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Pictures of neglect, my 73 coupe
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I posted in the intro section earlier, but just got some more photos of my 73 when visiting my folks' place so I thought I'd share.

I was sad to see that the once good-condition headliner has bit the dust, but other than that and a tear in the passenger seat, the interior is in better shape than I had remembered. Of course the infested carpet will need to be replaced, too.

My hope with this car is to slowly dig into it once my wife and I find a place with a garage. The 250 i6 blew the head gasket when I had it at school thirteen years ago, and being a poor student I couldn't afford to fix it, so it got towed home. A year later I did the head gasket, but was pretty inexperienced and didn't get it quite right. I drove it up and down the street for a bit, until tone of the ujoints busted and dropped the drive shaft. That was a long push home.

Life happened in the years since, and I'm finally at a place where my other auto hobbies (jeeps, 4x4s) are less appealing, and I'd like to get more into something my wife can enjoy too, as she loves old cars and shows, and hates jeeps and jeeping.

With any luck, we'll find a place with a garage next summer (hard to do in the Bay Area $$$) and I hope to bring it home and give it some love.

Wow this story got long. Anyway, the vinyl top is shot, but the only rust I found so far is around the tail lights, a [Image: ypetu7ys.jpg][Image: gegaqyga.jpg][Image: 4utedygu.jpg]small spot on the a pillar, and a couple pinholes on one of the lower fenders. I know the trunk floor is rusty, but really, that's not all that bad. Who knows what it'll look like once the areas are exposed though.

The engine bay is SCARY. Rats nests take up ever square inch of open space, which, on a 250 is quite a lot of space. That'll be fun. [Image: 2ytuqa8a.jpg][Image: evusebyj.jpg][Image: yqe7eje5.jpg][Image: ve7utene.jpg][Image: y8e9aquh.jpg][Image: y6ahezy3.jpg][Image: tyqybabu.jpg]


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This car is so worth saving. I would take steps to stop it's deterioration as soon as possible. 1st plug that rust hole. 2nd give it a good cleaning.3rd get up on block or park on pavement.4th get a good car cover for it. Don't let it get any worse. I let my car sit in my back yard 12 years before I got to it. Let me tell you how bummed I am now that some parts that were cherry when I parked it are trash now.
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I agree, stopping the deterioration now will make the rest easier. That will be a cool car though.

Steve



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#4
We have replaced most of the interior and new engine, exhaust and other parts over the 7 years
I have owned it. The car is a daily driver and all that is left is some body work and paint.
I must say your car's body is in better shape than mine. Your car is worth the effort.

mike
'71 Grandé

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Sooner you get started, the sooner it will be done and enjoyed
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#6
I'm a coupe guy here in a world of Mach 1s but personally, I'd part it out and dump the car. I hate to be the gloom and doom guy but addressing the rust is going to cost a significant amount of $$$ as will a new 302/351 and all the other stuff like steering, brakes and the rear end that are probably shot as well.
Save yourself the time, effort and $ - just get a 71-73 coupe in good shape and start from there. Hell, I'd even keep the yellow one for a parts car.

-Former 70 & 72 Mustang Owner.
-69 Torino GT, Formal Roof, 351W, Edelbrock 600 cfm, Edelbrock 351W Performer RPM intake, headers, AOD trans, dual flowmasters w/H pipe, Pertronix II Billet, 3.5 TRACLOC g/r, 15" Magnum 500s, 100A alt, aluminum radiator, electric fan, Pro-car seats, mini-starter...owned since Dec 13.
-70 Mach 1, 351W, Edelbrock E-Street EFI, VHX instrument cluster, Hooker headers, dual flowmasters, Pertronix II, 15" Magnum 500s, 150A alt, aluminum radiator, dual electric fans, Pro-car seats, mini-starter
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If you can't do a good part of the work yourself and have to rely on costly California Bay Area shops to do the work, it'll cost you more than buying an already completed 71-73 coupe. But you have to factor in the sentimental value to determine which path to take, then again I'm wondering if your your 73 coupe is one of the rare ones outfitted as it is, that would give you a return on the investment???

If you chose to tackle the project and bring it back to life, there are plenty of people here who will provide advice and recommendations that'll save you time and money.

Jim

Jim

M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear
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any investment return i consider is the enjoyment i get between showing it and driving it.
As for outer rust is like an iceberg, is a lot hidden from sight. See my album pp. 2-6.

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rutkak;156014 Wrote:I'm a coupe guy here in a world of Mach 1s but personally, I'd part it out and dump the car. I hate to be the gloom and doom guy but addressing the rust is going to cost a significant amount of $$$ as will a new 302/351 and all the other stuff like steering, brakes and the rear end that are probably shot as well.
Save yourself the time, effort and $ - just get a 71-73 coupe in good shape and start from there. Hell, I'd even keep the yellow one for a parts car.

I like coupes, too, but am going to be restoring a Mach 1. Tizzdizz's car has some significant rust problems, but they can be fixed. Parting the car out may be an option, but there is a sentimental attachment to this car. It may be worthwhile to buy a 110V MIG welder (I have an Eastwood 135) and take a welding class at a local community college or VoTech school. Then take your time and fix the rust. I hope he does take the time to repair the rust and not just part it out. We need to save these old Coupes, too.

Jim and Jutta;156020 Wrote:If you can't do a good part of the work yourself and have to rely on costly California Bay Area shops to do the work, it'll cost you more than buying an already completed 71-73 coupe. But you have to factor in the sentimental value to determine which path to take, then again I'm wondering if your your 73 coupe is one of the rare ones outfitted as it is, that would give you a return on the investment???

If you chose to tackle the project and bring it back to life, there are plenty of people here who will provide advice and recommendations that'll save you time and money.

Jim

My advice. Empty the fuel tank and disconnect the fuel lines before attempting to replace the floor pans. You will probably want to remove the fuel tank, too, just so it can be cleaned, and that's not a bad idea. My 73 coupe wound up being a crispy critter and got parted out. It was a sad day when they hauled off the carcass.

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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My wife also like this ones large body and roomieness where on a warm day w/no over cast the sky is thew limit for head room. Also w/the installation of all around power disc and the lower alternate lower rear axle ratio too. It does not have a good rap w/wife on past glitches but she likes looking at it at car shows/parks/local cruises.

Reason why had it this long is because wife is interested in the convertible model re see my profile and photo album.

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