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October 2016 COTM
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Summary: My car was produced in Oct of 1972. If I win COTM for October I will be the 2017 calendar for October on the 45th anniversary of my Mustang. Nice! This Mustang is the second car I ever owned and shares some pieces off my first car, a 73 Mach 1 that was taken out by a drunk driver. I have owned it for 32 years and have over 300K miles on it. Please vote for me for Oct COTM!

Long story: I learned most of what I know about cars working on this Mustang. Always a rolling restoration in progress. I've done everything myself except paint, transmission rebuilds, setting gears, machine work, exhaust or welding on the subframes.

Its non-stock fate was sealed when I purchased it at the age of 20. I grabbed the Crager rims, the tach, center guages, deluxe door panels and various other goodies off the totaled Mach 1. Shortly afterwards I went with a larger front sway bar, sub frame connectors and shelby style traction bars.

Because of the miles I have replaced the suspension, yanked the motor and tranny and done tons of the normal maintainence tasks.

I had rubbed the paint off of it from washing it too much and a small accident made me decide to get it repainted the same color as stock. I swapped out the hood during the process.

What really cemented the 'non-stock' fate was an Ebay ad for a 351C tripower manifold. I 'won' the auction in 1999 but it was a half a dozen or so more years before I had someone set up some custom carbs for it. Since the tripower ports are the same as 4V heads I set up a set of CC heads and picked up some headers. Like most of you a lot of time was spent collecting parts.

At some point I swapped the FMX for a built C6. I had replaced the 2.73 gears with a 3.25 set for a while but a good deal came up for a 3.5 with LSD so that was an easy choice.

I daily drove it until sometime early in the 2000's. I remember a period of time I always drove around with the top up. One of the lines had broke and soaked the rear seat with transmission fluid. I pulled the seats out and was too embarrased to put the top down. LOL

I don't drive it a lot anymore. When the weather is nice I will take it out. It's like an old glove. I have spent so many hours in the driver seat it just 'feels right'.

I am still plugging away at it. A couple years back I put a Gear Vendors overdrive it in. I need to add a higher stall speed converter and the paint and interior could use some freshining up. It's time to do the suspension again.

Thanks for reading all of this. I hope I can get your vote. Here are some pics!

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'Mike'
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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#2
Nice vert. You got my vote.

John
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#3
You had my vote when I saw your intake. Very nice. Pretty cool that you've been able to drive it as much as you have.

Scott
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#4
Sweet!

Jim

M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear
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#5
The intake seals the deal for me as well.

- Mike
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#6
I'd vote but where do I do that?
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#7
Wow that is so awesome Agree whit you All You got My vote Regards Lars 🇩🇰

Sendt fra min E2303 med Tapatalk

So I'm a proud owner of one Mach 1 73! Regards Lars DK73whistling
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#8
Great story with great experience. You've got my vote.




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1973 Q code mach1
Now living in Australia
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#9
I love that car. Got my vote. The Tri-power is awesome.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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Vinnie;275838 Wrote:I'd vote but where do I do that?

Thanks Vinnie. On the first post of any COTM there is a 'vote' button on the bottom right of the posting. It's above the normal 'report', 'quote' and other buttons. I would appreciate it if you click on my 'vote' button for October 16 COTM.

Thanks everyone for the kind words and the votes!

'Mike'
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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