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New Member - '73 Q-code in Michigan
#1
Hello all. I have been surfing the forum for about a year, since I first gained possession of the Mustang, but decided it was time to formally introduce myself and car.

History of the car:
My dad purchased the car in 1980 at the age of 18, and was the second owner. It has ~55K original miles. My dad was a big a big gearhead and drag racer. The car is technically a Q-code, though in his naive youth had many of the original engine components swapped out for higher performance aftermarket pieces to make it faster (300 mm rear tires, aggressive cam, 1050 CFM carb, Edlebrock intake manifold, etc.). Some of the original parts were kept, but not enough to simply return it to factory condition (I've already put the factory hood back on for example).

The car has been in some sort of storage since the mid 80's--it didn't work out so well as a family vehicle, and my dad loved the car enough to keep it but wasn't too brazen about it as he was starting what turned out to be a 30-year career with GM. So while I've been raised a fan of the General, I appreciate and respect American Muscle first and am excited to complete the restoration of the Mustang. It's in decent shape and has minimal rust.

I have been slowly chipping away at the car for the past year, mostly trying to get the modified engine running as is. I've replaced fuel lines, fuel pump, tires, spark plugs and wires, and given the car a thorough cleaning (Including multiple rodent nests).

I am currently still struggling to get the engine to fire up for more than a few seconds, tracing back a fuel supply problem.

Plans for the Car:
My plans are to do a resto-mod. I am planning to keep the car as factory original as possible, while shooting for an engine that produces something in the 350-400 hp range. Being new to muscle car restoration and the Mustang in general, I have been intrigued by this Boss 351 recreation article and looking further into what it would take to achieve.

http://www.mustangandfords.com/how-to/en...k-buildup/

I like the idea doing a Boss 351 clone engine to incorporate more Ford heritage, but would not try to fool anyone on the exterior.

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#2
Welcome from TriCities WA. Keep us updated on your progress.

-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:

#3
Welcome from Virginia. Glad you decided to introduce yourself. It's great your father had the foresight to save the car. Keep the pics and updates coming.



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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#4
Welcome from Mustang, Oklahoma. You have a great car to start with. Chuck
#5
Welcome from NC. You going to keep the high rise hood scoop?
#6
1973grandeklar;187409 Wrote:Welcome from NC. You going to keep the high rise hood scoop?

No, do you want it? I've considered trying to sell it on eBay or the like, but am unsure if it's worth the effort. I will most likely just scrap it. I've already put the stock hood back on--luckily my dad saved it.
#7
Welcome from Central Cali.
#8
Welcome from Indiana
#9
Great car! Great to have another '73 to watch the progress of. Good choice ditching the hood scoop.
#10
Welcome from Michigan. I like red mustangs.



John J
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