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Very original Metuchen M-code '71 Mach 1
#1
Hello all,

I started a thread about a month ago about this find, and was lucky enough to buy it from the original owner (who I had to track down - he had moved out of state) last week.

EDIT: VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE HERE:



Just got it back home today - haven't had a chance to do anything to it save give it a wash. If it wasn't for the quarter-panel damage and mold in the interior, it's very clean, though with a mediocre 1980's repaint (which almost looks factory - someone took this car apart quite a bit to spray it). It's been sitting on a concrete driveway slab since 1978, and the undercarriage and unibody are not to be believed for a car that has been parked outdoors since 2002.

It's an early '71 - build date 11/70 on the door tag - with a New Jersey VIN code - 1T05M. It also has a two-spoke steering wheel which I've never seen in any other '71 Mustang interior photos, and the Sports Wheel Covers (which, from the look of internet photos, don't seem to be that popular).

I haven't had time to take many photos - spent most of the day doing a video log of it - but here is what I have at the moment:

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The bad part:

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-Kurt

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#2
Overall, it looks nice. Obviously it'll take some work but looks like a good score. How is it mechanically?

Steve



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#3
sm3570;86380 Wrote:Overall, it looks nice. Obviously it'll take some work but looks like a good score. How is it mechanically?

Previous owner regularly started it until 2009, but:
  • Water pump looks like a clump of rust (radiator is half full)
  • Master cylinder has 1/4 of DOT-3 in it - brakes are obviously leaking
  • Under the hood is 100% original, which means the Autolite 4300 - I'm swapping to a Holley ASAP - I'm not keen on the 4300's penchant for blowing fuel out the front
  • Air cleaner has a lot of surface rust
  • Ditto for the valve covers
  • Exhaust is quite decent until the back end
  • Transmission is the great unknown.

I'll be cleaning it up slowly - I want to get it running reliably before anything else.

The price was very fair though, so I'm not complaining.

-Kurt

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How to buy a '71-73 Mustang:
Rule #1: Assume all classic car sellers are guilty until proven innocent.
Rule #2: No classic car dealer is ever innocent; thus, they are all guilty.
Rule #3: Buy from trustworthy people: Fellow forum members. Visit 7173Mustang's For Sale forum.
#4
Hello and welcome from Norway!Smile
#5
Welcome from Alabama .Nice project.

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#6
Welcome from North Carolina! All I can say about the rear is OUCH!

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Just cruising along minding our own business when BAM!!! The LAWS show up.
#7
Hmmm pics not working on my end welcome from East Tn
#8
Welcome from Olympia WA.

Your 71 was produced 1 month prior to mine, I also couldn't help but noticing your Blue Toyota TRD Sport truck in the background, I have the same one. Looking forward to seeing future pics or your Mustang.

Jim

Jim

M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear
#9
Thanks for the welcome wagon, gentlemen.

Jim and Jutta;86394 Wrote:Welcome from Olympia WA.

Your 71 was produced 1 month prior to mine, I also couldn't help but noticing your Blue Toyota TRD Sport truck in the background, I have the same one. Looking forward to seeing future pics or your Mustang.

Jim

A Metuchen, NJ car, by any chance? I was rather surprised to see that mine appears to be the only 1T... example in the Registry here.

The Tundera TRD belongs to the neighbors - in fact, the only "modern" car I have is a '98 Dodge Ram Van, and the only benefit it's ever afforded me is that it hauls a lot of stuff at once. I'm partial to my other two old Fords:

'79 Lincoln Continental - currently with the vinyl torn off for rust work:
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'78 Lincoln Mark V - old archive picture - sad to say that it doesn't look quite like this anymore:
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Both of those two have the Cleveland-based 400's in them. I held out for a '71-73 with a 351C as I'm comfortable working on 'em.

-Kurt

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How to buy a '71-73 Mustang:
Rule #1: Assume all classic car sellers are guilty until proven innocent.
Rule #2: No classic car dealer is ever innocent; thus, they are all guilty.
Rule #3: Buy from trustworthy people: Fellow forum members. Visit 7173Mustang's For Sale forum.
#10
Nice fleet Kurt. Welcome to the site!

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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