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Update 1/10: What should I expect?
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So the day is coming close to my Mustang rolling back onto the street. Any pointers on how she'll feel? I know she's not going to feel anything like my modern Camaro. It is pretty well original, just some parts replaced from where it has been sitting. The brakes have been changed to disc so that's good. But in short term, what should I expect? I'm one of the young guys on here, I'm 18, so I haven't really ever driven an old car. I know the steering is suppose to be different. So any pointers or tips would be great. For example; blind spots, and the normal stuff to look out for and to get use to, etc. Any tips are helpful.
And I will start uploading more and more photos and some videos soon since the car will be in my possession finally. (I'm excited for it, and so are some people that know the car from back in the day.)

Update 1/10: Well I finally got to drive it, and it was today at 4:30pm. I drove it for as long as I could which being on the east coast made my joy ride pretty quick. As soon as I got in the driver seat and dug out the seat belt I got on the road and drove it to my house. I was smiling the whole time. Went to pick up my girlfriend and told her to roll down the window (because it was getting dark and I only have 1 mirror to rely on) and the passenger window became stuck in the door. It was funny to me, but we got cold fast because of no heat and the A/C would not turn off. But we got it back to the house and had to park it in the garage next to the Camaro Tongue since the window was stuck and it started raining.
But all in all, once I'm able to start driving it longer distances the road will have no boundaries! And I already had people looking at me while driving down the road. Definitely a great day! And thanks to everyone for the advise! I had no problems, minus getting her to start a few times, but that's normal. And I also found a 1973 Mustang Specification book in my car, and it's old! So there's a bonus.
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#2
When my son drove my 73 after being use to driving his 2001 Mustang Bullitt he said he had to get use to how far you have to turn the steering wheel to make a turn. The long hood takes some getting use to also. Have fun.



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#3
Yep, the long hood and blind spots are a definite adjustment. Steering and brakes are definitely "vintage" compared to new cars.

Watch out for random thumbs up signs from others, long stares from pedestrians, and some possible attention that may make the girlfriend angry.
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#4
It's been 24 yrs since I've driven mine so I am in the same shoes. Let us know your first impression when you drive it.
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#5
You may experience uncontrollable smiling and sudden outbursts of joy. You will also probably make detours that you never even considered before to make the drive last longer. You will feel like the king of the road and feel sorry for all the guys in their plastic buckets that adorn the streets around you and your appeal to the opposite sex will skyrocket. Those of the same sex will envy you.

On the practical side: you may wanna break a little earlier than you are used to in modern cars.

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luxstang;160675 Wrote:You may experience uncontrollable smiling and sudden outbursts of joy. You will also probably make detours that you never even considered before to make the drive last longer. You will feel like the king of the road and feel sorry for all the guys in their plastic buckets that adorn the streets around you and your appeal to the opposite sex will skyrocket. Those of the same sex will envy you.

On the practical side: you may wanna break a little earlier than you are used to in modern cars.
+1 What Mike said. +1 again on brake early. Also you may develop sore cheeks from smiling like an idiot the whole time your in it Big Grin

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#7
I will have fun and let y'all know what I think about the drive!

kcmash;160665 Wrote:Yep, the long hood and blind spots are a definite adjustment. Steering and brakes are definitely "vintage" compared to new cars.

Watch out for random thumbs up signs from others, long stares from pedestrians, and some possible attention that may make the girlfriend angry.

My Girlfriend is already use to that happening in the Camaro. And she's also excited to go for a ride in it. So she won't get jealous of that, just me spending more time with it lol.

luxstang;160675 Wrote:You may experience uncontrollable smiling and sudden outbursts of joy. You will also probably make detours that you never even considered before to make the drive last longer. You will feel like the king of the road and feel sorry for all the guys in their plastic buckets that adorn the streets around you and your appeal to the opposite sex will skyrocket. Those of the same sex will envy you.

On the practical side: you may wanna break a little earlier than you are used to in modern cars.

Haha, that's a good Monday morning laugh there, and pretty true. And that's a tip I haven't heard, so will do!

Thanks everyone that has said something so far!
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#8
Lets see, crappy breaks crappy steering,bad handling and terrible blind spots. Whats not to like.Tongue Ether you love it or hate it. I must say there is just something cool about driving these cars.Cool Good luck and have fun.
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mach71351c;160763 Wrote:...crappy steering,bad handling and terrible blind spots.

About the first two: You gotta be doing something wrong. None of that on mine. Tongue
About the blind spots: Again, none of that on..... Oh, you need a convertible!!! TongueCoolBig Grin

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1973 Mustang Mach 1;160656 Wrote:So the day is coming close to my Mustang rolling back onto the street. Any pointers on how she'll feel? I know she's not going to feel anything like my modern Camaro. It is pretty well original, just some parts replaced from where it has been sitting. The brakes have been changed to disc so that's good. But in short term, what should I expect? I'm one of the young guys on here, I'm 18, so I haven't really ever driven an old car. I know the steering is suppose to be different. So any pointers or tips would be great. For example; blind spots, and the normal stuff to look out for and to get use to, etc. Any tips are helpful.
And I will start uploading more and more photos and some videos soon since the car will be in my possession finally. (I'm excited for it, and so are some people that know the car from back in the day.)

If you've never driven an older car I'd advice you to get use to the suspension and brakes slowly. Remember it doesn't have ABS so if you run upon something and slam your brakes on, you will lock the wheels and possibly control of the car, give yourself extra stopping distance until you adjust to the car.

Jim

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