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Slowest resto ever - Project AmsterFoose
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Well, today marks the start of something scary; I’m taking my 73 Grandé apart to make it better.

The goals:
1) Improved reliability
2) Driving without checking the weather forecast
3) Increased power
4) Better looks (back to original color amongst other things)

I have many ideas, but you’ll have to wait and see :-)

This was the car in its glory days:

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Today I started by removing the fuel tank. I don’t want it near me when I’m going to weld in a new taillight panel...

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The inside seems totally rust free so I’m keeping it to restore.

I did find this on the inside, what is it?

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And I believe this should have been filled with a foam pad?

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More fun tomorrow :-)

PS: the project name is what Fabrice called me after we’d discussed my plans. I think it’s funny :-)
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There should have been a filter screen on the end of the pick up tube for the fuel. That piece might be the old filter. Yes the vent should have had some material in it. You can use foam for a small engine air filter or some stainless steel scrubber pad. It was to keep liquid out of the vapor line.
Don't let the snow ball get so big you never finish your project. Keep telling yourself what your goal is. Fix what needs fixing and do not put too much time in things you cannot see or things that will not make the car better.
Keep posting those pics.


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David
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Its official!! Woohoo!

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73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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Good luck with your project Vinnie and try not to fall into the "while I'm at it" trap! Believe me it will cost you heel veel guilders - sorry about my Dutch
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Thanks for all the advice. I am only goingto tackle one bit at a time. The plan is to strip the car and to have it dipped which is expensive and then rebuild it. But I’m now done investing in tools and my garage so I can focus on saving for dipping. I really really really want to end up with a Grandé that feels and can be used as a modern car but still is clearly a 73.

It feels good to finally do with my car what I bought it for :-)
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Sounds like you have a plan Vinnie. What is the price for dipping in Holland? Plenty of updates and pictures will be welcome.

Steve
1971 Grandé
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(02-03-2019, 08:36 AM)Pegleg Wrote: Sounds like you have a plan Vinnie. What is the price for dipping in Holland? Plenty of updates and pictures will be welcome.

I do have a plan, and time, which is good coz it’s a 10 year plan hahaha

Dipping a 7123 body was estimated between 4-5K but prolly closer to 5. That’s euros.
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So today I checked the tank out. Inside is sparkling, outside will need a little love so I reckon it’s a keeper. I bagged everyting for later.

Then had a look underneath. Trunk floor looks OK. These flaps that the exhaust hangs off would not have lasted much longer though:

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I also saw I have both towing attachments that were mentioned in another thread recently:

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Next up is removing the bumper etc to get access to the taillight panel I wanna replace.
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runninpony 
10 year restoration is a good estimate, LOL. It's been 3 years with mine and no end in sight. You'll probably find a few more issues along the way. Good luck!

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!
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Good luck, looking forward to the progress. Started mine in 2006, 13yrs later and I’m still not done. Ryan

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6
1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction
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