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How long and how many Mustangs have you saved
#1
Just curious how long everyone has been on the Mustangtrain. I myself just re-enter the ownership ranks, but having worked at Ford Dealers for some 18 or so years have always been servicing or driving them. Restoring them is a new adventure, which is why I searched and found 71-73 site. I can remember fixing a new one back in 1972, but we all know it's not the same working with one thats near 40 years old.
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Alan L
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#2
i kicked off around 6 years ago without any mechanicals skills. i stumbled into the pony scene by accident :-) i figured the car doesn't drive as it is so i can't end up breaking it down more. SO i started up step by step.

learning by doing is my motto and it seems to work :-)
in my opinion, having a good network of people who REALLY know what they're talking about is essential.
then having the right literature (workshop and assembly manuals) is a BIG help and having enough time!

regards
abudi
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#3
Being raised in Dearborn it was a life long sort of thing. In '65 our neighbors brought home a red mustang convertible. That was the car that started me off. Being only 7 at the time, I knew I had a long way to go. Being a Ford brat, we got a new lease car every year. I remember dad bringing home the first real cool new car. A 1970 Cougar convertible. After that we went with station wagons, vans, pinto's, etc. By 1978, I had gumption to ask for a loan to buy this '73 stang that was at the parking lot down the street for sale. Still have it to this day although I've gone through a 70 sprint coupe, a '65 red (originally green) convertible, a red 73 mach with a bad sunroof, an 83 GT that got hit by a recycling truck, an 85 GT, then a brand new 93 white GT convertible (traded in for a 94 red GT convertible). Then I got married. All cars were sold 'cept the first Mach.
1973 Mach 1 - Medium Bright Yellow - (in restoration mode)
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#4
Well I have been in love with Mustangs ever since I was a teenager but was to busy partying and playing in all sorts of bands to even own a car.finally got a drivers licence at 25 but still had no cash for a stang. I was always telling all my friends `one day I will own a 71 mustang`Ok so I own a 72 big deal hahahaha close enough .2 summers ago I found one close to my house for sale. Went to see it with a friend of mine who knows cars better than I do talked to the girlfriend/ wife and a week later I was driving it home.
Eric


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DRIVE IT DON'T STORE IT!
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#5
http://www.7173mustangs.com/showthread.php?tid=667

This thread goes right along with this one also. Lots of good stories. (Not trying to Hijack) just thought they worked well with each other
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#6
A friend of my Mom's had a '71 Mach 1 (much like Rocketfoot's) and I fell in love with it (I was 14 at the time). He wrecked it shortly after and got rid of it, but I never lost the feeling for the '71-73s.

My first car (in 1987) was an '82 GL hatchback (2.3L, auto, whitewall tires and wire-wheel hubcaps). Over the 2.5 years I owned it, I customized it and loved driving it while stationed at Holloman AFB, NM. I stored it for 15 months while I was stationed in Izmir, Turkey, and came home to everything mechanical deciding to leak - so feeling overwhelmed with having to repair everything, I traded it for my first 4x4. (these days, I wouldn't be as worried about something like needing new engine seals).

That was back in 1990, and here we are this past summer with me buying my '71 Mach 1 - finally realizing the dream I had as a boy so long ago. This will be my first restoration - but I'm "All In" and can't wait to get done to the point of actually driving my dream.
Eric

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(12-26-2010, 02:48 AM)Mister 4x4 Wrote: A friend of my Mom's had a '71 Mach 1 (much like Rocketfoot's) and I fell in love with it (I was 14 at the time). He wrecked it shortly after and got rid of it, but I never lost the feeling for the '71-73s.

My first car (in 1987) was an '82 GL hatchback (2.3L, auto, whitewall tires and wire-wheel hubcaps). Over the 2.5 years I owned it, I customized it and loved driving it while stationed at Holloman AFB, NM. I stored it for 15 months while I was stationed in Izmir, Turkey, and came home to everything mechanical deciding to leak - so feeling overwhelmed with having to repair everything, I traded it for my first 4x4. (these days, I wouldn't be as worried about something like needing new engine seals).

That was back in 1990, and here we are this past summer with me buying my '71 Mach 1 - finally realizing the dream I had as a boy so long ago. This will be my first restoration - but I'm "All In" and can't wait to get done to the point of actually driving my dream.

goodpost you know thats whats its all about, The dream we all had as kids, finally making the dream come true.
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#8
I bought my first black & yellow Big Grin Mach1 in 1976, then another one in 1981 and then sold the 1st one and bought a rough 72 sprint conv and then sold that and bought and 85 conv and blew the head gaskets and bought a 73 conv and then bought another 72 sprint conv and sold the 73 and then bought a 2004 Mach three years ago.


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(12-26-2010, 08:38 AM)vamach1 Wrote: I bought my first black & yellow Big Grin Mach1 in 1976, then another one in 1981 and then sold the 1st one and bought a rough 72 sprint conv and then sold that and bought and 85 conv and blew the head gaskets and bought a 73 conv and then bought another 72 sprint conv and sold the 73 and then bought a 2004 Mach three years ago.

Where are you in Virginia? Im in Knoxville Tn.
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#10
Most of my wayward youth was spent building Pontiacs. In 98 I sold the GTO after 20+ years to start a new automotive adventure. I had always liked the idea of a Ford (would NEVER go chevy Big Grin) My wife liked Mustangs and I wanted a convertible... which led to the obvious choice. After kissing many frogs in our price range, we found the 73. It drove and handled so much better than the earlier cars we loved it. A little less than a year after we got it a &%^$#@(* made a blind left turn in front of me and bloodied the nose of my pony. This turned my nice little driver into the project I did not want. 6+ years later a friend challenged me to get it back on the road. That goal was accomplished in about 10 weeks.
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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