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HD auto transmission option
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A posting on one of the FB pages piqued my curiosity with a factory FMX equipped 302 Mach 1, which was also a DSO 92 export car. 




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I never ran across an FMX equipped 302 car, so I'm curious what would drive that option? Is it the export vehicle status, or was there a "heavy duty" trans option on the order sheet? It seems that by the info in the MPC, it's a 72-73 only option.  I'm aware that you could get the C-6 on the 351-2V 71~73 and some other Fords you could get the Z-code HD C-6 with the tow package, but there was no such option for the Mustang.


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#2
Hi HK 

Where would it have got exported to?

As I have experienced in Auto industry when production gets squeezed, they possibly had a parts shortage on C6 and someone at Ford decided to use what they have in stock.  Chin

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I have misplaced my Marti book mustang by the numbers or I would look up how many were made. I do know there were some one offs listed. Export cars did get some better parts note the Export brace used on the early Shelby Mustangs was standard on Export Mustangs.
In 72 all T-5 Mustangs got rear window defogger except of course the verts.
Now where is that darn book?


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#4
Rather odd per Marti
In 71 there was only one coupe and two fastbacks with the 302 / FMX
In 72 there were over 34,053 mixed of all 3 body styles  302 / FMX
In 73 there were zero
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(08-21-2019, 08:41 AM)OMS Wrote: Rather odd per Marti
In 71 there was only one coupe and two fastbacks with the 302 / FMX
In 72 there were over 34,053 mixed of all 3 body styles  302 / FMX
In 73 there were zero

Interesting....

IIRC, there were 125K +/- Mustangs built in '72. 

How many were equipped with 302 engines?


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#6
A shortage of C4 transmissions?



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(08-21-2019, 08:41 AM)OMS Wrote: Rather odd per Marti
In 71 there was only one coupe and two fastbacks with the 302 / FMX
In 72 there were over 34,053 mixed of all 3 body styles  302 / FMX
In 73 there were zero
Both of my 72 Sprint coupes have 302/FMX drive trains.

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(08-21-2019, 11:51 AM)Hemikiller Wrote:
(08-21-2019, 08:41 AM)OMS Wrote: Rather odd per Marti
In 71 there was only one coupe and two fastbacks with the 302 / FMX
In 72 there were over 34,053 mixed of all 3 body styles  302 / FMX
In 73 there were zero

Interesting....

IIRC, there were 125K +/- Mustangs built in '72. 

How many were equipped with 302 engines?
A bit over 62,000
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It was a double edged sword problem for Ford. The runaway success of a new model launch caused a severe shortage of the default automatic transmission (C4) for most vehicle lines. (Don C is correct) The launch of the totally new from the  ground up 72 Gran Torino line surpassed all of Ford's wildest sales expectations. Sales of the 71 Torino were around 326,463 (numbers vary by source) and when the dust settled, the 72 Gran Torino numbers were 496,581. Almost a half a million cars!! And that doesn't even take into account the sister Mercury car sales numbers! Helping add to this was the fact that the new Torino was basically un-challenged as the sole totally new car at 72 vehicle launch for the BIg Three. GM had planned on having some restyled "A" body cars for 72 launch, but another strike killed that. The A body from 71-75 included  Chevelle, Malibu, Laguna, Monte Carlo, Skylark, Regal, F-85, Cutlass, GTO, Tempest, LeMans, Grand Am, and Grand Prix. So you can see this was a big hit for GM and basically left the new Gran Torino unchallenged in a very competitive segment.

The standard engine in the 72 Torino was the 250 6cyl, 302 for the Squire wagon and Gran Torino Sport, both using the C4 for the A/T choice. The C6 was the default transmission for 4bl/performance, Police Interceptor, taxi, and trailer tow options. A large portion of the sales were everyday "Family Trucksters" 250, 302, 351W's that required the C4. The C4 was produced exclusively at the Sharonville, OH plant from 64-81 and was just up against the wall as far as capacity restraint. With the C4 also utilized in all the other car and truck lines, Ford had no choice but to utilize the medium duty FMX as a substitute for the C4. I had a FMX in my 70 M code Torino GT that was a pretty tough transmission and that was capable of chirping the tires when it shifted at will. (I did tell the nice officer I had nothing to do with that, the car did it on it's own)!   Big Grin

By the time 1973 new vehicle launch had arrived, Ford had addressed the capacity issues at the Sharonville plant and no longer had to use the more expensive FMX in place of the C4.

OK...that's all I have!    Smile

Steve

No Officer...I really don't know how fast I was going, my speedometer stopped at 140!
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