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July 2016 COTM
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This is our 73 Mach1 H Code the day we got it to our driveway in June 2015. My son and I passed it on the way to my parents house. I said to him, "I think thats a early 70's Mustang, Bubby." His response was, "Where?!?!" We turned around, parked along side the road, and started walking up to it. The boy immediately stated, "Oh, daddy. I don't know. This Mustang looks pretty sick and needs to see a car doctor." He's five by the way.

About this time a man comes out of the nearby house and asks if he can help us. We asked at that time if we could look at the car. He said, "That old pile. Sure. It was my sisters down in South Carolina. I had it hauled up here awhile ago and there it's sat. I think it's a '72."

I could tell right away it was a '73. Once my son got up to the car he quickly changed his tune. See by this point he's already helping me change oil, rotate tires, and has taken his Power Wheel apart and put it 100% back together all by himself. He immediately started singing, " Daddy, we can take this thingy apart and fix it. Oh and that thing. Then we can take this out and try to fix it or get a new one." He was sold and his passion had me sold.

So I took him to my parents and then met my wife at a function at our daughter's school. On the way home from the function I subtly said to her, "Want to see an old car? It's just down that road." She said, "Sure why not."

We drove up to it and was amazed I called it an old car and not the 73 Mach1 that it was. After showing her the car two days later in that field it was running. The tires aired up enough to make it the couple of miles to the house.

Since then Franklin removed all the interior screws while I held the trim, I started the bolts off as he finished them, and all but the heater is out. We've serviced the engine and transmission. Cleaned up the wheels and put on new tires. Then I have gotten all the electrical working. A new full floor pan is in the works, servicing the rear diff and brakes, and a new exhaust. When we are not on the car itself were cleaning up, fixing up, and getting the interior fixed up.

Hopefully next year we'll have it sanded done, painted, and a new suspension on the front and rear. So lots of mention of the boy and me. My wife and my daughter are both into as well. They keep us company and are our CFO and final approval authority on decisions regarding the appearance of the car. Have to make sure the ladies in our lives want to be seen in our soon to be sweet ride.


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Eric Nonamaker
1973 Mach1 351C 2V
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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#2
You got my vote! Thanks for saving it!

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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#3
Cool story. You got my vote. My 3 year old daughter likes to help with the car. She mostly just holds the flashlight but still helpful. She told grandma the other day that she needed to work on her transmission. She's been helping me with my T5 conversion. Good to know she is paying attention. Only problem is she thinks we should paint it pink with purple stripes.

'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, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

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

- Jason
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#4
Great entry!! Good luck

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Iyman
1972 Mustang convertible run_horse  
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#5
I vote yes! Good job on keeping the family involved.

- Mike
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#6
You got my vote. Nice project.


John J
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#7
Eric,

Great story. I really like seeing family involved with a parent's passion!

Keep us posted on your progress. Pics are the best! Smile

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#8
Great story. I hope it all works out and the Kid gets the keys when the time comes!
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