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My 1st 71-73 Project.. it's a great day!
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... So I mentioned in my introduction post that I was looking for a project to work on as I wind down my motorcycle racing days.
 I said then I always loved the 71-73 Mustangs.. and was intent on doing one...
  As luck would have it, my initial post proved to be the linchpin to getting my hands on a project car much sooner than I expected. A very helpful member of this forum contacted me and offered me a deal on a car at a great price and allowed me to work it out so it did not hurt me financially through the holiday season.. we all know how stressful and expensive the last part of the year always is.. so it was a blessing to get the help!
 Anyways, so now I have my project.. and I am looking forward to the day when it is complete..!!

  My new project is a 1972 Grandé Coupe. 
The Grandé is a H code 351-2V with the FMX automatic and a regular open 2.73 rear. It was optioned with the white vinyl roof over the bright metallic blue body color., high back buckets done in blue vinyl/cloth.. a full console, am radio, air conditioning, tilt steering column with power steering and power disc brakes. That's about all the extra fancy options it came with. 
As a Grandé model the car could have been ordered with many more options.. so I believe the car likely was a dealer ordered ride  as a mid level inventory filler(I am no expert on these things so I could be dead wrong here)
 The car has been sitting awaiting restoration for a long time.. it is in need of repair or replacement of most every part.. but it is a pretty solid base for a project.  It has rust in some areas, lower quarters, rear floor pans and some where the vinyl roof covered the roof/quarter seams, Some rust is evident on the aprons. But overall the rust is not too bad.. at least where I can see outright. When I tear the car down.. the real condition will be determined of course. 
 
 When I first decided to get a project my dreams went running wild... thoughts of finding a J code dirt cheap.. or a Mach 1 and build a screaming blown monster.. and myriad of differing fantasies. 
Reality of course set in and as I said.. I got lucky to have a kind member assist me in actually getting into a project I could truly afford. Thankfully, because I could have wasted lots of time searching for a non existent golden goose.
 So even with that.. I was insure of what path to take in this project.. Over the last month or so I went through a thousand variations in my mind of what to make with this car.. a Grandé/Mach 1/Frankenstein build..or a cool solid color with matching color wheels.. maybe drop in a big block or build a monster blown coupe thing... and a million other ideas.
 As I wound on down to the actual day of becoming the official owner of this car.. I became certain of 2 things.. 1) Just because I finally got a car.. that did not make me instantly financially capable of fulfilling my wildest dreams, 2) If I really wanted to get this car into a nice condition.. I had to pull on my reins and be realistic of what I am capable of.
 So I decided that instead of some custom car project.. I will restore the car back to it's original, as sold, condition.. I will repair and restore all the components and trim to the way it sat on the showroom.
 So I have a plan, I am making a project checklist and will attack this logically, repairing and restoring it over time pi
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ece by piece, part by part... as I can afford to.
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Good to see a member helped you find your project
Will be interesting to see how you go with it
Are you going concours restoration or just bringing it to original condition with a few minor mods?
I started out with mine just bringing it to near standard with a few upgrades and haven't deviated much from that except perhaps spending more on it than I should or can afford
Good luck with the project and plenty of help on this forum
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everything is pretty much available to go whatever direction you want..............nothing that time and money can't fix Wrench

73 ragtop, 1999 Mustang Bright Atlantic Blue Paint, Phoenix Engine 302-335HP,  Edelbrock Carb & Performer manifold; c4 with 2000 stall and shiftkit; 3:55 auburn limited slip differential, Hedman shorties; Car Chemistry Exhaust

Classic Air; Tilt Steering Wheel; 1999 Chrysler Sebring bucket Seats ; power windows;
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Congrats on the Grandé. I think a stock build would be great. I’d only add that you consider a lower than stock stance. Car takes on another look
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Congrats on the new project. Grandé's can be cool! I liked mine.


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That’s what I’m talking about.
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I just sold a decent 72 coupe parts car to Don at Ohio Mustang Supply...he may have some nice used parts if you are in the market!

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"Just relax, I've got a friend named Felix who can fix anything!" ~James Bond
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(01-23-2018, 06:56 PM)OzCoupe72 Wrote: Good to see a member helped you find your project
Will be interesting to see how you go with it
Are you going concours restoration or just bringing it to original condition with a few minor mods?
I started out with mine just bringing it to near standard with a few upgrades and haven't deviated much from that except perhaps spending more on it than I should or can afford
Good luck with the project and plenty of help on this forum

Thanks OZ... My intention is to not do any restomod work or changes to the car as far as the body or interior is concerned. I will just return it to stock as it was delivered to the dealer.. I am not talented enough to do a concours restoration but I will get it as close as possible.. 
 The only things I will make improvements/changes on will be in the engine build.. again I will keep it basically stock though I will do some minor performance enhancements.
 That engine compartment is in dreary condition.. it's going to fun bring it back to it's former beauty Big Grin
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(01-23-2018, 09:21 PM)mudbilly Wrote: everything is pretty much available to go whatever direction you want..............nothing that time and money can't fix Wrench

Hi mudbilly! Yep.. looks like I won't have a hard time in finding most parts.. 
... LOL "nothing that time and money can't fix"   something I'm always a little short on it seems!  Haha
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