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Hay guys my name is Nick Mitchell from Dallas Texas I'm new to the forum and I wanted to introduce myself. Whazzzzz upppppp!!!!!!!!.... okay now that that's over time to tell you about my car. a few months ago I purchased a 1971 Mustang Fastback 302 automatic that I am in the middle of redoing. I'm thinking about doing the pro touring / restomod look. I'm also thinking about doing a motor swap for a later model 5.0 liter motor Like out of the fox body's or is it worth me keeping the old 302 and redoing it and adding some performance parts to compensate for some extra power such as heads cam intake manifold bigger carburetor headers. my car has AC power steering but no power brakes so I was also thinking about doing a power brake setup out of the later model Mustangs also. so if anyone has any thoughts on this I would appreciate some advice thank you
Hi Nick,

Welcome from Brisbane, Australia.


Welcome to the site from Virginia. Im not an engine guru, but I'm sure some members will be along with some advice.

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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Welcome from Ontario Canada.

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

08 Bullitt 4.6-5 spd black/black int

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy
Welcome from the Netherlands...
So please post us some pictures , we love pictures Big Grin


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Welcome from Ohio!

I've been tinkering with my car for about a year now, and the single biggest improvement I have done is to put in a wide ratio AOD transmission with an agressive 3.89 trac-lock rear end.

I have a '73 with a 351c 2V, which is a fairly neutered motor, probably right around 200HP even after upgrading to a 4V Edelbrock Performer intake manifold and carb.

The wide ratio AOD used the gear set from the 43R70W transmission, which has a pretty agressive first gear. Couple that with the 3.89 rear end, and I can burn rubber from a stop, and even get a chirp as the transmission goes from 1st to 2nd. And the OverDrive gives me good RPMs at highway speed despite the 3.89 rear end.

If I had it to do over again, I probably would have gone with the 4R70W transmission, which is electronically controlled. You can install aftermarket electronic controllers.

So now, I feel like I've got a pretty nice cruiser with the ability to burn rubber when I get the urge.

And if I ever want to rebuild teh motor with better CAM, heads and valve train, well... The drivetrain is ready!

Good luck with your car, hopefully it will provide you as much fun as mine has provided me!
Welcome from Phoenix. The fox body 5.0 engines enjoy a bunch of after market support. The roller cam is a big plus as well. If getting a little more go out of the car is what you are looking for the 302 it has can be built up pretty nice. If you are looking for big power the flat tappet 302 will need a cam that overlaps more than the roller cam 5.0 would. This will start to effect the idle quality. If you are looking for more serious fun go fast stuff, like a super charger or something in that range the 5.0 will be generally easier to work with.

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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Welcome from Fort Worth - good to have another 71-73 owner in N. Texas

'72 Mach 1, 351 4v CJ, Ram Air, C6, 3:50 Trak Lock, a/c, ps, pw, pb, frt disc, Wimbledon White w/Vermillion int.
Welcome from coastal Alabama! I think a 5.0 is a good route to go but I'd put in power brakes from a 71-73 model for an easier swap. Be sure to post a pin on our member map under the fun stuff tab at the top of the page.

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??

A well done 5.0 transplant would be a great daily driver improvement.
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