice dress up kit. Or forgot to mention that it just has a Edelbrock dress up kit. I'll have to talk to my mechanic about that. Also I might have to take up your offer for pulling the engine out so that I can do my body work on the small rust issues in the engine bay. I've always wanted to know how to do it and see a person do it. Only small problem, I don't have the engine hoist or crane and an engine stand. Because I don't know how to pull an engine out and all that.

He got the third question right I believe. The question was - Which month is the black history month or something? He answered February, which is correct. Got the 4th one wrong - can't remember the question though.
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#8
Pulling the engine isn't too bad. I don't have a picker, I can usually borrow one. Engine stand is pretty cheap at Harbor Freight. I had one and loaned it out. I don't have one anymore. Smile

If you are going to fix it up it's really the only way to clean up the engine bay right. I painted mine about 15 years ago and it still looks pretty darn good.

Also, cleaning up the engine itself is so much easier when it is out. We will want to do all of this before you paint the car itself. Smile


BTW. The fenders look good but if you have to replace them, the 73 fenders are different than 71/72 fenders.

Are you in Mesa?

'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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will e;106059 Wrote:Pulling the engine isn't too bad. I don't have a picker, I can usually borrow one. Engine stand is pretty cheap at Harbor Freight. I had one and loaned it out. I don't have one anymore. Smile

If you are going to fix it up it's really the only way to clean up the engine bay right. I painted mine about 15 years ago and it still looks pretty darn good.

Also, cleaning up the engine itself is so much easier when it is out. We will want to do all of this before you paint the car itself. Smile


BTW. The fenders look good but if you have to replace them, the 73 fenders are different than 71/72 fenders.

Are you in Mesa?

My mechanic told me about the engine bay situation with the rust. He suggested getting a whole new engine bay frame or sheet metal because there was nothing under the engine so I gave him the green light to take care of the engine bay including painting it jet black (special paint) when it's all done. They are going to take the engine out of the car anyway so why not get it done while the engine is out. Actually gave me a pretty decent deal on it so I let them do it.

I don't think I need new fenders - but I could tell they were different from the '71/'72. Thanks for the advice though!

I'm not located in Mesa - I'm over by Scottsdale/Fountain Hills. Are you in Mesa?
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#10
Yeah, I am located near Lindsey and Gilbert.

I got lucky with my Mustang. It was an AZ car to begin with and rustless. (I picked it up 28 years ago)

'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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