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Old 03-15-2015, 10:04 PM   #1
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Hey all,

Long story short, my dad recently gifted me his old 73 mustang. It's in pretty bad condition (besides the engine luckily) and i'm putting everything new into it. Looking for suggestions on basically everything i'm doing.

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-Chrome wheels with thick tires
-Disc Brakes all around (currently disc front and drum rear)
-Manual Transmission
-Suspension (I like it low but not scrape the ground low)
-better headlights/tail lights

If anyone has suggestions please please let me know. Photos will be posted to this thread as the project progresses

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Ok... Guessing time...
Is it a coupe, fastback, or convertible?
What engine?
What trans?
What rear end?
Wheels?
Color?
Interior color?
Any pictures?
Did I leave anything out I wonder...


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Ok... Guessing time...
Is it a coupe, fastback, or convertible?
What engine?
What trans?
What rear end?
Wheels?
Color?
Interior color?
Any pictures?
Did I leave anything out I wonder...


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convertible, 302 engine, currently auto trans but swapping for manual, idk what rear end, wheels look like they are 14 or 15 inches but they look stock, color is red with white top...pictures will come when i dig this thing out of my dad's garage haha...its trapped in there and i know he wont want me posting pictures of his garage on the internet
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Excellent. Can't wait to see the car...


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If I may be so bold...
Now first off this your car so, only your opinion matters, no one else ...
If it was my car I'd definitely look into getting some 72 bumpers, second that body style mustang looks great with painted bumpers. Trans go for a ford top loader. Being a small block it might have the 8in rear end. Not the bad boy but still it's no slouch. Interior on those cars are ok, but if you want to replace it look into a grande interior package. Wheels, there's a lot of wheels that look good on those cars...
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Sneak a pic of the garage when he's not looking
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:49 PM   #7
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thanks for the advice Great Recon...I will snap a pic as soon as my dad approves his garage as clean (probably will be sooner for the tow truck to come and pull it out of the garage). Call me a noob but i don't see the difference between the 72 and 73 bumpers...anyone mind pointing out the difference to me? maybe google is just failing me
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Also, What are the advantages/disadvantages for using the top loader transmission? what other transmissions would be a good fit and how do they compare to the top loader?
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73 was the year that the cars got bigger bumpers. Some cars used big bumper guards, instead, challengers and cudas used the guards.
The top loader was fords best trans for that era...
Ever heard of the 73 oil crisis? It killed the muscle car era...

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I did a '72 project and put a Tremec in it and couldn't be happier. Just my 2 cents
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I did a '72 project and put a Tremec in it and couldn't be happier. Just my 2 cents
i appreciate your input. I love cars but am still learning about all the mechanics and everything so anyone with any experience at all...is more experienced than me.
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I'm curious if anyone has dropped their 1973? i know it's not very muscle car-esk. but I like low cars with wide tires. thinking coil overs so i can adjust over time to find the perfect ride height. If anyone has input on tire/wheel sizes and suspension input please let me know
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So just an update to everyone...the mechanics that i had lined up to help me with the build have bailed on me...looks like this is going to take a little longer...on the plus side it will be the first car that i have ever restored without a mechanic. Father son quality time is about to get real
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The project has officially started. Jacked up the stang so I could properly get under it. Only able to get off one aide of leaf springs but the others will be off next weekend. Don't know whether to upgrade to coils or just get 5leaf springs suspension. Leaning towards 5 leaf

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Nice. My leafs were a huge pain. The front bolt rusted to the sleeve, so I had to cut them out - hope yours go easier. Unless you're looking for really upgraded performance or racing it, the leafs should be fine, and usually much cheaper.
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Nice. My leafs were a huge pain. The front bolt rusted to the sleeve, so I had to cut them out - hope yours go easier. Unless you're looking for really upgraded performance or racing it, the leafs should be fine, and usually much cheaper.
YES! That is what happened to me too. I'm glad I'm not the only one that had that happen. And although I like performance I think I'll be able to deal with the leaf springs haha. Any upgrades you suggest I do to the car during the build?

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Just be sure to grease up the bolt shafts when you put it back in - you or someone else might thank you years down the line. Also when I put my new ones back in, I was torquing down to the 90 ft-lbs spec (don't quote me on that number, I might be misremembering), and actually started crushing the frame rail :/. I reinforced it with steel plate temporarily and it's on my to-do metal list.

I don't know too much about what's available for performance upgrades on the 71-73s, or what the weak points are. I know Will Weiting of Mustang Medic in CA is a huge fan of these cars. He might be too busy to chat a bunch about them, but you could shoot him an email to see if he has thoughts.
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I put 5 leaf springs on my '66. I had a thread called "5 Leaf Springs" (catchy huh?) with a couple of pictures. I really like them. I had to use lowering blocks and I think a rear sway bar might help the handling but the ride is really good and no bottoming out.

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Just be sure to grease up the bolt shafts when you put it back in - you or someone else might thank you years down the line.
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I put 5 leaf springs on my '66. I had a thread called "5 Leaf Springs" (catchy huh?) with a couple of pictures. I really like them. I had to use lowering blocks and I think a rear sway bar might help the handling but the ride is really good and no bottoming out.

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Yeah i think i've decided on 5 leaf springs as well. Thanks for the input!! i'm also trying to figure out if i should put a manual transmission in it or just put in an auto with a shift kit (there is currently an auto in it but it would need to be rebuilt or swapped out for something that can handle more power) The guy in the beginning of the thread said he put a 5 speed in his a loved it. My ultimate goal is 350-400 horsepower (but that's down the road when i upgrade the engine from the 302 that's in it now).......ALWAYS UP FOR SUGGESTIONS
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