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Hello fellow mustang owners. Before i start I would like to say that in the 80's and 90's our cars were the most disrespected of all mustangs. I say that only because mustang 2's were not even acknowledged....like if our cars were the black sheep the 74-78's were outright disowned. Things are different now. The third gen mustangs (or are they still first gen?) are appearing everywhere in movies and video games, and people are discovering that if you cant afford to shell out fifty thousand dollars but still want an honest to goodness muscle car era mustang you can still get one.

My car is a 1973 Mach 1, 351c 2v, fmx trans, factory air, Mustang that was originally Ivy glo with avocado interior. In 1986 the previous owner started on on some misguided bodywork, and replaced the interior. He also put some "brand new" (his words when i bought it despite them being pitted with all the chrome flaking off)Cragar S/S rims with fresh tires on it. There it sat till i picked it up in 2006. Dry rotted tires and yellow interior. No trunk pan to speak of. Yellow primer, and hole cut in the console with a utility knife to mount a trak auto horn button. None the less i have a fastback v8 mustang, and if there was any doubt that this car was mine i found a set of temp tags in the glove box that expired on the very day i was born in 1980.

Being a man of vision(or perhaps a hoarding problem), before i even knew of my car I accumulated 10 years worth of ford parts, and as such i have trouble deciding which direction i want to go with this. I have no less than 4 choices of engines to slam in the engine bay that could be in and fired up in a week or two. (5.0L gt40p engine, the 351c thats in it, a 71 400 from a LTD, or a 429 also from a 71 LTD) That is what brings me here. Hopefully with the help of like minded folks I can make up my mind for once.

The main issues at hand though are it needs a whole new interior, a new trunk and anything that is rubber needs replacing, other than that its actually quite complete.

So once again hello and i look forward to getting to know some new people.
Welcome! How do you see yourself driving this car?

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
welcome I'd vote for the big block 429 or the Cleveland myself. And, no big loss on the avocado green interior, but that's just meBig Grin. Welcome
Welcome to our community.

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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Engine choice or should I say choice's.....are you sticking with the FMX? If you are I would go with either the 302 or the 351.
or do you want to get into new springs and shocks with the 429?


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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
WELCOME aboard!

It sounds as if you have a really good "start", no matter which engine approach you decide to take. Since your car has factory AC, it would have come originally with the heavy duty cooling (radiator) and as a 351 car, it should already have the big block springs.

I believe you have come to a "good place" as there are many on this Site who have used one (or more) of the engine approaches you cited at one time or another. I am sure you will find all the support that you might need.

Again, Welcome and I look forward to interacting with you on the Forums.


Do the RIGHT thing.
Welcome to the forums! Glad to have you aboard! You are right about the 71-73's! Our little niche will soon be the next big thing! Big Grin

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1971 Mach 1 - 306cid/C4 Bright Yellow
"Just relax, I've got a friend named Felix who can fix anything!" ~James Bond
Welcome to the fun. If its a Sunday driver I say the 429, but if it's going to get out of the garage more than that I'd say the 351. Just my 2 cents.. Welcome to the best Site for the 71-73's around. What a great bunch of people here.
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