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Project Thread: '71 Conv-Blue/White [351C-4V]
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runninpony 
My stallion has recently been signed over to me by the family and I'm bringing it back to life as a daily driver for a while. It's a...

1971 Mustang Convertible, Metallic Blue, White Mach I trim, White leather interior w/teak wood trim, 351C-4V w/ Ram-Air, auto trans, A/C, power steering, electric top, aaaand luggage rack (how much of this is stock?)

Want to keep it classic, but usable...a conservative restomod
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I tried to overhaul the carb a few weeks ago but that soft metal was stripped in so many places that I had a hard time keeping it from leaking. I just threw on an Edelbrock 1406 electric choke, with the Ford linkage conversion and throttle mount adapter plate. I figured some new tuning technology from a reputable company with no cost to the whole "stock thing" (since its only four nuts) was a good bet...and it was. Definitely woke up that beast under the hood.

I'll work on the little things for now-got some cheapish ACC carpet to put in temporarily (until after the complete rebuild is done, then I'll get the plush stuff), don't think the a/c is fully functional, heater is average, gotta check all the hoses and brakes, and the stupid a/c/heater fan squeals like a pig. That car did great on a 45 min freeway speed trip from OC to LA last night though...still throws you back in your seat if you punch it at 80.

I hope to keep you entertained with my maintenance and restoration feats in the coming days. I feel like it's finally my turn to give back to the 'automotive forum world' in general, as I have harvested so much from you all through high school and college.

Gentlemen...START YOUR ENGINES!


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1971 Convertible, Metallic Blue, White Mach I Trim [351C-4V]

Edelbrock 1406 Carb, 600 cfm, 'lectric choke
BFG Radials on Torq Thrust-D's
--Front [15X7 - 215/65R15]
--Rear [15X8 - 235/60R15]
1-1/8 inch front sway bar
Bilstein front shocks [street valved]
Retrosound Stereo+Alpine SPR-60 6.5" Speakers [quarter panels]
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#2
THODGES89;99844 Wrote:Gentlemen...START YOUR ENGINES!

Welcome from Washington state...And lets see some more pictures...And the rack could be stock...Im not a expert on converts..But i think they did make a rack for them "not sure" Im sure some convert man will pop on and call me out on that if im wrong...lol....You ever look into getting a marti report? Then you will know what is stock or not...for a fact...No one can dout...lol

And you should make a thread in the introduction area and post some more pictures in there..We enjoy seeing all pictures..inside and out...No matter condish.
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#3
Thanks hyena! I just updated both threads with some more pics. I might consolidate them one of these nights into a gallery or garage or something. I like being organized! Time to go return some unused parts after my recent master cylinder replacement/rear brake line manufacturing...

1971 Convertible, Metallic Blue, White Mach I Trim [351C-4V]

Edelbrock 1406 Carb, 600 cfm, 'lectric choke
BFG Radials on Torq Thrust-D's
--Front [15X7 - 215/65R15]
--Rear [15X8 - 235/60R15]
1-1/8 inch front sway bar
Bilstein front shocks [street valved]
Retrosound Stereo+Alpine SPR-60 6.5" Speakers [quarter panels]
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#4
Very nice! And I love the color. Can't recall ever seeing a factory luggage rack... but it looks great on your 'vert! Thanks for posting the great pics!

Doc

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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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#5
Keep the updates coming
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#6
Back again everybody. Sorry for the hiatus. Well for Christmas the girlfriend got me a retrosound unit. *STOKED* I just got my new radio bezel in too. Now all I need for the radio install is speakers so I can do it all at once when I do the carpet. It looks like each door has two speakers in it. Has to be custom. I'll pull the panel off and get a pic later.

Should I run circles in the front of the doors and 3.5's in the dash as another thread suggested? The stereo has 4 outputs. Would an amp help me split it up with power? I have room for 8 total if you count the tweeters. Probably unnecessary. I also have circles in the quarter panels Sad I guess I could do 4 and call it a day. Easy install too. What size rectangle speakers fit in the doors?

Also, would like to put in a bigger sway bar and bilstein shocks. Any word on the bilsteins?

Thanks guys!

1971 Convertible, Metallic Blue, White Mach I Trim [351C-4V]

Edelbrock 1406 Carb, 600 cfm, 'lectric choke
BFG Radials on Torq Thrust-D's
--Front [15X7 - 215/65R15]
--Rear [15X8 - 235/60R15]
1-1/8 inch front sway bar
Bilstein front shocks [street valved]
Retrosound Stereo+Alpine SPR-60 6.5" Speakers [quarter panels]
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#7
Nice car & color combo. One of these days I'll have one like this once I get these Mach 1s out of the way.

I wouldn't cut round holes in the door panels. They came with a rectangular speaker grill when that option was ordered.

How about an engine pic? Keep up the good work.

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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??
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#8
Thanks don. I can't get over the blue and white...my favorite. Here's some motor for ya         before steam clean     after steam clean

1971 Convertible, Metallic Blue, White Mach I Trim [351C-4V]

Edelbrock 1406 Carb, 600 cfm, 'lectric choke
BFG Radials on Torq Thrust-D's
--Front [15X7 - 215/65R15]
--Rear [15X8 - 235/60R15]
1-1/8 inch front sway bar
Bilstein front shocks [street valved]
Retrosound Stereo+Alpine SPR-60 6.5" Speakers [quarter panels]
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#9
Not bad. Wink

I'm subscribed so keep the updates coming. These build threads are my favorite.

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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??
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#10
I'm looking forward to see how it progresses. Is that a '73 grill? Are you going to swap it out for a 71/72 grill?

Steve



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