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.jpg   2014-01-13 13.54.45.jpg (Size: 1.51 MB / Downloads: 41) It’s great to find a group of guys (and gals) that also like the 71 -73 Mustangs. It seems like most old Mustang guys go for the pre 70’s and kind of look at the 71-73’s as an ugly stepchild. I love them.

The first care I ever bought new from a dealer was a 1973 Mach 1 with a 351 Cleveland 4V-HO with all the buttons and bows. The picture I have posted as an avatar is not of my actual car as many of us back then didn’t carry cameras with us much but it was the best likeness I could find.

I recently had the opportunity to pick up a green 72 Mach 1 from a guy in Las Vegas. When I showed the 3 pictures I had of it to my wife she said she didn’t know that they every made such an ugly Mustang. I was crushed, but being the head strong guy I am I went to Vegas and bought it anyway. Thankfully when I brought it home she thought it was a pretty cool car. Thank God!!! She could have crushed my dreams or remaking my old 73. Now she’s behind the rebuild (doesn’t want to spend the money but also doesn’t make all of the decisions when it comes to toys).

My wife is a 4’11” red headed Frenchwomen and when she puts her foot down you better not have yours beneath it!! In 2003 I built a pro-street custom V-Twin motorcycle. When I brought it home from the shop she jumped right on it and realized her feet couldn’t reach the forward mounted foot controls. I said “O Darn” and left it at that. When I brought home the 79 Corvette she did the same thing with the same results and again I had the same “O Darn” response. I know she won’t be able to drive the Mustang and I’m beginning to think this little gal just might be giving me enough rope to hang myself. Now my main question is…… How many ropes can I have?

Back to the point…. I want to turn this 72 into a 73 clone and I’m intent on getting that done. Any help and advice that can be given will be greatly appreciated.

Mike
72 Mach 1
1979 Ranchero GT
1979 Corvette (yes... the "C" word)
2003 Pro-Street American Motorcycle
Which was the mid-life crisis???? Big Grin
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Welcome from western Tennessee! welcome

Ron
Rusty, a 1973 Mach 1, needs a lot of work.
Billy, a 1976 Ford Bronco, also needs a lot of work.
El Guapo, a 1986 F150, frame-off Resto-Mod.
Bubba, my 1994 F150, daily driver
Formerly, a 1973 Ford Mustang Coupe - a work in progress, then a car-b-qued banana.
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Welcome from the Gulf Coast.
#4
Welcome to the site from Virginia. Great introduction. My wife still does not like my 73 convert because I bought from my high school sweetheart back in 74, but she tolerates it.

Not too many differences to make it into a 73 clone, of course the grille is different; but the biggest challenge would be changing to the 73 urethane front bumper. Different front fenders were used to fit the contour of the bumper. The rear bumper also has a filler piece and different bumper brackets so the bumper sticks our further to meet the new federally mandated impact requirements. The 73 Mach 1 has different side stripes from the 72's also. The tail lights on the 73's do not have the black accent around the lens either.

I'm sure other will chime in with other differences.

Enjoy the sight and feel free to ask any questions.
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T-Tom;165810 Wrote:Welcome from the Gulf Coast.

What color are the interior parts and which parts do you have?

Mike
72 Mach 1
1979 Ranchero GT
1979 Corvette (yes... the "C" word)
2003 Pro-Street American Motorcycle
Which was the mid-life crisis???? Big Grin
#6
Welcome from the land of snow - Northeast Ohio

I understand how a wife can affect a man's hobby. My wife is not a car person, she feels that a car is getting from point A to point B, no more no less. One tip I've found to help make your new toy purchases less pain full is to buy something for her non car related. After purchasing a 1966 Mustang convertible years ago that she felt was my mistress, I purchased her a past, present, future ring. Although I did not score any points by telling her, "There, we're even, that ring cost more than my ragtop". Needless to say I do not change toys very often.

Mac
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OLE PONY;165811 Wrote:Welcome to the site from Virginia. Great introduction. My wife still does not like my 73 convert because I bought from my high school sweetheart back in 74, but she tolerates it.

Not too many differences to make it into a 73 clone, of course the grille is different; but the biggest challenge would be changing to the 73 urethane front bumper. Different front fenders were used to fit the contour of the bumper. The rear bumper also has a filler piece and different bumper brackets so the bumper sticks our further to meet the new federally mandated impact requirements. The 73 Mach 1 has different side stripes from the 72's also. The tail lights on the 73's do not have the black accent around the lens either.

I'm sure other will chime in with other differences.

Enjoy the sight and feel free to ask any questions.

Thanks for the input. I was looking at the front bumper and thought there was a difference but couldn'd quite figure it out.

T-Tom;165810 Wrote:Welcome from the Gulf Coast.

Do ya think the person you bought it from might be the "rub"? Duhhhhhh. Just an observation....

Mike
72 Mach 1
1979 Ranchero GT
1979 Corvette (yes... the "C" word)
2003 Pro-Street American Motorcycle
Which was the mid-life crisis???? Big Grin
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Welcome.
#9
Welcome from TriCities WA.
-jbojo

-john
(jbojo)
351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

#10
Welcome from Southern California! Good luck with the swap

2013 Ford Focus SE Flex Fuel 5spd - Daily Driver
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