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February 2011 COTM!
I bought my 72 Mach 1 new when I was 19 years old. I loved the look of the new Mustang in 71, but I was not able to buy one till 72. I wanted a new Mach 1 with a 4 speed and could not find any in stock in the Indianapolis area. I decided to order one in May of 72. The salesman showed me the 351 HO option package and since I was not interested in air conditioning at that time, and wanted the most performance that I could get, I decided to get that option. That package included the R code engine with solid lifters, aluminum intake manifold, 4 speed transmission, 3.91 traction lock nodular rear end, 15" wheels with F60X15 Polyglas tires, special cooling package, 80 amp battery. It is basically a Boss 351 with lower compression as it has open chamber heads. That is a good thing as it runs great on today's pump gas. I also ordered it with Sports interior package, AM/FM stereo, Magnum 500 wheels, rear window defroster, and power steering. It came with intermittent wipers, although I did not order it. I did not want the spoilers, side stripe, or argent/black paint on the hood. I agonized over what color to get, finally deciding on the Grabber blue. The car arrived in July 1972. I was told that production was delayed because they had to wait for the engine. I guess that mine is one of the last R code cars made in 72. The day it arrived I burned 3 tanks of gas (and a lot of rubber) just cruising around. I loved it, and still do. I got bit by the drag racing bug in 73 and ran stock eliminator in 73 and 74. When I got married I quit racing. It was my daily driver till 1977 when I got a used Ranchero. Also in 77 the original battery died. I replaced it with a JC Penney lifetime battery. They are still buying me batteries when I need one.
I have never had it restored, but it has had a repaint and the rust removed. It was also repainted and repaired when I let it roll into a tree in my back yard(ouch). The original engine has never been out of the car and with 96,000 miles, the car still drives and runs great. I love the sound of the solid lifters. I have replaced the dash pad, carpet and upholstery in recent years.
I really like driving this car. It takes me back to my younger days.
When I first got the car I decided that I was going to keep it as long as I lived. So far I have.

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what a great story! congratulations for the great car and life partner you have... Keep enjoing it!

Damián Cool

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Great article! The car vs. tree pic looks scary, but it looks like everything worked out! Very nice...Big Grin

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1971 Mach 1 - 306cid/C4 Bright Yellow
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gorgeous car , almost cryed when saw pic of it and tree, lol.
awesome that you are original owner.runninpony

in loving memory of my son ..Jason
mach1 fever;9522 Wrote:gorgeous car , almost cryed when saw pic of it and tree, lol.
awesome that you are original owner.runninpony

Have you gotten the Marti report? It's probably one of a handful with the HO engine in that color. I was only 14 when the 72 Mach1 came out so I could not buy one new but I have had mine (my 2nd 72 mach1) for 30 years. In the picture is my 1st Mach1 I bought in 1976.

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Very cool.
Great story!

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Awesome cars!

I think I still have those suits in the back of my closet somewhere.... Big Grin



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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
73vertproject;9565 Wrote:Awesome cars!

I think I still have those suits in the back of my closet somewhere.... Big Grin


rofl They say "pimpin aint easy" but..................shrug
Yeah, that tree incident had to hurt!! Beautiful recovery though! So, you didn't get to blame the kids?
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