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Original parts that seem to go away
#1
I guess it was just a matter of time.  As I look through 71-73 Mustangs being offered for sale I've noticed some very common things missing.

1. The number one item is the factory steering wheels.  Most have been replaced with the most generic steering wheels on the planet.  To me - most look like they came from an old boat! Some are cool but most are not.

2.  Second would be the non original front bumpers - especially on Mach 1's.

3.  This one not really missing but IMHO - just wrong - 71 Boss type stripes on EVERYTHING! devil whistling
Some call them the hockey stick stripes.   If any cars have the stainless trim below the doors - or for Mach 1's at top of black or argent lower body color - it did not come with stripes and looks very strange with them.  Again - my opinion.

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#2
I think why they change the steering wheels is they are so skinny compared to wheels of today. The old racers use to wrap their wheels to get them fatter.
On the stripes I have a Mach 1, a 72 and it has the argent lower side paint and the stripe and came that way. It is also a T-5. Here is a Ford ad showing the stripe and lower paint.

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1 - Original steering wheels, expecially the center button unit that came in my Mach were just butt ugly. It's only really in the last 15 years or so that wheel restoration has become mainstream and many cars suffered these travesties long before that. I had a nice wood wheel in one of my Machs and if you looked at it wrong, the rim would bend and crack the wood. I think a chromed chain wheel makes a great upgrade! Wink

2 - If only someone would make a repop of the urethane bumper. Honestly, I like the chrome B351 front bumper look. I might switch mine to that as the urethane is cracking.

3 - agreed. But a $200 stripe kit adds thousands to the value as it's now a Mach Boss Cobrajet 302!!! LOL.....


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(10-19-2017, 10:44 AM)Hemikiller Wrote: 1 - Original steering wheels, expecially the center button unit that came in my Mach were just butt ugly. It's only really in the last 15 years or so that wheel restoration has become mainstream and many cars suffered these travesties long before that. I had a nice wood wheel in one of my Machs and if you looked at it wrong, the rim would bend and crack the wood.  I think a chromed chain wheel makes a great upgrade!  Wink

2 - If only someone would make a repop of the urethane bumper. Honestly, I like the chrome B351 front bumper look. I might switch mine to that as the urethane is cracking.

3 - agreed. But a $200 stripe kit adds thousands to the value as it's now a Mach Boss Cobrajet 302!!! LOL.....

You did see a new member posted a NOS rubber bumper for sale did you not this morning? I also have one that go hit just after being put on and one bad spot.


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(10-19-2017, 10:44 AM)Hemikiller Wrote: 1 - Original steering wheels, expecially the center button unit that came in my Mach were just butt ugly. It's only really in the last 15 years or so that wheel restoration has become mainstream and many cars suffered these travesties long before that. I had a nice wood wheel in one of my Machs and if you looked at it wrong, the rim would bend and crack the wood.  I think a chromed chain wheel makes a great upgrade!  Wink

2 - If only someone would make a repop of the urethane bumper. Honestly, I like the chrome B351 front bumper look. I might switch mine to that as the urethane is cracking.

3 - agreed. But a $200 stripe kit adds thousands to the value as it's now a Mach Boss Cobrajet 302!!! LOL.....

Butt ugly...? I think they are kinda cool...
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(10-19-2017, 09:52 AM)Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs Wrote: I think why they change the steering wheels is they are so skinny compared to wheels of today. The old racers use to wrap their wheels to get them fatter.
On the stripes I have a Mach 1, a 72 and it has the argent lower side paint and the stripe and came that way. It is also a T-5. Here is a Ford ad showing the stripe and lower paint.

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David - you misunderstood.  I did not mean to imply the lower body color paint (Decor Group) meant no stripes!!!  But if it had the decor group and the stainless trim at the top of that paint - well that meant NO STRIPES.   Cool

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#7
Doubt we will ever see a repro urethane bumpers for a 71-72 and especially not for a 73! I've seen a lot of 73 cars lately at a few local shows with 71-72 bumpers and grills.

The one thing that I think is just wrong and bugs me is a NASA hood with high gloss clearcoat blackout instead of the original semi-flat black. Like the side stripes, I know lots of people like it, so to each their own, but not me. I say add it to the list.

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It's my car, I'll have it the way I want it. Too badSmileSmileSmile

While we're discussing looks might as well see some picsSmile

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Very nice! Those seats look like they were made for it. I like the spoiler painted body color... its a cleaner look on the car since it does not have the lower back out and stripes. Is it an original four-speed vert or did you convert it? Really nice car!

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(10-19-2017, 05:39 PM)gpierce Wrote: It's my car, I'll have it the way I want it. Too badSmileSmileSmile

While we're discussing looks might as well see some picsSmile

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And a nice 73 conv it is.  Many tasteful mods.  Good attention to detail btw. And those seats look comfy!
I'm not telling anyone to not do what they want to their car.  Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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