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Hello from a long time lurker...and finally an owner
#1
Hey folks,

My name's Joe and I live in Massachusetts.

I grew up in a car family, expecially a Ford family (you can say we bleed Ford Blue). My dad's a street rodder, but I've been a Mustang freak ever since my aunt (at the time, my Uncle's girlfriend) pulled up to my grandparent's house in a black 1969 Mach 1. I was ten at the time, and I had never seen, or heard, anything like it. And I've been in love with the Mustang ever since.

I've owned various ponies throughout the years, with my first official car being a 1966 Mustang Fastback that I received as a high school graduation present. It was restoration project that I never got to enjoy becuase circumstances demanded I sell it. Being an 80's kid, I also had my share of Fox bodies, and my last pony was a 2000 GT. I love Mustangs of all stripes, but I've always had a soft spot for the 71-73. It goes back to when I was a senior in HS, and my uncle took me "shopping". He showed me a Grabber Blue '73 Mach 1. It needed some TLC, but I could see underneath that it was something special. I loved the low sleek lines. The near flat back blending ever so sublty into the kamback style rear end, with the slightest hint of a ducktail. My family couldn't get me to shut up about the car. Well, it turns out, that was the car I was supposed to get for my graduation, not the 66. And if not for the owner's obstinance, I would have had my dream car.

Now, fast forward nearly 30 years. A little older, maybe not so wise.

Like the title says, I'm a long time lurker, and as of today, agreed to buy and put a down payment on a 1972 Q-Code Mach 1. I may have the find of the year, and I have not been able to get the grin of my face ever since I shook hands with the owner.

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About 90% of the restoration work has been completed, and when I say this car is solid, it is solid. I crawled underneath the car with a flash light and I've never seen cleaner floors on a New England car. I should take delivery sometime in the next week when I can arrange for a flat bed. Everything I need to put the car on the street is included, even a brand new set of 15x7/15x8 Magnum 500's.

And the pictures do not so justice to just how beautiful the paint is. It looks factory/showroom new. Not super show quality mind you. It's not like it was wet sanded and polished. But it probably looks better than when it came out of the factory.

I can wait to put a little elbow grease on her and get her ready for the spring. She's not a perfect show car, but she's going to be a beautiful summer daily driver.

Anyways, I look forward to being a part of the community. I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions as I button her up and put the finishing touches on her. But it's never the big stuff that gets you, it's always those small niggling problems that cause the biggest headaches.

Joe
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#2
Cool car and story. Welcome from Iowa. Ask away. Everyone here is helpful. Lots of knowledge on here.
'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, 750 CFM double pumper, Holley Street Dominator intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#3
Welcome from San Diego. Congrats on the new ride.
- Mike
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#4
Welcome from the Netherlands. Nice car!
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#5
welcome from Luxembourg, Europe!
Contrats on finding your dream car.
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Mike

"If I were you...... I´d rather be me."  Tongue

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#6
welcome from Germany!

That sounds and looks like a great car and an easy project to make it perfect for you! A red/black 71/72 Mach 1 was initially my dream car. Now it is a gold '73 but that's another story... Wink

Btw: your rear spoiler looks to be installed backwards, wouldn't it?
Tim

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly Angel
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#7
Welcome from Amsterdam, The Netherlands! Great looking car, enjoy!
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#8
Hello & Welcome to the site from Michigan. Cool ride, looks real nice!
run_horse Run Horse Run!
John 72 Q Code
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#9
Welcome from North Carolina and glad your dream car has arrived. Sometimes I think mine is a nightmare, lol.

When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??
Tongue
David
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#10
Congrats and welcome from Ohio
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