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Vintage Car and Driver article
#1
Spoiler alert! (Not the one on the back of your car). The only thing they liked was the engine and the radio.

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/1971...351-review

Steve
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#2
Yes, I read this back when it was published and more recently. Doesn't matter what they said, always wanted one and finally got one. And love it!
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#3
BOSS351;285917 Wrote:Yes, I read this back when it was published and more recently. Doesn't matter what they said, always wanted one and finally got one. And love it!

Smile and I still want one.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#4
^^^ Me too, unfortunately they didn't make them in convertible or otherwise happy days. In the end it came down to three cars, a friends survivor triple black 69 M code Cougar XR7, Boss 351 Mustang or a 4V vert. As I couldn't convince my mate to sell the Cougar (still has it) Boss 351 Mustang jumped up in price and more than I wanted to spend at the time. I'd never had a vert and decided to get one this time, so the Q code vert was it as 72 R code verts are rare as rocking horse crap and the one I did find for sale needed a ton of money spent on it.
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#5
You see, when they state this in the article:

"It's from the inside, from the driver's seat, that you discover how the Boss has been sabotaged by the stylists. It's like sitting in a bunker; You can hardly see out. The windows are gun slits, the belt line comes up almost to your chin and the nearly horizontal rear deck and wide roof pillars block off all but a shallow field of vision directly to the rear."

Those are all things I enjoy about the car. If I wanted to have the ultimate in visibility I would have bought a '75 AMC Pacer!
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#6
Haters... from the beginning.

"F" 'em. whistling

Eric

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#7
Them dirty dogs.

351w - Ford racing GT40X 178 cc aluminum heads - Ford racing(crane) 1.7 roller rockers - Comp Cams 280H magnum cam .544" / .544" lift - ARP fasteners - hedman longtubes - magnaflow exhaust with X pipe -  MSD digital 6al box - MSD coil - optima red top battery - tuff stuff 140 amp alternator - ported weiand stealth intake  - edelbrock 1406 600 carb  - march pullies and brackets - Be cool fan controller - derale electric fan - FMX trans - motive 4.11 gears - traction lok - competition engineering subframe connectors - lakewood traction bars.                                            










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#8
Thanks for sharing the article. I reckon the reviewer was a shortarse as he couldn't see out.

I wonder if this review skewed many people's opinion of the car, who otherwise might have liked it.
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#9
That magazine writer can just go on back to his POS Volvo 144. The '71 to '73 Mustang is a good car. I had a '65 and a '66 ( essentially the same, I know ) , and my '71 Mach is , to me, a better car than them. I noted the writer made it a point to call out the "GM" steering box, ( instead of calling out a Saginaw power box ), which along with comparing the Mustang to a Trans Am, leads me to assume the writer is likely more loyal to GM products. Just an observation. Visability issues? Ever drive a 70's to 80's Corvette? Ever try to look over the hood of a Lambo Countach, or see out it's rear window? I'll bet the Countach wasn't reamed over such things. The Jaguar XK-E Type has a wicked long nose, no bad write-ups. What that writer missed, is that the "Sportsroof", "Mach 1" rooflines were lifted directly from Ford's GT-40, as shown in an ad from Ford showing a new '71 Mach 1 in the foreground, with a GT-40 alongside in the background for comparison. The "Kamm-back" rear styling the simulated mesh applique' on the rear or Machs are styling cues from the GT as well. Maybe a thousand articles have been written about Ford's Gt-40 praising it as a tour-de force in styling.....so suck it up, oh noble magazine writer, Ford provided you with THREE rear view mirrors, which do very nicely to see backwards. The 71-73 's had more to brag about than bitch at....better brakes, better steering, 9 inch rear ends, 351c and 429 power teams, cross-flow radiators to keep you cool...come on Car and Driver, look under that girl's skirt! But you know...that article was written way back, I didn't really like the new Mustang for '71 when it first came out, compared to what I was used to seeing prowling the streets in 69-70 but it grows on you. It's not really the writer's fault, he probably only had the car for an afternoon, not enough time to experience a car fully I think, and '71-'73 owners today, know and enjoy what that guy never saw or could really experience.
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#10
Not surprising. As many of us know, our beloved '71-'73 Mustangs were not respected for many years. Only fairly recently has that changed.....somewhat.

I've liked these Mustangs from day one. I'll never forget the first time I saw one and thinking "I've got to have this car!"

I thought it was one of the most intimidating cars I'd ever seen....and still do. I also think they look even better in person than on paper.

306ci (circa 1971) - 10:1/750 Holley/RPM Air Gap/Lunati camshaft (221/231@.050)/Ford Racing pulleys/Ported cylinder heads/MSD ignition/Patriot Ceramic LT headers/Single Chambers/Carter fuel pump/NOS Sniper/9" diff./4.57 gears/B&M Holeshot convertor/B&M Shiftkit/B&M Z-Gate/CE subframe connectors/American Racing rims/Lakewood traction bars/Fiberglass Ram Air hood/Electric fan/Rear seat delete/Relocated battery/Custom graphics

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