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My poor Mach...
#1
I got my '73 Mach One (one of my "dream cars" since I was about 10) over a year ago now and haven't really even touched it. i stripped the interior, yanked the engine/trans and started the body work all within the first month or two of getting it. Since then, it has sat. Sad

I have a PILE of new parts for it too!! all new interior, nicely built 460/C6, 8.8" disc/posi rearend, floors and trunk floor (just some small pin holes really but, might as well get it out of the way) front spoiler, rear spoiler and a bunch of other misc. parts.


Anywho, i feel bad, looking for someone to tell me it is OK Blush
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#2
Don't worry, it's ok! Wink

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#3
It is OK...I'm in the same boat! Restoring a 72 Coupe, got tons of new parts, crate motor...but little time to work on it! I'm hoping the warmer weather will help with motivation!

Some restorations can take years! Don't sweat it! Just keep plugging away at it!

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#4
It happens.....what you're going to find reading this forum is ...you'll get itching to get the car ready, especially when you see some of fantastic cars on here...I've been waiting to get back at mine and we finally might have some decent weather to start again.

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Ken

73 Convertible 302-4v-3spd yellow /white int

08 Bullitt 4.6-5 spd black/black int


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#5
nothing to feel bad about. i think we all jump into a new project with guns blazing and the burn ourselves out. happens all the time. i try to pace myself and have fun. the mustang is for enjoyment. my garage isnt that overhauling show where cars are fixed up in a few days!!!
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#6
its now 6 years of mustang ownership for me, man time flys.

it was not an easy road just to get to the point i'm at now.

When i got the car and realized how much work it needed i jumped in feet first and gutted it.

it took 1 year to get most of the interior parts together and rebuilt. In that same year i managed to get the electrical working, and do some minor floor pan repair. It felt like i made no progress, and felt like i was going backwards, finally i collected enough parts to put everything back together. I even did some paint work and major bolt on body panel replacement

This got my car on the road, or so i thought.

Once back on the road it became apparent the car needed a lot more work, it was one major problem after another.
during restoration of the brake system i discovered serious structural issues with the front end, and ended up Gutting the car for the second time.

This time i went further, the engine and trans and 3rd member was removed and sent out for rebuild.
the chassis was sent upstate for repairs, and for 6 months the only part of the car i had ownership of was a C6 transmission and a ford 9" 3rd member.

another 2 months went by before the car showed up again. it was now almost 4 years of owning my ford and i had driving it maybe 1000 miles, and spend oodles of money on it, with no gains.

2008 was spent getting the car back together and discovering more problems, it turned into an engine bay and full mechanical restoration, i did not finish assembly until the snows came delaying me again until spring.

2009 was a mess of unreal problems, nothing working right and more broken parts. By this point i had replaced the entire car with new parts except for the body. Magically by the start of summer i was able to start driving it.
which lead to discovering more problems with it. the problems were minor in comparison to what i started with and i was able to actually take the car to some shows. being able to drive the car really for the first time showed more problems. it again felt like i was going backwards.

2010 was the year i finally tweaked the rebuilt engine into working correctly. that allowed more behind the wheel time and pointed to a major issue in the rear axle looming. i ended 2010 by making tons of minor changes and repairs and rebuilding my rear axle with all new parts.

2011 so far has been less eventful. i hope to enjoy the car as much as possible it will need to be torn down for the 3rd or 4th time and more metal work and body work done but i hope to hold off on that as long as possible and just drive it.

6 years and i was under it the last 3 days doing maintenance and fixing another one of my old mistakes trying to make it a better car.

A local mustang guru once said "its not the destination, its the trip to get there"
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#7
It takes time! Try to keep your interest up by tackling small areas and finish it up one area at a time. It will give you a feeling of accomplishment and go on to the next area. Even if you just work on it an hour at a time things will start coming together.



Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

Our current Mustang garage/driveway
1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06


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#8
That's why I'm working on mine a little at a time. After the front of the car was heavily damaged I got P&^%$ed off and tore the car apart and it sat for 7 years. Now that it's back on the road it's too much fun driving it. Too many things to do all at once. The paint is presentable but needs to be redone. It needs interior work, engine work, transmission work and suspension work. I'm engaging it a little at a time. I have an AOD to rebuild and 2 torque converters. There is another block at the race shop awaiting attention. I need to replace both strut rod bushings and need 1/2" spacers for the front springs. It's all coming but it takes time.

I would encourage you to get the structural items repaired and fix any suspension and braking issue. Put that baby back together and drive it. Whether it's in primer or paint, complete or not. sort out the systems of the car and refine it before "finishing" the car. Driving keeps me interested in continuing.

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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#9
IT'S NOT OKAY[u] The Mustang must be helped.

But your okay. Take a breath, sort out your thoughts, prioritize your life with a Mustang and learn to tackle it anew. Realize that it may just take a few years longer than your first thought. Hey, look at how far you have come! All the new parts, all the preparation and now a newfound source of inspiration and help.

Yes, everything (including the Mustang) is going to be okay!
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SLOWnSTEADY;20521 Wrote:I got my '73 Mach One (one of my "dream cars" since I was about 10) over a year ago now and haven't really even touched it. i stripped the interior, yanked the engine/trans and started the body work all within the first month or two of getting it. Since then, it has sat. Sad

I have a PILE of new parts for it too!! all new interior, nicely built 460/C6, 8.8" disc/posi rearend, floors and trunk floor (just some small pin holes really but, might as well get it out of the way) front spoiler, rear spoiler and a bunch of other misc. parts.


Anywho, i feel bad, looking for someone to tell me it is OK Blush

Just prioritize yourself and realize that the 73 and all the money you've already invested in new parts is on top of that list and you'll be OK Smile If not, then sorry to say but everything is not going to be ok. I've seen this scenerio many times before were projects get put on the back burner and just rott away, parts go missing, loose interest etc etc etc.... You get overwhelmed and don't know where to begin. Personally, I would start with the engine and tranny, electrical system, brakes, suspension and then body and interior. Like your name says...slow and steady. Key word is "steady" don't stop and just do little things here and there. Even if it's 1/2hr a day. Just do something and don't let it sit and get away from you. Look at others cars and use that as inspiration and motivation. Good luck bro!
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